The Examiner is doing its bit for the earth.
Our main product decomposes naturally at the bottom of a birdcage.
We work from an environmentally friendly office that I'm told uses less energy for heating and cooling than my home, due partly to clever design with automatic windows and blinds, but mostly, I think, from simply being too hot in summer and too cold in winter.
I ride my bike to work or walk.
IN OTHER NEWS:
There's a photo of The Examiner car park from the 2000s which shows the pool car fleet of good ol' Australian V6 Camrys and Magnas.
Mitsubishi Magnas do magnificent things and one of them was with myself and old-timer reporter Peter Sanders.
Who could get it the furthest from the red light at McDonalds, up the Southern Outlet, with the average fuel consumption at 99.9 litres per 100 kilometres?
We'll never know because the pool car fleet now consists of fuel-efficient i30s, and the one I regularly drive uses more litres of coffee per hundred than it does petrol.
Sipping my coffee while driving between jobs recently, I heard an interview on news radio with a sportsman bemoaning climate change.
He was worried that in 30 years cricket would have to be played under a dome because the climate will be too severe.
While I wouldn't describe myself as a climate change denier, I'm yet to be convinced that the sky is going to fall as heavily as some of the more extreme climate change prophets say.
I reckon my great-grandchildren will laugh themselves silly when they hear this interview as a throw-back in 30 years.
Either that or they'll say "You were told," that is, once they've swum to the nursing home to visit me.
With this in mind, I was probably not the most sympathetic photographer to cover the recent school students strike for climate change rally.
After all, I was a student once and any excuse was a good excuse for a day off.
The end of the world issue when I was at school was Russia and USA nuking the world to death and yet we survived that. After that came AIDS and the Y2K bug, and the sun continued to rise in the morning.
I'm also a bit cynical after covering this event in the mall a couple of years back.
After some opinions that were passionate, but not necessarily conclusively proven, participants were invited to write messages in chalk on the ground.
"Strke for clite action", a young student wrote, and then stood back with a puzzled look on her face.
"Oh look, I've made a mistake", she said to her friend, knelt back down and put a C in front of the K.
I know there are times here at The Examiner when we should not throw stones about the mis-spelling of words, but then, we aren't telling kids to take a day off school to read the paper.
Maybe we should, though. Lets face it, if there's ever been a species on the brink of extinction, it's the newspaper photographer. Maybe I should organise a "strke for phtgrphr action" day.
Down at Riverbend Park, the cantankerous old photographer, myself, had read one of the signs and was trying to act like an adult as he manoeuvred his camera bag through students and onlookers, looking for interesting angles, while organisers led enthusiastic chanting: "What do we want?".
"A day off", I finished off to Adam the reporter, quietly enough to not be lynched, who responded by taking a step away so it looked like I wasn't with him.
I suggested to Danny the TV cameraman that if we got all students to line up for a picture at the bottom of a ladder, they could climate. This idea was not met with the warmth the planet is apparently experiencing.
One of the speakers spoke very sincerely and with a sense of reality about solutions to the problems of climate change, and at the end of his speech, asked, "When do we want it?". "Now", the crowd cheered enthusiastically.
"No", said the speaker, reiterating that an instant fix was unrealistic, steps needed to be taken over time.
It was refreshing to hear someone talking about climate change and demonstrating common sense and wisdom that often drowns in a rising sea of passion and emotion.
And while The Examiner's editors aren't quite ready yet to equip the photographers with electric cars, they are quite keen to get us an electric chair.
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