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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Why do we need eco design?

The mentality featured in the above image is one that prevails today.

We live in a society that consistently sells the false message... New is better!

Rarely do we repair (as things aren't designed for that) and more often than not we are encouraged to replace.

below are a few images of items waiting for verge collection or should I say ready for landfill

New is rarely eco designed for sustainability.

The below video 'Life Psycle-ology - the secret life of a little mobile', was created by The Secret Life of Things

Where is your old mobile phone?

Mine is sitting in a drawer :-(

We need
Sustainable Designs

Why do we need eco design? The video looks at the social and environmental issues that are driving the need for products to be designed in a environmentally and socially responsible way. The video was created by Leyla Acaroglu from Eco Innovators (Helping People See Environmental Impacts Better) and set to music by Monkey Marc.

Cartoon by Dilbert

Demand eco design for new products...

We vote when we purchase...

Let's vote for life...

Let's solve our eco destruction problems.

'So many of us define ourselves by what we have, what we wear, what kind of car we drive... If you think of yourself as the woman in the Cartier watch and the Hermes scarf, a house fire will destroy not only your possessions, but yourself.'
Linda Henley

and now if you want to feel good
below is a real feel good 2 minute video of a dog who regularly swims with a dolphin.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Rubbish Hotels~Rome/Madrid


this is the message the artist

is conveying with the

'Beach Garbage Hotels',

sponsored by Corona and said to be constructed from 12 tons of debris collected on European beaches.

The first Corona Save the Beach Hotel was installed in Rome in 2010...

and now in 2011 another has been constructed and installed in Madrid...

Everything new today
will be landfill tomorrow
wash up on a beach near you
Let's change our ways today

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Little things can make a big difference...

For whatever reason Australia is experiencing extreme flooding, the largest in its known history. As a result of this much help is needed to restore safety and general well being for all the occupants of these regions.

Volunteers are working hard to assist on ground level.

Beach Vintage are assisting volunteers in Brisbane, the capital city of Queensland, with food and beverage supplies.
Please visit Beach Vintage to read further about what they are doing and how you may be able to help too.

Bimbimbie is assisting volunteers who are rescuing and caring for our wildlife and they could do with some extra hands to make pouches for the rescued animals.
Please visit with Bimbimbie for further instructions of how you may be able to help.

As you can imagine, climate change and all that goes with it is a hot topic for debate here at the moment.
In my travels on the topic of climate change, global warming, ecosytem destroyers, I came across this very entertaining animation, via Greenpeace, which is designed to apply pressure to FACEBOOK to UNFRIEND COAL.
From Greenpeace.....
Facebook can control where it builds its infrastructure; the power purchasing agreements it enters into; and how it uses its brand's power to advocate for strong policies that promote clean energy. Given all of the control Facebook does have, it can make a commitment to phase out coal and show the rest of the IT sector that it can be done...

At current growth rates data centers and telecommunication networks, the two key components of the cloud Facebook depends on, will consume about 1,963 billion kilowatts hours of electricity in 2020. That's more than triple their current consumption and more than the current electricity consumption of France, Germany, Canada and Brazil combined.

Watch it
and if you are a facebook user I hope you will take time to vote for facebook to unfriend coal.

Thank you

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


This video is a fun and clever parody
with an important message for us all.

Shoulda brought your own bag
Yeah but you forgot it though
You were busy dreamin of ice cream and
all that cookie dough

Your life is wrapped in plastic
Convenience is your motto
But plastic addiction’s worse
than they want you to know

BP’s oil spill
Almost like we did it -
We use one million grocery-bags
every single minute

Recycling them’s a joke yo
That baggie don’t go anywhere
It turns to little pieces
and then it spreads over everywhere

Into your food supply
Into your blood supply
Not to mention birds and fish and
Cuties you don’t wanna die

Just look at baby Sammy
Dioxins in its milky way,
cuz even her breast milk it’s got

OK now you get it
How you gonna stop it though
Banning Single Use Plastic Bags
is the way to go!

Join other states and cities
Kick the nasty habit
Tell your representatives
Ban single-use bags made from

Fossil product all your crap’s made of
There’s one thing we can do
Ban bags made of plastic
Skip the bag, the cup and spork dude
Convenience will kill you
Ban single use plastic toxic bags

Sustainably we go forth and save our cities
Bringing your own bag and forks and bottles should be easy
But corporations selling toxins bought the government
Stand together for yourself, your kids, the planet sayin’

Yeah, yeah,
Ban single-use bags made of

Fossil product all your crap’s made of
There’s one thing we can do
Ban bags made of plastic

Bring your own don’t you forget dude
And let your reps know too
Ban single use plastic toxic bags!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Clever and beautiful...

MUSIC PAINTING - Glocal Sound - Matteo Negrin
A gentle approach to Global Warming.

We are Ecosystem Destroyers
and we need to change our ways.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Who are we?

Rosaria has written a thought provoking post on her blog, sixtyfivewhatnow, titled Who are we?
The we she is referring to are people who blog and follow others.

I like it that you often say what others are thinking Rosaria and
I like the wisdom of your years too. I admire you.

I feel that we are living in a time of 'communication'.... and we just happen to blog while others are using other means.
Some use games in which they can communicate directly with other players from around the world (these games became extremely popular once people were able to make connections with others as opposed to playing alone).
There are endless ways for us to connect with others (who we consider strangers)... without that being the initial intention.

There are more vehicles for, almost instant, communication in the world now than at any other time.
We may have gone indoors, but we are talking more than ever.

The common thread with blogging is connection.... some people expect it and for others it is a surprise. No matter what the initial intentions for creating a blog, the connection you make with others will influence your experience.

We are all much more alike than we are different. No matter what our age or our culture we only exist because of another.
To be yourself is only to be like others.

I know that I have often clicked the follow button on a new blog to offer encouragement.
I will also follow blogs I know that I will not visit regularly, but they are of interest to me and I would like to return.
To follow is to connect and what people will do with that opportunity is wide and varied.
Like everything here in blogland... there are no strict rules except the ones that we create for ourselves. The boundary is our imagination.

Who are we?
We are people using an online vehicle for communication and are hoping to be heard.

Here I am & just like you I will appear different on any given day.

You might like to join the conversation that is occurring at sixtyfivewhatnow

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Crisis on my mind...

These are not photos taken by me.

I am on the other side of Australia, safe and dry.

You can't live in Australia and not have this current event on your mind.

I found the below recent video and writings on youtube today. It clearly depicts some of the devastation caused by these floods. Unfortunately the images are accompanied by unnecessary background music, but I feel that the maker of this video is desperate for us to know of the suffering.

Just a minutes viewing will give you a clear indication of this immense natural disaster in Queensland and Northern NSW, Australia.

(the scale is equivalent to the size of France & Germany combined)

the below writings accompanied the above video featured on youtube

"Pictures of the cities affected from our floods in janurary 2011, this is my city where i live and some of these pictures i have taken myself. If possible please help and support us. Thank you.

Aprreciation goes out to all those heros, ses workers, police, authorities, volunteers, and all those who are helping there nieghbours, freinds, families and even strangers, well done brizzy.

Our floods have affeted 75% of our country thats over 1million square meters 1/4 of hurricane catrina to give you an idea of how bad it is for us.

In these pictures people have lost thier possessions, homes, businesses, and also thier lives family members freinds and workmates, our current death toll is at 13 with 47 people still missing.

Our flood this year 2011 has come very close to our bigger flood in the year 1974 and close to our worst historic flood in 1890, if we did not have our Wivonhoe Dam our whole city would almost be under water.

Feel free to leave comments of support and rate this video.

R.I.P to all those who have lost thier lives, our thoughts and prayers are with you and may we all help one another as we rebuild our state.

to donate this is the official Government website below

Are you from Queensland? if you would like to Vounteer please registar here:



to registar click this link:


(sadly the death toll has risen since this video was created and there are many more unaccounted for)

Below are links to other bloggers in Australia who I know have also posted about the floods.

They offer another perspective and information that you may like to view. They are all safe and well.

Baino's Banter (Sydney NSW)

Bimbimbie (Queensland)

Sophie Munns (Queensland)

Be well

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Lennox Head

I was exactly where I wanted to be.

I was in Lennox Head with a much loved friend of 40 years.

When I'm in her company I become more aware of every age I have ever been.

Lennox Head is a beautiful small seaside town that sits between Byron Bay and Ballina in northern New South Wales. I've read that it has a permanent population around 1900 and can reach up to 3000 during the peak tourist season.

This time around I wasn't there to be a tourist, but I did manage to take a few pictures to share with you.

Quite a few of my photos were taken from a moving car.... this is my excuse for their quality.

It's lush, green and undulating with a sub-tropical climate as opposed to where I had flown from, where it is mostly flat, very dry and less than green.
It is so dry in Perth at present we are living with water restrictions and are being asked to save 60 litres per day from our usual water consumption.

It's so lush..... even the money plants flower.

I knitted this pole before leaving town.
Sorry no picture of that.

A local artist beautifying the street.

I managed a brief walk along the glorious wide beach with squeaking sand, but not a swim.
The weather didn't allow for it. On this particular day heavy rain chased us away.

Thank you my much loved friend for all the fun we shared. I love you.
There's more to come.....we left Lennox for the farm.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Up above the clouds...

Prior to Christmas I left home to visit with much loved friends on the east coast of Australia.

It's a long way to anywhere from here.

I left without my family. Just me alone for the first time in a long while. I was off to celebrate friendships, birthdays and see Brett's farm for the first time.

There's something very exciting to me about being up above the clouds... so I took lots of photos and have managed to narrow them down to a few to share.

Unfortuantely we didn't land in Sydney on time due to a storm, which caused me to miss my connecting flight.

Eventually I found another flight with another airline to get me where I wanted to go.


(the photo directly above was actually taken when I was leaving Ballina airport, not arriving... I missed out on a window seat on the flight up from Sydney)

Ballina airport is the gateway to Northern New South Wales.

After leaving the airport I was off to Lennox Head and then a road trip south with my childhood mate of 40 years to the farm the following morning.

I'll share more later.