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Why Dams are Out of Date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 …

Living with a Pescetarian

| At home, climate change, food, health

By Alan Hewett, Chiltern Landcare member My partner is a pescetarian. That is not an insult. It means she is a vegetarian who eats fish and other sea food. That has been her choice for twenty years and it is a decision that has considerable health and environmental benefits. A purely vegetarian or vegan diet, …

Let’s Talk Trash

| At home, climate change, community, waste

By Melissa Kane, Eco-friendly Mum Suddenly everybody is talking trash, trash-talking our local councils, after the recent introduction of the new organic bin. Perhaps we can have a conversation about what to do with your trash instead, can you try this? Make the new organic bin your friend, become savvy about every little thing you can …