Divest, switch, offset

Evolution Emptor tips for more sustainable living: Divest, switch, offset

Unfortunately, with climate change we don’t have generations to make change. Burning fossil fuels is the most significant contributor of greenhouse gases so it is argued that we, the people, need to accelerate disruption of the fossil fuel paradigm.

Could you live in a tiny house?

French Doors by Tammy Strobel on Flickr

Have you ever longed for a simpler life or imagined being mortgage-free? Meet some people pursuing a new Australian dream. They’re wanting to live off the grid in tiny houses they’ve built themselves.

Solar panel battery storage for homes an affordable reality

Solar PV battery storage just got more affordable.

Watch out power companies, affordable solar photovoltaic battery storage is now available for sale in the US for as little as $3,500. Tesla’s new Powerwall and Power Pack products have launched, and sold out until 2016. Find out what all the fuss is about by watching the presentation launch video here.

DIY succulent terrarium

Make a succulent terrarium

Make your own succulent terrarium. Whether for Mum for Mother’s Day, a friend in hospital, an Aunt for Christmas or your cousin’s housewarming, this thoughtful, home-made but good-looking gift will be treasured because you took the time to make it yourself.

Responsible pet ownership and the horror of puppy farms

A-puppy-awaiting-shipment-to-a-prospective-buyer.-Photo-by-RSPCA-Victoria-www.rspcavic

Unable to walk on leads, two smelly dogs with matted fur are carried to a table for examination by Australia’s only forensic veterinarian Rebecca Belousoff. Janene Trickey reports for Otter on her meeting with some dogs and puppies that had been rescued from an illegal puppy farm.

Australian fashion brands exploiting workers exposed

Australian Fashion Report 2015 available from Baptist World Aid website www.baptistworldaid.org.au.

The 2015 version of The Australian Fashion Report and accompanying Ethical Fashion Guide are now available to download from the Baptist World Aid website. This updated report rates fashion brands available in Australia for their treatment of the workers in their supply chains. Essential reading for any conscious consumer.

Can our intelligence save us?

Blue vivid image of globe and man on laptop. Internet Concept of global business

“Can our intelligence save us? I hope so.” David Attenborough.

These are the words concluding the BBC documentary How Many People Can Live On Planet Earth (BBC, 2009). In it David Attenborough explores the issues associated with a growing human population; demand for food, water and energy.

The new symbols of privilege and status

The old way of showing off your privilege

A recent article I read has me thinking. It asks whether wellness is the new status symbol and argues people are now “health bragging” to show off their privilege, rather than buying luxury cars or designer handbags.

Ballarat’s new rebellion, where #foodisfree

Food is Free Laneway host Lou Ridsdale with visitors Maddy aged 5 and Ethan aged 4

Ballarat is in the midst of a new rebellion. Like Peter Lalor 160 years before her, Lou Ridsdale was disillusioned with Australian politics and decided to do something about it. The Food Is Free Laneway is the result, where #foodisfree for everyone to share.

The best tasting slavery-free chocolate for Easter

Slave-free chocolate eggs for Easter

Unfortunately chocolate is often made from cacao farmed in west Africa using child labour and slavery. Eight people have taken on the challenge to find the best tasting Fairtrade or UTZ certified chocolate Easter products in Australia. And one lucky reader will receive a slavery-free chocolate hamper valued at over $100.