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Colin Butler
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activist for sustainable public health
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Are we at a tipping point of global consciousness over climate change?
As recently as May 2016 I got hatemail when I linked the Fort McMurray
(Alberta) fire with climate change; but a quick skim of comments on FaceBook about the fires in Northern California shows quite a few that link these with climate
change; I have notice...
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Toward Buddhist Economics, Building on E.F. Schumacher
Originally published as "Toward Buddhist Economics, Building on E. F. Schumacher" in Culture and Civilisation 2012;5:119-160. This is slightly edited Temple bells stop but the sound keeps coming out in the flowers. —Basho Introduction:
Skyscrapers, Cockatoo...
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Good intentions on the deck of the Human Titanic
I just read an excellent open access article by Rachel Waters, published in the first issue of The Ecological Citizen, called "Rethinking the United Nations' concept of sustainability". I write for the UN Environment Programme's forthcoming report " Global ...
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Portugal, Bangladesh, climate change, governance and disasters: compare and contrast
Climate change, or global warming , has, for well over a century, been recognised as increasing average temperatures on Earth, as well as extremes. More recently there has been recognition of other atmospheric phenomena: heavy rain, intensified droughts, se...
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Consuming the planet: reasons to be hopeful
I have been invited to speak at the 2017 Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine conference, to be held in Sydney in September 2017 This is my outline in dark red , for my 25 minute talk. I have added a few links and comments, in blue. This image exists ...
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PayPal: a cautionary tale
I am treasurer for a small NGO called BODHI . We get a few donations via Paypal. Recently I made an error in the code for PayPal payments on our website. It meant people couldn't successfully send us money through PayPal though it looked like it was possibl...
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Inequality and conflict
This was first published in 2005 in a book called " Search of Sustainability", edited by Jenny Goldie, Bob Douglas and the late Bryan Furnass, by CSIRO, in Melbourne Australia. I have highlighted some parts that seem especially important or accurate, from t...
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Woolly thinking on migration, aid and our common future
In 2016 the US journalist Thomas
Friedman wrote a pair of articles, published in the New York Times, called “ Out of
Africa ”. He describes a visit to a village in the far
northwest of Senegal, worth the trek, he says, “if you’re looking for the
headwaters ...
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