What is our relationship towards the environment and why should we care about it?
In the way we have come to use the automobile, I think we have lost many things - clean air, health, nature, green spaces, and a little bit of our soul. This is my call for us to banish mass private ownership of automobiles from our cities.
We need a change in our culture to enable us to live in an environmentally attuned way, here are my ideas on how we need to change
The animals in the human food system are one of the major contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. A lot of different studies have come up with different figures as to what percentage of emissions are attributable to livestock; here I discuss them in the context of the world and Australia specifically.
In only a short time, Australia has been radically changed by European settlement. This is an introduction into the main problems we face.
Man has been endowed with reason, with the power to create, so that he can add to what he's been given. But up to now he hasn't been a creator, only a destroyer. Forests keep disappearing, rivers dry up, wild life's become extinct, the climate's ruined and the land grows poorer and uglier every day
— Anton Chekhov
Jeffrey M. Smith
Note: I wrote this review many years ago when genetic modification (GM) was relatively new and the benefits were hard to see for the risk being taken. My thinking has evolved over time as I think most GM crops have been proven to be safe by now, but I don't at all think having a cautious approach to them then was a bad thing. I don't think we should just allow free reign to the biotech companies to release organisms into the wild and am still very much against those with a laissez-faire attitude to laboratory genetic modification. There are...