A Return to Earth – Our Natural Environment

Butterfly, one brown planet, a return to earth
Written by Annie Hsiao-Wen Wang

As an abstract painter, I draw ideas from a wide range of resources; ranging from music, poetry, performance, to various other forms of creativity. But there are some sources of inspiration that may be surprising to people who are not familiar with how a painter works: regular meditation retreats; yoga sessions; the texture of a worn, hundred-year-old door that is in desperate need of restoration; or the iridescent glint of the fluttering wing of a butterfly.  Continue reading “A Return to Earth – Our Natural Environment”

Life Before Plastic

one brown planet, old fashion family, before plastic

We always seem to be looking for the next great solution for all of our global problems. With bewilderment, we stare at the monumental challenges ahead, trying to comprehend how it is even possible to find a solution for global warming, plastic pollution, mass extinction and all the other great issues of our time. The weight of our responsibility bears down heavily on some of us.

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52 Ways to Reduce Your Environmental Footprint – 10. Dress for the Occasion

man with banana

Around 50% of all your energy bills go towards heating or cooling your house. So before you reach for the thermostat, why don’t you run check through our list and make sure you have the easy options covered! Let’s try and increase energy efficiency not decrease, you’ll be saving money and the planet!

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52 Ways to Reduce Your Environmental Footprint – 9. You want CO2 with that?

one brown planet, carbon emissions

Seems like everything we do these days pumps carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Eating, drinking, heating, cooling, walking the dog, the dog, buying clothes, wearing clothes, riding, driving, flying! Hell, you are putting CO2 into the atmosphere just by sitting there reading this blog.

But enough already! There must be something effortless, quick and painless that I can do to stop this madness, without having to sacrifice any of the things I enjoy, I hear you say.

Well, there is. Sounds too good to be true right? Read on…

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Population Explosion! The end of the world as we know it. Or is it?

If you have looked out of your window recently you may have noticed lots of people. It’s  true, there are a lot of people out there and by all accounts, there are lots more appearing every day. But the question is, do we have too many people? Will over-population finally destroy civilisation as we know it? And where does it all end?

Well, maybe things are not going to spiral quite as far out of control as some of us think. It turns out there is actually some very interesting news afoot and it looks to be inevitable.

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Why should we care?

one brown planet, major wager, sunset, sailing, yacht

I like to travel. It has probably been my most enjoyable pastime. Ever since I can remember, I was always wanting to escape from my house or school and explore the world. I started small of course, exploring the woods at the back of my house, building tree houses and pretending to be an adventurer. Gradually, as the wanderlust continued to grow, my trips become more adventurous and moved farther afield.

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52 Ways to Reduce Your Environmental Footprint – 7. Become a Hippy (For a Day)

A hippy, as defined by the Oxford English Dictionary,

 ‘(especially in the 1960s) a person of unconventional appearance, typically having long hair and wearing beads, associated with a subculture involving a rejection of conventional values and the taking of hallucinogenic drugs’ – 

or,

(of a woman) having large hips. ‘she looked very hippy in her jeans’

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