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.

Unscrupulous governments and industry are wreaking untold worldwide 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.

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

On this one website, you can read about the plight of koalas in Australia and orangutans in Indonesia, the campaign against fracking, urban over-development in Kuala Lumpur, the threats to the Great Barrier Reef, 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.

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

Journalism can be holistic!

There are in-depth articles about the devastating environmental disaster occuring in Indonesia. Vast areas of rainforest are ablaze, and people and animals are dying. About half a million people are suffering from respiratory illnesses and the fires are threatening the last remaining populations of orangutans in the world.

Choking pollution has been blanketing whole regions of Southeast Asia for months. Read my latest article about the fires here.

You can read more here about the effects of peatland destruction.

Read my reports about the World Indigenous Summit on Environment and Rivers held in Sarawak, Malaysia, here and here.

There is also full coverage of the recent Asia for Animals conference, also held in Sarawak, where delegates heard about the horrors of illegal wildlife trading and live exports, the decline in animal populations, and the devastation being caused by forest fires. They also heard about some positive development such as the global increase in awareness about animal cruelty and the growing popularity of pets as therapy.

Changing Times also keeps you up to date about the plight of the koala.

524503_10151623249889750_515544579_n photoI have just written about the launch of the National Koala Alliance (NKA), which is a non-profit network of wildlife carers, rescuers, advocates, conservationists, and researchers. The NKA pledges to provide a strong, united, and cohesive voice for koala conservation and protection.

My article “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.

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 and bushfires continue to kill thousands more.

This post details the work being done by scientists to combat chlamydia, which is a main cause of koala deaths.

Changing Times also highlights the campaign to change the common law status of at least some nonhuman animals from “things”, which lack the capacity to possess any legal rights, to “persons”, who possess such fundamental rights as bodily integrity and bodily liberty.

The ongoing international campaign against  the death penalty is  another focus on Changing Times, as is the nightmare experienced by Australians who have huge coal seam gas fields on their doorstep.

You can also read in-depth reports about the protests over the jailing of Malaysia’s opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim, and the continued clampdown on dissent in Malaysia.

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Changing Times runs comprehensive round-ups about the palm oil industry that cover all aspects of efforts to clean up supply chains and bring an end to the rampant deforestation that has been taking place, particularly in Malaysia and Indonesia.

Orangutan rescues continue. Click here to read about the work of the Orangutan Information Centre in Medan: “Orangutan rescue teams confront danger, cruelty, and illegality”.

Read also about plans for further industrial expansion in the Leuser Ecosystem. Under a proposed new spatial plan, large areas of protected forest would be re-zoned for mining, logging, and oil palm cultivation.

The Leuser Ecosystem covers six million acres and is home to the densest population of orangutans anywhere in the world. It is the only place where tigers, orangutans, elephants, sun bears and rhinos share the same habitat.
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Read exclusively on Changing Times about Kampong Bharu – the last remaining urban village in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur – which is being targeted for high-rise development. See the articles 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.

Houses and the old stage in the market area have already been demolished to make way for an apartment block and a high-rise office building.


Press and internet freedom and the threats posed by the Trans-Pacific Partnership – the international trade agreement that has just been signed by 12 Pacific Rim countries – are just some of the other issues that Changing Times follows very closely.

Read also about ag-gag laws – a new threat to activists who produce undercover videos and other material exposing animal cruelty.

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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I am continuing my reporting about the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 with 239 people on board. My most recent article can be found here.

Changing Times has pages linking to campaigns and petitions and news about land rights, animal protection, food sovereignty and safety, and global food control.

There is also an Outside contributions page, which carries articles made available to me for publication.


Communication is of the essence. 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.

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.

Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.

Chinese proverb:Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.

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Some positive links:

Becoming minimalist
The Intelligent Optimist
Spiritual Cinema
Gaiam 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.

Links to partner websites:
Queensland Koala Crusaders

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




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