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Switch off lights, switch on to sustainability

| At home, climate change, community

By Tess Middleton, Fin Free Albury Wodonga The lights are out but everybody’s home, it must be Earth Hour! At 8.30pm on Saturday March 30, 2019 (AEST) hundreds of millions of individuals and thousands of businesses, in more than 180 countries, will be switching off to switch on to sustainability. For sixty minutes on this …

Leave no-one behind this World Water Day

| community, health, nature

By Jonathon Howard March 22 is global World Water Day, when we should think about the significance of fresh water and sustainability in managing fresh water resources. This year’s theme is “Leaving no-one behind”. Unfortunately, current water use practices don’t benefit everyone. Globally, 80 percent of the people who must use unsafe and unprotected water sources live in …

Volunteers make green festival progress

| food, waste

By Doug Westland, Yackandandah Folk Festival Since its inception, a goal of the Yackandandah Folk Festival each March has been to achieve true sustainability in consumption of resources and energy through the work of its voluntary “Green Team”. This has led to many initiatives over the years, bringing the festival ever closer to a situation …

Clean Up Australia Day Celebrates 40 Years

| community, nature, waste

By Tess Middleton, Fin Free Albury Wodonga Clean Up Australia Day has celebrated a milestone 40 years this year. The idea started back in 1989 when Ian Kiernan had a desire to tidy his local area, Sydney Harbour, after a sailing competition, in 1987; Ian saw the level of pollution in the harbour and knew …

Cutting Down on Waste is Child’s Play

| community, waste

By Sarah McAlister, Yackandandah Toy Library When my partner and I had our first child, we were acutely aware of the stuff that came with having said child, and would quickly fill the space in our small house – the pram, the car seat, the cot, the teeny tiny clothes, the cloth nappies, the hand-me-down toys …

Connect with Fellow Fair Food Followers

| At home, community, food

By Jade Miles, Beechworth Food Co-op Now in its third year, the North East Fair Food Farmers and Followers gathering on Sunday, February 24 is a gritty convergence of like-minded local people who embrace, support and farm fair. A day of connection, sharing, learning and solidarity, it’s an uplifting event that truly celebrates food and all …

A Helping Hand for Thirsty Wildlife

| At home, garden, nature

By Di Pritchard As I opened my eyes to a warm 6am temperature last week, I noticed something splashing about in the water bowl in the garden near my bedroom window. Something was struggling to get out of the slippery sides of the half-full bowl. Thinking it was a trapped honeyeater from the grevillea above, …

Power and knowledge is not enough, we need to act!

| climate change, community, nature

By Gill Baker Back in the day of my youth the BBC ran some excellent children’s programs, and my favourite presenters of wild life shows was David Attenborough. So, unlike most of the world’s population, I was privileged to meet pangolins, armadillos and rainforests via this medium, thus gaining a lifetime love of the natural …

World Wetlands Day

| At home, community, nature, waste

By Tess Middleton World Wetlands Day was first celebrated on February 2 1997 and was created to raise awareness about the value of our wetlands for both humanity and the planet. Celebrations by non-government organisations, not-for-profit organisations, government agencies and community groups are held to celebrate and recognise the importance and benefits of our wetlands; truly …

Travelling Sustainably in Japan

| energy, nature, waste

By Julianna Toth The first time I travelled to Japan, I remember being shocked at how much plastic was used on a daily basis – individual fruits wrapped in plastic; pastries placed into plastic bags, then bagged up again in plastic; brand new shoes individually wrapped in plastic bags. Excessive layers of plastic wrapping. There …