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?
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
The Asian monsoon season presents inconveniences, challenges and major disruptions. Our climate is changing. How might future events such as flooding affect you and your community?
"In nature nothing exists alone" Wrote Rachel Carson in her widely acclaimed 1962 book, which has been attributed by many as sparking the modern environmental movement. Silent Spring chronicled declining bird and insect populations, correlating them with increasing synthetic pesticide use, particularly DDT. Historically used (with huge effect) to control malaria during World War 2, DDT became popular… Continue reading What Have We Learnt Since Silent Spring?
It's around 8pm as I unwind from a busy day which has included planning and teaching various lessons, dodging trucks and motorbikes through chaotic streets by bike and buying soil for my soon-to-be-flourishing balcony 'garden'. My belly is full of curry and rice and I'm contemplating devouring a square or two of chocolate. There are… Continue reading Water for Life
When I moved to Thailand six months ago, my lifestyle changed dramatically: a different culture, food, language and climate. Prior to this, I'd been trying to live more sustainably: consciously endeavouring to live a less impactful life through my decisions. My idea of sustainable living was swiftly challenged in moving to Thailand, where language and… Continue reading Questioning Sustainable Living
This World Environment Day, What will you do? Will you join others around the world And do your bit? This World Environment Day, What will you pledge? To combat plastic pollution, And replace straws, bottles and cups with a reusable option? This World Environment Day, What will you plant? A tree for fresh air? Or… Continue reading World Environment Day: What Will You Do?