Being a catalyst for positive change

Changing Times is about making a difference. It’s about being informed and taking positive action. It’s a platform for long-form journalism that gives a voice to those rarely, if ever, heard elsewhere. It aims to go to the heart of issues, no matter how challenging.

The environment, human rights, and health and well-being are the main focuses.

The LATEST NEWS section is the hub of Changing Times; it’s where you’ll find the most recent posts.

Unscrupulous governments and corporations are wreaking untold havoc, destroying the flora and fauna without which our planet will become a wasteland, and taking away citizens’ rights to make decisions about their own health.

Free of the strictures and bias of the mainstream, Changing Times aims to help halt the devastation and abuse of human rights, and contribute to turning things around.

On this one website, you can read about the plight of koalas in Australia and orangutans in Borneo and Sumatra, the campaign against fracking, urban overdevelopment in Kuala Lumpur, and the threats to the Great Barrier Reef. You can also find out about reiki, ayurveda, homeopathy, and other healing practices and there are two articles about Parkinson’s disease, here and here.

There is a major investigative article about the rollout of the HPV vaccine Gardasil 9 in Australia and another piece, which will include coverage of recent symposiums in Dublin and Tokyo about HPV vaccination, will be online very soon.

Journalism can be holistic!

Changing Times puts a human face on issues that can sometimes seem too troubling to contemplate. It carries reports about the people engaged in the struggle to make our world a better place. It is these people who are driving change, and Changing Times conveys their messages, shows what motivates them, and sheds light on the reality of their daily lives.

There are in-depth, investigative articles about the destruction being caused by the extractive industries.

The nightmare experienced by Australians who have huge coal seam gas fields on their doorstep is the focus of this article, which highlights the strength and determination of people whose lives have been devastated by CSG exploitation.

Australia is also being ravaged by the coal mining industry. You can read about the opposition to the planned expansion of the Wilpinjong mine in the Hunter Valley. and the devastation being caused to the area, here and here

Changing Times is also a unique platform for articles about literature festivals in India and Indonesia. These festivals raise very pertinent global issues and are fascinating forums for debate. There is comprehensive coverage of this year’s Jaipur festival here.

You can also find detailed reports on the work of the Nonhuman Rights Project in the United States. The most recent article is here.


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Protecting wildlife

The website also brings you in-depth reports about the 10th Asia for Animals conference, which took place in the Nepali capital, Kathmandu. You can read Part 1 of my conference round-up here and Part 2 is here.

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The plight of the koala gets comprehensive coverage on Changing Times and there are round-ups about two national conferences about Australia’s most iconic animal. The most recent report is here, and there is also a French version of that article.

Pongky in his cage at police officer's house


Orangutans are becoming increasingly endangered in face of the continued destruction of their habitat and those working to protect and rescue them face massive challengesThis round-up article was written to mark International Orangutan Day and you can find two other pieces about rescues by the Orangutan Information Centre team in Sumatra here and here.

There is a full report about the severe decline in the population of orangutans on Borneo here.

Changing Times also brings you reports about the poisoning of elephants in Sumatra, and the plight of sun bears. You can read about the first international symposium about sun bears here.

The website is a trusted source of information about palm oil, and one of the main sources of information about the urgent need to protect the Leuser Ecosystem in Indonesia. The most recent article about the destruction of the Tripa peat forest in Aceh is here.

Changing Times is also the place to find full coverage of the 9th World Urban Forum, which was held in Kuala Lumpur.




There are several reports about Kampong Bharu – the last remaining urban village in the centre of Kuala Lumpur – which is being targeted for high-rise development. A new master plan has been released since these articles were written. Updates will be online soon.



Changing Times also brings its readers balanced reporting about the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 with 239 people on board. You can read the most recent article here.

Activists in danger

In several countries, including Honduras, Guatemala, the Philippines, Thailand, and Cambodia, environmental campaigners literally fear for their lives.

Honduran indigenous activist Berta Cáceres Flores was murdered because of her opposition to the Agua Zarca hydroelectric dam. Changing Times has five reports about her assassination, including this article.

Video stories

In Video stories, you can hear about Indonesian fishermen who are risking life and limb diving for sea cucumbers.

divingPhoto by Roni Bintang.

In the Changing Times photo gallery, you’ll find snapshots of life in Malaysia, Australia, and Indonesia.


Changing Times aims to inspire. For information on how to stay in good form, click on Health and well-being.

A quote to remember:No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” – Albert Einstein.

Einstein also said the following:

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.

Some positive links:

Becoming minimalist
The Optimist
Spiritual Cinema Circle
Gaia TV
The Shift Network
The Grandmothers Speak
Playing For Change
Humanity’s Team

I’ve been asked to mention this organisation: Cancer Support France. The local Languedoc branch, CSF-Languedoc, particularly needs support.

On the Byline news and crowdfunding platform, you can read my articles about megadams  and the Trans-Pacific Partnership.


Earth 4 Orangutans

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