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| Optimistic ponderings on humanity's future |

| With credit where credit's due to Jack Judge and Henry James "Harry" Williams |

[I try to only use rights free images, but please let me know if you think I've made a mistake.]

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January 11, 2020

 [Image: Bushfire near Black Head Beach in NSW | © Martin Von Stoll]

Waking to the smell of ash every morning. Receiving the latest fire update from the Fires Near Me App. Explaining to your kids why the sky looks so different. Hoping no more firefighters lose their lives trying to protect their community. Deciding to stay indoors for yet another day as the air quality plummets. Looking (despairingly) for politic...

December 27, 2019

[Image: Heirisson Island Tree Planting | © City of Perth]

As we hurtle towards a new decade, it's hard not to feel heavy-hearted about what the future holds for us all as so many beautiful parts of Australia burn.

My two kids are just 4 and 7 now, starting out on what should be a life filled with opportunity. But I can't help but feel that their opportunities will be so much more limited than mine were – when I'm not l...

October 6, 2019

 [Image: Greta Thunberg | © Anders Hellberg]

It is a sign of the times we now live in that a 16 year old from Sweden called Greta Thunberg is showing all of us what true leadership is.

Not a Prime Minister, not a CEO of a Multinational Company, and certainly not a President. A 16 year old girl who, as she says herself, really should be in school rather than calling out the continued failure of all the so-called leaders...

September 7, 2019

[Image: Australia's Increasing Bushfire Risk | © Bloomberg & BOM]

As we approach what all the experts are saying is going to be a particularly severe and unpredictable Australian bushfire season, I find myself wondering if we are edging closer to an era of 'canary on the coal mine' moments; a time when increasingly severe climate change influenced natural disasters finally wake humanity up to the reality of what is un...

July 16, 2019

[Image: A School in Timor Leste | © United Nations]

If there's one thing that's been endlessly reinforced during my recent sustainable development work, it's the essential role that education plays in helping people to haul themselves out of poverty.

There is enough theoretical and practical evidence to conclude that improving education is the one absolutely essential action that countries need to take if they are to...

June 6, 2019

[Image: Children in Vanuatu | © CARE Australia]

Since early 2017 I've been involved in looking for new models that will help facilitate the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Asia–Pacific.

This has tended to focus on economic drivers like trade and sustainable tourism and how they can support sustainable development, but also on the critical need for innovative partn...

May 22, 2019

[Image: Self Reflected in White Light | © Greg Dunn]

I've recently found myself involved in a project focused on the neurosciences and some of the amazing world–leading work being undertaken in this field at The Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH).

Now every project I involve myself in has to be something I strongly believe in, and I certainly believe in the importance of rapid advances in the neurosciences – not least bec...

April 12, 2019

[Image: Plastic Ocean Waste | © The Independent Newspaper]

In the last 12 months the plastic ocean waste issue has (finally) cut through to become a more mainstream issue.

Whether because of shocking images of large floating 'garbage patches' in the Pacific Ocean, or footage of more and more marine animals being injured or killed by plastic waste, the public at large seems to have realised how much damage the plastic w...

February 27, 2019

[Image: Burmese School | © United Nations.]

It's hard to believe that we're just 10 months away from the third decade of the 21st Century.

That we're about to move on from a decade that will likely be remembered for humankind's collective failure to take meaningful action on climate change. A decade ending with the uncertainty of Brexit and instability of Trump. A decade that saw continued terrorism, war, habitat destr...

January 18, 2019

[Image: Heading for Europe's Exit | © Herriot–Watt University.]

I very rarely get too disheartened – despite the very real sustainable development challenges that I get exposed to – yet, in a recent trip to Europe, I found myself faced with the realities that the UK is currently dealing with as it lurches, divided, towards a future outside the European Union.

Probably because it was my home for almost 30 years, bu...

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