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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 voice to those who are not 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. Free of the strictures and bias of the mainstream, Changing Times aims to help halt this devastation, 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 over-development in Kuala Lumpur, and the threats to the Great Barrier Reef. You can also find out about reiki, ayurveda, homeopathy, and other healing practices. There’s a comprehensive article about Parkinson’s disease, published to mark World Parkinson’s Day.

Changing Times brings you coverage of the Asia for Animals conference, which has just taken place in the Nepali capital, Kathmandu. You can read Part 1 of my conference round-up here.

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 the priority of Changing Times is to convey their message, show what motivates them, and shed 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

My latest article about the campaign against plans by the Indian multinational conglomerate Adani to build the largest coal mine in Australia in the Galilee Basin in Queensland is here.

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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.

According to a report published in January this year by the NGO Global Witness, Honduras is the deadliest country in the world for environmentalists. More than 120 people have been killed since 2010 for protesting against the theft or destruction of their land or rivers.

The latest report by Global Witness states that, globally, at least two hundred environmental activists were killed in 2016, and nearly 40 percent of those murdered were from indigenous communities.

Protecting wildlife

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Changing Times keeps you up to date about the plight of the koala. There’s a comprehensive round-up of the recent conference in Port Macquarie, and a French version of that article.

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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.

Changing Times also brings you reports about the poisoning of elephants in Sumatra, and the plight of sun bears. You can read about Day 1 of the first international symposium about sun bears here, and a full symposium round-up is coming soon.

You can also find detailed reports on the work of the Nonhuman Rights Project, including this article about the battles to obtain writs of habeas corpus for nonhuman animals.

Changing Times is also one of the main sources of information about the urgent need to protect the Leuser Ecosystem in Indonesia. The latest article is here.

The website is also a trusted source of information about palm oil and the devastation being caused by irresponsible company practices, and is reputed for its in-depth reporting about the devastating forest fires that annually plague Southeast Asia. The blazes in 2015 were described as “probably the biggest global environmental disaster of the 21st century”.

The Sabangau forest in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia.

There are also in-depth articles about Malaysia, including pieces about about the National Security Council Act , the Malaysian Human Rights Commission’s 2016 annual report, and the recent women’s rally against toxic politics.

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There are 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 coming soon.

 

 

 

Changing Times also continues to bring 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.

There is comprehensive coverage on Changing Times of this year’s Jaipur Literature Festival and there is also a round-up about the 2016 Ubud Writers & Readers Festival in Bali, which gathered together an extraordinary mix of authors, journalists, poets, activists, and musicians from 25 different countries around the theme “I am you, you are me”.

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

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

POSITIVE THINKING

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.

 

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