The long goal

I’ve had some big lows this year, due to difficult times in the financial planning industry. The brain use and related insomnia was exhausting.

I’ve had to cut back a lot of running, and haven’t entered races. Haven’t done any big runs since early in the year. But running a few 5-10 km a week has been sustainable, and kept me my positivity.

We had an amazing speaker at our run club social night, Julian Spence (ran #39 in the world in the marathon at Doha in the world championship in October). He talked about his run club, which includes Steve Monaghetti who won silver in the Olympics.

Julian Spence talked about how so many runners accelerate their training too quickly, and about how football, part of his early career, is not very healthy and has too much drinking.

He said to focus on the long goal, of running regularly and sustainably with your run club mates for years and years, to stay healthy and happy

This helps with recognising when to take breaks and ward off impending chronic injuries.

I’m not saying this is going to get us to the world championships too!

It makes me treasure the love of running, my running friends, and my positivity. I’d rather have those than medals any day.

50 ways I’m trying to save the world

Disclaimer: Brace yourselves, this is going to sound like a brag.



In 1986 I heard David Suzuki on ABC Radio telling Australia about global warming, pollution, and the hole in the ozone layer and decided I would always walk or take Public Transport, and that’s what I’ve done.


I’ve created a survey and petition to improve our regional Public Transport services, which is getting support, and I’ve contacted politicians, transport organisations, and the state government planners, and the local paper are interviewing me next week.


I’ve been eating vegan Food for 4 weeks.  I never liked red meat, and after a kid vegan started bullying me on Twitter, I finally decided that being over 50 I can eat whatever the fuck I want.  People don’t like the idea of being vegan because they don’t want to be bullied the way they bully and insult vegans.  I’ve now started bullying meat eaters on Rate My Plate.


I’d read the full EAT-Lancet Global Health Commission Report July 2019; and since then, its Affordability Study November 2019 confirmed my decision.


Vegan is the optimal health and productivity recommendation from the world’s dietary & agricultural scientists, biologists & food geneticists, and humanitarians, despite what TV told you in 1980.


If we don’t all eat vegan, and if we all only ate mince once a week, a roast or cut of red meat once a month, and had 3 meat-free days a week, then 65 million people would still have to spend 86% of their weekly income on food, and we still would have malnutrition, war and/or food-related family violence amongst the 10 billion people we are going to have in 2050.


We can’t keep using 45% of the world’s arable land on growing food for our food (i.e. livestock fodder) even with optimal yield and distribution rates and minimal food waste.


I’ve got 4 fruit trees in my back yard.


I have only two other food types planted, and I would like that to be more, but I need to set up a drip watering system or do an affordability/ecological study of my own for that.


I’m a member of our local “unpackaged” food collective-buying group, where we split bulk orders of various ethical food and household products.


Our house has an electricity provider which supplies the grid with Energy generated from a hydroelectric scheme in Tasmania.


My personal Investments are in sustainable/ethical funds & companies & technology.


I created a spreadsheet for our local types of Recycling collection points (lots of things can be recycled by smaller initiatives), and our town council have asked to use my spreadsheet on their website’s recycling page.


Our town collects 3 bins from our kerbside:


  1. FOGO (food, green waste, and organics): big bin, council collection available every 2 weeks;
  2. Paper/glass/plastic: big bin, every 2 weeks.
  3. Landfill: smaller bin, once a week. I have been putting it out every couple of weeks with a small amount in). Still would like to have that close to zero landfill waste.


I also have containers in the house for collecting these things to take to their local recycling collection points:



E-waste (electronic waste);

Plastic bottle tops;

Bread tags;


Dental products;

Printer ink cartridges;

Soft (scrunchable) plastic;


Paint tins & brushes;

Home and furnishing items.



For 3 months this year, I did a Slow Fashion Challenge and online course about global pollution, recycling, Clothing manufacturing, ethical employment, and sustainable development.


I have only bought 1 item of new clothing in the past 7 months. Not bad for a woman!


I’ve got into mending and Repairing things a lot and designing and sewing things again.


I use the Ecosia Chrome Extension for searching the internet, which is a non-profit Tree-Planting initiative which has so far planted 65 million trees using ad referral click income to fund its work.


I follow the world’s leading dietary and fitness scientists, the UN, climate activists, Reuters, AFP, NYT, global share markets, developments in Universal Basic Income pilot studies (great results in Africa recently), I read/listen to the pioneers in Circular Economy and their books, and I follow news of the countries who are implementing Circular Economy plans, I am one of The World Economic Forum’s “top fans” on social media, and a (verified) former head of the UN started following me on Twitter the other day.


I’m on a mission to save the world!!

(50 sounds like a rough guess at the stuff in this post, but this doesn’t count writing about and discussing politics, economics, logic, social media, art, weight loss, health and fitness, and facilitating and coaching running.)





Vegetable Dumplings

Vegetable dumplings (or they could be fried slugs, not quite sure, they were in a box).

Ketjap Manis & Sriracha Sauce for dipping.

Green Leafy Stuff with Lime Juice, Walnut Oil, and Sesame Seeds.

Real Raspberry Liquorice and a Carob bear (for when you’re meh with chocolate and sugar hits in the supermarkets).

Some sort of Dandelion/Chicory “Coffee “made by a local Barista (probably called Catweazle) which actually doesn’t make you feel weak in the veins or nauseous or high/low/high/low all day like the Coffee Rollercoaster.



Vegan, Veggie Burger, Recipe, hummus, tomato, sriracha, hangry,

Sad Veggie Burger

(It’s actually suitable for veg%ns but we won’t mention the ve-jay-jay word so you don’t get traumatised by feeling the pressure to reject wartime ideals of nutrition.)




Crusty, nuclear-winter-white bread roll.

Frozen fake meat burger that people will say is carcinogenic despite less evidence for that than there is for Nessie.

Sriracha sauce. End of.

Olive oil spread (I can’t believe it’s not rancid yak butter).

Hummus with a dollop of some sort of garlic crap that you get charged extra for.

Ye Olde Dieter’s Nemesis – Lettuce leaves.


Mini, orange tomatoes (had to use those up).

Baked pea crisps, which look just as “toxic” on the nutrition label to anyone who is just informed enough to be detrimental to their own health, except they aren’t the same old thing we’ve been eating since Benny Hill was cutting edge.

Vegan, Recipe, Pulse Penne Pasta, Aldi, peas, chickpeas, borlotti beans, lentil flour, pumpkin, edamame, tomato, red capsicum, chilli, vegan cheese, hangry

Vegan Pulse Penne Pasta

I have a heartfelt belief that my diet should be expensive, time-consuming, and attract insults about my social agenda.

I’m over 50, started eating a vegan diet 3 weeks ago. This is my latest batch of lunches/dinners to nuke in the microwave for when I’m hangry.


Pulse Penne Remano


Pulse Penne Pasta Preparation

Pulse Penne Pasta (Aldi brand made of peas, chickpeas, borlotti beans, & lentil flour),




red capsicum,


vegan cheese probably made of someone’s old polyester running T-shirts,

spring onion,

olive oil,


It took about 30 minutes to prepare, cook, and serve in the storage containers.

Nuked the pumpkin and edamame.

Boiled the pasta in a pan of water on the stove then drained it, put in everything else, then served it in containers for freezing.

Made it look traditional by adding the spring onion and plastic-looking bio cheese (I’d rather not think about the mental picture that name gives me).


I could post all the nutritional/energy/macronutrient details because I’ve been an obsessive kilojoule counter for nearly 5 years and lost 35 kg, but you’re probably already freaking out about my apparent sense of superiority and food perfectionism.

Disco version: One of 4 servings in a batch of instant meals that keep me full for ages.


Pulse Penne Pasta


What’s the verdict?

Love or hate?

In which I ramble on a bit (again) from GoFundMe to Facebook to Social Media

I’m an Australian creator of a GoFundMe for a long-term friend from the USA who is in a coma in hospital in Thailand. The GoFundMe is for his international friends to send funds to the hospital for his treatment and for his dependent family.

Joe’s difficulties in being 70 were known to us. He has been frustrated for a long time in trying to receive his pension by cheque from the USA, unaware he needed to give the pension fund his bank details to receive direct credit of his pension payments.  He had nearly sorted this change out.

Areas that can affect crowdfunding a smooth GoFundMe campaign:

The intricacies of nationality, proof of identity, borders, healthcare, insurance, pension payments, bank technology protocols, international anti-money-laundering laws, online scams, time zones, methods and availability of communication methods, local business working days and time zones, IT support staff availability and support request loads, individual familiarity with use of technology.

➡️Too long; didn’t read?⁉️
But we are are a step further in our journey of being there for Joe when he really needs us.


When my latest GoFundMe update appeared on my Facebook feed was this notice above it from Facebook:

Ask your community for support
When you need to raise money for something or someone important to you, your friends can help. Create a fundraiser on Facebook in a few quick steps.
[name] [name] and 111 other friends have donated through Facebook.
Raise Money

I’ve used Facebook fundraisers, but I also know many Americans who are (also statistically the greatest national demographic) unlikely to trust Facebook.

Similarly, I see many people in Australia and online who do not trust what they dismiss as Social Media.

My theory:

Americans partly wanted to be special when they opened Facebook accounts in around 2009.

In 2009 Facebook was a very different beast.

By around 2012 all your friends in high income countries had seen when you’d added a friend and pounced to add them, and new users were bombarded with requests from “friendly” strangers. Facebook became a frenzied Availability Cascade of competing Friend Count tallies.

So they thought they were different by not using it any more.

I’ll mention some stuff that might change how some of us living in or near their birthplace might be used to thinking.

In 2019 I’ve seen a livestream of Mark Zuckerberg in a discussion with leaders in future human medical technology and nanotechnology

During the discussion, there was a very fast-moving flow of comments being posted by people with names most likely from India and Asia, all saying how much they love Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook and how it’s helped them and their families.

Fast forward a bit, I watched Eliud Kipchoge and the Nike team live on YouTube as they broke the 2 hour barrier for a man’s marathon running record.

During that livestream, another very-fast flow of supportive and enthusiastic comments were being posted by people with names of African origin.

A couple of days ago, I saw the latest video on Facebook from the World Economic Forum.

Estonia is now 4th in the world for child education standards.

Yesterday, I joined up to check out a Google Cloud live session of broadcasts on IT, AI, Cloud Computing, etc.

Most of the experts presenting had Asian names.

It occurs to me that this sort of global visibility and transparency can seem incongruous to people who didn’t learn about it before 2010, have avoided it since, or haven’t known how to look for it on what is often dismissed as Social Media.

Yet we still have transparency issues with transmitting and remitting help where we need it.

Going Vegan

I was vegetarian from 1988-2000 but quite often had to eat fish or chicken just to ‘keep the peace’. Meals can be like warzones. I never liked eating meat.
My dad became a jackaroo after WW2, and saved up to buy his own farmland.

He hated having to kill animals to “feed the family”, and would put it off as long as possible.

He was not a Muslim, if that’s relevant, but I watched him pray for a sheep before he killed it when I was about 4.

I have retained vivid pictures of the blood from its neck spreading on the shearing shed floor, and a while later, the thick flow of green grass liquid contents of its stomach when it was slit outside on the ground.

Dad’s father fled the UK because he didn’t want to take on the family business as a butcher.

My theory now is that no-one likes killing and/or eating animals, but they don’t want to be vegan because they don’t want to have the problems of being vegan caused by people forcing them to eat meat.

They bully each other into bullying each other. Circular bullying!

[Insert another long ramble about 7 in my family all recently realising all 7 of us can’t tolerate dairy, along with the currently known 65% of the world’s people.]


I’ve now been eating vegan food for 2 weeks.

Well, not counting the last of the lactose-free yoghurt I realised was still causing issues so it’s not just a lactose intolerance.

Instead I have my breakfast include yoghurt made from coconut milk.

I may have had some things which say on the label, “Prepared in an environment that also prepares food containing meat, dairy, egg” or whatever”, or “May contain traces of xxxx”.

I’m not a homeopathic vegan. 😀

But the amount of food I need to buy in packages is far, far less.

And I can eat and graze all day, and always feel full.

In fact, I lost 35 kg about 5 years ago by counting/logging kilojoules in my food using My Fitness Pal (app and website).

I’ve stayed within my goal weight range ever since.

However, this week, my moving average daily weight has dropped 2 kg.

Possibly largely a drop in stress hormones (not just from the worry about having to say I don’t want meat) but also, a healthier digestive system.

Instead of having to usually keep an eye to stay at my daily/weekly kilojoule limit, I’ve been a bit at a loss of what else I feel like so I get enough kilojoule intake – despite having plenty of energy.

Avocado, and also and nut (pistachio, almond, peanut today) butters to the rescue!

Also been grabbing some pecans and cashews.

Do you know how many calories are in those? Those were things I’d have to ration out if I wanted to keep some kilojoules for some chocolate or some sort of fries or crumbed fish.

30 grams of nuts was like a weekly treat the day I’d had a long Sunday run.

Nuts are soo good for you. They lower bad cholesterol by raising good cholesterol, and all that crap.

They fill you up, they’re a bit oily so they don’t need sugar or added fat, and they’re fun to munch.

Note, I sometimes use the words “calories” and “kilojoules” interchangeably – in language, not logging food. 😀 Not recommending that!

Eating this way, and knowing a lot about kilojoule content in food, I know I can eat whatever makes me feel good and I am very satisfied.

Feels good.


Any onmivores, vegetarians or transitionists thinking of making changes, and if so, what have you got in mind to try?

Greta Thunberg, Fridays for Future, Art, and this global Systems Change planetary system we’re in

Inequality is when you are left to clean up the mess at the party for US$15 an hour.

A collective of indigenous Australian corporations are allowing a new highly-protested coal mine (the Carmichael coal mine proposed by Adani Mining) to have a lease on their native lands.

The Native Title land leasing system was created to give indigenous Australians some income for compensation for being displaced from their land by Colonialism.

Are GenZ and the dispossessed supposed to live in cardboard boxes, never fly in a plane, and be malnutritioned so as not to take anything from those who live in prosperity?

Are we all “guilty of the sins of our fathers”?

If critics expect Thunberg to walk on water, are they also going to do the same?

‘”Saudi Arabia recognises this threat to its economy. An old quote from the Saudi oil minister, Ahmed Zaki Yamani, paints the situation clearly: “The stone age did not end because the world ran out of stones, and the oil age will not end because we run out of oil.’” – Jacob Brown, via World Economic Forum


Some critics think Thunberg should still be in school.

What school could teach her the enormous things she is learning and in turn, is teaching us?

I say that as a lifelong artist and student of Art.

Call it a performance if you like, a publicity stunt, or a religious pilgrimage. I call it Art.

There hasn’t been anything like this before.

Robert Hughes wrote an influential book about the history of Art – The Shock of the New.  This is shocking, and this is new.

I don’t mean Thunberg on her own. I mean all the Fridays For Future protesters who don’t get the media attention she gets but who Thunberg is connected to, and who we can see are connected to our countries, our friends, and to us.


I was talking to a friend today who’s just earned her BA in Teaching. We spoke about our favourite teachers, and how at 16 we were horrible to our teachers, but we had teachers who actually encouraged us to see the faults in things and to think for ourselves.

We had a Canadian teacher teach us English Literature in high school. Once he let us play outside in the snow (it was the only time in 40 years we’ve had snow on the ground in that town here in Australia. Another day in 1984 we compared the Jimi Hendrix version of All Along the Watchtower to Bob Dylan’s original. One day he took us on a walk around the school, and I remember we looked at the sunlight coming through the stained glass window in the entrance hall, and we also looked at the boys’ toilets (he got in trouble for that). I also remember one girl independently didn’t go in like we were possibly supposed to. Nobody was wrong.

Our most memorable teachers were not afraid of “being wrong”, because they knew that’s not the end of the world. That’s how we learn new ways.

Do any critics have a better annual curriculum for Thunberg and Fridays For Future protesters than this global systems change planetary system we are in, when the world is trying to be her teacher and/or student?

Because it’s literally the end of the world if we don’t all learn new ways from what’s happening.

We’re all learning from each other.


What new ways are you learning?


You might like to read An Adaptive Spiral about individual health systems change or We are all transitioning.

We are all transitioning. Extinction Rebellion, Circular Economy, and Sustainable Development

We have the road map for what we need to do to avert irreversible global warming: The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals for 2030.


The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2030

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation are leaders in Circular Economy.


Jeremy Riffkin guided and worked with Angela Merkel and President Li of China to help set their Circular Economy policies in place.


circular economy, extinction rebellion, david suzuki, climate emergency, linear economy, australia, recycling, transition, climate action,

There’s a good term for what many of us are now:




We’ve already transitioned from all fossil fuel energy.

We can’t just stop using oil or coal suddenly, or there would be energy shortages, and that could risk lives.

We’re transitioning from mainly fossil fuels to mainly renewables.

We’re building more renewable energy sources, and less non-renewable power plants.

We’re also transitioning from eating too much meat to eating more plants and less meat.

Two years and hundreds of scientists have produced the EAT Lancet Commission, which sets out the flexible and enjoyable Planetary Health Diet which will feed the predicted population of 10 billion healthy people sustainably in 2050.


We’re planting many more trees and chopping down less old growth.

(Pet tip: You can use the Ecosia Chrome extension/browser that uses ad revenue to fund reforestation projects.)


We’ve transitioned from mass over-consumption and landfill waste to recycling more and more plastics and developing compostable and fully-recyclable products.


Slow Fashion Collective and Fashion Revolution have made a huge impact upon ending Fast Fashion in the global fashion industry and have been improving factory conditions and transparency in China and worldwide.


I’ve always been annoyed about Big Organic’s over-inflated health claims, but I’m now resigned to the fact that conventional agriculture is almost indistinguishable from it in supermarkets, as conventional agriculture has done things like reduced the use of all-feedlot lifespan of animals.


But I’m against buying anything labelled “GMO-Free”, because plant biotechnology is one of the ways we can safely improve yields and feed 10 billion people in 2050.


Some peole think the Extinction Rebellion protesters go too far, by bringing big ceramic sinks to the city, and chaining themselves to Land Rovers.


Recently, I met a philanthropic Eritrean who told me about people desperately escaping government violence in East Africa by killing soldiers, stealing their guns, and using them to get across borders to help from outside.


If Extinction Rebellion and privileged people in privileged countries protest dramatically (but peacefully), we tell the powerful, corrupt, the leaders, and the most-privileged to realise their exploitation is what causes civil war and economic disasters.

99% of the world wants fairness; less exploitation.


Change is hard.


Some speak as if it’s easier for themselves to have one fixed idea and deny that any change is required.


It’s hard to learn the many multitudes of ways we each can change more and destroy the planet less.


But change is happening everywhere.


Often, I’ve thought, X political organisation should be doing B.


Then I do a search online, and find they’re already implementing those plans.


Government is not just the current elected party member and their soundbites.

It’s the public servants and contractors who are held accountable too, and who are our friends and/or neighbours.


Government is us, and our vote.


Our vote is also our note – what we buy with our currencies are statistics towards what is acceptable to produce. What we do and say and eat and wear and use all influence the market.


In 1986, I first heard about about greenhouse gases, the hole in the ozone layer, the loss of native habitat and species, etc.

My father and I were sitting at the kitchen table and ABC Radio was on. I was home for the holidays from university, and doing some drawing.

David Suzuki was talking about the tonnes of glass and plastic bottles going into landfill.

My father sat there, elbows on the table, with his hands over his eyes and face.

I’d never seen him do anything like that. It brings tears to my eyes and lump to my throat every time I remember that day in 1986.

We first started recycling (which was newspaper) in 1988 in Melbourne. Our first kerbside recycling bins appeared in 1989.

I have never gone for my drivers licence since hearing David Suzuki in 1986.

I’ve been using public transport and walking when I need to go somewhere on my own.

Dad was 19 years older than Mum, and he died in 1997.

He never lived to see the big changes.

Change began in small increments.  But change is exponential.

It’s taken so long to transition to what we’re doing now.

Extinction Rebellion are making people talk, think, and act.

As Greta Thunberg said in New York, “Once we start to act, hope is everywhere”.


As Eliud Kipchoge said in Vienna, “Together we can make the world a peaceful place.”