The Rocky Road to World Peace: A Field School in Kamchatka, Russia

Kamchatka Matthew Teh-1Globalisation at its best: seven Russians, two Australians (both from ANU) one German, six Americans and two Canadians, picking blueberries and wild mushrooms, and sharing a passion for geology. Read the rest

The real risk: rethinking arbitrary animal welfare

real-riskEditor’s note: On Tuesday the 11th of October, NSW Premier Mike Baird officially signed a ban reversing the ban on greyhound racing, stating he ‘got it wrong’. Read the rest

The Animal Condition

website-low-resI became vegetarian at the age of 12. To be honest, I didn’t really have a reason for it other than not liking the taste of meat. Read the rest

The Sustainability of Hunting

huntingHunting is often framed in a negative light – the illegal poaching of endangered species for personal benefit is one common issue. Read the rest

The Everyday Magic of the Op-shop

op-shopMy first experiences with op-shops were magical and uncomplicated forages into the racks of my local Vinnies; set to distinctly repetitive 40s jazz that would be irritating, or perhaps just unnoticed, anywhere but there; amongst familiar faced volunteers and old women giving me unsolicited but oddly satisfying fashion advice; drenched with the mothbally smell of the first rack of jumpers for the year – soft, wooly and itchy against my fingers as I would rifle through. Read the rest

Making sustainable fashion accessible

cadia-belanteCadia Belante, Fashfest 2016, recycles sleeping bags into sustainable fashion Numerous people talk about the function of fashion. Miuccia Prada, for example, said, “Fashion is instant language.” Whether we care about our outward appearance or not, what we wear says something about us, and in more ways than one. Read the rest

Denying Climate Change

climate-denialThere are some people who don’t believe in human-induced climate change. The newly elected One Nation senator, Malcolm Roberts, is one such person. Read the rest

WHO and OIE and the One Health initiative

one-health-logoThe World Health Organisation – who hasn’t heard of it? Most people know about the WHO (not the band, but the United Nations organization), but for those who don’t know, WHO sets international health standards and directs global responses to health crises. Read the rest