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Unite with young people for climate leadership

| climate change, community

By Jenni Huber, Knitting Nannas for Renewables On the September 20, young people around the world are going to strike. They will leave their classrooms and take to the streets in a quest to ask adults join them in protecting our planet’s future. A group of Albury-Wodonga adults – Knitting Nannas for Renewables – is …

Sun shines on electric transport

| community, energy, transport

By Matthew Charles-Jones, Totally Renewable Yackandandah Many people across the district are deeply engaged in efforts to use less energy and ‘switch-up’ to reliable, clean and affordable renewable energy. This exploration has led to the consideration of ways we can turn to efficient electric appliances and equipment.  One such opportunity is the rapid emergence of …

Sustainability alliance celebrates 10 years

| community

By Gill Baker, Wangaratta Sustainability Network The North East Region Sustainability Alliance (NERSA) marks its 10th birthday this month. The brainchild of Dr Rowan O’Hagan, from Wangaratta’s Sustainability Network, the aim of NERSA was to connect volunteer groups in North East Victoria which had arisen out of concerns that our increasingly human focussed, materialistic and …

Make a carbon leap for humankind

| climate change, community

by Les Langmead Our family didn’t have telly back in 1969, so we joined the two little old ladies next door and all stared at the fuzzy images of the moon landing. It was, and still is, an awe-inspiring achievement.  It only happened because the US government took a “whatever it takes” attitude. It took …

Wooragee Landcare marks 30 years

| community, nature

By Karen Bowley, Member of Wooragee Landcare and Wodonga Albury Towards Climate Health Wooragee Landcare has been active in the community since 1989.  It was formed by local landholders with the aim to motivate and support landholders to engage in sustainable land management practices, improve the management of our natural environment and its resources for …

Act against litter with app

| community, nature, waste

By Richard Paschke Litter is everywhere. It moves with the wind and through our streams until it ends up in the oceans and becomes part of the global pollution that kills wildlife. Recently, a video went viral about a fisher using Mentos wrappers as bait. Two months ago, a dead baby whale beached in the …

Driving into the future in electric style

| community, energy, transport

By Andrew Baker With our energy mix shifting away from coal and fossil fuels, and new interest in electric vehicles (EVs), it seems almost inevitable that many of us will transition to the use of electric cars as sustainable transport options for the future. However, during conversations about electric cars there is usually a party …

Walking and talking about feral pests

| community, garden, nature

By Lizette Salmon, Gardens for Wildlife Albury-Wodonga Project Officer It’s very disappointing when you put a plant in the garden and it’s nibbled to the ground by rabbits. Or when your chooks are killed by a fox. Feral pests are a challenge for many of us living on the outskirts of town. But pity the poor …

Retiring? How about conservation volunteering?

| community, nature

By Mick Webster Many people approaching their ‘twilight years’ seem to cast around without much idea as to what to do with the rest of their life – possibly 20 or 30 years, when they are still reasonably fit and have a desire to learn about the world, and maybe do some good for the …

Listen to the wisdom of the children

| climate change, community, nature

By Gill Baker, Wangaratta Sustainability Greta Thunberg organised a ‘Youth Strike for Climate’ in her native Sweden last year because she realised that her generation was going to have to deal with the effects of rapid human induced climate change, and that many of the leaders of world today either do not want to listen, …