The most impactful $20 I ever made

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When I was 13 my mother paid me $20 to read Kafka’s The Metamorphosis. This was nothing unusual at the time — she often tried to vest me with her love of reading, especially when it came to the literary canon. To a large extent, my childhood growing up in Argentina consisted of monthly theatre visits, museum tours and countless hours spent reading. I loved having my nose buried in a book and the fresh smell of old pages quickly became a comfort.


Why the “green space” needs more diversity.

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Source: US Department of the Interior. Remix by editor.

As a university student, I fill my free time (and resume) with volunteering. When I’m not studying, writing, or at work, I can be found walking the university gardens, attending Vegan Club, or exploring environmental workshops. I always feel a little uneasy entering these spaces, because— in my experience — they are almost exclusively white.


Five tips to travel more responsibly

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Duomo di Milano. Source: author

In 1996 Alex Garland published ‘The Beach’ an adventure novel set in Thailand’s Maya Bay. Years later, it was released as a movie featuring Leonardo Dicaprio. Since then, Maya Bay has gone from a quiet secluded beach to a bustling tourist hotspot. The previously pristine white sand and calm turquoise waters have been quickly overshadowed by litter, damage to flora and fauna, and mass coral destruction. In 2018, officials were forced to temporarily close access to the bay.


Lessons From the Japanese Metabolist Architectural Movement

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Source: Divisare

Metabolism: the chemical processes that occur within a living organism in order to maintain life.


In today’s world, science is political.

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Source: created by the author via Canva

As court battles dwindle there are signs the 2021 US election is finally coming to an end. In many ways, this has been an election unlike any other, framed by the context of a global pandemic, a climate emergency, and unprecedented technological change. These issues were at the front and centre of campaigns, debates, and discussions — yet the more I watched and read, the clearer it became that a large majority of politicians lack any sort of scientific background.


Changing the Way We Look at the Environment

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Source: author via Canva

A few weeks ago I spent a day as a student auditor for Green Impact, a global organisation dedicated to improving sustainability in workplaces through small, actionable change. Since I was a total newbie to conducting audits, the day began with a training session. For the most part, it was what I was expecting — a brief introduction to the company, a discussion of the United Nation’s sustainability goals, and an induction into the world of auditing.


A striking window into the future

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Patrick269 via Pixabay

All along the mid-Atlantic coast, rising sea levels are creating a scene straight out of a horror movie. Climate change is increasingly threatening our trees, with invading seawater quickly outstripping the fresh water that forests rely on to survive. What’s left behind is a vacant woodland haunted by dead, decaying timber and bleached and blackened skeleton trees.


A comprehensive guide to the pros and cons of offsetting emissions.

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Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay

As consumers and investors become more involved in the fight against climate change an increasing number of businesses are going carbon neutral. Most of the major airlines including Emirates, Delta, and Qantas now offer carbon offset programs. Likewise, big companies across a range of industries such as Microsoft, Stripe, and Porsche are paying big money to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Just this year, Amazon pledged $10 million to help family forest owners gain access to carbon offset trading.

What are carbon offsets?

In simple terms, carbon offsetting is the process of counterbalancing emissions emitted in one sector by reducing them somewhere else.


A guide to eco-friendly presents and sustainable gift giving.

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Source: author via Canva

With Christmas right around the corner, it’s time to talk about gifts.


From bushfires to logging, Australia is facing a ‘koala crisis’

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Source: Jordan Whitt on Unsplash.

For years, Australia’s koala population has been under the threat of extinction. From habitat destruction, dog attacks and road accidents, there are no shortage of dangers to this iconic marsupial. Unbeknownst to many, the 2019/2020 Australian Bushfires were just the latest, albeit very significant, threat to Australia’s struggling koala population.

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Sol Kochi Carballo

Arts lover, environmentalist and writer of student experiences such as drinking too much coffee, getting no sleep and crying in libraries.

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