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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...

May 31, 2017

[Image: Jari Island, the Solomon Islands | © James Morgan]

The middle of June marks the end of the first phase of a project that I first became involved with in September 2015 – WWF's long–term focus on 'Developing and Promoting Nature–based Tourism in the Coral Triangle'.

My first real involvement with the project was when I undertook a Baseline Analysis of Nature–based Tourism in the Coral Triangle – a real macr...

March 8, 2017

[Image: Solar Farm in New South Wales, Australia | © Michael Hall]

Today saw the sad announcement that The Climate Institute is to close its' doors at the end of June this year.

Established in 2005, the Institute has been at the heart of the torrid climate policy battles that have, at times, engulfed Australia in the past decade.

During that time this small organisation (staff levels have never been above 15) achieved a...

February 4, 2017

[Image: Eric Plumpton, 'The Chair' on Red Pike, The Lake District | 04/01/1985]

A month ago I journeyed back to England to say my final farewells to one of the most inspiring individuals it has been my privilege in life to know – my Father.

As devastating as his death was – still is – for me, I've found myself reflecting more and more over the last month on what a truly full and adventurous life he led for his 83...

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...

July 15, 2016

[Image: Nanotechnology | © Spacious by ThemeGrill.] 

My first year as my own boss has been an exhaustingly exhilarating one – coming as it has alongside the first year of my second daughter's life. 

I've been fortunate to work on some amazing projects; from a multi–country nature–based tourism program in the Coral Triangle, to exploring ways to reduce inequality amongst indigenous Australians; from collaborat...

March 24, 2016

[Image: Mt Solitary, Blue Mountains | Paul Chantler]

I first met Sue Lennox over 10 years ago in what feels like a previous life given I was still in the thick of a corporate career and very much not thinking about having the 2 daughters who have since (recently) arrived.

Fast forward through a decade of intermittent contact around climate change and the environment, and I find myself immersed in a 2-day workshop in Ka...

February 23, 2016

 [From the series 'Bajau Laut: Last of the Sea Nomads' | Image by James Morgan]

It covers over 5.7 million square kilometres - which is still just 1.6% of the planet's oceans - and contains 76% of all known coral species, 37% of all known coral reef fish species, 53% of the world's coral reefs, the greatest extent of mangrove forests in the world, and spawning and juvenile growth areas for tuna and other glo...

August 23, 2015

[Image | Community Innovations]

I often talk about the need to find solutions to the world's problems that also make a profit.

I realise that it isn't always possible to do, but if you're looking to find long-term, resilient solutions, then doing it in a way that makes someone a load of cash is a pretty sure fire way to make sure it happens.

Shared Value is one example of the type of paradigm shift we need if we ar...

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