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THIS IS WHY YOU BELONG IN THE ZOO 

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Ok, not just any zoo. One of the good ones.

I stand with the anti-zoo groups when it comes to those that do not care for their charges and do not contribute to animal welfare.

I’m grateful to those who rally to have unscrupulous zoos closed.

However, suggesting all zoos should close is like throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

It is thanks to zoos that some species have been brought back from the brink of extinction.

The argument that wildlife should be allowed to roam free is a valid one. However,  the reality is that what little space we humans have left for wildlife is riddled with threats to their wellbeing.

Let me ask you a question. What’s your definition of freedom?

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HERE’S WHY YOU NEED TO BE ASKING, ‘HOW MANY FISH IN THE SEA?’   

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It’s a little like asking how many stars in the sky? Or how many grains of sand are there?

They are questions that cannot be answered with any accuracy.

Sure, technology has made it possible for scientists to make educated guesses – estimates. The very fact that fish live in a mainly unexplored ocean means there can be no correct answer.

Just as the universe is filled with undiscovered galaxies, the ocean reaches depths we have so far been unable to explore.

Why does it even matter how many fish in the sea?

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HOW CAN A SPECK OF PLASTIC HELP SAVE THE WORLD?  

 

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The short answer to that is, it can’t.

We all know the world is drowning in plastic.

However, opening the conversation about a speck of plastic really can help save the world.

This is how one tiny speck of plastic, smaller than my little fingernail, is doing just that.

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WEIRD AUSSIE WILDLIFE – WHO SHARES YOUR YARD? 

Weird Aussie wildlife picture

 

 

Did you hear about the Melbourne couple who found a crocodile in their yard on Christmas Day (2017)?

Or the man who discovered a giant goanna attached to his house?

How about Gigantor, an enormous eastern brown snake found in an NSW Central Coast backyard?

From trapped kangaroos to wondering wombats, remarkable reptiles and beautiful birds, it seems more Australian backyards are attracting a host of amazing visitors.

We share our yard with some of the most beautiful birds on the planet. Also possums, reptiles and a little thing we laughingly call sex fiend zombie mice.

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INSPIRATIONAL LIFE LESSONS FROM MOTHER NATURE   

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It’s a funny thing about nature. We talk about reconnecting with it like we are not part of it and it is not part of us.

The truth is, we ARE nature. It’s just that many of us have forgotten this and see it as something separate from ourselves.

Some work tirelessly trying to help nature. Others seem hell-bent on destroying it. Few take the time to really watch and listen and discover nature’s hidden treasures and lessons.

Some of those who do listen and observe share the lessons through wonderful, wise words.

I’ve paired some of those words with some homegrown pictures, hoping to share the wisdom so we may inspire nature the way nature inspires us.

 

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CELEBRATE SEA WEEK WITH SCINTILLATING STATS

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What has no beginning, end or middle and touches every continent?

If you answered ‘ocean’, you are right.

In fact, the ocean covers more than 70 per cent of the Earth’s surface and is responsible for producing more than half our oxygen.

Ocean currents have a major influence on weather patterns.

This means even if you haven’t seen it (nearly 40 per cent of the American population haven’t) it affects your life.

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HOW TO LET THE MAGIC OF TREES HELP KIDS GROW

 

the magic of trees

There’s a certain point, as you drive west on the motorway from Sydney, Australia, where your eyes are greeted with a blue vista on the horizon.

You are not seeing the ocean, but some of the trees in the 1.03 million hectares that make up the Greater Blue Mountains Area. The magic in these trees is so strong it can change the colour of the landscape, covering their green canopy with a blue-grey haze.

The eucalypts which dominate the mountain forests discharge a fine mist of eucalyptus oil from their leaves. The mist refracts light, which makes the haze look blue from a distance.

Even now, after living in this natural wonderland for 30 years, the sight of that blue on the horizon puts a smile on my face when I am returning home.

It’s as if the trees themselves are calling to me. Perhaps they are.

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HOW TO EMPOWER YOUR CHILDREN TO SAVE THE WORLD

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If you think your children are not hearing and paying attention to all the stories of doom and gloom for the planet, think again.

Those little minds are like sponges and take in all the information around them. And it scares them.

More than that, those stories can potentially rob your children of motivation, future planning, hope and joy. They can even lead to depression, particularly during the troubled teen years.

The good news is you can counteract the negativity that stems from doomsday stories and empower your children to save the world.

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HOW LESSONS FROM A POT CAN HELP SAVE THE WORLD

 

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It has cooked hundreds of meals.

Filled my young sons’ tummies with healthy food.

Created countless comfort food meals for cold winter’s nights.

Saved me from ‘slaving over a hot stove’ on hot summer days.

Now it’s helping to nourish my children’s children.

And I look at this little pot and see how it can help us save the world.

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A TANTALISING TURTLE TALE TO ADD MAGIC TO YOUR DAY 

turtle tale pictureA group of islanders stand at the tall cliffs overlooking the South Pacific Ocean and sing a song. And a little bit of magic happens.

The islanders, from the village of Vaitogi, in Samoa, sing some ancient words and one by one, the sea turtles in the area will come to the surface of the ocean and raise their heads from the water as if in greeting.

Those lucky enough to see this spectacle are often rewarded with the sight of sharks also coming to the water’s surface at the sounds of the ancient song/chant.

That the sharks and turtles, natural enemies, would swim alongside each other is a modern day mystery steeped in ancient legend.

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