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Covid Environment Affects
03
May

Pandemic side-effects offer glimpse of alternative future on Earth Day 2020

Last week the IPCC called for an overhaul of our global food production system to help fight climate change, and tackling food waste was one component of this.
In its special report on Climate Change and Land, the IPCC called for urgent change to farming practices, land use and dietary habits in order to maintain global food security, and to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
It found climate change is already affecting the whole food system — from drought reducing crop yields to extreme weather events damaging produce, food shortages are leading to increased poverty.
And while food waste can occur as a direct result of climate change, reducing it was also identified in the report as critical for lowering greenhouse gas emissions and improving food security.
So what’s the situation in Australia?

Belonging During Isolation
28
Apr

Belonging In A Time Of Isolation.

“I hear many whispering, ‘Terror on every side!’” (Psalm 31:13). In times of crisis we often find it easier to identify with the psalmist. We, too, keep hearing of the “terror on every side,” the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) now officially declared a pandemic. The millions of viruses scattered by coughs and sneezes are enemies “who pursue us,” stealing into our homes and lungs and making those they infect “objects of dread” to our closest friends: “Those who see us on the street flee from us.” But the psalmist would have us move past terror to say, “I trust in you, Lord … My times are in your hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies.”

01
Apr

Live Free Tip: Reflection Question

Make a list of your normal activities (before physical distancing). Label them: absolutely essential, important but not essential, helpful but not necessary, or trivial. Reflect on whether there are any activities you would like to refrain from starting again once physical distancing measures are over (from Richard Foster’s Freedom of Simplicity).

26
Mar

Fear not, sneer not: A healthy Christian response to COVID-19

“I hear many whispering, ‘Terror on every side!’” (Psalm 31:13). In times of crisis we often find it easier to identify with the psalmist. We, too, keep hearing of the “terror on every side,” the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) now officially declared a pandemic. The millions of viruses scattered by coughs and sneezes are enemies “who pursue us,” stealing into our homes and lungs and making those they infect “objects of dread” to our closest friends: “Those who see us on the street flee from us.” But the psalmist would have us move past terror to say, “I trust in you, Lord … My times are in your hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies.”

24
Mar

How to Work From Home: 20 Tips From People Who Do It Successfully

Working from home is awesome … right up until the cat throws up on your computer. And your neighbor, who you can only assume is building a time machine, starts firing up all sorts of power tools and noisy machinery across the street.

For many modern professionals, working from home every once in a while is a luxury that our respective companies afford us. But which environment actually allows us to be more productive: the home office or the office office?

Gran and Pa crop
18
Mar

A Response To Covid-19

Somewhere in our brains we carry a map of our relationships. It is our mother’s lap, our best friend’s holding hand, our lover’s embrace — all these we carry within ourselves when we are alone. Just knowing that these are there to hold us if we fall gives us a sense of peace. “Cradled,” “rooted,” “connected” are words we use to describe the feeling that comes of this knowledge; social psychologists call this sense embeddedness. The opposite is perhaps a more familiar term — we call it loneliness.

man and woman
04
Mar

Stress and the Social Self: How Relationships Affect Our Immune System

Somewhere in our brains we carry a map of our relationships. It is our mother’s lap, our best friend’s holding hand, our lover’s embrace — all these we carry within ourselves when we are alone. Just knowing that these are there to hold us if we fall gives us a sense of peace. “Cradled,” “rooted,” “connected” are words we use to describe the feeling that comes of this knowledge; social psychologists call this sense embeddedness. The opposite is perhaps a more familiar term — we call it loneliness.

26
Feb

The Good Life.

hate putting my bathers on.

But anyway. I do. Occasionally. Put them on. And swim.

Public pools are weird. Like a big bath we all jump in and frolic around in the water, and because we know that we are all dirty, germy and prone to defecating in the water we make sure it is full of heart stoppingly strong chemicals. We don our bathers (swimsuits, trunks, swimmers, costumes, the things you wear when swimming because you can’t wear jeans in the pool), we make sure not to make eye contact with anyone, and we enjoy the buoyancy of chemically treated water. Bliss.