If the COVID-19 pandemic is a dress rehearsal for future social upheaval then we are in serious trouble.

Fascism cast a long dark shadow over much of the 20th Century. The atrocities of the Nazi’s in particular, and the horrific images of emaciated bodies, gas chambers and piles of extracted teeth were still remarkably current during my youth, even though it was my Grandfather’s generation who fought in…

Relationships are key to our survival, but what they are based on makes all the difference.

Collapse has been a hot topic for some time now. Climate change, environmental destruction, social unrest and of course the COVID-19 pandemic are just some of the reason many people think our society could collapse, or maybe is already in the process of doing so.

Whether you agree with those…

We’re supposed to be on a carbon ‘diet’ but we just can’t put down those donuts.

Picture this:

You’ve been gaining weight for some years. You’re not happy about it and you’ve started noticing some health consequences. But the pressures of life are such that you just haven’t been able to find the time, energy, or focus required to tackle it. Your Doctor has been warning…

We can’t change things just by shouting inside our virtual bubbles.

If the crisis in the US Capitol these past weeks had reinforced anything to me it is that in the end it is only the physical actions of flesh-and-blood people that ever really change anything. Sure words, thoughts, ideas, prayers — and nowdays Tweets and Facebook rants — all have…

Telling ourselves otherwise is a self-defeating lie

We often hear the phrase “I don’t have any choice”. Perhaps you’ve used it yourself. I know I certainly have. But the older I get the more convinced I become that this is in fact a lie. Typically a lie we tell ourselves. But a lie nonetheless.

It’s a phrase…

Bagaimana orang-orang di pulau surga menentang malapetaka

Pandemi COVID19 menyebabkan penderitaan luar biasa di seluruh dunia. Tapi pasti ada beberapa tempat yang lebih terpukul daripada pulau “resor” Bali yang terkenal di dunia. Pariwisata biasanya menyumbang sekitar setengah dari seluruh perekonomian Bali, dan lebih tepatnya 70% dari populasi pulau bergantung padanya untuk mata pencaharian mereka. Tetapi belum ada…

How the people of an island paradise are defying catastrophe

The COVID19 pandemic is causing immense suffering across the globe. But there are surely few places harder hit than the world-famous “resort” island of Bali. Tourism normally accounts for around half of Bali’s entire economy and, more pertinently, fully 70% of the islands’ population of 4.4 million depend on it…

Papillon

Environmental artist, musician and scientist.

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