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Energy and Climate Change

Climate change is the biggest immediate threat to life as we know it. 97% of climate scientists agree that man-made emissions are fuelling climate change.

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Environment and Biodiversity

The world is currently in its sixth mass extinction event. This section encourages you to appreciate the importance of having a healthy planet and intact ecosystems.

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Economy and Business

Ever increasing growth is the main driver of the planet’s economic model. This is clearly unsustainable on a planet of finite size and with a massive and growing human population.

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Waste and the Circular Economy

Waste is any by-product of the production of goods and services that is not considered to have any direct use for humans. Waste includes food, obsolete electronics, pollution, emissions, or wastes from animals. When it can’t be incorporated back into the environment or reused it becomes pollution.

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Politics and Society

A good society trusts and cares for its constituents creating a safer, fairer, more equitable community.

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Built Environment

Mankind has modified the planet beyond any species before it, so much so that many scientists are calling for this time to be called the Anthropocene in acknowledgement of the extent humans have influenced every area of the planet.

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Food Systems

More than 800 million people didn’t have access to adequate nutrition in 2014. Meanwhile, more than one third of food produced is thrown away.

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Mack · 02/12/2017 at 11:07 am

Hi Rochelle,
I saw you making a comment on the Australian “The Conversation”, and from there came to your newly founded blog here. I went to your ‘About’ section and was saddened to see you have no children. You may have now shifted your focus to saving the planet,…but I’ve got some really good? bad? news for you….the planet will look after itself….and we cannot alter / control the weather, climate, or any global temperature .
Listen to what the Trump guy says…he’s probably the first honest (politician) president….it’s a hoax.
God bless, and hope all goes well for your future,
(ps …if you don’t feel comfortable publishing this comment, I’m not offended.)

    Rochelle · 11/12/2017 at 11:57 pm

    Hi Mack

    Thanks for taking the time to track down my website and make a comment.

    I obviously don’t share your views and there is nothing you could say to change my mind; as I’m sure there’s nothing I could do to change yours. You and I are a sum product of the environment, society and morals that we have grown up with. This has facilitated our world view. I’m afraid we must agree to disagree.

    One thing I am not comfortable with is your judgement of my personal decision not to have children. I do not need your ‘sadness’ for my circumstances. This was a well considered decision and I am very happy with my life. My focus has always been on bigger things than just humans because we can’t survive without the planet’s services.

    You are right that the planet will take care of itself, but our actions today will determine what that future will look like for the people that live on it.

    Kind regards

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