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Environment

Solar Energy in Australia

When visiting Germany in 2010, I was staggered to see solar panels on so many roofs and farms across the country, especially in the rural areas. It put my own country, Australia, to shame. Why? With plenty of strong sunlight year-round, Australia would presumably be at the forefront of engaging with solar technology early on,… Continue reading Solar Energy in Australia

Environment, History & Traditions, Motivational

Sunday Sayings – Planting Trees

“Society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” ~Greek ProverbGoodreads.com The Chinese sages also appreciated their value: Let us not forget the importance of creating nature; fostering and nurturing Mother Earth. Trees provide so many benefits to our everyday lives. They filter clean air, provide fresh… Continue reading Sunday Sayings – Planting Trees

flooding
Australia, Environment

It’s Raining, It’s Pouring

Flooded creek near where I used to live. It is normally a tiny stream which often runs dry. For several years, Australia has languished under extreme drought and water was severely rationed; last year we experienced bushfires on an epic scale that decimated the countryside. A year later, extreme rainfall and flooding on a Noah's… Continue reading It’s Raining, It’s Pouring

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blogging, Environment

Reliance on Power and Technology

When the circuit breaker blew on our home's power connection, my explanation to the then-teenager as to why nothing was working in the house, included telling her wide-scale electricity generation was not available in our area until the 1930- 40’s. Furthermore, I explained, her own Grandmother remembered the introduction of what was referred to as,… Continue reading Reliance on Power and Technology

Akaroa
Environment, Motivational

How to Talk About Climate Change

Thanks largely to social media, much of the world already knows the basic facts - the planet is warming, carbon emissions are increasing, biodiversity is decreasing and all this and more threatens mankind's existence on planet earth. Martin Fredricks of IVWords was a recent guest at StPA, writing about how we talk about the climate… Continue reading How to Talk About Climate Change

sea grass
blogging, Environment

“It’s Not Just a Crisis of Climate” – Guest Martin Fredricks IV

It’s Not Just a Crisis of Climate: by Martin C. Fredricks IV Everything I need to know about the climate crisis and the need to speak positively about what can be done I’ve seen in my daughters’ eyes.Martin C. Fredricks IV One is 19 and the other is 13. Both, at different times, have had… Continue reading “It’s Not Just a Crisis of Climate” – Guest Martin Fredricks IV

blogging, Environment

Friendly Friday Blogging Challenge – Something Different

Friendly Friday Blogging Challenge Sandy set a Friendly Friday challenge to come up with Something different and I was convinced I'd failed to find anything noteworthy until I read Ally Bean's Rudolph Framework which she's adapted from a marketing analysis by author Ann Handley. Not 'Rudolph' but quirky namesake The Rudolph Marketing Framework The Rudolph… Continue reading Friendly Friday Blogging Challenge – Something Different

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Environment

Can We Defeat Climate Change?

Our parents and grandparents say, "Why blame us for global warming?" They point out they never had all our cars, air conditioning, computers and devices. That is true. Ron Mueck Sculptures However, it is not the damage of past generations so much as the story of the last thirty years and the speed of increase… Continue reading Can We Defeat Climate Change?

surf beach with waves australia
Environment

The Future – the Facts

Photo by Trace Hudson on Pexels.com What the future will be like is a contentious issue, as it is not about what has been, but what might happen. There are those who choose to deny it, who find it overwhelming or depressing, who stick their heads in the sand and conversely, those who are moved… Continue reading The Future – the Facts

Australia, Community, Environment, Mental Health

Corona Fallout

When I looked at the stats for countries being hit with this pandemic, it struck me as surprising that the number of cases/deaths due to Covid 19, in some places, did not correlate proportionately with the level of population. It would be easy to assume hygiene levels and santization practices might be lower in underdeveloped… Continue reading Corona Fallout

lady mountain view
Australia, Community, Motivational, Philosophy

The Future of Australia

This is Australia, a continent not ravaged by war, disease or famine. A country rich in resources and a friendly open public. It should be a vanguard for a successful democracy, shouldn't it? Australia in 2020 A wobbly renewable energy sector, Over-reliance of exports of raw materials, A powerful and corrupt financial sector, A struggling… Continue reading The Future of Australia

Australia, Community, Environment

Where are you going, Australia?

Australia Day 2020 Today is Australia Day, or if you are a First Nation person, you might call it Invasion Day. Back in 1788, the "First Fleet." of British ships arrived on Australia's eastern coast and began establishing a British colony. The British considered the Australian continent unoccupied - as the indigenous peoples were not… Continue reading Where are you going, Australia?