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Ditch the car and lighten the impact

| energy, health, transport

By Chris McGorlick

Getting a driver’s license and a car is a rite of passage of sorts in Australia.

I remember getting mine at 18, and finally having the world (as far as a tank of petrol would take me) at my fingertips.

However, increasingly, I’ve come to see my car …

We need the Act now

| climate change

By Lauren Salathiel

There exists a window of historic opportunity right now for Australia to commit to the decarbonisation of its economy and net-zero emissions by 2050, via new federal legislation being introduced to the parliament in early November.

Independent member for Warringah, Zali Steggall, is relaunching her Climate Change Bill on …

A love letter to my rain gauge

| climate change, garden, nature

By Jonathon Howard We’ve been seeing a lot of each other recently and we need to think about taking the next step. I know, my visits have been sporadic, but I want you know you are always on your mind. As I mow the lawn I see you there by the fence post. I know …

What do we know about living in this landscape?

| climate change, nature

By Alan Hewett “They had not lived long enough.” Judge Leonard Stretton made this famous statement in his royal commission report after the 1939 bushfires. He was not referring to the age of those who died but indicated their lack of knowledge about the environment they lived in. The question can still be asked, do …

Vote as if life depends on it. Because it does.

| climate change, community

By Lauren Salathiel In Victoria, local council elections are just around the corner, with voting closing on October 23. Voting for a candidate is about much more than the cliched “roads, rates, rubbish”, though. With climate change the defining issue of this era, this local government election presents us with an opportunity to ensure our …

Live lightly, live better

| climate change

By Tony van Rompaey, Wodonga Albury Towards Climate Health (WATCH) In recent years climate change has had more and more exposure in the media. There are many organisations across the world that are advocating governments to take ‘climate action.’ Despite calls for action, little seems to change and each year carbon emissions continue to rise. …

Leave fossil fuels in the ground

| climate change

By Lauriston Muirhead Australia has made a great deal of money from mining an incredibly useful family of compounds for use locally and for export.  The industry created large numbers of jobs in mining, transport, processing and marketing for example. Unfortunately, solid scientific research indicated significant damage to environmental and human health through many aspects …

Wildlife’s survival depends on us

| garden, nature

By Kirsten Coates My internet yoga teacher conducts her lessons with her dog Benji by her side. I have tried this too but my three-legged dog Lexi just thinks this is time to play and, needless to say, I end up banishing her to another room. Although she is a calming presence in my life, …

Bringing thrifty back

| At home, money matters, nature, waste

By Melissa Kane I’m bringing thrifty back, which might sound quite presumptuous, but I’ve been using the time during COVID and on the back of Plastic Free July to pause, reflect and examine what going plastic free means for me. Everyone is on their own plastic free journey and I respect that your house means …

Don’t forget the little guys this spring

| At home, garden, nature

By Jonathan Howard

In spring most of us turn our attention to the garden and plants. Some of us might look to plant natives with nectar-producing flowers to attract honeyeaters and wrens in the garden.

This spring, I encourage you to do something different – why not install some insect hotels …