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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Why Dams are Out of Date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 …

Generating Electricity

| climate change, community, energy, money matters

 By Bruce Key, Member of Wodonga Albury Towards Climate Health (WATCH)     There is some good news and some bad news.  First the bad news.  During the next several decades most of the electricity generating infrastructure using coal as a fuel will need to be replaced.  The reasons are obsolescence, air pollution and CO2 emissions. Now …

Personal Sustainability – Start Here

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

By Alison Mitchell, Friend of Willow Park I’ll admit it – I’m a sustainability nerd.  You’ll find me either reading about sustainability issues from one of the many newsletters I subscribe to, learning how and practicing living lightly as much as possible, or working with my wonderful community to enhance our social and natural capital …

Atmosphere of Hope

| climate change, community, energy

By Melissa Kane, Eco-friendly mum An atmosphere of hope is certainly how I felt after listening to Tim Flannery speak at the Write Around the Murray festival recently. Tim discussed his new book of the same title. I highly recommend reading his book or listening to the podcast at http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2015/09/30/4322635.htm. I am a keen sustainability …

RAW Energy

| climate change, community, energy

By Michelle Wilkinson, Green Waste Diversion Officer, City of Wodonga   Are we witnessing a revolution in energy supply and renewable energy sources?  Renewable energy technologies aren’t new but more and more communities right across Australia and the world are utilising the power of community to drive exciting projects that could make some places independent …

This Changes Everything

| climate change, community

By Diana Nicholson, member of Wodonga Albury Towards Climate Health (WATCH) I have never been a sceptic of climate change. When I read the science and found out as much as I could there was no disputing the fact that as a result of human activities, large-scale climate change is under way. However the nagging concern …

Lessons from the States

| climate change, community, energy

By Charlie Robinson, Beechworth Last year my wife and I visited the United States. The deteriorating conditions of their national parks and extreme water shortages on the West Coast highlighted the urgency of climate change mitigation.  I’ll give you just two examples: While travelling through Yellowstone National Park it was hard not to notice the cluster of …