Being a catalyst for positive change

Changing Times is about making a difference. It’s about being informed and taking positive action. It’s a platform for long-form journalism that gives voice to those who are not heard elsewhere. It aims to go to the heart of issues, no matter how challenging.

The environment, human rights, and well-being are the main focuses.

The LATEST NEWS section is the hub of Changing Times; it’s where you’ll find the most recent posts.

Unscrupulous governments and corporations are wreaking untold havoc, destroying the flora and fauna without which our planet will become a wasteland. Free of the strictures and bias of the mainstream, Changing Times aims to help halt this devastation, and contribute to turning things around.

Changing Times puts a human face on issues that can sometimes seem too devastating even to contemplate. It talks about the people engaged in the struggle to make our world a better place. It is these people who are driving change, and the priority of Changing Times is to convey their message, show what motivates them, and shed light on the reality of their daily lives.

On this one website, you can read about the plight of koalas in Australia and orangutans in Borneo and Sumatra, the campaign against fracking, urban over-development in Kuala Lumpur, and the threats to the Great Barrier Reef. You can also find out about reiki, ayurveda, homeopathy, and other healing practices, and read thought-provoking travel articles.

Journalism can be holistic!

The nightmare experienced by Australians who have huge coal seam gas fields on their doorstep remains high on the Changing Times reporting agenda. My latest article portrays the strength and determination of those whose lives have been devastated by CSG exploitation.

I also report on the ravages of the coal mining industry in Australia and am preparing an article about the opposition to the planned expansion of the Wilpinjong mine in the Hunter Valley. 

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Sustain independent journalism that digs deep. 



Changing Times is one of the main sources of information about the work being done to protect the precious Leuser Ecosystem in Indonesia. My latest article is here. One of the founders of the NGO HAkA, Farwiza Farhan, won a prestigious Whitley award for “defending local livelihoods and Sumatra’s iconic species in the Leuser Ecosystem”. There is a full report on Changing Times.

While there are positive developments, like the recognition of the work of HAkA, much still needs to be done to halt the spatial plan for Aceh, which, Farwiza says, would “legalise destruction of the Leuser Ecosystem”.

On World Parkinson’s Day this year, I wrote a comprehensive piece about the disease, which you can find here.

There is an article about a report by the Environmental Investigation Agency that highlights the smuggling of huge quantities of illegal timber from Cambodia to Vietnam. According to the report, corrupt government officials and security force personnel in Vietnam and Cambodia are pocketing massive bribes from timber smugglers.

You can also find an article here about the call for an independent investigation to establish the origins of the tropical plywood being used in the construction of the new national Olympic stadium in Tokyo, Japan.

Literature sparks change

There is comprehensive coverage on Changing Times of the Jaipur Literature Festival.

I also went along to the 2016 Ubud Writers & Readers Festival in Bali, which brought together an extraordinary mix of authors, journalists, poets, activists, and musicians from 25 different countries, gathered around the theme “I am you, you are me”. There’s a comprehensive round-up here.

Activists in danger

In several countries, such as Honduras, Guatemala, the Philippines, Thailand, and Cambodia. environmental campaigners literally fear for their lives.

Honduran indigenous activist Berta Cáceres Flores was murdered because of her opposition to the Agua Zarca hydroelectric dam. Changing Times has five reports about her assassination, including this article.

According to a report published in January this year by the NGO Global Witness, Honduras is the deadliest country in the world for environmentalists. More than 120 people have been killed since 2010 for protesting against the theft or destruction of their land or rivers.

The latest report by Global Witness states that, globally, at least two hundred environmental activists were killed in 2016, and nearly 40 percent of those murdered were from indigenous communities.

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Changing Times keeps you up to date about the plight of the koala. Here is a comprehensive round-up of the recent conference in Port Macquarie. A French version of that article is available here





Orangutans are becoming increasingly endangered in face of the continued destruction of their habitat and those working to protect and rescue them face massive challenges.

You can find two other articles about rescues by the Orangutan Information Centre team in Sumatra here and here.

Pongky in his cage at police officer's house


I have also been reporting on the continued poisoning of elephants in Sumatra. See this latest article.

Changing Times is a reputed source of information about palm oil and the devastation being caused by irresponsible company practices.

It is also a trusted source of in-depth reporting about the devastating forest fires that plague Southeast Asia annually, and originate mainly in Indonesia. The blazes in 2015 were described as “probably the biggest global environmental disaster of the 21st century”.

The destruction of peatlands for oil palm plantations is heavily to blame for the scale and ferocity of the 2015 forest fires. There is a full report here.

You can also read in-depth reports about Malaysia. You can read my article about the National Security Council Act here and there is a report about the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia’s 2016 annual report here. The report pinpoints the continued violation of indigenous people’s human rights.

My article about the detention and release –  of human rights activist Maria Chin Abdullah is here.

There is also a report about a pivotal judgement in which Malaysia’s Federal Court ruled that the Native Customary Rights of the indigenous Dayak people apply only to a limited area of farmland and not to the forest areas around their traditional longhouses.


Changing Times also brings you in-depth reports about Kampong Bharu – the last remaining urban village in Kuala Lumpur – which is being targeted for high-rise development. See Master plan for Malay enclave outrages local landowners, Bulldozers raze historic area of Kuala Lumpur, and Landowners in Malay enclave resist high-rise development for full coverage. A new master plan has been released since these articles were written. Updates will be coming soon.


I am also continuing my reporting about the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 with 239 people on board. My latest reports are here,  here and here.

In Video stories, you can hear about Indonesian fishermen who are risking life and limb diving for sea cucumbers.

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In the Changing Times photo gallery, you’ll find snapshots of life in Malaysia, Australia, and Indonesia.

Changing Times is on the Byline news and crowdfunding platform. My first exclusive was about mega-dams and the destruction they are causing to the environment and the lives and livelihoods of indigenous communities. I have also written about the ways in which the Trans-Pacific Partnership would be disastrous for the environment.


Changing Times aims to inspire. For information on how to stay in good form, click on Health and well-being.

A quote to remember:No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” – Albert Einstein.

Einstein also said the following:

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.

Some positive links:

Becoming minimalist
The Optimist
Spiritual Cinema Circle
Gaia TV
The Shift Network
The Grandmothers Speak
Playing For Change
Humanity’s Team

I’ve been asked to mention this organisation: Cancer Support France. The local Languedoc branch, CSF-Languedoc, particularly needs support.


Earth 4 Orangutans


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