Thinking green, by Caitlin

Thoughts and ideas on environmental topics from Caitlin Howlett, editor of Green Lifestyle.

In praise of knowledge


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No one wakes up in the morning intent on ruining the planet. Or at least, I have good reason to think so. Through knowledge comes the power to be able to make better, more sustainable decisions in our everyday lives – it’s just that good knowledge isn’t always available to us.

Many Australians are privileged to be able to make the right choices, and I believe that the humanity in every one of us wins the tough battles. They say ignorance is bliss, but it’s nothing compared to that little angel on your shoulder singing loud and proud when you know you’ve done the right thing. Credit your accomplishments, and share your new knowledge with others so that it can spread further.

A wise little greenie called Yoda once said: “Pass on what you have learned.” If knowledge isn’t shared, then there isn’t much point in having it.

That’s why organisations like Palm Oil Investigations ( are so remarkable – turn to page 22 of the latest issue (March/April '14) to read some of the wisdom they’ve gathered that very few of us would be able to find on our own.

Impressive insight stretches out to all sections of our global community – yes, even to banking, just look at how the rewards from ethical funds are outperforming mainstream ones incrementally every year (p26). Thanks to the Every Rooftop initiative, households that were previously unable to afford solar power can now lease it (p40). Our Aussie scientists are hard at work helping overseas bee populations fight off the varroa mite (p46). And jewellers are using their skills to turn scrap metal from unexploded bombs into unique pieces that help Laotian communities (p88).

The Green Lifestyle team hopes that you gather a whole bunch of new information from this issue to share with your community, so that the choices for what we do, how we act, and what products we bring into our homes, have long-reaching positive implications past the actions themselves.