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Fire. Fire. Fire. People, animals and environment in NSW and Queensland deal with destruction

I have the privilege since 1976 of teachings in the Forest Retreat Centre on the ridge of a sub-tropical rainforest near The Channon, northern NSW, Australia.

As I write, the Forest Retreat Centre remains vulnerable to a raging fire sweeping through the area. Continue reading 



The Precious Importance of Trees

Dear Readers, This is the 700th blog since the first blog in  May 2006. Love Christopher

Trees serve as the lungs of the Earth

Trees are the living pillars of the Earth Continue reading 



How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

In Alphabetical order

  1. Advocate clean alternatives to fossil fuels – wind, solar, and biomass energy (wood, crops, manure, organic waste – all renewable).
  2. Calculate your carbon footprint. Go online to a website.
  3. Change to a plant-based diet. Stop eating meat, fish and dairy product. Rainforests are cleared for cattle. Land is used for cattle instead of crops. Factory farms for animals, birds and fish inflict untold suffering on creatures.
  4. Cut air travel and use of car or rely on public transport. Only fly when truly necessary.
  5. Cut down on use of water indoors, car washing, garden watering and time in showers, turning on taps etc.
  6. Do not use standby overnight. Do not charge phone, laptops overnight.
  7. Eat locally-produced organic food. as much as possible.
  8. Give donations to the support planting of forests.
  9. Globalisation has increase dramatically carbon footprint through transportation of food and goods by sea, air and land. Explore alternatives.
  10. Install solar panels.
  11. Insulate and seal your home.
  12. Minimise use of electrical appliances.
  13. Name areas for improvement to reduce carbon footprint.
  14. Offset your carbon footprint, such as donation to plant tress, but not in order to carry on with the same carbon footprint.
  15. Recycle items. Use free-bay, e-bay etc. Make things last.
  16. Set thermostat to maximum of 20 degrees on winter nights. Turn off at night. Minimise thermostat when going out. Wear warm clothes indoors rather high thermostat.
  17. Avoid use of air-conditioning.
  18. Support campaigns to reduce carbon footprints.
  19. Support clean energy sources and use renewable energy.
  20. Turn off lights in rooms not in use. Close doors not in use.
  21. Use an online Carbon Footprint Calculator to know your energy emissions at home, travel and flying.
  22. Use compact fluorescent or LED light bulbs
  23. Use energy efficient refrigerator and clothes washer etc – set to low levels of use.


An Engaged Life. A new website under construction. Crisis. What Crisis? Part 2 of 2

From the Home Page of www.anengagedlife.org under construction.

Ready for viewing in May 2019.

CRISIS? WHAT CRISIS?

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Humans and Trees have much more in Common than What We Imagine. What can we Learn from Trees?

I recall my days as a Buddhist monk in Wat Chai Na (Monastery at the end of the Rice Paddies) outside Nakornsridhammaraj (the City of the King of the Dharma) during the early years of the 1970s. Continue reading 




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