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ACHIEVEMENT: This website provides a Cool Green Tip of The Week, both as a source of Green Ideas and your ideas on what they should be.

TARGET DATE: March 2003 PROGRESS: Achieved and ongoing.

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23 April 2017: Only those who decline to scramble up the career ladder are interesting as human beings. Nothing is more boring than a man with a career: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918 -1956

16 April 2017: Books are the carriers of civilisation. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself than this incessant business: Henry David Thoreau.

9 April 2017: Two things fill the heart with ever renewed and increasing awe and reverence, the more often and more steadily we mediate upon them: the starry firmament above and the moral law within: Immanuel Kant, cited in Singer, P, Ethics in the Real World, p. 3.

2 April 2017: Not everyone is in the position to help animals, but everyone is in the position not to harm them: Anthony Douglas Williams.

26 March 2017: It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds: Aesop (620 - 560 BC).

19 March 2017: Man is a clever animal who behaves like an imbecile: Albert Schweitzer (1875 - 1965).

12 March 2017: There is no bigger, stupider predator than humans: Harry Ganz - Queensland Wildlife Carer.

5 March 2017: Do good things for their own sake: Joyce Risstrom (my mother!)

26 February 2017: A person can learn a lot from a dog, even a loopy one like ours. Marley taught me about living each day with unbridled exuberance and joy, about seizing the moment and following your heart. He taught me to appreciate the simple things - a walk in the woods, a fresh snowfall, a nap in a shaft of winter sunlight. And as he grew old and achy, he taught me about optimism in the face of adversity. Mostly, he taught me about friendship and selflessness and, above all else, unwavering loyalty: John Grogan, Marley and Me, 2005.

19 February 2017: A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything: Friedrich Nietzsche.

12 February 2017: Live all you can. It is a mistake not to: Lambert Strether, in The Ambassadors, cited in Christopher Hitchens, Arguably.

5 February 2017: Little kids all over the world say some version of, "It is not fair and you are not the boss of me. That is the whole ball game. That is every social justice movement.": Gloria Steinem, speaking in Brisbane.

29 January 2017: Perfection of a kind, was what he was after, And the poetry he invented was easy to understand; He knew human folly like the back of his hand, And he was greatly interested in armies and fleets; When he laughed, respectable senators burst with laughter, And when he cried the little children died in the streets: W. H. Auden, Epitaph on a Tyrant.

22 January 2017: When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace: Jimi Hendrix.

15 January 2017: The democratic road is the hard one to take. It is the road which places the greatest burden of responsibility upon the greatest number of human beings: John Dewey, 1939.

8 January 2017: I think it may be true that fortune is the ruler of half our actions, but that she always allows the other half to be governed by us: Niccolo Machiavelli, 1532, The Prince.

1 January 2017: We do not see things as they are. We see them as we are: Talmud.

25 December 2016: A good conscience is a continual Christmas: Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790).

18 December 2016: The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom: Isaac Asimov.

11 December 2016: No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted: Aesop (620 - 560 BC) in The Lion and the Mouse.

4 December 2016: What luck for rulers that men do not think: Adolf Hitler (1889 - 1945).

27 November 2016: The simple step of a courageous individual is not to take part in the lie. "One word of truth outweighs the world: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

20 November 2016: We must look the world in the face with calm and clear eyes even though the eyes of the world are bloodshot today: Mohandas Gandhi, quoted in Nussbaum, M., Anger and Forgiveness.

13 November 2016: The simple step of a courageous individual is not to take part in the lie. "One word of truth outweighs the world.” Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

30 October 2016: Complaining is good for you as long as you're not complaining to the person you're complaining about: Lynn Johnston.

23 October 2016: A politician thinks of the next election; a statesman of the next generation: James Clarke (1854 - 1916).

16 October 2016: The more you find out about the world, the more opportunities there are to laugh at it: Bill Nye.

18 September 2016: In the struggle between you and the world, take the side of the world: Frank Kafka, 1917.

11 September 2016: The difference in mind between man and the higher animals, great as it is, certainly is one of degree and not of kind: Charles Darwin.

4 September 2016: To ask what is an animal?" - or I would add, to read a child a story about a dog or to support animal rights - is inevitably to touch upon how we understand what it means to be us and not them. It is to ask, "What is a human?": Jonathan Safran in Eating Animals.

28 August 2016: Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself than this incessant business: Henry David Thoreau.

21 August 2016: “… What about the main thing in life, all its riddles? If you want, I'll spell it out for you right now. Do not pursue what is illusionary -property and position: all that is gained at the expense of your nerves decade after decade, and is confiscated in one fell night. Live with a steady superiority over life - don't be afraid of misfortune, and do not yearn for happiness; it is, after all, all the same: the bitter doesn't last forever, and the sweet never fills the cup to overflowing. It is enough if you don't freeze in the cold and if thirst and hunger don't claw at your insides. If your back isn't broken, if your feet can walk, if both arms can bend, if both eyes can see, if both ears hear, then whom should you envy? And why? Our envy of others devours us most of all. Rub your eyes and purify your heart -and prize above all else in the world those who love you and who wish you well. Do not hurt them or scold them, and never part from any of them in anger; after all, you simply do not know: it may be your last act before your arrest, and that will be how you are imprinted on their memory.”: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956.

14 August 2016: All over the place, from the popular culture to the propaganda system, there is constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to ratify decisions and to consume: Noam Chomsky (1928 - ).

7 August 2016: There are two ways to slide easily through life: to believe everything or to doubt everything; both ways save us from thinking: Alfred Korzybski (1879 - 1950).

31 July 2016: The meek don't necessarily want to inherit the Earth. They are more likely to want to share it: David Risstrom.

24 July 2016: We shall never understand the natural environment until we see it as a living organism. Land can be healthy or sick, fertile or barren, rich or poor, lovingly nurtured or bled white. Our present attitudes and laws governing the ownership and use of land represent an abuse of the concept of private property.... Today you can murder land for private profit. You can leave the corpse for all to see and nobody calls the cops ]Paul Brooks, The Pursuit of Wilderness (1971)

17 July 2016: Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first: Ronald Reagan (1911 - 2004).

10 July 2016: Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule - and both commonly succeed, and are right: ]H. L. Mencken (1880 - 1956).

3 July 2016: A politician thinks of the next election; a statesman of the next generation: James Clarke (1854 - 1916).

26 June 2016: I believe we are on an irreversible trend toward more freedom and democracy - but that could change: ]Dan Quayle (1947 - ).

19 June 2016: Democracy is based upon the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people: Harry Emerson Fosdick (1878 - 1969).

12 June 2016: Moving house gives one a much greater appreciation of the wisdom of snails in their approach to accommodation: David Risstrom.

5 June 2016: This planet is worth looking after.

29 May 2016: The aim of life is self-development. To realize one's nature perfectly - that is what each of us is here for. Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900).

22 May 2016: There are two ways to slide easily through life: to believe everything or to doubt everything; both ways save us from thinking: Alfred Korzybski (1879 - 1950).

15 May 2016: The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits: Albert Einstein.

8 May 2016: An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don't: Anatole France (1844 - 1924).

1 May 2016: Buddha was asked, "What have you gained from meditation?" He replied, "Nothing." However Buddha said, "Let me tell you what I lost: anger, depression, insecurity, fear of God, age and death."

24 April 2016: Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment: Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790).

17 April 2016: I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones: Albert Einstein.

10 April 2016: All men are born equal. It's their dreams that set them apart: Frontier Surfing Exhibition at the Fremantle Arts Centre.

3 April 2016: The forest is for me a temple, a cathedral for tree canopies and dancing light: Dr Jane Goodall.

27 March 2016: So shines a good deed in a weary world: Willy Wonka.

20 March 2016: Animal rights is now the greatest social justice issues since the abolition of slavery: Phillip Wollen.

13 March 2016: The good and the bad is us. Often, most of us. We can contribute, cajole, obfuscate and blame. And while that all may be true, making good of what we can and what we are is a worthy goal on its own: David Risstrom.

6 March 2016: If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking: Haruki Murakami in Norwegian Wood.

28 February 2016: To see, one should liberate oneself from the immediate. Looking beyond opens the world to where beauty has become one with truth. The harmony of the invisible is always more beautiful than the one of the visible: p 106, Hugues de Montalembert in Invisible.

21 February 2016: If you have a garden and a library you have everything you need: Marcus Tullius Cicero.

14 February 2016: To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides: David Viscott, How to Live with Another Person, 1974

7 February 2016: Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives: William James (1842 - 1910).

31 January 2016: Thus it is that no cruelty whatsoever passes by without impact. Thus it is that we always pay dearly for chasing after what is cheap: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956

24 January 2016: History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives: Abba Eban (1915 - 2002)

17 January 2016: Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It's already tomorrow in Australia: Charles M. Schulz.

10 January 2016: Play Canasta and laugh: Beatrix Janek-Oefelein.

27 December 2105: One thing about trains. It doesn't matter where you are going. What matters is that you get on: The conductor in the film The Polar Express.

13 December 2105: Dog hair makes great compost: Anna Larkin.

6 December 15: As far as I am concerned, religion is public transportation I never use: p 65, Kamel Daoud in The Meursault Investigation.

29 November 15: For all man's supposed accomplishments, continued existence is completely dependent upon six inches of topsoil and the fact that it rains: Confucius quoted in Farmaggedon, p 341.

22 November 15: Snails have covered a good point. Having a reliable house above you allows more time to pay attention to the other things that matter: David Risstrom.

15 November 15: To forget one's purpose is the commonest form of stupidity: Friedrich Nietzsche.

8 November 15: It takes nothing away from a human to be kind to an animal: Joaquin Phoenix.

1 November 15: We are realists. We dream the impossible: Ernesto Che Guevara.

25 October 15: The least I can do is speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves: Jane Goodall, talking for and about animals.

18 October 15: It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this: Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970).

11 October 15: The reasons activist are a ‘threat’ isn't that they are breaking windows, it’s that they are creating them: Will Potter, journalist.

4 October 15: All sanity depends on this: that it should be a delight to feel heat strike the skin, a delight to stand upright, knowing the bones are moving easily under the flesh: Doris Lessing.

27 September 15: If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago (1918-1956).

20 September 15: What is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?: Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862).

13 September 15: The secret of happiness is to make others believe they are the cause of it: Al Batt.

6 September 15: The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now: Chinese proverb.

30 August 15: Try wearing something that keeps you warm before you crank up the heater. It may help yourself and the planet be more comfortable.

23 August 15: No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted: Aesop (620 BC - 560 BC) in The Lion and the Mouse.

16 August 15: In a world with boundless opportunities for amusement, it’s detestable that anyone would choose to get thrills from killing others who ask for nothing from life but the chance to remain alive: Sir Roger Moore in The Telegraph (UK).

9 August 2015: Politics is the shadow cast on society by big business, John Dewey quoted in Noam Chomsky, p. 302 in How The World Works.

2 August 2015: How often do we ask others to do things differently, more thoughtfully, more compassionately, more selflessly, than we might allow others to ask of ourselves?: David Risstrom

26 July 2015: Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony: Mohandas K. Gandhi.

19 July 2015: Nothing ends. Things just rearrange: Bob Chorush, p iv, in Fowl Gestures: Cutting Edge Adventures in Animal Activism.

12 July 2015: Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself than this incessant business: Henry David Thoreau.

5 July 2015: The most solid basis for self esteem is to live an ethical life, that is, a life in which one contributes to the greatest possible extent to making the world a better place, Peter Singer, p 102, in The Most Good You Can Do.

28 June 2015: Every act of cruelty towards any creature is contrary to human dignity: Pope Francis.

21 June 2015: Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves: Confucius.

14 June 2015: The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it: Robert Swan on The Rainforest Site.

7 June 2015: Do not protect yourself by a fence, but rather by your friends: Czech Proverb.

31 May 2015: Travelling broadens the mind. … and your feet: David Risstrom.

19 April 2015: In heaven all the interesting people are missing: Friedrich Nietzsche.

12 April 2015: The final proof that we are not inherently "wired" to ignore climate change - which should be self-evident - is that the majority of people, across the world, already accept that it is a major threat and might be prepared to support the necessary changes. They currently feel isolated and powerless, but could readily be mobilised if their concerns and hopes became validated within a community of shared conviction and purpose. Human history provides so many examples of social movements that have overcome apparently impossible obstacles that we know that we should be capable of meeting this challenge, providing that we move decisively: George Marshall, p 230 in Don't Even Think About it - Why Our Brains Are Wired To Ignore Climate Change.

5 April 2015: It is much harder to argue one's innocence when one knows that one's actions are causing harm. If climate change becomes intentionally harmful only when people know they are causing it, is it any surprise that most people do everything they can to avoid learning about it or accepting that it exists?: George Marshall, p 184 in Don't Even Think About it - Why Our Brains Are Wired To Ignore Climate Change.

29 March 2015: The problem with climate change is that it is us: David Risstrom.

22 March 2015: 22 March 2015: A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone: Henry David Thoreau.

15 March 2015: It is possible to store the mind with a million facts and still be entirely uneducated: Alec Bourne.

8 March 2015: Everyone has the obligation to ponder well his own specific traits of character. He must also regulate them adequately and not wonder whether someone else's traits might suit him better. The more definitely his own a man's character is, the better it fits him: Cicero (106 BC - 43 BC).

1 March 2015: Keep smiling: Beatrix Janek-Oefelein.

22 February 2015: Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing: Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865), Lincoln's Own Stories.

15 February 2015: A good person is a friend to all living things: Mahatma Gandhi.

8 February 2015: Poor and free rather than rich and enslaved. Of course, men want to be both rich and free, and this is what leads them to be poor and enslaved: Albert Camus in Notebooks (1942-1951).

1 February 2015: What is both historically unique and persistently disturbing about the Holocaust is that Germany, with its cultural heritage and place among civilised nations, was capable of those kinds of atrocities. It elicits troubling questions: if the ice of a culturally-advanced civilisation upon which one fancied oneself safely standing was in fact so thin at that time, then how safe is the ice we live upon today? What protects us from falling through it? Individual morality? Societal and state institutions? Has the ice grown thicker with time or has the passage of time only allowed us to forget how thin it really is?: Bernard Schlink, p 29 in Guilt About The Past.

25 January 2015: The pursuit of truth needs no other purpose than the truth: Bernard Schlink, p 136 in Guilt About The Past.

18 January 2015: Midway upon the journey of our life, I found myself within a forest dark, For the straightforward pathway had been lost: Dante, Canto 1 in Inferno.

11 January 2015: The essence of friendship lies, I suggest, in the exercise of s capacity to perceive, a willingness to respect, and a desire to understand, the differences between persons. Friendship lies in a response to the singularity of persons, and a person's friendship extends only as far as such singularity engages him: Richard Wollheim, The Thread of Life, pp 275-6, cited in How to Deal with Adversity, Christopher Hamilton, p. 59.

28 December 2014: The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes of mind: William James (1842 - 1910).

21 December 2014: People sometimes pay with their lives for saying out loud what they think: Anna Politkovskaya, former Russian journalist.

14 December 2014: Do not think that the person who seeks to console you lives untroubled and in accord with the simple and quiet words that sometimes help you. His life has much hardship and sadness, and remains far behind yours. If it were otherwise, he could never have found those words: R. M. Rilke, Letter to Franz Kappus, 12 August 1904 on How to Deal with Adversityˆ, Christopher Hamilton, The School of Life, 2014.

7 December 2014: We must recover the whole sense of gift, of gratuitousness, of solidarity. Rampant capitalism has taught the logic of profit at all costs, of giving to get, of exploitation without looking at the person … and we see the result in the crisis we are experiencing: Pope Francis.

30 November 2014: They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself: Andy Warhol (1928 - 1987), The Philosophy of Andy Warhol.

16 November 2014: Empathy is the most essential quality of civilisation: Roger Ebert.

9 November 2014: Voting is the foundation stone for political action: Dr Martin Luther King Jr.

2 November 2014: Respect existence or expect resistance: Graffiti at Lentil as Anything, Thornbury, Melbourne.

26 October 2014: Paranoia is the self-cure for insignificance … the paranoiac is at the centre of a world which has no centre … to be hated makes him feel real: he has made his presence felt. To be unforgivable is to be unforgettable: Adam Phillip, psychoanalyst, in The Life of I: The New Culture of Narcissism by Anne Manne, p.3.

19 October 2014: Don't worry. It may never happen.

12 October 2014: It would be naive to think that the problems plaguing mankind today can be solved with means and methods which were applied or seemed to work in the past.… Mikhail Gorbachev, (1988).

28 September 2014: To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe: Anatole France (1844 - 1924).

21 September 2014: It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it: Aristotle.

14 September 2014: It was very clear. You don't decide to be a writer. You are one or you are not one. This drives people crazy. Because everyone thinks it's easy to sit down and scribble and that's it. Well it isn't it. You have to have a certain gift which is not . Art is not a democracy. In fact art is the enemy of democracy: Gore Vidal.

7 September 2014: Be nice to worms. Ultimately, they and their mates have the last say.

31 August 2014: Complaining is good for you as long as you're not complaining to the person you're complaining about: Lynn Johnston (1947 - ), For Better or For Worse.

24 August 2014: Insanity in individuals is something rare - but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule: Friedrich Nietzsche.

17 August 2014: Do what you must. What you can. And what is good: David Risstrom.

10 August 2014: Take your dogs for a walk and breath in the fresh air: Beatrix Janek-Oefelein.

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27 July 2014: What is enough?: David Risstrom.

20 July 2014: I always imagined paradise will be a kind of library: Jorge Luis Borge.

13 July 2014: It always seems impossible until it is done: Nelson Mandela.

6 July 2014: Detention just destroys the mind. Freedom is better than 10 hours on a psychiatrist's couch: Refugee advocate Pamela Curr.

29 June 14: Making the planet a better place to be may be easier than you think. Just choose to: David Risstrom.

22 June 14: Your ideas are good too: David Risstrom.

15 June 14: Your dog just doesn't notice that you are old or ill or unsuccessful. To him you are perfect: Pam Brown.

8 June 14: Between the ideal and the reality falls the shadow: T. S. Elliot.

1 June 14: What is the role of co-operation in competition policy?: David Risstrom.

25 May 14: Those who work without knowledge will damage more than they can fix and those who walk quickly on the wrong path will only distance themselves from their goal: Arabic proverb cited in Glenn L. Carre, p 95, The Interrogators: an education.

18 May 14:The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts: Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970).

11 May 14: He who knows only his side of the case knows little of that: John Stuart Mill in On Liberty.

4 May 14: Inequality destroys social cohesion: Richard Wilkinson, UK academic, author of The Spirit Level.

27 April 14: Try reducing, reusing and recycling where you can. It's an idea worth recycling.

20 April 14: When anger rises, think of the consequences: Confucius.

13 April 14: Once aware of how much opportunity you have to help others, many of your actions become an informed preference: David Risstrom.

6 April 14: Thinking is a lonely business: Martin Heidegger in the movie Hannah Arendt.

30 March 14: You can't expect a democracy from a society like this: Gore Vidal in the movie Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia.

23 March 14: You are what you can be: David Risstrom.

16 March 14: Duck hunting is one of many blood sports that requires of both its participants and its victims much more than they either should be asked to pay: David Risstrom.

9 March 14: The past is just a story we tell ourselves: Samantha in the movie Her.

2 March 14: On my own I don't fit in, let alone with anybody else: Mick in the movie Le Weekend.

23 February 14: A dog owns nothing, yet is seldom dissatisfied: Irish proverb

16 February 14: Nullius in verba: take no man's word for granted: Motto of the Royal Society.

9 February 14: No price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself: Friedrich Nietzsche.

2 February 14: In framing an ideal we may assume what we wish, but should avoid impossibilities: Aristotle.

26 January 14: If we could live happy and healthy lives without harming others … why wouldn't we?: Edgar's Mission Animal Refuge poster at Las Vegan Bakery, Smith St. Collingwood.

19 January 14: Our species will never run out of fools but I dare say that there have been at least as many credulous idiots who preferred faith in god as there have been dolts and simpletons who concluded otherwise: Christopher Hitchins p. 255 in God Is Not Great.

12 January 14: Just as civilisation is natural for humans, so is barbarism: John Gray.

5 January 14: Before God we are all equally wise - and equally foolish: Albert Einstein.

29 December 13: A good head and a good heart are a formidable combination: Nelson Mandela.

22 December 13: To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both side: David Viscott, How to Live with Another Person, 1974.

15 December 13: The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will often be lonely and sometime frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself: Friedrich Nietzsche.

8 December 13: For to be free is not merely to cast of one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others: Nelson Mandela (1918-2013).

1 December 13: 'Tis bad enough in man or woman, to steal a goose from the common; But surely he's without excuse, Who steal the common from the goose: On inclosures in the Oxford Book of Light Verse: 1938.

17 November 13: Forgive generously: Hugh Mackay, p. 226 in The Good Life.

10 November 13: Treat others the way you'd like them to treat you, provided it is just and reasonable: Hugh Mackay, p. 177 in The Good Life.

3 November 13: A friend is someone who stabs you in the front: Oscar Wilde.

27 October 13: Science can only ascertain what is, but not what should be, and outside of its domain value judgments of all kinds remain necessary: Albert Einstein (1879-1955), Out of My Later Years, 1936.

20 October 13: I'm not a vegetarian because I love animals. I'm a vegetarian because I hate plants: A Whitney Brown.

13 October 13: The whole work of man really seems to consist in nothing but proving to himself every minute that he is a man and not a piano key: Fyodor Dostoevsky in Notes From The Underground.

6 October 2013: Life is something that happens when you can't get to sleep: Fran Lebowitz (1950 -).

29 September 2013: Hope is a waking dream: Aristotle.

22 September 2013: I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority: E. B. White (1899 - 1985).

15 September 2013: Democracy: The substitution of election by the incompetent for appointment by the corrupt few: George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950).

8 September 2013: The great thing about democracy is that it gives every voter a chance to do something stupid: Art Spander.

1 September 2013: You do not have to leave your room. Remain still at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet, still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked. It has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet: Franz Kafka.

25 August 2013: Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve: George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950).

18 August 2013: The greatest hazard of all, losing one's self, can occur very quietly in the world, almost as if it were nothing at all: The Sickness Unto Death, Soren Kiekergaard.

11 August 2013: For nothing worthy proving can be proven, Nor yet disproven: wherefore thou be wise, Cleave ever to the sunnier side of doubt: From Alfred Tennyson’s poem The Ancient Sage.

4 August 2013: It always seems impossible until it is done: Nelson Mandela

28 July 2013: Do we do what we ask of others?: David Risstrom.

21 July 2013: Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And when you look into the abyss, the abyss also looks into you: Friedrich Nietzsche.

14 July 2013: The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science, Whoever does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer marvel, is as good as dead and his eyes are dimmed: Albert Einstein.

7 July 2013: Try making decisions that allow space for other animals to make the decisions they want too also: David Risstrom.

30 June 2013: The United States is unusual among the industrialised democracies in the rigidity of the system of ideological control; we might say, exercised through the mass media: Noam Chomsky.

23 June 2013: Interrogate your instincts, then act with the confidence that being wrong is usually better than not being at all: David Risstrom.

16 June 2013: When men yield up the exclusive privilege of thinking, the last shadow of liberty quits the horizon: Thomas Paine.

9 June 2013: Charismatic leadership has not freed us and never will, because freedom is, by definition, people realising that they are their own leaders: Diane Nash, organiser for black equality following Rosa Parks famous bus trip: David Risstrom.

2 June 2013: Err on the side of generosity: David Risstrom.

26 May 2013: He who has a 'why' to live for can bear almost any 'how': Friedrich Nietzsche.

19 May 2013: To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe: Anatole France (1844-1924).

12 May 2013: Perhaps the meek choose to give, rather than inherit: David Risstrom.

5 May 2013: Fear is never a good coach: Antoine F. Goetschel, Swiss lawyer, at the 2013 Voiceless lecture, Melbourne.

28 April 2013: A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything: Friedrich Nietzsche.

21 April 2013: Try sitting somewhere for a little while. Let yourself Listen. Feel. And hear: A whole new world is around us. The trick may be to allow ourselves to experience it: David Risstrom.

14 April 2013: Hate is baggage. Life's too short to be pissed off all the time. It's just not worth it.. Danny's lesson from the film American History X.

7 April 2013: Make of good what you can: David Risstrom.

31 March 2013: It is the history of our kindness that alone makes this world tolerable: Robert Louis Stevenson.

24 March 2013: Is silence acceptance?: David Risstrom.

10 March 2013: It's possible, that anything is possible: David Risstrom.

3 March 2013: Be what you are. Become what you can be: David Risstrom.

26 February 2013: We are what we are. And that can change: David Risstrom.

17 February 2013: The easiest people to ask something of is ourselves: David Risstrom

10 February 2013: I'd be more optimistic, if only it were possible. I'd be more pessimistic, if only I thought it wouldn't get worse: David Risstrom.

3 February 2013: We shall not cease from exploring and at the end of our exploration we will return to where we first started and know the place we started for the first time: T. S. Elliot.

27 January 2013: Freedom is what we do with what is done to us: Jean-Paul Satre.

20 January 2013: We all move uneasily within our restraints: Kay Redfield Jamison, p. 109, An Unquiet Mind.

13 January 2013: Being good is possible: David Risstrom

6 January 2013: The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing: Edmund Bourke

30 December 2012: Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation: Robert Kennedy (1925 - 1968).

23 December 2012: A turkey never voted for an early Christmas: Irish proverb.

16 December 2012: I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation I may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances: Martha Washington (1732-1802).

9 December 2012: A bone to the dog is not charity. Charity is the bone shared with the dog, when you are just as hungry as the dog: Jack London (1876-1916

2 December 2012: He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how: Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 - 1900).

25 November 2012: They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself: Andy Warhol (1928-87),The Philosophy of Andy Warhol.

18 November 2012: Truth is generally the best vindication against slander: Abraham Lincoln, cited in David Hick, Guantanamo My Journey, p. xi.

4 November 2012: The animals of the planet are in desperate peril... Without free animal life I believe we will lose the spiritual equivalent of oxygen. Alice Walker (1944 - ).

28 October 2012: Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them. Samuel Butler (1835 - 1902).

21 October 2012: Let's be as kind to animals as we can be: David Risstrom.

14 October 2012: We shall never understand the natural environment until we see it as a living organism. Land can be healthy or sick, fertile or barren, rich or poor, lovingly nurtured or bled white. Our present attitudes and laws governing the ownership and use of land represent an abuse of the concept of private property. Today you can murder land for private profit. You can leave the corpse for all to see and nobody calls the cops: Paul Brooks, The Pursuit of Wilderness (1971).

7 October 2012: To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe: Anatole France (1844-1924).

2 September 2012: To love deeply in one direction makes us more loving in all others: Anne Sophie Swetchine.

12 August 2012: Better late than never: David Risstrom.

14 August 2011: Do what's right: David Risstrom

8 August 2011: Life is full of surprises and and serendipity. Being open to unexpected turns in the road is an important part of success. If you try to plan every step, you may miss those wonderful twists and turns. Just find your next adventure, do it well, enjoy it, and then, not now, think about what comes next: Condoleeza Rice.

1 August 2011: The things that matter most must never be at the mercy of the things that matter least: Goethe.

25 July 2011: Being Green is cool: David Risstrom

4 July 2011: To love deeply in one direction makes us more loving in all directions: Anne-Sophie Swetchine.

27 June 2011: We walk amongst a forest of ifs, noticing those with which we collide: David Risstrom

20 June 2011: All the best artists are in kindergarten: attributed to Picasso.

13 June 2011: Grief is like a winding valley where any bend may reveal a totally new landscape: C. S. Lewis

6 June 2011: Say less. Do more. Try often: David Risstrom

30 May 2011: Let us be as good to animals as they often are to us: David Risstrom.

23 May 2011: Be almost as good as you can be: David Risstrom.

27 September 2010: They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself: Andy Warhol.

5 April 2010: What a gift it would be to able to see the world from eyes less powerful than our own: David Risstrom.

29 March 2010: Love is the brightest light in the world: David Risstrom.

22 March 2010: Be as good as you can as often as you can and be as fair to yourself the other times: David Risstrom.

22 February 2010: What is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?: Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862).

15 February 2010: Climate change - it's the elephant in the room: Theme of the 2010 Sustainable Living Festival,19-21 February 2010, Melbourne, Australia.

8 February 2010: If you allow yourself the time to think about how it might feel to have less power over the environment you live in, being generous makes much more sense: David Risstrom.

1 February 2010: Nothing in the world is permanent, and we're foolish when we ask anything to last, but surely we're still more foolish not to take delight in it while we have it. If change is of the essence of existence one would have thought it only sensible to make it the premise of our philosophy: W. Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965), The Razor's Edge, 1943.

25 January 2010: We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them: Albert Einstein.

18 January 2010: Meanwhile, we have proved ingenious enough to find ways to ease the toil and trouble of living to the point where an elimination of labouring from the range of human activities can no longer be regarded as utopian. For even now, labouring is too lofty, too ambitious a word for what we are doing, or think we are doing, in the world we have come to live in. The last state of the labouring society, the society of jobholders, demands of its members a sheer automatic functioning, as though individual life had actually been submerged in the over-all life process of the species and the only active decision still required of the individual were to let go, so to speak, to abandon his individuality, the still individually sensed pain and trouble of living, and acquiesce in a dazed, "tranquillised," function type of behaviour. The trouble with modern theories of behaviourism is not that they are wrong but that they could become true, that they actually are the best possible conceptualisation of certain obvious trends in modern society. It is quite conceivable that the modern age-which began with such an unprecedented and promising outburst of human activity-may end in the deadliest, most sterile passivity history has ever known: Hannah Arendt, 1958, The Human Condition, p 322.

11 January 2010: Make all you can, save all you can, give all you can: John Wesley (1703 - 1791).

4 January 2010: Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future: Niels Bohr (1885 - 1962).

28 December 2009: I never think of the future - it comes soon enough: Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955).

21 December 2009: In charity there is no excess: Sir Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626), Of Goodness, and Goodness of Nature (1625).

14 December 2009: Always be nice to those younger than you, because they are the ones who will be writing about you: Cyril Connolly (1903 - 1974).

7 December 2009: Not a shred of evidence exists in favour of the idea that life is serious: Brendan Gill.

30 November 2009: Ours (Australia) is a donocracy in which the number of shares in which you have purchased in the party of your choice determines your effective voting power: Carmen Laurence, Former Western Australia Premier and Federal Member of Parliament, speaking at the Sydney Festival of Dangerous Ideas, broadcast on ABC 'Fora Radio' 21 October 2009.

23 November 2009: The highest reward for a man's toil is not what he gets for it, but what he becomes by it: Professor Steven Schwartz Macquarie University Vice-Chancellor's Inaugural Annual Lecture, citing John Ruskin (phon.).

16 November 2009: Reality is a nice place to visit, but you wouldn't want to live there: Professor Steven Schwartz Macquarie University Vice-Chancellor's Inaugural Annual Lecture, citing anthropologist Marshall Salantz (phon.).

9 November 2009: Do not weep; do not wax indignant. Understand: Baruch Spinoza (1632 - 1677).

2 November 2009: The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it: George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950).

26 October 2009: A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort: Herm Albright (1876 - 1944).

14 September 2009: Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing: Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865), Lincoln's Own Stories.

7 September 2009: To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides: David Viscott, How to Live with Another Person, 1974.

31 August 2009: An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don't: Anatole France (1844 - 1924).

24 August 2009: The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true: James Branch Cabell (1879 - 1958), The Silver Stallion, 1926.

17 August 2009: Eccentricity is not, as dull people would have us believe, a form of madness. It is often a kind of innocent pride, and the man of genius and the aristocrat are frequently regarded as eccentrics because genius and aristocrat are entirely unafraid of and uninfluenced by the opinions and vagaries of the crowd: Edith Sitwell (1887 - 1964), Taken Care Of ,1965.

10 August 2009: Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing: Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865), Lincoln's Own Stories.

3 August 2009: To accomplish great things, we must dream as well as act: Anatole France (1844 - 1924).

27 July 2009: Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind. To the fearful it is threatening because it means that things may get worse. To the hopeful it is encouraging because things may get better. To the confident it is inspiring because the challenge exists to make things better King Whitney Jr.

20 July 2009: There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness: Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 - 1900), "On Reading and Writing."

13 July 2009: Slow down and enjoy life. It's not only the scenery you miss by going too fast - you also miss the sense of where you are going and why: Eddie Cantor (1892 - 1964).

6 July 2009: If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have paradise in a few years: Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970).

29 June 2009: Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you: Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 - 1900).

22 June 2009: How can you come to know yourself? Never by thinking, always by doing. Try to do your duty, and you'll know right away what you amount to: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832).

15 June 2009: Misfortune shows those who are not really friends: Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC), Eudemian Ethics.

8 June 2009: If all economists were laid end to end, they would not reach a conclusion: George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950).

1 June 2009: The number of books will grow continually, and one can predict that a time will come when it will be almost as difficult to learn anything from books as from the direct study of the whole universe. It will be almost as convenient to search for some bit of truth concealed in nature as it will be to find it hidden away in an immense multitude of bound volumes: Denis Diderot (1713 - 1784).

25 May 2009: Inspiration is the gentle listening to the wisdom of our inner being: Anne Wilson Schaef.

18 May 2009: My mother drew a distinction between achievement and success. She said that 'achievement is the knowledge that you have studied and worked hard and done the best that is in you. Success is being praised by others, and that's nice, too, but not as important or satisfying. Always aim for achievement and forget about success': Helen Hayes (1900 - 1993).

11 May 2009: You're alive. Do something. The directive in life, the moral imperative was so uncomplicated. It could be expressed in single words, not complete sentences. It sounded like this: Look. Listen. Choose. Act: Barbara Hall, A Summons to New Orleans, 2000.

4 May 2009: Ethical axioms are found and tested not very differently from the axioms of science. Truth is what stands the test of experience: Albert Einstein

27 April 2009: If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater, suggest that he wear a tail: Fran Lebowitz.

20 April 2009: To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead: Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970), Marriage and Morals.

13 April 2009: My idea of an agreeable person is a person who agrees with me: Benjamin Disraeli (1804 - 1881).

6 April 2009: To accomplish great things, we must dream as well as act: Anatole France (1844 - 1924).

30 March 2009: It is awful to have things stolen from us, but the impact of that loss also has something to do with what we can afford to give and how we value what was taken from us: David Risstrom.

15 December 2008: Be yourself. Everybody else is taken: Sarah, a Swedish transvestite cited by Andrew Denton in his final 'Enough Rope' program.

8 December 2008: Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation: George Washington (1732 - 1799).

1 December 2008: As individuals we can only do so much. As a civilisation, almost anything is possible: David Risstrom.

24 November 2008: Each person must live their life as a model for others: Rosa Parks.

17 November 2008: In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends: Martin Luther King Jr.

10 November 2008: They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself: Andy Warhol (1928 - 1987), The Philosophy of Andy Warhol.

3 November 2008: Good things are possible and very likely to happen: David Risstrom.

27 October 2008: When your government supports an illegal war and sells arms to dictatorships, it's time for ordinary citizens like us to take action: Annika Spalde, member of Swedish peace network, Ofog.

20 October 2008: Nothing is easier than to denounce the evil doer. Nothing is more difficult than to understand him: Fyodor Dostoevsky.

13 October 2008: Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, to life itself than this incessant business: Henry David Thoreau.

6 October 2008: It is possible to store the mind with a million facts and still be entirely uneducated: Alec Bourne.

28 September 2008: Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love. How on earth can you explain in terms of chemistry and physics so important a biological phenomenon as first love? Put your hand on a stove for a minute and it seems like an hour. Sit with that special girl for an hour and it seems like a minute. That's relativity: Albert Einstein.

21 September 2008: Happiness depends upon ourselves: Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC).

14 September 2008: Eccentricity is not, as dull people would have us believe, a form of madness. It is often a kind of innocent pride, and the man of genius and the aristocrat are frequently regarded as eccentrics because genius and aristocrat are entirely unafraid of and uninfluenced by the opinions and vagaries of the crowd: Edith Sitwell (1887 - 1964), Taken Care Of ,1965.

7 September 2008: To love deeply in one direction makes us more loving in all others: Anne-Sophie Swetchine.

1 September 2008: A cynic is not merely one who reads bitter lessons from the past, he is one who is prematurely disappointed in the future: Sidney J. Harris.

25 August 2008: Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves: Confucius.

18 August 2008: Too many have dispensed with generosity in order to practice charity: Albert Camus (1913 - 1960).

11 August 2008: People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882).

4 August 2008: The argument which is made by a man's life is of more weight than that which is furnished by words: Isocrates.

28 July 2008: If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have paradise in a few years: Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970).

21 July 2008: Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life. Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something: Henry David Thoreau.

14 July 2008: People do not always follow blindly what others are doing, but select changes in cultural patterns that favour their own needs or desire: Robert A. Hinde, p. 13, Bending the Rules, Morality in the modern world from relationships to politics and war.

7 July 2008: Everyone has the obligation to ponder well his own specific traits of character. He must also regulate them adequately and not wonder whether someone else's traits might suit him better. The more definitely his own a man's character is, the better it fits him: Cicero (106 BC - 43 BC).

30 June 2008: The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that you've got it made: Jean Giraudoux (1882 - 1944).

23 June 2008: Eccentricity is not, as dull people would have us believe, a form of madness. It is often a kind of innocent pride, and the man of genius and the aristocrat are frequently regarded as eccentrics because genius and aristocrat are entirely unafraid of and uninfluenced by the opinions and vagaries of the crowd: Edith Sitwell (1887 - 1964),

16 June 2008: There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness: Josh Billings (1818 - 1885).

9 June 2008: A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort: Herm Albright (1876 - 1944).

2 June 2008: Not a shred of evidence exists in favour of the idea that life is serious: Brendan Gill.

26 May 2008: To love deeply in one direction makes us more loving in all others: Anne-Sophie Swetchine.

19 May 2008: The first step is the hardest, the last even harder: Russian proverb.

12 May 2008: To love deeply in one direction makes us more loving in all others: Anne-Sophie Swetchine.

5 May 2008: If a dog's prayers were answered, bones would rain from the sky: Proverb from my desktop calendar.

28 April 2008: Life is something that everyone should try at least once: Henry J. Tillman.

21 April 2008: Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be: Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865).

14 April 2008: An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don't: Anatole France (1844 - 1924).

7 April 2008: I pay very little regard ... to what any young person says on the subject of marriage. If they profess a disinclination for it, I only set it down that they have not yet seen the right person: Jane Austen (1775 - 1817), Mansfield Park.

31 March 2008: There is no remedy for love but to love more: Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862),

24 March 2008: He who has a thousand friends has not a friend to spare. And he who has one enemy will meet him everywhere: Ali ibn-Abi-Talib (602 AD - 661 AD),

17 March 2008: No other offense has ever been visited with such severe penalties as seeking to help the oppressed: Clarence Darrow.

10 March 2008: An optimist is the human personification of spring: Susan J. Bissonette.

3 March 2008: No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted: Aesop, in The Lion and the Mouse.

25 February 2008: Eccentricity is not, as dull people would have us believe, a form of madness. It is often a kind of innocent pride, and the man of genius and the aristocrat are frequently regarded as eccentrics because genius and aristocrat are entirely unafraid of and uninfluenced by the opinions and vagaries of the crowd: Edith Sitwell.

18 February 2008: First and last, it's a question of money. Those men who own the earth make the laws to protect what they have. They fix up a sort of fence or pen around what they have, and they fix the law so the fellow on the outside cannot get in. The laws are really organized for the protection of the men who rule the world. They were never organized or enforced to do justice. We have no system for doing justice, not the slightest in the world: Clarence Darrow.

11 February 2008: Freedom only for the supporters of the government, only for the members of one party -- however numerous they may be -- is no freedom at all. Freedom is always and exclusively freedom for the one who thinks differently. Not because of any fanatical concept of 'justice' but because all that is instructive, wholesome and purifying in political freedom depends on this essential characteristic, and its effectiveness vanishes when 'freedom' becomes a special privilege: Rosa Luxemburg, from 'The Russian Revolution', 1918.

4 February 2008: Let us set aside our differences. Let us give attention to what we can agree on, and let us put it into practice. Why quarrel?: Buddha.

28 January 2008: Say or think 'I Am" and add nothing to it: Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth.

21 January 2008: Every night, someone thinks about you before they go to sleep: Taken from a Facebook superwall.

14 January 2008: Censorship is advertising paid for by the government: Frederick Fellinni.

7 January 2008: Love is, above all else, the gift of oneself: Jean Anouilh.

31 December 2007: The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself: Friedrich Nietzsche.

24 December 2007: Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome: Isaac Asimov.

17 December 2007: The truth is not simply what you think it is; it is also the circumstances in which it is said, and to whom, why and how it is said: Vaclav Havel.

10 December 2007: Sometimes the measure of friendship isn't your ability to not harm but your capacity to forgive the things done to you and ask forgiveness for your own mistakes: Randy K. Milholland.

3 December 2007: Nothing can so alienate a voter from the political system as backing a winning candidate: Mark B. Cohen.

26 November 2007: It is the duty of every citizen according to his best capacities to give validity to his convictions in political affairs: Albert Einstein.

19 November 2007: Perhaps the feelings that we experience when we are in love represent a normal state. Being in love shows a person who he should be: Anton Chekhov.

12 November 2007: A bone to the dog is not charity. Charity is the bone shared with the dog, when you are just as hungry as the dog: Jack London.

5 November 2007: To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead: Bertrand Russell.

29 October 2007: The future is always present, as a promise, as a lure and a temptation: Karl Popper.

22 October 2007: The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been kindness, beauty, and truth. The trite subjects of human efforts, possessions, outward success, luxury have always seemed to me contemptible: Albert Einstein.

15 October 2007: The government consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office: H. L. Mencken.

8 October 2007: Laugh at yourself first, before anyone else can: Elsa Maxwell.

1 October 2007: Do not weep; do not wax indignant. Understand: Baruch Spinoza.

24 September 2007: I believe in God, only I spell it Nature: Frank Lloyd Wright.

17 September 2007: It seems to me that people have vast potential. Most people can do extraordinary things if they have the confidence or take the risks. Yet most people don't. They sit in front of the telly and treat life as if it goes on forever: Philip Adams.

10 September 2007: It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it: Aristotle.

3 September 2007: An optimist is the human personification of spring: Susan J. Bissonette.

27 August 2007: Arguments are to be avoided; they are always vulgar and often convincing: Oscar Wilde.

20 August 2007: To accomplish great things, we must dream as well as act: Anatole France.

13 August 2007: To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead: Bertrand Russell.

6 August 2007: Insanity in individuals is something rare - but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule: Friedrich Nietzsche.

30 July 2007: Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life. Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something: Henry David Thoreau.

23 July 2007: Be not inhospitable to strangers, lest they be angels in disguise: George Whitman, proprietor of Shakespeare and Co. Antiquarian Books, Paris.

16 July 2007: The economy is a wholly owned subsidiary of the biosphere: Faye Adams.

9 July 2007: Think about the possibilities of sharing your garden with some of the plants, birds and animals that you inherited it from. Good ideas on sharing your garden, in deference to making it an urban animal fortress, are available on sites such as 'Flora for Fauna'.

2 July 2007: Count up the results of fifty years fo human rights mechanisms, thirty years of multibillion dollar development programmes and endless high-level rhetoric and the general impact is quite underwhelming … this is a failure of implementation on a scale that shames us all: Mary Robinson, UN Human Rights Commissioner, on her fiftieth anniversary of the UDHR, 10 December 1998, cited in Crimes Against Humanity, p 41, Geoffrey Robinson QC.

14 May 2007: Empathy is the most insightful way of looking at the world as if we weren't: David Risstrom.

7 May 2007: Do unto others as they would have done unto them: Frank Fischer.

30 April 2007: The Australian government's plan to use nuclear power to avoid global warming is as useful as bringing a gun to a hospital to make people well: David Risstrom.

23 April 2007: Good planets are hard to find.

16 April 2007: The pioneers of a warless world are the youth who refuse military service: Albert Einstein.

9 April 2007: We shall never understand the natural environment until we see it as a living organism. Land can be healthy or sick, fertile or barren, rich or poor, lovingly nurtured or bled white. Our present attitudes and laws governing the ownership and use of land represent an abuse of the concept of private property. ... Today you can murder land for private profit. You can leave the corpse for all to see and nobody calls the cops:
Paul Brooks, author of The Pursuit of Wilderness.

2 April 2007: And in the general hardening of outlook that set in ... practices which had been long abandoned - imprisonment without trial, the use of war prisoners as slaves, public executions, torture to extract confessions ... and the deportation of whole populations - not only became common again, but were tolerated and even defended by people who considered themselves enlightened and progressive: A timely extract from George Orwell's book '1984'.

26 March 2007: Good things are always possible. Good people make them more likely: David Risstrom.

19 March 2007: The enormous gap between what US leaders do in the world and what Americans think their leaders are doing is one of the great propaganda accomplishments of the dominant political mythology: Michael Parenti.

12 March 2007: Every government is run by liars, and nothing they say should be believed: I. F. Stone.

5 March 2007: [The Right] lie with impunity. Let's face it. They're liars. They lied about the reason they took our sons and daughters to war. They spend millions of dollars in campaign ads saying they are for a prescription drug benefit under Medicare while they work to destroy Medicare and replace it with private plans and HMOs. They call their dirty air legislation 'Clear Skies' and their plan to give the timber companies our trees, 'Healthy Forests.' They call their job-killing economic program a "jobs program." They say they are for peace when they are for war. Millions of children are left behind under their miserly 'No Child Left Behind' education bill. They tout a child tax credit for working families and then silently drop it in favour of more tax cuts for millionaires: USA Republican Jan Schakowsky.

26 February 2007: A well-functioning democracy has a culture of free speech, not simply legal protection of free speech. It encourages independence of mind. It imparts a willingness to challenge prevailing opinion through both words and deeds. Equally important, it encourages a certain set of attitudes in listeners, one that gives a respectful hearing to those who do not embrace the conventional wisdom. In a culture of free speech, the attitude of listeners is no less important than that of speakers: Cass Sunstein.

19 February 2007: The point of public relations slogans like "Support our troops" is that they don't mean anything ... That's the whole point of good propaganda. You want to create a slogan that nobody's going to be against, and everybody's going to be for. Nobody knows what it means, because it doesn't mean anything. Its crucial value is that it diverts your attention from a question that does mean something: Do you support our policy? That's the one you're not allowed to talk about: Noam Chomsky.

12 February 2007: Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilized by education; they grow there, firm as weeds among rocks: Charlotte Bronte.

5 February 2007: Experience is a good school, but the fees are high: Heinrich Heine.

29 January 2007: The struggle of people against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting: Milan Kundera, Czech author of The Unbearable Lightness of Being.

22 January 2007: Don't put the blame anywhere else. Let's look in the mirror: Noam Chomsky, speaking at MIT in 2002 on 'Distorted Morality' answering a question about the increase in global terrorism.

15 January 2007: Be yourself. Everybody else is already taken: Clive Schmidt aka Sara Lund, Swedish transvestite speaking on 'Enough Rope' 30 October 2006.

8 January 2007: If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles: Sun Tzu, The Art of War, 510 BC.

1 January 2007: New Years resolutions are one thing. Remembering them another.

25 December 2006: Giving is good.

18 December 2006: All democracies turn into dictatorships - but not by coup. The people give their democracy to a dictator, whether it's Julius Caesar or Napoleon or Adolf Hitler. Ultimately, the general population goes along with the idea ... That's the issue that I've been exploring: How did the Republic turn into the Empire ... and how does a democracy become a dictatorship?: Star Wars filmmaker George Lucas.

11 December 2006: Conceit, arrogance and egotism are the essentials of patriotism ... Patriotism assumes that our globe is divided into little spots, each one surrounded by an iron gate. Those who had the fortune of being born on some particular spot, consider themselves better, nobler, grander, more intelligent than the living beings inhabiting any other spot. It is, therefore, the duty of everyone living on that chosen spot to fight, kill, and die in the attempt to impose his superiority upon all others: Emma Goldman.

4 December 2006: The people will believe what the media tells them they believe: George Orwell.

27 November 2006: The United States has only one party - the property party. It's the party of big corporations, the party of money. It has two right wings; one is Democrat and the other is Republican: Gore Vidal.

20 November 2006: When science finally locates the centre of the universe, some people will be surprised to learn they're not it: Anonymous.

13 November 2006: He who fails to plan, plans to fail: Anonymous.

6 November 2006: Laughter is the shortest distance between two people: Victor Borge.

30 October 2006: God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh: Voltaire.

23 October 2006: The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking: Albert Einstein.

16 October 2006: The best investment on earth is earth: Louis. J. Glickman.

9 October 2006: Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over: F. Scott Fitzgerald.

2 October 2006: Airplane travel is nature's way of making you look like your passport photo: Al Gore.

25 September 2006: The time is always right to do what is right: Martin Luther King, Jr.

18 September 2006: The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it: George Bernard Shaw.

11 September 2006: The size of the lie is a definite factor in causing it to be believed, for the vast masses of the nation are in the depths of their hearts more easily deceived than they are consciously and intentionally bad. The primitive simplicity of their minds renders them a more easy prey to a big lie than a small one, for they themselves often tell little lies but would be ashamed to tell a big one: Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf.

4 September 2006: Paramount among the responsibilities of a free press is the duty to prevent any part of the government from deceiving the people: Hugo Black, USA Supreme Court Justice.

28 August 2006: What is the hardest task in the world? To think: Ralph Waldo Emerson.

21 August 2006: The only way to abolish war is to make peace heroic: John Dewey, American philosopher and educator, 1859-1952.

14 August 2006: It is only when a society shares caring values that its people can feel secure: Michael Lerner, philosopher.

7 August 2006: No form of government, once in power, can be trusted to limit its own ambition, to extend freedom and to wither away. This means that it is up to the citizenry, those outside of power, to engage in permanent combat with the state, short of violent, escalatory revolution, but beyond the gentility of the ballot-box, to insure justice, freedom and well being: Howard Zinn, USA political activist.

31 July 2006: The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy: Martin Luther King.

24 July 2006: Always avoid clichés like the plague: Ben Worsely, ABC TV State Politics Reporter.

17 July 2006: If there are no dogs in heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went: author unknown.

10 July 2006: There is no way in which a country can satisfy the craving for absolute security, but it can bankrupt itself morally and economically in attempting to reach that illusory goal through arms alone: Dwight Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States of America (1953-61).

3 July 2006: There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face: Ben Williams, psychologist.

26 June 2006: No place affords a more striking conviction of the vanity of human hopes than a public library: Samuel Johnson, 23 March 1751.

19 June 2006: Be wary of people who are 'right behind you', especially those a long way behind you.

12 June 2006: One of the greatest enemies of ethics is unthinking custom and practice: Simon Longstaff, St. James Ethics Centre.

5 June 2006: It is now time for something to be done. But whoever has the courage to act, must know that he will go down in history as a traitor. But if he does not act, he will be a traitor to his own conscience: Colonel Claus Count von Stauffenberg, July 1944.

29 May 2006: Accepting a more complex understanding of reality where all things and events are seen to be closely interrelated does not mean we cannot infer that the ethical principles we identified earlier cannot be understood as binding, even if, on this view, it becomes difficult to speak in terms of absolutes, at least outside a religious context: The Dalai Lama, Ancient Wisdom, Modern World: Ethics for a New Millennium.

22 May 2006: Be brave … life is joyous: Michael Leunig.

15 May 2006: Altruism is an essential component of those actions which lead to genuine happiness: The Dalai Lama, Ancient Wisdom, Modern World: Ethics for a New Millennium, p. 62.

8 May 2006: Prediction is very difficult, particularly when it involves the future: Neils Bohr, physicist.

1 May 2006: There has never been a war yet which, if the facts had been put calmly before the ordinary folk, could not have been prevented … The common man, I think, is the great protection against war: Ernest Bevin, Speech in the English House of Commons, 23 November 1945

24 April 2006: The difference between theft and a purchase is sometimes a matter of style. In some circumstances, style can be everything: Professor Ian Lowe.

17 April 2006: The large majority of the population already agrees with the things activists are committed to. All we have to do is organise people who are convinced: Noam Chomsky

10 April 2006: If a man is offered a fact which goes against his instincts, he will scrutinize it closely, and unless the evidence is overwhelming, he will refuse to believe it. If, on the other hand, he is offered something which affords a reason for acting in accordance to his instincts, he will accept it even on the slightest evidence: Bertrand Russell, Roads to Freedom

3 April 2006: The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously: Hubert H. Humphrey

27 March 2006: I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something I can do: Edward Everett Hale

20 March 2006: If you think education is expensive, think about the cost of ignorance.

13 March 2006: He who knows not and knows not that he knows not is a fool - shun him. He who knows not and knows that he knows not is ignorant - teach him. He who knows not and knows not that he knows is asleep - awaken him. He who knows and knows that he knows is a wise man - follow him: Old proverb of likely Persian origin provided by Marjorie-Rose Neal.

6 March 2006: Everyone, but everyone, has something that they do better than anyone else - their challenge is to find it, develop it and to then to trust it in the public world. The most vilified and mocked theories and opinions have often been the most wise and gloriously appropriate to humanity in the long run: Maryanne Campbell, Funnybone Counselling.

27 February 2006: The Greens are humanitarian, environmental and optimistic - our motivation is to make the world safer and happier for current and future generations: Australian Greens Senator Bob Brown

20 February 2006: Don't hide from criticism - run towards it - be fascinated by it, rather than offended, don't try and control the other person's opinion, just control your own. It's none of your business what other people think of you, unless it's good!!: Maryanne Campbell, Funnybone Counselling.

13 February 2006: Forgiveness is a liberating, healing experience for the forgiver and the forgiven. One of the most generous acts we ever perform, forgiveness doesn't only clear the way for another person's guilt to be dissolved; it also enables us to see that other people can be valued and accepted with all their shortcomings and frailties: Hugh Mackay, Right and Wrong, p. 118.

6 February 2006: To err is humane; to forgive is divine: Alexander Pope.

30 January 2006: Be the change you wish to see in the world: Mahatma Gandhi.

23 January 2006: Let him that would move the world, first move himself: Socrates.

16 January 2006: The coincidences of your life and the choices you have made in response to them, have brought you to this point …: John Perkins, Confessions of an Economic Hitman, p. 225

9 January 2006: When confronted with different points of view of what is right … remind yourself that your own conscience is the main judge of your action. Of course we can always learn from others, but finally each of us can only trust our own intuitive heart: Lama Surya Das, cited in Hugh Mackay, Right and Wrong, p. 88.

2 January 2006: "What comes to pass does so not so much because a few people want it to happen, as because the mass of citizens abdicate their responsibility and let things be": Antonio Gramsci, a Marxist imprisoned by the Italian fascists in 1926.

Beginning 2 January 2006, Cool Green Tips of the Week will now be posted on the Monday of each week, rather than the Thursday, to align with the beginning of the week for most web users.

29 December 2005: "At my age I do what Mark Twain did … look at the obituaries page and if I'm not there I carry on as usual": Patrick Moore, British Astronomer, quoted on an Oxfam bequest postcard.

22 December 2005: Mr Cook said that after finding out he had cancer, he asked himself "the old philosophical question: Why are we here? What's the meaning of life? Well, the meaning you give it.": Former Senator Peter Cook, cited in The Sunday Age Online, 4 Dec 05.

15 December 2005: It does not seem to make a difference to my bank account, or my chances for fame and fortune. But sooner or later … we learn that those are not the things that really matter. It matters if we are true to ourselves, to our innate human nature that requires things like honesty and kindness and grows flabby and distorted if we neglect them. It matters if we learn how to share our lives with others, making them and their world different, rather than try to hoard life for ourselves: Rabbi Harold S, Kushner, cited in Hugh Mackay, Right and Wrong, p. 59.

8 December 2005: Applying the principle of an eye for an eye risks the world becoming blind.

1 December 2005: The mark of a civilised society is the willingness of its citizens to treat each other with respect, even when they disagree: Hugh Mackay, Right and Wrong, p. 61

31 November 2005: The mark of a civilised society is the willingness of its citizens to treat each other with respect, even when they disagree: Hugh Mackay.

24 November 2005: Morality is not properly the doctrine of how we make ourselves happy, but how we make ourselves worthy of happiness: Immanuel Kant.

17 November 2005: "Even as it [Great Britain] walked out on you and joined the Common Market, you were still looking for your MBEs and your knighthoods, and the rest of the regalia that comes with it. You would take Australia right down the time tunnel to the cultural cringe where you have always come from": Paul Keating, Former ALP Prime Minister, addressing Conservative supporters of Great Britain, 27 February 1992, House of Representatives Weekly Hansard, no. 1, p. 374.

10 November 2005: "Much improved.": Maintaining the rage' Gough Whitlam speaking in November 2005 describing Malcolm Fraser, who replaced him as Australian Prime Minister following his dismissal in 1975 by the then Governor General John Kerr.

3 November 2005: Trickle down theory - the less than elegant metaphor that if one feeds the horse enough oats, some will pass through to the road for sparrows. J. K. Galbraith.

27 October 2005: The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem, it is generally employed only by small children and large nations: David Friedman.

20 October 2005: Familiarity breeds contempt, and children.

13 October 2005: How should we live?

6 October 2005: There might be upsides, even if you are a pessimist. For alcoholics, it might even be better if the glass is half empty, rather than half full.

29 September 2005: Life has been lucky if you are still alive.

22 September 2005: Life is a set of stairs. Sit on them sometimes.

15 September 2005: My country, right or wrong: if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right: Carl Schultz.

8 September 2005: We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course powerful muscles, but no personality: Albert Einstein

1 September 2005: Where there is doubt, there is freedom.

25 August 2005: Sorting out what you need from what you want may help you to realise you already have it.

18 August 2005: Anything is possible except certainty: David Risstrom

11 August 2005: The point is to change the world, it's not to shuffle bits of paper around: Jim Betts, Victorian Director of Public Transport

4 August 2005: In rich countries today, consumption consists of people spending money they don't have to buy goods they don't need to impress people they don't like: Anonymous, quoted in Affluenza - When Too Much Is Never Enough: Clive Hamilton.

28 July 2005: Supporting justice for others is worthwhile insurance against bad fortune for ourselves.

21 July 2005: Predictions recalled are inevitably more accurate than predictions made.

14 July 2005: Almost anything is possible, but less is likely.

7 July 2005: "What is freedom for the carp is death for the minnow." R. H. Tawney, British historian.

30 June 2005: We fail to ask "How would I feel if this were done to me?': Paul Keating during his Redfern speech acknowledging the lack of recognition given to Aboriginal Australia.

23 June 2005: Being fair to people allows you to treat them as if your prejudice could be wrong.

16 June 2005: Each of us share our birthday with more than one and a half million people all over the planet. Happy birthday to all of you.

9 June 2005: We have not inherited the world from our forefathers, we have borrowed it from our children: Kashmiri proverb reproduced on the Wilderness Society website.

2 June 2005: When you label me. you limit me: Soren Kiekergaard.

26 May 2005: We should focus on human rights, rather than judge individual religions, or religious tendencies. It is a fundamental human right to be allowed to hold religious beliefs, and practice those beliefs free of coercion or persecution. In practicing one's religion however, it is also fundamental that they do not impinge on the human rights of other people. Thus people and religious leaders who respect human rights are to be supported by us. Those who don't are justly condemned: Andrea Millsom

19 May 2005: Some things just are. Many more could be.

12 May 2005: Chickens don't always need a good reason to cross to the other side of the road.

5 May 2005: You can’t dictate which way the wind will blow, but you can decide how to set the sails: Ian Lowe, ACF President.

28 April 2005: Try putting a couple of calico bags behind your seat the next time you use your car. The chance are they will be there the next time you go on an unplanned shopping trip, and will stop you using unnecessary plastic bags.

21 April 2005: A dog's life: a gift of gold: David Risstrom

14 April 2005: The only way to bring fairness to the world is to make sure the conditions of slavery are good. Not: David Risstrom

7 April 2005: Men who are on island are citizens absent a society: David Risstrom

31 March 2005: Cynicism is an inarticulate expression of disappointment: David Risstrom

24 March 2005: Hope is an ability to work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed. It is not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well but the certainty that something makes sense regardless of how it works out: Vaclav Havel.

17 March 2005: It is always simply a matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country: Herman Goering.

10 March 2005: The tragedy of the commons is a tragedy too common: David Risstrom.

3 March 2005: The irony is there is none: David Risstrom.

24 February 2005: Irrespective of which construction is employed to adduce meaning, the increasing power provided by the natural sciences signals an increasing need for society, and the planet it houses, to accommodate their consequences: David Risstrom.

17 February 2005: Words ought to be a little wild, for they are the assault of thoughts upon the unthinking: John Maynard Keynes.

10 February 2005: "So long as man’s spontaneous activities are such as all the tribe approves of and shares in, his initiative is very little curbed by others within the tribe." Bertrand Russell, Authority and the Individual, 1969, page 37.

3 February 2005: Democracy is collective opinion where opinions matter.

27 January 2005: Pessimism is easy to prove.

20 January 2005: Try being good to someone else at least once a day.

13 January 2005: I have come to the conclusion that whether or not a person is a religious believer does not matter much. Far more important is that they be a good human being: The Dalai Lama.

6 January 2005: Life is precious.

30 December 2004: It is often easier to be pessimistic about being optimistic, than to try.

23 December 2004: Intelligence is an essential commodity to secure national security. If only our leaders had it in the right measure.

16 December 2004: Leaders set agendas, others allow them.

9 December 2004: Simplicity gives you more time to deal with complexity.

2 December 2004: Insight and empathy is a stronger tool than any blade.

25 November 2004: History often writes out the catalysts of change as a way of avoiding embarrassment for those of us who favour wilful blindness.

18 November 2004: Disappointment may be the unravelling of hope, but how much better to navigate disappointment than to never expect more.

11 November 2004: We don't always get our first choice. Preferences are important. Please vote in the elections as if your voice matters.

4 November 2004: If you want to change the world, prepare to feel the full force of the reaction against you from those that have the most to lose - Niccolo Machiavelli.

28 October 2004: Think globally and act locally, especially when it comes to Greens and Victorian Local Government elections.

21 October 2004: One mark of character is a belief that good things are possible even when they are not.

14 October 2004: It is better to fight honestly and risk losing, than fighting dishonestly and risk losing far more.

7 October 2004: Whatever you do, Vote 1 Green in the Senate!

30 September 2004: Try riding to work on Wednesday. It is Melbourne's Ride to Work Day!

23 September 2004: In a society in which the narrow pursuit of self-interest is the norm, the shift to an ethical stance is more radical than many people realise - Peter Singer.

16 September 2004: When you vote in the upcoming Federal election, think about casting a vote that you think will be good for as many people as possible, as well as thinking about what will be good for you.

9 September 2004: If you are making a decision that involves someone gaining and someone losing, try to make it on the basis that will be one of them, but that you don't know which one.

2 September 2004: Check your facts before publishing.

26 August 2004: Try doing today what you might do tomorrow.

19 August 2004: Can anyone explain why people get particularly concerned with a relatively small rise in the cost of petrol, but pay very little attention to how fuel efficient their vehicle is when they buy one? If so, please drop me a line: David Risstrom

12 August 2004: Without an environment there is no economy.

5 August 2004: Respect your elders. They probably know more than you give them credit for.

29 July 2004: Try switching your TV off at the switch rather than by the remote control. You might even find yourself talking to people again without having to wait for an ad break to give you permission.

22 July 2004: Try replacing the hit squad of disinfectants and deodorants that linger in your kitchen cupboard with a little bit of detergent, citrus oil and some bicarbonate of soda. The change will be easier on both your pocket and the planet.

15 July 2004: Take time to see the world through your favourite animal's eyes. Empathy can go along way to making the world a little more humane.

8 July 2004: Considering voting based on what is good for everyone rather than only what is good for yourself.

1 July 2004: With the end of the financial year comes tax returns and many minds turning to tax deductions, it may be a good time to consider a donation that makes the Government contribute to your gift through a tax deduction. One way of doing this is to provide a donation to an organisation helping less fortunate people in developing and distressed regions of the world. You can find out more at 1% For Humanity by clicking on the title.

24 June 2004: With the Federal election just around the corner, there are a few things worth doing. Make sure you are enrolled to vote. Think about sitting down with friends and talking about political matters to you. Consider doing something about it. I am standing as the No 1 Victorian Greens Senate candidate. If you want to volunteer any help to the Victorian Greens, call 9602 1141. We don't have the financial backing of the major parties, so your efforts will be very much appreciated.

17 June 2004: Try listening to community radio every now and again. 3CR in Melbourne at 855 am is one of my favourites.

10 June 2004: Watch an independent feel good film every now and again.

3 June 2004: If you work in a shop, try not asking people two more times whether they want a bag if they have already told you they haven't.

27 May 2004: Try bringing your own cup or reusing the one you are given if you have a refill. It is a little more inconvenient, but a good discussion starter.

20 May 2004: Practice empathy wherever you can. By turning your mind to seeing the world through someone else's eyes, the chances are you will see the world more clearly and with less surprises.

13 May 2004: At a time when some political parties are looking to bribe you with a tax cut, why not consider making a personal decision to give 1% of your taxable income to a cause that helps underprivileged people in a developing country. I call it 1% For Humanity.

6 May 2004: Travel by bicycle whenever you can. It keeps your head higher than motorcars and your sights set beyond them.

29 April 2004: Try eating vegetables wherever you can. The recent trend towards grain fed animals means that eating meat increasingly involves being responsible for the use of very large amounts of grain and other products that go into growing animals for meat. I'm trying, but not there yet. It is worth making a change by eating a little less, rather than seeing it as an all or nothing thing.

22 April 2004: Australians are buying mobile phones at the rate of approximately 20,000 new phones per day. If you do buy a new mobile phone, please recycle your old phone by asking the retailer how you can do so, or if it is an option, phones are being collected at Melbourne Town Hall for recycling. Call 9658 9658 to confirm how and when.

15 April 2004: The common good can be.

8 April 2004: The civilisation of one epoch becomes the manure of the next.

1 April 2004: Pigs can fly, all political promises are core promises and the Federal Government has apologised to Australia's indigenous people and those people mistreated while lawfully seeking asylum.

25 March 2004: Thinking about what you would like to do, as well as taking time to think about what you have done and are doing, may be a good path to a life well lived.

18 March 2004: Consider working from home occasionally. Not having to commute can give you more time to work, less time and energy wasted commuting and more time available to spend with your family and animals. Working from home can also be more productive if interruptions are a problem in your workplace.

11 March 2004: Women are under-represented in most decision making bodies. A first step could be noticing when it occurs, the second step could be to decide what to do about it.

4 March 2004: If you are unsure about what to do about something, try asking yourself 'What is the right thing to do?' On the other hand, if that sounds too high brow, as a friend Peter Giles was fond of saying, "Be good, but if you can't be good, be good at it."

26 February 2004: Buying locally means what you use is less likely to have used large amounts of fuel while being transported. Many people seem to think the more that goods pass each other on the road or over the sea as export, the better it is for our economy. While that may be true in some cases, supporting local industries where their goods are just as good as the export goods is a good way of saving energy, supporting local economies and employment, and promoting small business.

19 February 2004: Planting native plants increases the biodiversity in your area because it provides habitat to birds and animals that live locally. Introduced plants are more likely to have adapted to a different environment to the one you enjoy locally and are more susceptible to local conditions that challenge them. Having enjoyed a kookaburra visit my backyard yesterday and listened to it singing was another benefit harder to describe.

12 February 2004: Cooking air doesn't make you any less hungry. When you put a pot on the stove, try setting the gas so that the flame doesn't go beyond the sides of the pot. Not only is it more likely to burn the food you are cooking, but a flame that goes beyond the edge of the pot wastes energy and money and partly explains why the handles of your pots occasionally glow red and fall off.

5 February 2004: Try walking, cycling, skipping, running or even rowing to get where you want. Using transport modes that avoid having huge internal combustion engines travelling with you are more likely to be good for your health and less likely to damage the planet.

29 January 2004: If you use a computer and a printer, there are some easy ways you can save energy and money. Try setting the power savings on the computer to economy or power saver, so that it stops wasting energy when you aren't using it. If you must leave your computer on overnight, turn off your computer screen: it wastes lots of energy humming away on its own at night and is hard to read when you are asleep anyway. Think about printing on paper only when you need to. Some printers have economy settings that use less toner but provide a very readable copy for your internal use. Look for 100% post-consumer waste paper to use in your printer, such as Evolve. Ask your work to provide it if they aren't already. Keep a bin for putting high quality waste paper into and ask your workplace to recycle it. Think about setting double sided printing as default, and change it to single when you need to rather than the other way around. Think about paper as coming from trees and energy being made from burning non-renewable coal: it might help you decide to use less even if the boss is paying for it.

22 January 2004: Home hot water systems tend to be set at too high a temperature. Quite often they are set so high that if you don't mix them with cold water there is a real risk of being burnt. If you haven't found yourself running out of hot water, try reducing the hot water temperature setting a little bit at a time. You might find yourself noticing no difference whatsoever when in the shower, while saving yourself some money and energy as well. Better still, why not look into getting a solar hot water heater and start enjoying hot water for free!

15 January 2004: Environmental health has a lot of similarities to human health. Both are complex, are not fully understood and essential for our existence. Some people think of the Earth as operating like an organism and believe it is best to treat it with the care and respect they might another living being. Whatever view you take, taking unnecessary risks with the health of our environment might be risking our future. Try talking to your friends about something simple you can do to help the environment, and give it a go.

8 January 2004: Low flow shower heads can make saving water easy. Put simply, they are shower roses that limit the flow of water through them by using less and/or smaller holes, but still supply you with lots of water. At about $20 they will save you lots of water and money. Why money? Because you not only pay for the water you waste using an old fashioned shower rose, but you pay for the gas or electricity to heat that extra water and the water company charges you a further sewage charge based on your water use. Reduce the amount of hot water you waste, and you'll save three times over!

1 January 2004: You can keep your home more comfortable by using passive cooling. With summer coming up, try opening the house in the evening and closing it during the day. It is much cheaper, usually quieter, and hayfever aside, gives you a chance to smell the banksias. Passive cooling is as easy as using curtains and opening windows when the outside temperature is more comfortable than it is inside. A cold ale may be just what the doctor orders if your temperature is a bit high. (Now that's what I call passive cooling).

 

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23 April 2017: Only those who decline to scramble up the career ladder are interesting as human beings. Nothing is more boring than a man with a career: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918 -1956.

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