All over the world, veganism is on the rise. In the UK, the number of vegans has increased by 350% in the past decade while 11% of Australians don’t consume meat or dairy products. Yet when we look at headlines, clickbait posts and YouTube videos we see: ‘After being vegan for three years, I went back to meat,’ ‘Vegan Youtuber caught eating fish’ and ‘Apology video: why I’m no longer vegan.’
Okay, let’s admit it. Being good to the planet is damn hard. We’ve grown up in a consumerist society that normalises—no, encourages—spending. We’ve become so accustomed to that instant buzz of buying new, shiny things.
Adani, the big bad wolf of the coal world. People were out to #StopAdani, but how much do we really know about it? Well for starters, we know that it has been in the works for nine years, and as of just last month, it has been given the official go ahead.
So, let’s catch up on a few things. The Earth is heating up to the point of no return, the ice is melting, the polar bears have nowhere to live, we need to save the turtles and to make things worse, it’s all our fault and our politicians don’t care. Woah.
Whilst Europe endures a sweltering heatwave, Australia faces yet another drier than average winter. In conjunction to this, the World Meteorological Organisation and the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), have all concluded that the period of 2015-2019 is going to be the hottest consecutive five year period on record.
The number of women killed on our streets and in our homes is incredibly alarming. Coupled with recent university incidents, it has evoked fear in many. How do we stay safe? What is Monash doing to help out?
Annette Baker is a mental health advocate in Albury Wodonga. After establishing Survivors of Suicide and Friends in 2013, Annette and her team now host one of the most prominent mental health community events in the region—the Winter Solstice. Annette has been nominated for the Australian Mental Health Prize and been a finalist for the NSW Regional Woman of the Year. I sat down with Annette to learn more.
Not too long ago, I came across an Instagram post of a well-known Australian influencer and travel blogger with over 1.2 million followers on Instagram. She had posted several pictures of herself in a lehenga, an Indian garment usually worn on formal or ceremonial occasions, and a variety of Indian jewellery. She posed in front of the famous and historic forts of Jaipur, Rajasthan (which happens to be my birthplace).