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Solar hot water

| climate change, energy

By Matthew Charles-Jones, Totally Renewable Yackandandah How good is hot water? Hot running water blissfully punctuates our days, showers, baths and cleaning! In towns across the region, this acknowledgement is jumping to a new level.  Action is underway to reframe the way we generate hot water to; save money, reduce carbon emissions and likely even …

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 …

Travelling Sustainably in Japan

| energy, nature, waste

By Julianna Toth The first time I travelled to Japan, I remember being shocked at how much plastic was used on a daily basis – individual fruits wrapped in plastic; pastries placed into plastic bags, then bagged up again in plastic; brand new shoes individually wrapped in plastic bags. Excessive layers of plastic wrapping. There …

The Heat is On!

| At home, At work, climate change, energy, health

By Lauren Salathiel I have a confession to make. This week, I considered bribing my local librarian to allow me to sleep in the library overnight, so hot was my house. Living in an old un-air-conditioned house isn’t too bad for the first two days of a heatwave. But the third is a killer. However, …

StopAdani School Strike and Funeral for our Future

| climate change, community, energy

By Lizette Salmon, StopAdani Albury-Wodonga Desperate times call for desperate measures. Tomorrow our kids are striking from school and on Saturday we’re hosting a funeral for our future. The Adani Carmichael coal mine situation has become much worse in the past few weeks. It looks like they’ve found a way to restructure the project’s plans …

Renewable Energy

| community, energy

By Bruce Key, Wodonga Albury Towards Climate Health (WATCH) A modern economy needs a reliable supply of low-cost electricity. In Australia at present our electricity is expensive when compared to other countries.   This raises the question of whether renewable energy is more or less expensive than electricity produced by fossil fuels, predominantly coal. Renewable energy enthusiasts …

Living Lightly with Ease

| At home, energy, waste

By Bruce Key, Wodonga Albury Towards Climate Health (WATCH) Many people think that trying to tread lightly on the earth is too much trouble.  But it’s mostly easy and sometimes it returns immediate positive benefits.  Consider the following examples. Each morning I go for a walk on Federation hill where I look down on several flat-roofed …

Occam’s Razor

| climate change, energy

By Bruce Key, Wodonga Albury Towards Climate Health (WATCH) Consider what’s happening in the northern hemisphere: A few months ago, a town in Oman went for 51 hours without the temperature getting below 42.6 degrees Celsius, even at night. The Arctic summer sea ice has reduced in volume by 70% since satellite monitoring began in 1979. …

Sustainable House

| At home, energy

By Ted and Glenda Minty, Minty’s Binderee Grove House Living in a galvanized iron shack for 25 years with hot summers and brisk winters gives one time for reflection. Glenda and I realized it’s relatively easy to keep warm in winter as we have access to firewood, but keeping comfortable in summer, that’s a whole …

My Two Favourite Things in Life

| community, energy, fitness, food, health

By Karen Bowley, Wodonga Albury Towards Climate Health (WATCH) and Wooragee Landcare “My two favourite things in life are libraries and bicycles.  They both move people forward without wasting anything.” – Peter Golkin, Public Information Officer at Arlington Public Library , USA. I love libraries.  Not only are they cool in summer and warm in winter, …