Definition of Sustainability

The definition of sustainability (i.e. environmental sustainability) is when all people live within the limits of the Earth’s biocapacity.  Biocapacity (or biological capacity) is the amount of biologically productive land and sea area that can supply the resources people consume, as well as assimilating associated waste. In other words, Bio-capacity is earth’s production of renewable … Read more

Love yourself and others

The importance of relationships. Love yourself and others.

This is not some sentimental notion. To love is a practical way to improve your well-being, and the well-being of others at the same time. The evil demons of our nature like greed, envy, rivalry and tribalism disconnect us from each other. Whereas love connects us, it is the glue that holds humanity together. To … Read more

Getting ahead

Most people are trying to get ahead, but ahead of what? It is common to think that getting ahead has to do with increasing wealth. This idea is perpetuated by an economic system that in the beginning alleviated scarcity and poverty. However, we long ago overcame these debilitations. By 1970 the vast majority of people … Read more

Altruism*

Altruism is when you help someone without conditions. It is the opposite of greed and selfishness. This unconditional care and support goes toward creating a pool of goodwill that anyone can dip into in times of need. It might be volunteering at a school working bee, helping a stranger who has tripped over or needs … Read more

The Benefits of Cycling

In praise of the bicycle

There are so many benefits of cycling including financial, health, environmental, economic and social benefits. Some of these benefits of cycling are described here. Convenience There is always talk of the convenience of cars but bikes are convenient too. For example, when cycling, it’s very easy to find a park and parking is free. You … Read more

The importance of self-care

Written by Shannon Dowdall, Student, AUT We live in such a fast-paced society, where we are often so caught up in our work, families, maintaining our social lives, our studies and everything in between. It’s an understatement to say that life can get a little overwhelming at times. Given that it is mental health awareness … Read more

The benefits of walking

Benefits of walking

If you walk instead of driving you’re doing the planet a favour by reducing carbon emissions. However, there are many other benefits of walking. A regular walk has been called a ‘Constitutional’ because it aids the well-being of your physical and mental constitution. Just 30 minutes walking a day can have the following benefits. Improves … Read more

Do what you really want to do

“The minute you do what you really want to do, it’s really a different kind of life”– Buckminster Fuller Do you do what you really want to do in you work? If you don’t here are some very good reasons why you definitely should. 1. You will enjoy life more When you are not happy … Read more

The importance of relationships

The importance of relationships. Love yourself and others.

Close relationships, more than money or fame, are what keep people happy throughout their lives. Study after study reveal this, including one of the longest ever studies of human well-being. “Taking care of your body is important, but tending to your relationships is a form of self-care too,” said Robert Waldinger, the director of the … Read more