Behold the beauty

I’m lucky enough to work just a few minutes’ walk from the Wellington Botanic Garden, so I often spend my lunch hour walking through the gardens. I’ve been doing this for more than a year now, and have seen all the seasons come and go. In fact, in Wellington, we sometimes see all the seasons in one day, but that’s another story… Continue reading


The art of avoiding an argument

At the moment I’m reading Dale Carnegie’s classic book, ‘How to win friends & influence people’. It’s an oldie but a goodie. And the man makes a valid point: no one can win an argument. Continue reading

A balancing act

When it comes to environmental matters, I think the biggest problem is how to balance economic and environmental issues. One of the stories which recently made the news is the people of Greymouth who are trying to save the Spring Creek coalmine. Now, I’m not a fan of mines, and coalmines would probably be my least favourite type of mine. But it’s hard not to sympathise with people who have young families and just want to save their jobs. Continue reading

A nation’s priorities

So apparently almost half of New Zealanders don’t think that climate change is an urgent and immediate problem. If you say that 52.4 percent of people do think it’s an urgent problem, it doesn’t sound so bad. Until you realise that four years ago, 75.4 percent of people thought it was an urgent problem. That’s a pretty big drop, considering that the problem hasn’t actually gone away. If anything, it’s probably more urgent now than it was four years ago. Continue reading

The five stages

A while ago I read about someone saying that the five stages of grief (the Kübler-Ross model) can describe how people react to bad news, including peak oil. When you think about, that applies not just to peak oil, but to climate change in general. Here are the five stages, and the climate change statements that I think are characteristic of each one: Continue reading