Smelly but true

As some people love to tour chocolate factories, I love to tour recycling facilities, and recently I enjoyed a tour of the Veolia Organics Recovery Facility in Bulla, courtesy of Melbourne University. I could write pages and pages about the fascinating chemistry and logistics of large-scale composting, but instead I will attempt to limit this… Continue reading Smelly but true

Offsetting my guilt

I knew it was a bad idea to press the button, but I just couldn’t help myself. I had just finished booking flights to the UK and was excited by the prospect of visiting my family whilst trying to convince myself that air travel was irrelevant to climate change. The “Calculate  your carbon emissions” button that appeared… Continue reading Offsetting my guilt

Towards an all-inclusive Tu Bishvat

Tomorrow (Shabbat 11th February) we celebrate Tu Bishvat, the Jewish New Year for trees. It is a time when we celebrate the natural world, when we take time to contemplate all that God has provided for us – the trees, flowers, fruit, rivers, seas. But in such times of celebration we must also spare a thought for… Continue reading Towards an all-inclusive Tu Bishvat

We can resolve this

  This is my New Year blog post in which I declare my New Year’s resolutions and proclaim my enthusiasm for launching another productive year of climate activism. This is where I explain how the restful holiday period has reinvigorated my passion for saving the planet and how I vow to try ever harder to make a difference. Only, something… Continue reading We can resolve this

Kosher Palm Oil follow-up

A few months ago I wrote about the devastating impact the palm oil industry has on biodiversity in pristine equatorial rainforests, and it disproportionate contribution to climate change. I was inspired by Zoos Victoria’s “Don’t Palm Us Off” campaign to persuade producers of goods containing palm oil to switch to Certified Sustainable Palm Oil, and started to… Continue reading Kosher Palm Oil follow-up

May it bee a sweet new year

“May you bee inscribed and sealed in the book of life for a good and sweet new year.  May all your offspring survive to see adulthood and may you successfully pollinate our crops so that we will have sufficient to eat.” It’s not that I’m actually suggesting this prayer is added to our Rosh HaShanah prayer books – heaven… Continue reading May it bee a sweet new year