A while back former deputy premier and environment minister John Thwaites spoke at Federation Square about social justice and climate change. He was dressed in a neatly ironed shirt and suit. World Vision Australia chief executive Tim Costello informed us that John's new boss, the Monash vice-chancellor, would be late---he was in a traffic jam on the freeway. Meanwhile the V C's boss, the chancellor, beamed from the pages of Monash's 50th anniversary publication proudly informing us that he was Australia's first booking on Branson's Virgin Galactic space venture. Good teaching rests in doing as one teaches. So, the contradictions in heating the planet by ironing clothes, driving into the city in parallel to a frequent, 30-minute bicycle-rail connection between Monash and Federation Square and travelling into space as a leisure activity, when the global heating consequence is 'off-the-planet', are not good teaching examples.