Bushfire Relief and Action: What we can do for today and the future

Bushfires are currently blazing across an extensive part of Australia. The scale of these bushfires is enormous and unprecedented. For context, the 2019 Amazon fires lost 2.24 million acres. In the past few months, the Australian bushfires across New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia burnt over 15 million acres. This is not normal.The level…

A Glimpse Into Shenzhen, China’s Silicon Valley

Last month I attended Unleash, a global innovation lab in Shenzhen, China. The purpose was to create solutions related to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. Overall it was an incredible experience. Shenzhen is the home to startups in China and is one of the largest economic hubs in the world. For context, Unleash is an…

2019 in Review: Sustainability Shifts, Leadership Trends and Focusing on Positive Action

2019- What. A. Year! Climate change has increased its profile as the biggest issue of our age with protests, campaigns and social activism pushing this agenda forward. Around the world, awareness is growing of climate change and sustainability. However leadership and action doesn't seem to be matching the pace of change required to tackle the…

The Side Hustle Creating Water Solutions With Impact

Standing in the Virtual Reality Zone at Unleash 2019, I am watching people wearing massive headsets standing in one place skiing, snowboarding or even on a rollercoaster. A person next to me leans in and says ‘Its really strange that this virtual reality technology hasn’t really expanded beyond entertainment and novelty. But there are so…

Spain’s Powerful Approach to Strengthening Agricultural Communities

Agriculture is a critical social, economic and environmental industry to many countries around the world. Agricultural land use and management directly impacts the local environment. These outcomes can mean the difference between striving or struggling local economies.  Spain has the second largest landmass in Europe dedicated to agriculture. They produce the highest amount of olives…

The Wild World Of Carbon Offsetting

I recently attended Unleash 2019, a global innovation lab to accelerate solutions that address the Sustainable Development Goals. It was held in Shenzhen, China and there were 1200 people from over 160 countries in attendance. I was super excited to attend but then realised the intense carbon footprint from air travel. The answer to the…

Waste Management Tips For Hotel Owners and Guests

Guest article by Sam Reed, a content writer at PTAC4Less, an online retailer selling new and refurbished packaged terminal air conditioners (PTAC units) since 2003 based in the USA. A hotel guest generates about two pounds of waste per day, according to the International Tourism Partnership, so recycling is a big deal for hotels. Not only is…

Sustainable Travel Guide: Warsaw

This was one of my favourite guides to write! Warsaw is a bustling, vibrant city with an emerging hipster scene (but not in an annoying way). They have heaps of vegan options, cute craft breweries, amazing bike paths and so many parks! The only thing I didn't love about Poland was the weather! It was…

Warsaw’s Smart Approach To City Transformation

Smart cities are becoming increasingly important as populations continue to grow. This requires better management of infrastructure and resources. Cities around the world are creating smart city strategies to ensure sustainable population growth with more efficient use of resources and increased quality of life. However, a smart city strategy is not the silver bullet for…

Talking Sustainable Development Goals in Azerbaijan

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a critical framework for nations around the world to create positive social and environmental change to ensure no one is left behind. Each country faces its own set of challenges and opportunities when translating the SDGs into reality. I met with a local, Turana Alieva who is building a…