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Wikileaks

This column by Simon Gear first appeared on the Don’t Be a Passenger blog (www.dontbeapassenger.com) in December of 2010

Bottled Water

This column by Simon Gear first appeared in Khuluma magazine in August 2011

Office Happiness

This article by Simon Gear first appeared in the Investec internal magazine in March 2011.I always get mildly irritated when I hear young international cricketers and golfers complain about how relentless their schedule is and how desperately they need a break. 

No Growth Economies

This article by Simon Gear was first published in 2011

I lie awake at night and think about my pension plan.  

Gardens

This column by Simon Gear first appeared in Khuluma magazine during 2011.I’m not a big gardener.  The only thing I have ever planted of my own accord is my rain gauge.

Karoo

This column by Simon Gear first appeared on the 'Don’t Be a Passenger' blog in May of 2011
When you clinked glasses on the 1st of January this year, I bet you had never heard of fracking.

Shiny Happy Motorists

This column by Simon Gear first appeared in a Green Office Week newsletter in November of 2010
Wandering around the Geneva Car Show earlier this year, I was struck by the very real commitment to efficiency and fuel economy displayed by almost all the manufacturers. 

Forget Carbon Foot Printing

This column by Simon Gear first appeared in an Optimal Energy newsletter in 2010
Forget carbon foot printing.  Forget global warming (well, not entirely, because it is one enormous problem).

Green Stories

This article by Simon Gear first appeared in Advantage magazine in early 2011.
The environment occupies a strange place in the media. 

Petitions

This column by Simon Gear first appeared in Khuluma magazine in June 2011

I got into trouble the other day for failing to sign a petition.  This was shortly after I had ignored Earth Hour and completely forgotten to change my Facebook picture to an image of a pink ribbon or a panda or a penguin or whatever it was supposed to be that week.

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Recycling
This article was written by Simon Gear. Who’s got time to recycle? I mean, look at my life. I’m schlepping off before dawn to provide a report that no one believes on a TV channel that nobody watches. Then it’s a rush back home to clean up dog poo, make the wife tea, explain to my daughter that she can’t have chocolate for breakfast and explain to my son how income tax works.
Swiss Diss
This column by Simon Gear first appeared on the Don't Be a Passenger blog (www.dontbeapassenger.com) in July of 2010. Last week, a Swiss friend of mine was outraged because she had just been nailed with a €1350 fine for straying a smidgeon over the suburban speed limit. Well, maybe I must clarify. If she was truly Swiss, I doubt she would have been that angry (or indeed have been fined in the first place).
Driving
his article was written by Simon Gear. There is a craze in Japan and the States called hypermiling. Petrol heads with too much time on their hands, and I suspect, not enough female energy in their lives, compete with each other and themselves to have the lowest possible fuel consumption in their cars.
Chicken or Beef
This article was written by Simon Gear. Forget carbon footprints. Water is the big bear in the woods for South Africa. Already, it seems like Cape Town barely needs a week of sun in winter to set them back for the rest of the year. Everywhere else relies on ingenious but massive projects to shift water over mountains and between reservoirs to ensure that our towns don’t run dry.
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