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Living with Batteries

| At home, climate change, energy, money matters, waste

By David Macilwain, Wodonga Albury Towards Climate Health (WATCH) When people ‘who already had electricity’ began putting solar panels on their roofs, we off-gridders were a bit sceptical. These people weren’t used to skimping a bit to save power, or even at all, and weren’t about to give up on all those juice-guzzling devices we never had. …

Premier’s Sustainability Awards

| climate change, community, health, nature

By Cath Newell Why should you enter the Premier’s Sustainability Awards? Community garden project tells why. New research by Sustainability Victoria shows that over 90 per cent of Victorians want government, business and industry to be involved in environmental projects and to tackle climate change. One of the great ways that sustainable Victorians can demonstrate …

Living Lightly Off the Grid

| At home, climate change, energy

By David Macilwain, Wodonga Albury Towards Climate Health (WATCH) We still get those calls offering help with our electricity bill. “We get our power from the sun” I say – but then they offer a better feed-in tariff. “We’re not connected to the grid!” I say, and that’s usually it – though some answer “Oh really – …

The Time to Act Is Now

| At home, climate change, community, health, nature

By Gill Baker, Wangaratta Sustainability It’s not only the head of the Catholic Church who has recognised the invidious nature of human induced Climate Change, and has been prepared to speak out about it. As well as the Christian Churches, Islamic, Buddhist and many other religious groups have ‘Green Faith’ movements which are concerned about protecting …

Paddock to Plate: the Earth Hour Cookbook

| At home, climate change, food, garden, health, nature

By Karen Bowley, Wodonga Albury Towards Climate Health (WATCH) and Wooragee Landcare.  I was lucky to receive Planet to Plate: the Earth Hour Cookbook, a beautiful hardcover book as a gift.  It is more than just a cookbook.  It contains interviews with our Australian farmers about how they are dealing with climate change which they all agree …

Adani and Westpac

| climate change, community, money matters, nature

By Tracey Esler  The earth is one big living, breathing, interconnected entity. The Great Barrier Reef is like the canary in the coalmine and it’s seriously ill. Our very own Westpac Bank may well put the final nail in the Reef’s coffin if they lend money for the proposed Adani Carmichael coal mine in Queensland. …

Climate as a Common Good

| At home, climate change, community, nature

By Karen Bowley, Wodonga Albury Towards Climate Health (WATCH) and Wooragee Landcare While the Catholic Church has been in the news recently for all the wrong reasons, the Pope has outlined a clear understanding of climate change in his Encyclical Letter “Laudato si” written in May 2015. In part of that letter the Pope quite rightly …

Building

| At home, climate change, energy, nature

By Andrew Baker,  Wodonga Albury Towards Climate Health (WATCH) Building. I said I would never do it. Instead I preferred to avoid it and all the stress that goes with it. But, after finding the perfect block to raise our young family, here we are. Though in planning for our house my wife, Heidi, and I …

Why Dams are Out of Date

| climate change, community, nature

By Alan Hewett, Trust For Nature Covenanter    The recent debate about increasing the size of the Buffalo River dam brings into question whether there is a future for any new dams. In recent years the negative impact of dams has become well known. Numerous publications in global scientific literature document the adverse effects of dams …

Is the Reef a Canary?

| climate change, nature

By Bruce Key, member of WATCH  – Wodonga Albury Towards Climate Health In 1992 I went snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef off Port Douglas.  We went fifty kilometres off shore to a location on the edge of the continental shelf.  The reef and the accompanying fish life were absolutely fabulous.  There was every colour …