Human rights, inequality

Inequality: An Opportunity to Learn?

Ranong, surrounded by lush jungle, adjacent to the Andaman Sea on Thailand's west coast, is an intriguing place. A Thai border town,  with Kawthaung in Myanmar a speedy half-hour boat ride away, it has one of the highest density of migrants in Thailand, with Burmese* numbering approximately equivalent to Thai. Living (or even simply visiting) here,… Continue reading Inequality: An Opportunity to Learn?

energy, Human rights, pollution, sustainability, waste

Computer Buying Tips for the Ethically Minded

So you want to buy a new laptop or a smart phone, but you've read about numerous social and environmental impacts during their lifecycles. You've learnt about polluting production processes - the leaching of toxic chemicals and the heavy reliance on fossil fuels. You are aware that making electronics requires the mining of minerals which… Continue reading Computer Buying Tips for the Ethically Minded

Human rights, Myanmar, nature, plastic, pollution, sustainability

Myanmar’s Development Journey

After travelling to Myanmar last month I reflect on what it will mean for Myanmar to develop. Will it be necessary to compromise nature and people for the sake of development?

food, Human rights, Myanmar, nature, sustainability, thailand

The Story Behind Cashew Nuts

While travelling in Thailand and Myanmar I discovered how cashew nuts are grown and processed.

adventure, Human rights, Myanmar, travel

Is it Ethical to Travel to Myanmar?

After my recent trip to Southern Myanmar, I discuss the ethics of travelling to country with current conflict.

adventure, Human rights, Myanmar, travel

Deciding to go to Myanmar

Exploring reasons for deciding to travel to Myanmar and what I discovered about the people, culture and food.

Human rights, Migration, Myanmar, thailand, Volunteering

The Migrant’s Plight

Teaching Burmese migrants here in Thailand, I hear of their stories, their struggles and their aspirations: their predicament often dominates my thoughts. While working with a migrant population is a new experience for me, migration itself is woven into my heritage. Aotearoa/New Zealand, where I grew up, is a country founded on migration. My ancestors predominantly… Continue reading The Migrant’s Plight