The right brain and sustainability

A cursory glance at a picture of a brain from above shows that the neo-cortex is divided. These two hemispheres are not symmetrical in form or in function. Whilst debate continues about the function of each hemisphere, there is no doubt that they are different. The divided brain The psychologist Ian McGilchrist describes the difference … Read more

Earth Day 2020

Earth Day is on 22 April 2020. The Earth is shared by all life, including humans, and its health is part of our continued survival. Humans are part of nature and the COVID-19 pandemic is a tragic reminder of that fact. We can try to control nature but it can still get the better of … Read more

Earth Day 2019

Earth Day 2019 is on Monday, 22 April. As always, it is a good time to reflect on what Earth gives us and what we take away. This year, Econation marks the day with a few thought-provoking quotes that we hope will stimulate and inspire you. Earth is in our hands Humans are currently consuming … Read more

The Benefits of Sustainability

Planet first > People second > Production thirds – the benefits of sustainability

There are many diverse benefits of sustainability. Sustainability maintains the health and biocapacity of the environment. Sustainability supports the well-being of individuals and communities. Sustainability promotes a better economy where there is little waste and pollution, fewer emissions, more jobs, and a better distribution of wealth. Getting the priorities right It is important to consider … Read more

The plastic plague

Plastic plague – Plastic waste on beach

Plastics were a boon when they were first developed, like many technologies, but they have quickly become a plastic plague on the environment. Plastics were the wonder material of the twentieth century. It’s hard to believe that Bakelite, the first true man-made plastic, was synthesised in 1907, just over a century ago. Manufacturers didn’t mass produce plastics, which … Read more

Who owns water?

Water, water everywhere…but who owns water? All people need clean, fresh water because it is what we are made of. The average human is 60% water by weight. Water has an important role in nearly every major function in the body, regulating body temperature, carrying nutrients and oxygen to cells, removing waste, cushioning joints and … Read more

A biofuel future?

Can we have a biofuel future? There are three main issues that opponents to biofuels have: They are made from food crops or grown on land that would otherwise be used for food cropsUsing food crops and land that is better suited for growing food crops will decrease the amount of food available and increase the … Read more

Nature Deficit Disorder

Most people spend about 95 percent of their time inside: in houses, cars, shops, cafes and offices. We are becoming an indoor species increasingly shut off from sky, land, waterways, plants and animals. Nature is becoming more and more abstract to us. We are disconnected from it and yet we are still very much part … Read more

8 good reasons to take your kids camping

Camping with the family

There are many good reasons why you should get your kids out camping. It might be easier to stay at home where everything is convenient, where there are wall-sockets, appliances and gadgets, but then you and your children miss out on the joy and many benefits of camping. 1.     Camping is a treat for all the family … Read more