News from the front desk 454: What’s an activist? An activist might be a young schoolkid, sure. And because of this the climate “strike” attracted the ire of political leaders, strangely irked by the power of these children to make the world pay attention. One child in particular, Greta Thunberg, at just 16 years of […]
It’s an indictment of Australian politics that some politicians are in a thundering state of outrage over plans for businesses and students to attend #ClimateStrike events tomorrow.
News from the front desk 452: Tomorrowland is back. This year we’ve named our yearly signature event I, human in the climate emergency. The title was obvious. We have fast convergence of two of the most powerful forces in our history – technology and its latest iteration artificial intelligence, and the rapidly unfolding climate emergency. […]
Angel investors, impact investors, ESD-focused venture capitalists, start-ups, crowd-funded equities, crowd-sourced funding … the ways money can be channelled to save the planet and deliver social and environmental good are multiplying at a rate of knots.
We’re amazingly quick on the uptake when it comes to some kinds of innovation – air travel for example, which has only been a thing for just under a century. But the cost of close to 100 years of flying has been a whole new source of pollution and carbon emissions.
Who’s going to join the global Climate Strike on Friday 20 September?
Qantas boss Alan Joyce professes to care about the planet but gets weird about a bit of flight shaming.
PM Scott Morrison has announced he will tackle plastic recycling. Good. It’s ugly. It’s also politically safe topic thanks to the rapid escalation of concern that a single program, The War on Waste managed to churn up among the mums and dads of everywhere.
News from the front desk 446: We reckon some will be shocked reading what Talent Nation says is the first specialist survey on salaries in our patch.
News from the front desk 445: Sustainability business news is pouring through our inbox at a rate of knots. It’s hard to keep up. What’s surprising is that it’s not only the worthy businesses in the choir who are directly tackling our urgent issues, it’s also the big end of town. Coca-Cola for instance seems […]
The big news on Thursday was that Google, the big daddy of them all, had entrusted an Australian company, Lendlease, to develop its massive new headquarters in San Francisco.
You might get a couple of good laughs out of Willow’s story on the preppers this week. These are the people preparing for all sorts of catastrophes from meteors to pandemics. One laugh might be because they are so extreme and silly, but the other might be a tad on the nervy side because though […]
Say you’re a young person, maybe a millennial or even younger, a Gen Zer. You’ve just entered the workforce or are just a few years in.
News from the front desk issue 442: It’s no secret among our most avid readers that we’re based in inner Sydney.
News from the front desk issue 441: If NABERS ratings don’t make shopping centres more energy efficient, and if their industry body rejects outright the Commercial Building Disclosure Program, then why not cut to the chase and mandate better energy performance? Industry observers – the experts who know these things really well – are flummoxed. […]
Rob Stokes, the recently reappointed planning minister for NSW is to be admired, but also a tad feared for.
So many meetings, outings and events in this past week. So much activity. Dust shaken off, wobbly knees firming up a bit. It’s back to work, a hint of the old smiles starting to form again. But something is not the same. Daily, there are new insights and dissections of this country’s make up and […]
While northern Queensland bites its nails worrying about what possible jobs could replace coal, in Victoria, the Andrews government is pushing full steam ahead with a massive solar program that’s igniting a whole lot of spinoff business.
If the climate election turned out to be the hip pocket election then Queensland led the charge. But the issues this reveals are not confined to Queensland. The regions are in trouble everywhere.
News from the front desk issue 436: Election, Saturday. By Thursday the gap in the polls had narrowed dramatically. It was getting close to neck and neck. The bookies had already called it and paid out on a Labor win. But you can’t always trust a bookie, no matter how many times they got it […]
Imagine if you could show your political preferences every time you put your hand in your pocket. There’s a new app in the US called Progresssive Shopper that does just that.
How quickly things change. The words floating to the top as we interview our speakers and prepare for this year’s Happy Healthy Offices event are softer, more thoughtful and probing than last year’s.
Microsoft was accused of greenwash this week. It wasn’t long after this global giant announced it was “doubling down on sustainability” and putting it at the “core of every part of our business”.
The federal election has been called for 18 May, so strap in for another wild ride at the fun-fair roller coaster that passes for our governance these days. Think of it like a festival at the Colosseum. Or “Reality TV goes to the Polls”.
Prefab and light weight timber construction is an alternative we need to grow.
It’s gloves off. The election in NSW is over and now it’s down to the big power grab – the spoils. And what are the pollies going for, the portfolio now considered “one of the more coveted and contentious” in government? Planning.
News from the front desk Issue No 428: If there was a dominant theme coming through the Green Building Council of Australia’s Transform conference in Sydney this week, it was “follow the money”. Was there a hint of panic from the Liberal Party senator Jane Hume on ABC radio last Sunday morning? Under discussion was […]
Just two days after the Reserve Bank of Australia declares the climate emergency is an economic emergency, this propaganda mouthpiece runs a piece of vitriol against children fighting for their future in global protests and school strikes on Friday.
The thing about the Allianz Stadium in Sydney is that tearing it down is a massive waste of resources. In an era when the “buy nothing new” campaign threatens (or promises) to morph into a “build nothing new”, that’s a serious thing.
There’s an inherent tension between protecting the environment and democratic access to it.