adventure, climate change, pollution, travel

Thoughts on Being An Ethical Traveller – Part 1

What is an ethical traveller? I my last blog I posed a series of questions and dilemmas I had encountered during my recent trip to Myanmar. Here are some thoughts on how one might be an ethical traveller. To me, being this means aspiring to travel in both a social and environmentally responsible manner.

behaviour, climate change, environment, nature, pollution

Nature Experiences: Good for the Environment?

Does swimming at the beach, bird watching, camping on a mountain side or going for a bush walk affect our behaviour? Could there be a connection between climbing trees and the likelihood that someone would consider taking action to reduce their ecological footprint?

climate change, environment, nature, sustainability

Talking About World Water Week

It was World Water Week last week, a week for discussing and acting on global water issues. With my hydrological background I feel compelled to write about something water related. Deciding the exact topic however, has been challenging, as I'm constantly bombarded with water themed stories: My Sydney-based family tell me about the ongoing drought with… Continue reading Talking About World Water Week

climate change

The Meaning of Snow, is it Climate Change?

aSleds. Igloos. Wintry walks. Hats and shovels. Boards and skis strapped to feet. Whitened streets. Frozen canals. #snowday. As the UK thaws after being blasted by 'The Beast from the East' and Storm Emma, my social media feed is returning to normal after being blanketed with the white stuff for several consecutive days. Meanwhile, the east… Continue reading The Meaning of Snow, is it Climate Change?

climate change, food, health, marine environment, nature, sustainability

The Ethical Carnivore

I briefly met Louise Gray, author of The Ethical Carnivore a couple of years ago at a friend’s birthday dinner at her Bruntsfield flat in Edinburgh. It was a 'potluck' style affair, where everyone brings something to share. I remember tasting one of Louise's yummy venison sausages, while being told that she shot the deer,… Continue reading The Ethical Carnivore

climate change, sustainability, Transport, waste

To Fly or Not to Fly?

7770. That's how many kilometres I've flown this week. 1.08. Is the tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent that my journey emitted (for me as an individual on two flights)*. In simple terms is the same amount of energy used in an average Australian home for 96 days or equivalent to sending 570kg of food waste to… Continue reading To Fly or Not to Fly?