Written by Thekla Teunis (Grounded), with contributions by Leah Wolfe and Ethan Soloviev (How Good), and great advice from Daniel Fourie (Grounded)

If this summer of relentless fires, floods, droughts, and tropical storms wasn’t evidence enough, the recent IPCC report has confirmed what the scientific community has been sounding the…


Middlemen have a bad reputation. When you hear the term, your mind probably conjures a cabal of greedy traders sitting between poor farmers and rich brands, siphoning from the value chain without actually adding value themselves. …


Sitting in an office, you can try to calculate the costs of the climate crisis, the value of nature conservation, or the true price of a product. I did those kinds of things in the corporate world for a couple of years, producing glossy reports. Seven years ago, I left…


Human beings are not rational when it comes to decisions about life and death. We try to figure out whether lockdown regulations should be lifted or tightened based on mathematical models of how the virus might spread and how many people might die. But our minds struggle to make these…


I have written two blogs on the COVID-19 situation in South Africa, and felt after the second blog that perhaps I was ‘done’. But as the weeks pass here under one of the most stringent lockdowns in the world, and hunger and poverty are hitting the communities faster than COVID-19…


Sitting at home, being locked down, watching the virus infections going up every day all over the world, is quite depressing. This blog is not written to make you feel worse. It’s written to make you feel a tiny bit better. …


Being from the Netherlands whilst living in South Africa reminds me every day of how incredibly privileged I am. The stark inequality here in Cape Town often makes friends who visit us from Europe feel uncomfortable. They ask us how we manage to live here, having to face these differences…

Thekla Teunis

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