The year was 1996 and I was transfixed to the TV, spurring on the kiwi hopeful Danyon Loader, in the 200m Freestyle at the Atlanta Olympics. …

Loneliness. Photo by Kristina Tripkovic on Unsplash.

When was the last time you felt lonely? Many of us may be hesitant to admit it, but loneliness is as common as swimming at the beach during an Australian summer. …

You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think (Winnie the Pooh)

The night’s blackness engulfed me as I pedalled up endless winding hills and down rocky mud encased slopes. The silence was punctuated only by gravel crunching under my tyres as I drew in…

Do we want to live in an economy or a society? (Damon Gameau, April 2020)

Damon Gameau, director of the film 2040, posed this question back in April, amid the height of Covid-19 panic in Australia, enticing us to ponder our post-pandemic reality. It’s an important question, which is potentially…

A week ago I was feeling fairly blasé about coronavirus. We were laughing at the stupidity of people panic buying toilet paper and hand sanitizer. Since then, I’ve been realizing the scale and seriousness of this pandemic. I’ve been devouring information from the World Health Organisation, discovering why we should…

It’s time for action

Everything has to change, And it has to start today (Greta Thunberg)

Last Friday saw unprecedented world wide action with people of all ages taking to the streets in countries across the world demanding action to address climate change. Greta Thunberg, the Swedish youngster who traveled on a low-carbon sailboat

Three cultures. Three languages. Working towards one mutual goal.

How embracing different cultures can foster intercultural learning and respect

It was 2.30pm last Friday 15th, I was famished, but reveling after watching
scores of passionate Brisbane school students carrying bold signs:
“This Generation Will Not Wait” and bellowing spirited chants:
“What do we want? Climate justice!”, in the global school strike for
climate. My mood quickly changed: I turned to my phone…

Insights from a closet climate change activist

Attending the ‘Red Lines’ march for climate change action in Paris, 2015

I wouldn’t say I’m an avid climate striker. Yes, I’ve attended climate change events and marches in the past: in Wellington, Edinburgh and even travelling (by train from Edinburgh) to protest in Paris in 2015 when the notable Paris Agreement was reached. But my enthusiasm for attending climate change events…

Reflections on working with Myanmar migrant children in Thailand

There’s a boy asleep in my English class. Ok, so learning verb tenses is not the most riveting, but I’m definitely trying to make it as lively as I can. I’m teaching teenagers aged between 15 and 17 years, who are all Myanmar migrants living in Thailand. Most seem fairly…

Ranong, Thailand: A southern border crossing town with Myanmar, with the highest density of Burmese migrants in Thailand. With high rates of child labour and children out-of-school, this was my home for a year.

A while back a friend sent me an article written in The Spinoff entitled “We need to talk about voluntourism”. ‘Voluntourism’ or volunteer tourism, based upon the concept of ‘doing good’ while travelling, has been gaining popularity in recent years. NGOs connect people with projects (usually) in so-called developing countries…

Aleisha Keating

Sustainability advocate, nature lover and adventurer.

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