Cool our cities by cooling our streets

In the summer the meat ant on the western plain of Sydney carts small reflective, silvery pebbles to it’s ants nest. ┬áThese reflect the sun’s heat and cool their nest.


In winter the meat ant replaces the pebbles with dark coloured ones. ┬áThese absorb the sun’s heat and warm their nest.


Here’s an invitation to our culture to match the meat ant:…


Black is ‘cool’, but it’s not . . . this video explains why (with acknowledgment to the Chook Whisperer).


(We’re at our best, we humans, when our company is one of curious minds, open hearts and friendship.)




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  • Michael Mobbs

    Michael is a former Environmental Lawyer who is uniquely placed to consult in four main areas:

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