Robert Fitzgerald Kennedy on Gross Domestic Product

‘Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest wal...

Pollution is Everywhere

Should pollution ever be the price of prosperity? Have a look around – what do you see? There’s a haze in the sky, some dusty rubbish clogs a drain, trees are curling and dropping their leaves again, a constant hum fills the air. It rises and falls with the flow of traffic. A sea bird is yankin...

How Did We Get so Obsessed With Stuff? Breaking the Habit

‘Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the enjoyment of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.’ Franklin D Roosevelt, US President 1933-1945 What a massive load of stuff we collect! We all do it, rarely pausing to think. We have cupboards full of junk we do not...

The Ozone Layer

  ‘We could not have protected the ozone layer with voluntary pledges. That won’t work for global warming either. The Montreal Ozone Treaty shows that a binding treaty – with industrial countries taking the lead - all nations can successfully cut global pollution and trigger a clean tech...

Our Environment – A Crash Course

It’s all about our environment – our life support system. It’s about the important roles of plants, animals, water, waste, insects, oceans and our climate. Investigate how we need a healthy environment for a healthy economy and healthy human lives. It’s about how we impact our environment in...

Insurance – What Would They Know?

‘Insurers are familiar with managing risks to our community that are often quite uncertain and sometimes potentially catastrophic. Yet Australia is tolerating a level of climate-change risk that would be unthinkable if the nation was held to the same standards that we apply to safeguard the surviv...

Greenwashing

Greenwashing is the term used when sales claims about a 'green product' are simply false (as opposed to throwing Kermit the Frog in the washing machine). Greenwashing is the act of lying to people about the environmental practices of a company or the environmental benefits of a product. Many so-c...

Geoengineering – Climate Control?

Geoengineering is the idea of applying planetary engineering to Earth. This can be traced to the early years of the Cold War, when scientists in both the United States and the Soviet Union devoted considerable funds to controlling the weather as part of their military strategy. Some early geoenginee...

Ecological Debt

Cool Australia recently had the pleasure of speaking with 120 year eight students at a local high school. We started talking about how humans are chewing through the earth’s resources at an alarming rate with no sign of slowing down. The thing that we found most challenging was that not many peopl...

Denial is Not a River in Egypt

‘It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.’ Upton Sinclair All scientists are skeptics who love to disprove theories and add new facts to existing theories before finally coming to an agreed understanding. For scientists to ar...