What has a Papal Indulgence and Carbon Offsetting got in Common?
It was the year 1095. The Moslem Seljuk Turks were threatening the Christian Byzantine Empire, whose capital was Constantinople, modern-day Istanbul. They were also threatening Christian communities throughout Anatolia (modern-day Turkey) and the ease of passage for pilgrims to the Holy Land – modern-day Israel and surrounding area. At the Council of Clermont, Pope Urban [...]
The Story of Green Gold and How It Relates to Our Landscape
As I sit here in my office writing this post, we are experiencing light and very welcome, warm rain outside. Our parched landscape needs this moisture. While this summer has not been as dry as some we have endured over the last few years; it was still more than dry enough. Over the last several [...]
It Has Been a Bit of a Wild Spring. How is Summer Looking?
How Can One Billion Trees Be a Problem?
How Can One Billion Trees Be a Problem? As part of New Zealand's answer to meeting our climate change obligations is the crazy policy of one billion trees. What this policy says, in essence, is that rather than cutting back on our carbon emissions in transport, farming and other sectors, instead, we will offset them, [...]
Find Me a River, The Ultimate Family Holiday
Find Me a River, The Ultimate Family Holiday This summer, picture you and the family on a river. Multi-day river trips have long been a favourite family vacation at many destinations overseas. These types of trips vary from just a couple of nights out, to epic adventures that can last 20 days or more, such [...]