A FRESH ATTITUDE FOR A NEW ERA
Tired of reading about doom and gloom? Exhausted with the talk of economic crisis? Wondering how we can make a difference?
My original intention in setting up this website was to write about positive news and ideas, and to promote my own efforts to be creative. My vision is shifting all the time. I still want my words to inspire and motivate, but many of the issues on which I am focusing are challenging; I am inevitably uncovering information that is not, on the face of it, positive, but these issues need facing head-on. We need to work together to find just and durable solutions.
Now that I am an anywhereist – see the About section for more on that one – I am seeing the world through very different eyes. I am on the move most of the time, and want to introduce my readers to the places I am visiting, the people I am having the good fortune to meet, and the sights and sounds I am experiencing. By weaving news and analysis into my travel writing, I hope to give it depth.
My latest travel article is about the town of Melaka in Malaysia.
See my latest guest post – about writing creatively as a journalist – on the World of Writing blog.
I’ve become increasingly involved in campaigns to protect our natural environment and wildlife. Many current events are extremely troubling, but we need to stay informed, not least about threats to the environment and the plight of animals. We can be positive in our reactions and spread the word so that others understand and act.
Click on the News and travel blog to keep up to date with my latest posts.
Go to Video stories to see my latest video about Indonesian fishermen who are risking life and limb diving for sea cucumbers. There is also an article on the News and travel blog.
Read, too, about the Rainforest World Music Festival in Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo, and the recent pollution haze that blanketed Singapore and western Malaysia and is caused by slash-and-burn fires in Riau province in neighbouring Indonesia.
Melaka, June 22, 2013.
I recently attended a conference about koalas, “Their Future is in our Hands”, where speakers called for immediate and collaborative action to save the animal. The article in my News blog section paints a disturbing picture of inaction on the part of many local authorities and the national government in the face of the threats to koala survival.
Koalas are already considered extinct in Avalon, north of Sydney, and are in danger of disappearing from many other parts of Australia. The iconic animal that tourists queue up to cuddle is suffering the ravages of disease and sustaining horrific injuries on logging plantations.
As koala habitat continues to be destroyed for urban and industrial development, thousands of the animals are dying as a result of car hits and dog attacks. Bushfires continue to kill thousands more.
I am still doing in-depth research about palm oil cultivation in Indonesia and Malaysia. I am looking at the effect on forests and wildlife, including, of course, the effect on orangutan habitat.
Not only is the Tripa peat forest in Sumatra still being slashed and burned, there are now plans to destroy even more forest in the province of Aceh. Under a proposed new spatial plan, large areas of protected forest would be re-zoned for mining, logging, and palm oil cultivation.
This is a shocking development that further menaces wildlife and biodiversity in Aceh, where thousands of acres of the Tripa forest have already been destroyed by palm oil companies. (See blog for full information.)
There is a petition on change.org, which has already been signed by more than 18,000 people and calls on the governor and vice-governor of Aceh to think again about the spatial plan and the destruction it would cause.
Read also on Changing Times about campaigns to prevent shale gas exploitation in France. Environmentalists gave a muted welcome to the announcement by French president François Hollande that there will be no shale gas exploration or exploitation in France during his presidency. There are many fracking permits still in place.
Anti-shale gas activists have called on the government to take a harder line, and to ensure that no exploration work will be carried out. Militants want the immediate abrogation of all licences and the rejection of all requests for permits that could enable multinationals to exploit shale gas and oil.
I am putting together a new video about the plight of the koala, and have added a video about sea cucumber fishermen in Indonesia. (Click on the Video Stories section.)
Read, too, about BAWA (the Bali Animal Welfare Association). The association feeds, vaccinates, and sterilises street dogs; finds homes for puppies; and educates local people about animal care.
For inspiration, check out my film reviews, and, for information on how to stay in good form, click on Health and Wellbeing. A new interview – with House of Yoga teacher Karla Kelly – will be online soon.
A friend has asked me to mention this organisation:
Cancer Support France
She says the local Languedoc branch particularly needs support
A quote to remember: “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” – Albert Einstein
Einstein also said: “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
Chinese proverb: “Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.”
And here are a few inspiring links:
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