Elizabeth danced at a local care home today for part of a school assignment which required her to do some good things in the community. She chose the tasks and for one of them she wanted to dance at the local care home. It was a really lovely experience and although I was just an… Continue reading Good deeds
I took the 1% pledge
Earlier this year I took the pledge to donate 1% of my salary to charity after being inspired by Peter Singer and The Life You Can Save. He has written a lot about our obligations to help others in need and I once read that he encourages people to publicly declare their donations as this… Continue reading I took the 1% pledge
The warm fuzzies
We've published a page on Sustainability at my company and I'm very chuffed about it: https://www.awardforce.com/sustainability This is something I have worked on and to see it go live is very important to me for what it represents. We've offset all our emissions through tree-planting which is wonderful. I see Australia letting the world down… Continue reading The warm fuzzies
Do animal rights activists care more for animals than humans?
Some people think that those who advocate for animal rights care more about non-human animals than human animals. That's not true at all. The ethicist, Peter Singer, who wrote Animal Liberation back in 1975 thinks we rich people ought to donate 10% of our salary to the world's poor. He gives around a quarter of his own… Continue reading Do animal rights activists care more for animals than humans?
Peter Singer discusses religion, the bible, abortion, and same sex marriage in 4 minutes
Peter Singer talks about abortion and same sex marriage in this video and specifically how Christians often focus more on these two issues than on poverty. He finds this strange because abortion is not mentioned in the gospels at all, while homosexuality is mentioned very little and mostly in the old testament; not so much in the… Continue reading Peter Singer discusses religion, the bible, abortion, and same sex marriage in 4 minutes
Nuu Muu and World Bicycle Relief
I found these fantastic dresses for cycling last week. They're actually exercise dresses for any type of exercise: running, cycling, yoga and probably even swimming. They're made by an American company called Nuu Muu. NB: Nuu Muu are not paying me to write this post. I just think they're fantastic because they're so comfortable to wear… Continue reading Nuu Muu and World Bicycle Relief
Elizabeth’s secret admirer and Animals Asia
I think Elizabeth has a secret admirer. Only I know who he is so he's not very secret. A friend of mine has a son in Elizabeth's class and my friend told me that her son recently mentioned that he has secret friends and Elizabeth is his secret friend. Then he added that when he's 18 and… Continue reading Elizabeth’s secret admirer and Animals Asia
Refugees and sanitary pads
I haven't written anything about the refugee crisis however it has definitely been on my mind and yes, I'm just as opinionated about this as I am about everything else 🙂 It's hard not to notice how the majority of the desperate-looking people who arrive in Europe by boat are men. Where are the women and children?… Continue reading Refugees and sanitary pads
How to fund several manned missions to Mars
I watched this talk given by Exeter College student, Beth Barnes, a couple of months ago and it's so good it needs to be shared. It's only 6 minutes but very powerful and thought-provoking. It has nothing really to do with missions to Mars although she does mention this in her talk. It's about a movement called effective… Continue reading How to fund several manned missions to Mars
Explaining charity to kids
The schools here have regular fundraising for various different charities. I quite like this as I think it's good for children to learn about donating to those in need. This week they've been asked to donate a pound to a charity in Africa but Daniel questioned this. "I don't want to give them something if… Continue reading Explaining charity to kids
The Life You Can Save
Whenever I find myself debating right and wrong, I wonder what Peter Singer would say. He's the most rational thinker on the planet, in my opinion, and so I will sometimes say to myself, "What would Peter Singer do in this situation?". For those who've never heard of him, he's an Australian philosopher, the Ira W.… Continue reading The Life You Can Save
Donate to SAFE!
It's the SAFE (Save Animals From Exploitation) annual appeal today and tomorrow and Freud and I volunteered to collect for two hours this morning. I put my hand up a couple of months ago for this and figured that since it was going to be on the 21st December, 2012, that the world would be over and… Continue reading Donate to SAFE!