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Science versus Tribalism

| climate change, community

By Lauriston Muirhead, Wodonga Albury Towards Climate Health (WATCH) Fossil evidence and observation of modern primates indicate that humans and our ancestors have lived in family groups or tribes for millions of years.  The greatest punishment was always to be excluded by your tribe. Group living is better than individual living in almost every way – …

Healthy Soils

| climate change, community, food, money matters

By Jill Coghlan, Wodonga Albury Towards Climate Health (WATCH) There’s a real change happening on the land today as innovative farmers and graziers understand the importance of healthy soils.  They understand that sequestering carbon in soils is a means of achieving healthy soils, crops and pastures.  A great bonus to this is that carbon in soils …

Mass protests gave Holland its cycle paths

| climate change, community, health, money matters, transport

By Lizette Salmon, StopAdani Albury-Wodonga and Wodonga Albury Toward Climate Health (WATCH) One of the highlights of travelling Europe in my twenties was a bike ride across The Netherlands, the country with the world’s largest number of cyclists and best bike paths. I assumed it had always been king of cycling. Not so, I discovered …

What is the Shark Fin Trade?

| At home, community, food, nature

By Tess Middleton, Fin Free Albury Wodonga By now you would have noticed all my articles have one common theme – the Shark Fin Trade. You may wonder what this trade actually is, why I care about ending it and what it means for the sharks. As I have no intention of silencing my voice against the …

Innovative Housing Forum

| community, energy, health, money matters, transport

By Cheryl Graham, Yackandandah The Yackandandah community is exploring how we can do housing in a radically better way. We want housing that is more affordable, much more energy efficient and builds a wonderfully connected community of residents of all ages and life stages. We want housing that caters for single people, families and the elders …

Why will the Basin plan always seem to be ‘flawed’

| climate change, community, nature

By Jonathon Howard, Albury The future of Murray Darling Basin is one of the most important environmental issues facing our Nation.  Yet a Plan for its future, which uses some of our best science, is often claimed to be flawed. Why is this so? Sustainability is not just about science, it is also about fairness and …

Tasteless Produce

| At home, community, food, garden, health

By Roger Findlay, Gerogery We are fortunate living in a country with so much variety of foodstuffs in the Supermarkets but we are unfortunate in being presented a tasteless product. When did you last see a bug, blemish or soil on fruit and vegetables in the Supermarket? Unless you grow your own or you shop at …

Stop Adani film night

| climate change, community, energy, nature

By Olivia Noto, StopAdani Albury-Wodonga If anyone tries to tell you that moving house days before Christmas with a teething baby is a good idea, they’re lying. But as it turned out, last year my family and I became the latest ‘tree changers’ to move from Melbourne to Wodonga, rejoicing in its fresh air, wide …

The Fix

| community, nature, waste

By Richard Paschke, Wangaratta A couple of years back I heard of something called Repair Café. Someone in Amsterdam had the idea to help people fix their broken goods and keep them from going to landfill. At the time I thought ‘What a great idea’.  I also thought ‘a lot of effort for little gain’ and …

Storage of Electricity

| climate change, community, energy

By Bruce Key, Wodonga Albury Towards Climate Health (WATCH) Renewable energy is very popular, but it has a big drawback – its intermittency.  This raises the question of how to store electricity so that it is available when required. The obvious answer is batteries, but it is difficult to have sufficient batteries to supply energy for …