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

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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...

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...

December 14, 2018

[Image: A Female Smallholder Farmer in Papua New Guinea | © CARE Australia/Tom Greenwood.]

The last part of 2018 saw me working with some inspiring leaders in the Asia–Pacific all focused on finding ways to place gender equality at the centre of the solution to many of the region's sustainable development challenges.

Now, I've been involved in work where gender equality has been central before, but haven't had the oppo...

December 12, 2016

[Image: Henk Ovink in New York City | © Cynthia van Elk]

Over the past couple of years I've been hearing a fait bit about a Dutchman called Henk Ovink and some of the amazing work he's been leading on water risk management and flood prevention around the world.

With his dual titles of 'Special Envoy for International Water Affairs at the Kingdom of the Netherlands' and 'Sherpa to the UN High Level Panel on Water', he c...

November 10, 2016

[Image: Donald Trump, President–elect of the USA | © The Newcastle Herald] 

Having spent the last 3 months' grimly predicting a Trump presidency, I didn't realise quite how much I was hoping to be wrong until the little patch of map on the Guardian's live election results site that is Pennsylvania turned red yesterday to confirm he really was going to succeed President Obama as the 45th President.

Like a larg...

November 7, 2016

[Image: Delfland Sand Engine, The Netherlands | © Nature Coast] 

I've been rubbing shoulders with various Dutch thought–leaders since I handed my first 2iis business card to the Dutch Ambassador at a Sydney climate resilience lunch in mid–2015.

After various events and meetings since then, last week I found myself on Sydney's Collaroy Beach (site of some pretty severe storm damage in June 2016) introducing a mixtu...

October 6, 2016

[Image: Barrington Tops National Park, NSW | © Craig Fardell and Christina Armstrong] 

I've recently found myself involved in some nature–based tourism planning work with the MidCoast Council, one of New South Wales' recently merged councils.

Now whilst the work itself has been interesting, being exposed to the, somewhat controversial, council amalgamation process has been absolutely fascinating.

It's fair to say t...

September 27, 2016

[Image: Kimbe Bay, West New Britain, PNG | © Franco Banfi, Walindi Resort] 

A year ago I embarked on an Australian Government funded project with the WWF exploring the potential for Nature-based Tourism to play a more central role to the sustainable socio–economic development of the 6 Coral Triangle Countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, the Solomon Islands and Timor Leste).

It was...

August 25, 2016

[Image: City of Yarra, Melbourne | © Andrew Curtis] 

When I was knee–deep in the policy world of The Climate Institute, I often heard about the shifts needed to 'de–carbonise our society' and the CO2 reductions that would result – followed by evidence of how slow our leaders were actually going about instigating those shifts. It was inspiring and depressing in pretty much equal measure.

What I never got to see fir...

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