The green ramblings of a thirty-something Australian.



1. Covered with verdure; clothed with the fresh green of vegetation; verdured; verdant; as, verdurous pastures

[Source: Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)]



Green philosophy
Green economics
Green photography
Green leaders
Green ethics
Global warming
Genetically modified organisms
Global cultural diversity
Biocultural diversity
Endangered languages and cultures
Indigenous environmental knowledge and management
Post-development thought
Alternatives to economic globalisation




21 responses

29 11 2006

Dear Verdurous,
I am really enjoying your Gaian, foliate blog. Keep it coming.

30 11 2006

Good day to you fellow earth traveller. I sense that you are from distant lands. I welcome your encouraging words and your own efforts to bring the force back into balance. 🙂



18 11 2007

I really liked your post about bio-diversity. It brings much needed attention to an over-shadowed problem.

As an editor for The Issue, a recently launched Blog Newspaper, we’ve decided to feature your article in the Science and Health Section of this weekend’s publication at http://www.TheIssue.com.
We handpick some of the best posts across the blog-o-sphere and put together a daily newspaper online.

Thanks for your insight!
JB Cossart

Science&Health | The Issue

18 11 2007

Appreciate the kind words. Thanks very much. It is easy to forget that even without the effects of climate change, we still have a number of environmental crises that can bring us unstuck.

1 02 2008
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8 03 2008
Rob DK


I’d like to attach a press release that I think may be of interest for your blog.

It would be great if we could gain some editorial content and/or a link.

Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you,

Kind Regards,


10 03 2008

Rob, I keep this site free from advertising. But given that, I’m happy for your comment above to stand.

14 06 2008


Why are you listing yourself as an ad free blog when adverts are clearly displayed on your site here?

Details here:


21 06 2008

I do not receive funding from advertisements. I understand that wordpress have started displaying Google adsense ads for users not logged in – this is a cause for great concern. I have no control over this, but I remain independent and nothing I write is influenced by commercial interests.

22 09 2008
Ashley Howard


I found your website while searching for green sites, and thought that you might be interested in what our company, FoodServiceWarehouse.com, is doing to actively promote green practices in the restaurant industry.

FoodServiceWarehouse.com is a Greenwood Village, Colorado company that was started by a group of avid environmentalists. Our commitment to the environment can be seen from the environmentally conscious way that we run our own company and the programs we have developed to help the restaurant industry become more environmentally responsible.

As part of our services, we have created an industry leading certification program aimed at helping commercial kitchens cope with the costs and complexities of going green. The program features educational resources, rewards and the industry’s only free certification process, modeled after, and fulfilling credits for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.

We invite you to visit our website http://www.foodservicewarehouse.com/going-green/c11836.aspx , and check out what we think is the most complete resource on the web for commercial kitchens looking to go green.

And to show our dedication in helping commercial kitchens slash energy costs, conserve water and reduce their environmental impact, we are giving away a green commercial kitchen worth up to $40,000 to one qualifying kitchen.

We are eager to spread the word about our tremendous Green Commercial Kitchen Giveaway. As an incentive for this, we are offering a $1,000 reward to whichever site refers the winning entry to us. If you are interested in this, all you need to do is place the link below on your blog by September 30, 2008, and reply to this e-mail to let us know it’s there. The link must still be in place on the the day that we notify the winner of the program, which will be on or about December 1st, 2008.

The html code for the link is shown below.* Graphic banners are available upon request.

I hope you find our Going Green Program to be a valuable resource for your readers and share our enthusiasm for helping the restaurant industry go green.

Ashley Howard
Green Kitchen Consultant
Food Service Warehouse.com
5670 Greenwood Plaza Blvd. Suite 525
Greenwood Village, CO 80111

* Link Code
Green Commercial Kitchen Giveaway

27 09 2008

Hello, Verdurous. My name is Edgar and I’m an editor at OpposingViews.com, the debate website. Since we both cover energy and environmental issues, I thought I’d drop you a note. I would’ve e-mailed you but I couldn’t find an address.
See, we’re currently having a discussion about whether or not the U.S. should allow offshore oil drilling. You can see it here:
Although vetted experts are the ones doing the debating, anyone can contribute by choosing a side and posting comments about the experts’ arguments.
Check it out and, if you have the time, let me know what you think at eacosta@opposingviews.com

22 10 2008

2 Crane Lane
Temple Bar
Dublin 2
Republic of Ireland

Hi there! How is it going?

I’ve just popped in your blog and I loved it! I’m from http://www.edenbee.com , have you ever heard of us before? Well, to sum up we are a green social networking site for people who want to reduce their carbon footprint. It would be great to be associated with you. We’re trying to build a community and would be great to have you on board! Let me know if you are interested.

Please, send us a mail at info@edenbee.com
Thank you

I look forward to hearing from you

2 11 2008

Great Blog, will be visiting often. Thought you may want to take a look at my anti-advertsing blog (http://advertsruineverything.typepad.com/adverts_ruin_everything/). No worries if not.

Keep up the good work.


3 02 2009
michael klwin ewin

Last week we commenced asking blogging people to post a comment on this vision.
We would appreciate a brief comment on the comments page.
In due course bloggers, editors and staff of consciousness and environment media will be invited to the event itself.


Looking forward to your thoughts
yours in trust

you have a very good blog congrats – the links are most useful
I believe that you would make a great contribution to the GSG as you might even share the vision?
please leave your blog on the comments page for others to read 😉

4 03 2009
Dianna Kha

Hi there,

My name is Dianna and I’m the marketing coordinator for the not-for profit organisation called the Centre for Sustainability Leadership.

I understand that your green blog site is a great reservoir of facts on sustainability and a interactive hub for sustainability-passionate individuals. Therefore, there are great synergies between our stakeholders and our vision for a greener world.

Would it be possible for my organisation to utilise your blog as a platform for raising awareness of our Sustainability Leadership Development program? The text we would like to appear on the blog is as follows:

Are you someone who is passionate about sustainability and committed to make our future a better place to live and work? If you have answered yes, then the Centre for Sustainability Leadership Fellowship Program can help you realise your vision!
The Fellowship Program is a seven-month program run annually by the Centre for Sustainability Leadership, a not-for-profit organisation with a unique vision for building a bridge to a more sustainable future by creating real and systematic change through sustainability leadership and innovation.

We provide a cutting edge curriculum, open doors to unparalleled networks, and give participants access to leadership experience rarely available in the early stages of a career. Weekly workshops, group project activities, a mentorship program and residential retreats are key components of this dynamic leadership development program.

We welcome people in any field to apply. Successful applicants will be joining an esteemed network, dedicated to making a difference that includes everyone from artists to engineers, lawyers to graphic designers, academics to accountants.
The Centre for Sustainability Leadership Fellowship Program is scholarship-based. The only cost to participants is a $2500 contribution cost (the full cost of us running program is approximately $15,000 per participant, funded by our generous sponsors and in-kind support). If an applicant cannot afford the $2,500 contribution cost there are a significant number of full scholarships available. No worthy applicant will miss out due to genuinely not being able to pay.

To apply or find out more, visit http://www.csl.org.au or email info@csl.org.au. In addition, The Centre for Sustainability Leadership will be hosting the following information sessions:

Sydney: 12th March, 6:30- 7:30pm, Location: Sydney CBD. Check website for details.
Melbourne: 18th March, 6:30- 7:30pm, Location: EPA offices, HWT Tower, Ground Floor, 40 City Road, Southbank Victoria

Applications are NOW open and close March 30.
Thankyou for your time,


9 04 2009
Dave O.


I discovered your blog while searching for people out there producing content, writing blogs, making videos with an interest in the Environment and making a difference.

I belong to and work with Envirospeak.tv. We are community of like minded folks passionate about the environment. I’d like to invite you to check out our community, join up and possibly post your content there as well. It’ll provide another channel for your voice, and possibly allow you to build connections to fellow people writing/producing videos, etc., about environmental issues.

Bear in mind, this isn’t a sales pitch or anything, there’s no membership fee and nothing I’m trying to sell. Just offering another channel to get your content distributed.

Please give us a look:

A few more details about Envirospeak: EnviroSpeak.tv is a social media collaboration site that aims to educate and share eco problems and solutions from around the world in order to facilitate real world change. We also have several fundraising tools, group collaboration tools, and very soon we will have a full eco-store, directory listings for eco companies via location, virtual classrooms for free presentations and much more!

Our goal is to connect environmentally conscious people using the power and accessibility of the internet in order to collaborate on ideas and information and ultimately to make an impact via awareness and real initiatives. As our site grows in members, we will grow in possibilities!

Please let me know if you have any questions, and be sure to link up with me if you decide to join!

Best Regards,


25 06 2009
Bill Hawthorne


My name is Bill Hawthorne, and I represent maacenter.org, a leading web resource for asbestos exposure and mesothelioma cancer information. Our organization is dedicated to increasing awareness of the terrible health consequences of asbestos exposure through the distribution of the best informational materials and public outreach efforts.

I found your site through a search and decided to contact you because of its high environmental and green presence which is extremely important in our movement. Your viewers are extremely savvy and motivated. The promotion of how buildings should now be built using green products to avoid asbestos and mesothelioma as well as the awareness of past buildings and preventative steps in avoiding asbestos exposure are extremely important. My goal is to get a resource link on your site.

I look forward to hearing from you. Please feel free to check out our website at http://www.maacenter.org. Thank you for your time and consideration.


18 11 2009

Hi Verdurous,

I’m not sure if this will be of interest to you. The Earth Journalism Awards are taking place in Copenhagen to coincide with the climate change summit next month. Fifteen articles on different aspects of the way climate change is affecting our environment have been selected from hundreds; the public gets to vote on the issue that they most want brought to the attention of the negotiators at COP15. One of the articles in the final is uniquely Australian – it discusses ocean acidification and the effects on the Great Barrier Reef. Australia has an enormous coastline and a large part of our economy is dependent on our fisheries and coastline tourism.
I’m trying to get some attention for this article in particular, but I believe any publicity for the awards and the issues of climate change is important. You can find out more information at the awards website (http://awards.earthjournalism.org/); the Oceans of Acid article is here: http://awards.earthjournalism.org/finalist/oceans-acid-australia


18 03 2010
Michelle Senay

Hello Verdurous,

I work for an agency called Fleishman-Hillard and this year we are offering support to Earth Hour and assisting them to further awareness and participation in Earth Hour.

As I’m sure you are aware, Earth Hour is this year on March 27th at 8:30 where millions of people around the world switch off their lights for the hour, showing their commitment to the environment.

This year, Earth Hour has grown to cover more than just carbon pollution and climate change. In 2010 we will look at a range of ways people can reduce their impact on the environment. This means going beyond turning off the lights for one hour focusing on people’s lifestyle choices and their impacts on the planet – all the simple things individuals and families can do to reduce their environmental footprint.

Since green living and global warming are topics you cover , would this be something you would be interested in?


6 07 2010

Hi Verdurous

My name is Sirine, I am in charge of marketing for The Green Times (www.greentimes.com.au). The Green Times is Australia’s newest online green publication and directory for the green industry.

To help raise awareness of environmental issues and promote Australian green businesses we’ve just launched a new competition.
“In 25 words or less tell us what would you give up today to be greener and why?”

Great eco-friendly prizes are for grab!
First prize: A trip with an eco friendly car, 2 nights in an Eco-lodge, a wine hamper, organic chocolate gift basket.
Runner ups: Organic wine bottles, waterless carwash packs, and more!

I noticed that you are currently blogging about environmental issues and writing many articles on the topic of the news. Considering that, I thought you might be interested in participating in our competition and tell your readers about it so they can enter and win great eco-friendly prizes!

Let me know if you have any questions on the above. Looking forward to hearing back from you.

Kind Regards

Please consider the environment before printing this e-mail, http://www.greentimes.com.au
The information in this email is confidential and may be privileged or subject to copyright. It is intended for the exclusive use of the addressee(s). If you are not an addressee, please do not copy, distribute or otherwise act on the email. If you have received the email in error, please contact the sender immediately and delete the email. The unauthorized use of this email may result in liability for breach of confidentiality, privilege or copyright.

3 05 2013

Might I just say that after finding About | Verdurous on Fork,
what a relief to uncover someone who seriously knows
what they’re talking about when it comes to this. You definitely realize how to bring a problem to light and make it worthwhile. A lot more people need to have a look at this and understand this perspective. It’s surprising you’re not more popular, because you most truly possess the gift.

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