Four ways to curb our addiction to plastic
Kate Torgovnick May, IDEAS.TED.COM
Not all plastic is evil, but our world could probably do with a whole lot less of it. Check out these great ideas — from a googly-eyed trash catcher to a styrofoam substitute made from mushrooms — and learn some small steps you can take right now.

The Case for More Science and Philosophy Books for Children
Massimo Pigliucci, Nautilus
It is very difficult to change the mindset of adult human beings, fraught as we are with all sorts of cognitive biases that entrench our pre-existing beliefs, inoculating them from any challenging argument or inconvenient truth. The result is an adult population, for instance in the United States, where 42 percent of responders to a survey from the National Science Foundation say astrology is “sort of” or “very” scientific.

Philosophy for Children
Philosophy for Children, sometimes abbreviated to P4C, is a movement that aims to teach reasoning and argumentative skills to children. There are also related methods sometimes called “Philosophy for Young People” or “Philosophy for Kids”. Google Search

Talking About Climate Change with Al Gore
Coral Davenport, The New York Times
In a TimesTalks conversation in New York, Coral Davenport spoke with Al Gore about what went through his mind when Donald Trump made his Paris announcement that the USA would withdraw from the 2015 Paris Climate Accord. This one hour video interview explains how Al Gore thinks USA climate policy will effect the 21st century.

Neoliberalism has conned us into fighting climate change as individuals
Martin Lukacs, The Guardian
Stop obsessing with how personally green you live – and start collectively taking on corporate power. Would you advise someone to flap towels in a burning house? To bring a flyswatter to a gunfight? Yet the counsel we hear on climate change could scarcely be more out of sync with the nature of the crisis.

The Uninhabitable Earth
David Wallace-Wells, New York Magazine
Famine, economic collapse, a sun that cooks us: What climate change could wreak — sooner than you think.

Globalisation: the rise and fall of an idea that swept the world
Nikil Saval, The Guardian
It’s not just a populist backlash – many economists who once swore by free trade have changed their minds, too. How had they got it so wrong?

Government’s letter to conservation groups has ominous implications
Lenore Taylor, The Guardian
The environment department has recently begun sending letters to conservation groups registered as eligible for tax deductible donations, as they do every year. But this year the correspondence is different, in a disturbing way.

TWISK – This Week In St Kilda
JUST ANNOUNCED Paul Kelly @ Memo
Thursday 20 July, 8 pm
Paul Kelly and band are going to play a special intimate show at MEMO Music Hall this Thursday night. Paul will be debuting his new album ‘Life Is Fine’ TixGreg Day’s TWISK lists live music and theatre events in St.Kilda for the current week.

Five Takeaways for Success
Vanessa Van Edwards, Science of People
How do some people achieve extraordinary levels of success when pursuing their passions while others chase their dreams but never reach any finish lines?

Coles and Woolworths to phase out Plastic Bags
By Michael Dulaney (ABC News)
Supermarket giants Coles and Woolworths have announced plans to phase out single-use plastic bags by 30 June 2018. But what about all the other stores? Australia still has three premiers who are burying their heads in the sand.

Plastic Free July 2017
We are excited to again be joining the award-winning Plastic Free July campaign, which is an initiative from our friends at the Earth Carers Waste Education team, at the Western Metropolitan Regional Council, in Western Australia.

Five Lessons Most People Learn Way Too Late in Life
Alyssa Satara, Inc.
Your good times are temporary and your bad times are temporary. So when you’re up, enjoy it, bask in it, and be grateful for it. And when you’re down, know you will get through it. Know that it’s not the end, and that it’s just a rough patch. Life is full of twists and turns, ups and downs, and surprises.

Are You Ready To Consider That Capitalism Is The Real Problem?
Jason Hickel & Martin Kirk, Fast Company
Before you say no, take a moment to really ask yourself whether it’s the system that’s best suited to build our future society.