I just had a fantastic conversation with my dad, which has prompted me to write this post……… Yesterday I was in a well known office stationary supplier looking for a pack of paper. Faced with a huge wall full of options I started to look closer. The paper started nearest the counter with the cheapest option which was 100% virgin paper = bad! Next 100% FSC = better but in this day and age I don’t think we should be cutting down trees to make paper, surely there is enough to recycle to make the product. Next 50% recycled = getting warmer! Finally at the end of the row the furthest away from the cash desk and the most expensive (by $2.50) the pack of 100% post consumer A4 paper.


Now I’m sure the company who make the range of paper would prefer to be producing the 100% recycled stuff…

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People tend to deny information that they find uncomfortable. In the seminal book States of Denial sociologist Stanley Cohen states that a proclivity to deny disturbing facts is the normal state of affairs for people in an information-saturated society. Cohen’s book is based on wide-reaching cross-cultural studies including Nazi Germany, South Africa, Israel/Palestine, Rwanda and others zones of human rights abuse, genocide and state sanctioned or institutional violence. Cohen describes strategies of denial on a personal level as psychological and cognitive, and on societal level as communicative and political. Denial can function psychologically below levels of awareness; denial is a ‘high speed cognitive mechanism for processing information, like the computer command to delete rather than save’ (Cohen 2001:5). On a cultural level, communication breakdown works to support denial. Relativism reinforces denial strategies in popular culture and in political debate. In its most extreme form, relativism makes all value systems equal…

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Flight of the Butterflies

It took Dr. Fred Urquhart almost 40 years to discover the monarch butterflies’ secret hideaway and prove the most incredible migration on Earth. Following the year-long annual migration cycle of the butterflies, the award-winning production team filmed hundreds of millions of monarchs in their remote overwintering sanctuaries in Mexico in 2011 and again in 2012 and also along their migratory routes from Canada, across the U.S. and into Mexico.