With eight months of rain a year, Ranong has fortuitous growing conditions. I decided to try and photograph some of these 'gardens' to demonstrate the ways people actively try to incorporate nature into urban living.
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
Children are spending less time in nature than ever before, becoming more sedentary and not having opportunities to intimately interact with nature. Spending time in nature is important for everyone, especially children. It's also critical if we want to cultivate ecologically minded citizens who respect nature and understand the necessity for both protecting and enhancing it.
"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
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?