Regular readers of this website will have noticed that since yesterday we have a new blog banner and upgraded blog format.
I am not yet familiar with all the new gadgets, widgets, asides and facilities that come with the new format and I am still to add links and develop comment policy settings. So, please be patient, there are more changes to come.
A redesign like this doesn’t just happen. I would like to thank Chris for the new banner and Dewi for the tedious transfer from moveable type to wordpress. If you want a new website or blog you might consider the team at www.internet-thinking.com.au headed by Graham Young. They also publish www.onlineopinion.com.au.
The new banner is from a photograph of an escarpment in the Blue Mountains that I took in December 2007. An uplifting about 200 million years ago was followed by erosion exposing layers of sedimentary rock. Superimposed on this is new vegetation after what was a devastating bushfire in November 2006. Also shown in the picture is a staircase and interestingly Charles Darwin visited this site in January 1836.
Along with the new banner and format I am planning other changes. I’ve tried to make this blog a gathering place for people with a common interest in environmental issues, to strive for tolerance and respect and to give different perspectives an opportunity to be heard. This necessarily involves tolerating what many would consider offensive ideas; indeed it is increasingly easy to offend when you take an evidence-based approach to many emotive environmental issues including whaling and climate change.
While I don’t have a problem with what some would consider offensive ideas, I do have a problem with offensive behaviour in particular language that is designed to be personal and derogatory while not progressing understanding.
So, with the new upgraded format, I hope we can lift the standard of commentary.
Many thanks to all those who have contributed to this blog over the last three years; particularly Paul Biggs and Neil Hewett who have made a really significant contribution over the last year. Paul will have a new blog up soon and I will have links to his blog and also Neil’s established blog soon.