Holistic local sustainability; food, water, energy, money, people

2023 – a perfect year to try the Fixed Calendar

This is a great year to try the Fixed Calendar because the week days are the same, so conversion is easy (this only happens once every 11th common year). Feel … Continue reading

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The Fourth Great Humiliation of Humanity is Upon Us.

If we don’t pull our heads in, we’re doomed. If we do, the future is bright. WHEN I WAS TEACHING in Japan 20 years ago, one of my students introduced … Continue reading

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Parliamentary submission – International Education

The Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade held an inquiry into the post COVID-19 recovery of Australia’s tourism and international education sectors. The Inquiry addressed challenges associated … Continue reading

March 10, 2023 · Leave a comment

Talking about Australia Day, 2023

January 26th is an opportunity to discuss a really interesting topic; our day of ‘national unity’ that has become quite contentious. Fortunately, we can practice democracy freely at home, even … Continue reading

January 27, 2023 · Leave a comment

Japan was the future, but it’s stuck in the past.

By Rupert Wingfield-Hayes, Tokyo correspondent, BBC News, 22nd January, 2023. This report echoes my experience in Japan. Rupert arrived the same year (1993) I did, but left 3 years earlier. … Continue reading

January 22, 2023 · Leave a comment

Deadly Waters, Dumb Reporting

Surf life savers have reported a major spike in rescues and drownings. This year has seen about a third of the annual total in a matter of weeks, mostly at … Continue reading

January 12, 2023 · Leave a comment

Will a ‘Voice’ to parliament help degrowth?

John Coulter suggests so, in his article in Pearls and Irritations, Not a voice, but a shout … Of course I cannot but applaud criticism of endless growth on a … Continue reading

January 12, 2023 · Leave a comment

Federation Day – Australia’s Independence Day

Every year I throw a BBQ party in the late evening after the heat of the day, when people have recovered from NYE. Here is a fun Quiz I do … Continue reading

January 8, 2023 · Leave a comment

8 Billion Day – a response to The Conversation

“You are now one of 8 billion humans alive today. Let’s talk overpopulation – and why low income countries aren’t the issue.” Every country is the issue. We’re all in … Continue reading

November 18, 2022 · Leave a comment

2022’s Imperative: Letting Go of Our Past to Birth Our Future.

By David Korten, Yes! Magazine Our current society cannot be considered civilized by any objective standard. We grow the fortunes of billionaires, even as we increase the numbers of homeless … Continue reading

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