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Is the End of the World Nigh?

| climate change, community, energy, nature

By Alan Hewitt, Chiltern

Living Lightly articles give an insight into efforts at sustainable living and protecting and preserving our natural environment. They are often inspirational and reflect the mantra, ‘think global, act local’. The battle to save our planet begins in our own backyards but have the world’s problems simply …

Food For Thought

| community, food, garden, nature

By Lauriston Muirhead, Albury Wodonga Towards Climate Health (WATCH) Food Recipe Seed Sunlight Water Soil Air Mix above ingredients gently together in the correct proportions (follow specific instructions on seed packets) in a comfortable place for several weeks.  When ready, harvest, prepare, serve and eat. This old favourite recipe for life has been passed down from …

Nuclear Not The Answer

| climate change, energy, health, nature

By Alan Hewett, Chiltern ‘Anything but renewables’ seems to be the mantra of the moment. If the continual use of coal for power generation isn’t enough there are calls for a nuclear power industry to be developed. Proponents argue that nuclear power emits low greenhouse emissions and can provide continuous base load power. A nuclear industry …

Summer Plant Survival

| At home, climate change, garden, nature

By Charlie Robinson, Beechworth Keeping plants alive throughout the hot Summer months can be a challenge for most people, particularly if they live on larger properties.  But it shouldn’t be if you follow these tried and proven steps.  We live on ten acres and we ensure that every plant receives adequate water , even at the …

No Longer Plenty More Fish in the Sea

| At home, food, nature, waste

By Francesca Ciantar I’m on the seafood diet; I see food, and I eat it – Homer Simpson Perched on an island as we are, both Indigenous Australians and European settlers alike have historically enjoyed the fruits of the sea. Furthermore, as a nation of people who enjoy a summer Christmas as opposed to a …

Christmas Can Be a Magical Time

| At home, community, waste

By Ben Habib, WATCH (Wodonga Albury Towards Climate Health) I like the sense of expectation in the lead-up to Christmas as we wind down the year.  I enjoy the community spirit of this time as we let our hair down at work functions, embrace the joy of the season at carols nights and prepare for the …

Who is a Grinch?

| At home, food, money matters, waste

By Claire Coulson  Christmas is the most wasteful time of the year. It’s a well established fact, just ask a garbo. But raising the topic will quickly see you labelled the family Grinch, ‘tis the season to be jolly after all. Instead I try to let my actions do the talking. There are hundreds of ‘green …

Coffee Cup Waste

| At home, At work, community, waste

  By Karen Bowley, Wodonga Albury Toward Climate Health (WATCH) and member of Wooragee Landcare Still looking for Christmas presents?  Read on for a great idea that is not only chic but good for the environment as well. Do you love a coffee?  Most Australians it seems love their coffee so much that over 3 billion …

Online Shopping

| At home, money matters, transport, waste

By Karen Bowley, Wodonga Albury Toward Climate Health (WATCH) and member of Wooragee Landcare Have you done your Christmas shopping yet?  Not long to go.  Will you go shopping in store or online? I don’t usually shop online as I like to see the item in its actual size and shape, but it seems that I am …

Fascination with shark encounters

| food, health, nature

By Tess Middleton, Fin Free Albury Wodonga Whenever I begin a new job my Mum always says to me, “Tess try not to talk about sharks for at least the first week” and every time I try and fail miserably! I can usually stretch it out to day 2 and then it begins; “did you know flake …