Climate – Global Leadership Emerges

"A leader is a dealer in hope"  – Napoleon Bonaparte Over the last week or two there has been a definite shift in the 'global mood' on climate. The drum-beat has been reverberating across the globe via social media (and even mainstream media), with a steadily increasing pace.  People, institutions who don’t know each other … Continue reading Climate – Global Leadership Emerges

Climate Lingo 1: Isotherms. “We’re moving poleward baby!”

What is an "isotherm?" It is a line which represents an average temperature... as these graphs show...   "Isotherms" are important in climate science discussions because... Isotherms are moving...  and they are all moving exactly the same way, and that's poleward baby. They are moving at the rate of 100km/decade; or 10km each year. Fast … Continue reading Climate Lingo 1: Isotherms. “We’re moving poleward baby!”

Urban Security Planners – Meet Urban Designers… Take charge of the atmospherics…

With the ‘urbanisation’ trend in full swing globally, security and defence professionals are noting that this may mean less time in jungles and deserts, and more time in ‘urban terrain’. There are many implications of this: interface with civic agencies; how to protect the population; types of tactics and so forth. In understanding how to … Continue reading Urban Security Planners – Meet Urban Designers… Take charge of the atmospherics…

If sexual violence in conflict is a war tactic, let’s work out how to prevent & defeat it.

Last night I attended an introductory workshop on "Women, Peace and Security" (WPS) run by the UN Women's Canberra office. The 30 minute video: ‘Side by Side’ provides a great introduction to the issues. ‘Side by Side’ refers to the ideal vision that both men and women will work ‘Side by Side’ to solve this and … Continue reading If sexual violence in conflict is a war tactic, let’s work out how to prevent & defeat it.

People Who Plant Trees… from fictional film to reality

It is a very basic symbiotic relationship: Creatures and Trees. Creatures breathe oxygen and expel carbon dioxide; trees expel oxygen and breathe carbon dioxide. I have sometimes wondered, if the world mobilised a mass tree planting regime, how much carbon would that suck up? Could a worldwide, mega tree-planting 'backyard blitz' help much in addressing … Continue reading People Who Plant Trees… from fictional film to reality

“In the middle of chaos, a bright side”: Iraq Builders celebrates one year of repairing homes around Baghdad

Social media helping communities rebuild, good to hear such a positive story... "If you know the history of Iraq—and Baghdad especially—it goes through a dark phase and then rises again …[Iraq Builders] has helped 45 families in Iraq, but there are still 36 million Iraqi people. Some might say: What’s the point? The point is … Continue reading “In the middle of chaos, a bright side”: Iraq Builders celebrates one year of repairing homes around Baghdad

New Climate Tactics – You gotta be bold, you gotta be wiser, you gotta be tough, you gotta be stronger

It appears that those who have advocated for Climate Change action are getting sick of reasoned debate. The new approach reminds me of the song, "You Gotta Be,"  by Des'ree. (Lyrics below). They have realised that to get anywhere, they gotta be bolder, they gotta be tougher, they gotta be wiser. The toughening up is easy … Continue reading New Climate Tactics – You gotta be bold, you gotta be wiser, you gotta be tough, you gotta be stronger

Film Review: "The Age of Stupid" (2009) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpSdPP9b0pc The documentary/film, “The Age of Stupid,” is about the current non-response to Climate Change, and the impacts of that apathy. It can be watched for free via the you-tube link. It was first screened in March 2009 in the U.K., to great acclaim, with the film simultaneously … Continue reading Film Review: “The Age of Stupid” (2009)

Film Review: “The Age of Stupid” (2009)