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Students head call for climate leadership

| climate change, community

By Lauren Salathiel Recycled cardboard placards aloft, more than 2000 concerned residents of Albury and the region joined millions of others around the globe to call for proactive climate policy change at Friday’s Climate Strike. Uniformed school students walked out of school to lead the gathering, a gesture symbolic of the fact that they will …

Let’s celebrate our rivers together

| community, nature

By Jonathon Howard World Rivers Day, the last Saturday in September, is a celebration of waterways, striving to increase public stewardship of rivers around the world. There is good reason to celebrate the Murray, the lifeblood of our region. It produces much of Australia’s wool, cotton, wheat, sheep, cattle, dairy, rice, wine, and vegetables. It also …

Unite with young people for climate leadership

| climate change, community

By Jenni Huber, Knitting Nannas for Renewables On the September 20, young people around the world are going to strike. They will leave their classrooms and take to the streets in a quest to ask adults join them in protecting our planet’s future. A group of Albury-Wodonga adults – Knitting Nannas for Renewables – is …

Be careful what you drink

| health, nature, waste

By Alan Hewett Imagine you are walking through the bush, far from civilisation. It’s a hot day and you stumble onto a creek partly hidden by overhanging trees and flowing majestically over moss covered rocks. You kneel down and take deep, thirst quenching gulps. What could be better than drinking pure water in a pristine environment? Well, …

Good morning

| At home, At work, food, nature, waste

By Richard Paschke Looks like a nice day today. Time to get up, have a shower, brush teeth and start the car so it warms up. Now gather a few things for the day in the office and into the warm car to drive the few kilometers to work. Plenty of time to pop in …

Sun shines on electric transport

| community, energy, transport

By Matthew Charles-Jones, Totally Renewable Yackandandah Many people across the district are deeply engaged in efforts to use less energy and ‘switch-up’ to reliable, clean and affordable renewable energy. This exploration has led to the consideration of ways we can turn to efficient electric appliances and equipment.  One such opportunity is the rapid emergence of …

Sustainability alliance celebrates 10 years

| community

By Gill Baker, Wangaratta Sustainability Network The North East Region Sustainability Alliance (NERSA) marks its 10th birthday this month. The brainchild of Dr Rowan O’Hagan, from Wangaratta’s Sustainability Network, the aim of NERSA was to connect volunteer groups in North East Victoria which had arisen out of concerns that our increasingly human focussed, materialistic and …

Make a carbon leap for humankind

| climate change, community

by Les Langmead Our family didn’t have telly back in 1969, so we joined the two little old ladies next door and all stared at the fuzzy images of the moon landing. It was, and still is, an awe-inspiring achievement.  It only happened because the US government took a “whatever it takes” attitude. It took …

Riding and thinking

| fitness, nature, transport

By Sue Brunskill Bike riding holidays are a great way to get a different perspective – you are going at a pace that lets you see and smell and feel your surroundings, but it also gives you time to think. I have recently been on a bike riding holiday in a few European countries and …

Riding towards freedom

| transport, waste

By Chris McGorlick I think I’m becoming a materialist – I’m learning to love my material objects. I recently bought a bike. Let me be clear – I’m no consumerist. I got no thrill from the act of purchasing this bike. In fact, researching and finding a quality used model were excruciating. But as soon …