Green Path is most obviously a photographic diary of the natural world around me, Malcolm Tattersall, here in Townsville but also deals with a loose group of subjects centred on environmental science, philosophy and communication. It is ‘Green’ for the natural world, environmentalism, sustainability, growth and renewal; ‘Path’ for a way to the future, a way through ethical challenges, a link between people.
I have been a teacher and writer, a professional communicator in both roles, for more than twenty years. (A Writer’s Path will tell you a little more about me and lead you to a proper CV). Neither a scientist nor even a science teacher, I have enough of a scientific background to have become first puzzled and then deeply concerned by the way climate science has been misrepresented and attacked for bringing us vitally important but inconvenient news.
Looking for answers to the puzzle brought me to consider our motivation: just why should we care about the environment anyway? Looking after the natural world seemed automatic and obvious to me, but many others clearly don’t see it that way. That leads into philosophy (and occasional glances at various religions) and the arts of communication and persuasion.
People don’t care for what they don’t know, so I will be sharing my love of the thriving insect world all around us through photos and stories which may in fact make up the majority of my blog posts – my working title for the project was, in fact, Bugblog.
Please join me on the Green Path.
It’s two and a half years into the project and I’ve been tidying up loose ends. One was that the ‘About’ and ‘Home’ pages overlapped in name and function, so I have merged them.
The blog has changed a little as time passed but the original core is still strong. One regret – almost the only one, actually – is that I haven’t found the time for the longer, more philosophical, pieces I intended to write under the ‘ethics’ heading. The will to do so is still there but I have found that a couple of wildlife-diary posts are all I can usually fit into a week’s blogging time. I will find more time eventually!
Another two and a half years down the track, and I’m tidying up and re-arranging the site again.
The blog will continue as before but some of the sections which are not closely related to my core subjects will be moved to other parts of the site – check on malcolmtattersall.com.au (without the “/wp”) if something you remembered being here has vanished. Incidentally, but not entirely coincidentally, the whole site is now mobile-friendly.