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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 …

Coal v Wind

| climate change, community, energy

By Glenn Wilson – Tallangatta Valley, currently exploring WA Putting aside any aesthetic argument that might occur between wind turbines and coal fired power stations, and before decisions are made as to which form of electricity is going to be used to meet our ongoing energy needs, consider this: Wind turbines are powered by a …

No More Ill Wind

| climate change, community, energy, health

By Alan Hewett, Chiltern Landcare member  Hopefully the change of government in Victoria will see a review of policy regarding wind power. Since 2011 Victoria has become one of the hardest places in the world to build a wind farm. This was due to legislation enacted that virtually shut down any further development of wind farms. …