Community · Ecological footprinting · Food · Resources · Transport · Waste reduction

New Zealand’s ecological footprint, or why local food matters even more than you thought

Having just written about the ecological impact of fish (eating them, that is), it seems like a good time to take a look at the average New Zealand ecological footprint. Each aspect of your footprint can be expressed as global hectares (gha). A gha is a unit of Earth’s ability to produce resources or absorb…… Continue reading New Zealand’s ecological footprint, or why local food matters even more than you thought

Community · Resources

Navigating our way through an ‘Age of Loneliness’

Here’s an interesting column written by George Monbiot for The Guardian – http://www.monbiot.com/2014/10/14/falling-apart/ In it he rails against the growing culture of competition and individualism, concluding that the clear social change marking out this time from those that preceded it is isolation and loneliness – an Age of Loneliness. Recent statistics from the UK mark out loneliness…… Continue reading Navigating our way through an ‘Age of Loneliness’

Resilience · Resources

Life saving skills at your fingertips

The New Zealand Red Cross have recently launched a first aid and emergency app designed to give people life saving skills at their fingertips. The free app features simple, easy advice on everyday first aid scenarios, tips on how to prepare for natural disasters and step-by-step instructions on what to do during an emergency. Preloaded…… Continue reading Life saving skills at your fingertips

Community · Resources · Waste reduction

Sharing is caring

Here’s a rather nice way of developing your neighbourhood sharing circles. Pumpipumpe is a Swiss project that is encouraging residents to place stickers on their mailbox to denote the goods they’re willing to lend to their neighbors (and if you’re wondering about the name, it developed from a scheme indicating which households had a bike…… Continue reading Sharing is caring