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The Ethical Activist Book Club: Flight Behaviour by Barbara Kingsolver

Welcome to the first book review in for the Ethical Activist Book Club reading list. We are reading one title every two months, and the book for January and February in 2017 is Barbara Kingsolver’s Orange Prize-winning novel Flight Behaviour. Flight Behaviour primarily tackles the topic of climate change, with story centring on a fictional (but scientifically plausible) ecosystem disruption which causes a migratory butterflies to overwinter in the Appalachian ranges

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Ethical activism, ethical fashion and Nordstrom

It is going to be impossible for this blog to talk about ethical and sustainable fashion without discussing the grave ethical issues that come with the Trump presidency. But you will find that I am not alone. So much of the ethical fashion blogging community is actively engaged in the resistance movement. I stand in solidarity with my US friends and colleagues. On that note, here is a post written

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10 Ethical Fashion & Beauty Brands that Progress Women’s Economic Power

I took my two little sons along to the Canberra sister event in solidarity with the Women’s March in the US. It was inspiring to be a part of the global sisterhood that stood up expressed our anger. (And I very much enjoy being a feminist leader for my little boys) But after the energy that went into the Women’s March across the globe this past weekend  it is important

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2017 Ethical Activist Book Club

As the world teeters towards the brink of ecosystem collapse, politics worldwide is swinging far to the right and undermining social safety nets, and the US is threatening to fall into neo-nazism, it has become abundantly clear that 2017 must be the year that we step up. No longer can we blame our governments for not doing enough. Citizens need to become active and take back our power. Every single

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What I am doing to respond to Trump and the rise of the extreme right

The world will never be the same. But perhaps the election of Trump is a good thing. Only that is so f##king scary that it may well be the shock we all need to get out there and fight with all our might. There are so many thing that we need to do to fight this world. But we can’t let the globe to succumb the twin threats of climate

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What does the Trump Presidency mean for ethical citizens around the world?

Like most of my liberal peers around the world I am in a state of shock. I never expected to be living in a world in which the US was led by a President Trump. Even some of the right wing government ministers in Australia openly said that they hoped Clinton would win the race. Yet here we are. I haven’t had a lot of time to come to terms

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The Zero Waste Challenge: Is it really possible?

At the Ethical Writers’ Coaltion we’ve had such and interesting discussion about zero waste. Is it really possible to be zero-waste in our flawed system that is so closely organised around convenience and disposable convenience? Even if we aren’t generating trash in our homes, aren’t we still contributing to waste somewhere in the system? For example, I buy a 5kg bulk bag of buckwheat grouts from my local bulk food store. It

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Elephants in Crisis

This blog primarily focuses on fashion and lifestyle and the ways that we reduce the impact and contribute to systemic change. I don’t often focus on some of the critical issues in environmental conservation. But these topics are worth keeping in mind. So when I had the opportunity to share Stephanie Villano’s well written article on the elephant population, I thought it would be something that we all might enjoy.

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tortoise & lady grey turns 3! (+ something new this year)

Wow, 3 years sure does go quickly. I am so humbled by how this community has grown, and continue to be moved to tears when a reader tells me how much they enjoy what I am doing with this blog, or that my writing has helped them to adopt a new sustainability practice. It means so much to me to connect with a community of passionate individuals who are all

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We can’t always be perfect. Sometimes better is good enough.

On the weekend I bought a nylon swimsuit. Not recycled nylon. Just nylon. I tried so damn hard to find a swimsuit that met my needs AND was sustainable, but I failed. It seems that sustainable swimsuit designers aren’t too interested in post-baby mamas who have some curves and want to swim laps without their boobs falling out of their swimsuit, or their swimsuit riding up their crack! Sorry for

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