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On Giving Money To The Poor

On Giving Money To The Poor

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” I vaguely remember seeing a version of this quote two decades ago, printed on a poster that’s attached to the wall of my Grade 2 classroom. Like most children in the...

A Sober Take on Fairtrade: It’s Not A “Be All and End All” Solution To Our Capitalistic Problems

A Sober Take on Fairtrade: It’s Not A “Be All and End All” Solution To Our Capitalistic Problems

Manila, Philippines: I have, on many occasions, entertained the idea of playing host to intelligent beings from elsewhere in the Universe, who came in peace to learn about our planet. I imagine being asked the following questions, and already I am composing answers in my head: What do Earthlings need the most to survive? Food....

What You Need To Know About Greenwashing

What You Need To Know About Greenwashing

You’re going meatless on Mondays, you’re composting your food craps and you’ve also started a veggie garden. You’re feeling really good about the steps you’ve taken to reduce your environmental impact when there’s a plot twist. It’s called greenwashing. What is greenwashing? This is a term that refers to the method of promoting environmentally friendly...

Why Sustainability Matters: Back to Basics

Why Sustainability Matters: Back to Basics

While there is debate among non-scientists about climate change, there seems to be a general consensus by the scientific community that humans have had an impact on the planet and that our activities have accelerated the rate of environmental decline (although Alex Epstein, a non-scientist, disagrees in his aptly named Forbes article ‘97% of Climate...

The Big Downpour

The Big Downpour

Photo courtesy of Nathalie Laure We’re in Queensland but if you didn’t know better you’d think Ben and I were still in Melbourne. Rainy days have outnumbered sunny days here in the Sunshine State. Not only has it been pissing down in Maryvale, but in Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Byron Bay etc etc etc When...

Death on a Factory Farm

Death on a Factory Farm

Photo by Cameron Hindmarsh   Recently I watched a documentary called Death on a Factory Farm, which explored animal abuse on the Wiles Pig Farm in Ohio, USA and follows the subsequent court case against the Wiles as a result of animal cruelty allegations. I sat there with silent tears running down my face watching...

The Liberals obsession with surpluses

The Liberals obsession with surpluses

Photo courtesy of Dave Morris   Over the last few days of the election campaign, the issue of the ALP spending $100 million per day came up. And no doubt, this was an issue that the Liberal Party raised to get Australians to vote their way. Fact checkers checked and it turns out Abbott and...