Being a catalyst for positive change.

Changing Times is about making a difference. It’s about being informed and taking positive action.

When we are informed, our choices are more conscious. In the face of current challenges, we need to work together to find durable solutions and bring balance back into society; we need to share information, and support each other’s efforts.

Unscrupulous governments and industry are wreaking untold havoc. From the Great Barrier Reef and the forests of Tasmania to the Arctic, the Amazon, Alaska, and huge swathes of Southeast Asia, the flora and fauna without which our planet will become a wasteland are being destroyed.

Changing Times aims to help halt this devastation, and contribute to turning things around.

On this one website, you can read about the plight of koalas in Australia and orangutans in Indonesia, the campaign against fracking in France and elsewhere, urban overdevelopment in Kuala Lumpur, and – on the lighter side – world music in Borneo.

You can also find out about reiki, ayurveda, homeopathy, and other healing practices, and read thought-provoking travel articles.

Journalism can be holistic!

I am currently in Kuala Lumpur so, over the past three weeks, I have focused almost entirely on the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. There is full coverage of the search for the plane on Changing Times. This does not mean others issues have been forgotten, but I do expect my coming week to be dominated  by the search for MH370.

The News and travel blog is the hub of Changing Times, the place to go to keep up to date with the latest posts.

There are two new resources: the News links page and Campaign and petition links.

There are links to news and petitions about palm oil, land rights, animal protection, food sovereignty and safety, and global food control.

Press and internet freedom and the threats posed by the Trans-Pacific Partnership – the international trade agreement being negotiated by the United States, Canada, and 10 countries in the Asia-Pacific region – are just some of the other issues that Changing Times follows very closely.

Changing Times is a platform for long-form journalism. The most recent article is about the proposed high-rise redevelopment of Kampong Bharu – the last remaining urban village in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur.

A main focus on Changing Times is the mass cultivation of palm oil in Indonesia and the disastrous effect this is having on forests and wildlife.

Following on from the destruction of large swathes of the Tripa peat forest in nothern Sumatra, there are now plans for further industrial expansion in the area. Under a proposed new spatial plan, large areas of protected forest in the Leuser Ecosystem would be re-zoned for mining, logging, and palm oil cultivation.

This is a shocking development that further menaces wildlife and biodiversity in the province of Aceh, where thousands of acres of the Tripa forest have already been destroyed by palm oil companies. (See the News and travel blog for full information.)

The Leuser Ecosystem covers six million acres and is an area of great biodiversity. It is home to the densest populations of orangutans anywhere in the world and is the only place where tigers, orangutans, elephants, sun bears and rhinos share the same habitat.There is a petition on change.org, which appeals for the Ecosystem to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


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There was good news in January, when an Indonesian court found the palm oil company PT Kallista Alam guilty of illegal burning in Tripa.

The court ordered the company to pay 114.3 billion rupiah (nearly 9.4 million US$) in compensation and 251.7 billion rupiah (close to 20.8 million US$) to restore the 1,000 hectares of forest affected.

See the full story here: Palm oil company fined millions of dollars for destroying forest.

Another main focus of Changing Times is the plight of the koala. Campaigners are calling for immediate and collaborative action to save the animal. The most recent article on the Changing Times News and travel blog, Koala extinctions already a reality, 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.

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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.

Read also on Changing Times about campaigns to prevent shale gas exploitation in France. This latest push by the oil and gas companies to blast resources out of the earth is an issue for people all around the world.

Go to Video stories to learn about Indonesian fishermen who are risking life and limb diving for sea cucumbers. There is also an article on the News and travel blog.

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Read, too, about the Rainforest World Music Festival in Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo, and the pollution haze that each year blankets Singapore and western Malaysia and is caused by slash-and-burn fires in Riau province in neighbouring Indonesia.


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For inspiration, check out the film reviews, and, for information on how to stay in good form, click on Health and wellbeing.

You can read a very interesting guest article by five element acupuncturist Debra Kaatz. A new interview – with House of Yoga teacher Karla Kelly – will be online soon.

See my latest guest post – about writing creatively as a journalist – on the World of Writing blog. World of Writing

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:

The Intelligent Optimist
Spiritual Cinema
Gaiam TV
The Shift Network
The Grandmothers Speak
Playing For Change
Humanity’s Team
The Co-Intelligence Institute

A friend has asked me to mention this organisation: Cancer Support France . She says the local Languedoc branch particularly needs support. CSF-Languedoc

Links to partner websites:

Queensland Koala Crusaders

House of Yoga


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“Agathe”, a work by Zena Zenazena. (Copyright Zena Zenazena.)

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