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Winter is coming

| At home, energy, money matters

By Melissa Kane, Eco friendly Mum … And I’m not talking about A Game of Thrones, but like our favourite Throners it is time to prepare to do battle (with winter around your home). I would like to share a couple of life hacks with you to make winter more bearable. My favourite is the …

Getting Around Cities

| At home, At work, energy, fitness, transport

By Sue Brunskill, Teacher, National Environment Centre, and member of Wooragee Landcare I have just had a weekend in Melbourne and my friend and I hired a bike- $45 each for two days hire including helmet and bike chain. We left from the city and rode out to Williamstown on great bike paths along the …

Taking the Local Harvest Challenge

| At home, community, energy, food, garden, waste

By Karen Retra, Seed Savers Albury-Wodonga I’m taking the Local Harvest Challenge, a national initiative encouraging people to make mindful food choices for a week (localharvest.org.au). Not because I’m usually into food challenges, nor because I’ve got all the answers, but because it’s a great excuse to re-examine where my food comes from. And whether my …

Planned Obsolescence

| community, energy, waste

By Lizette Salmon, Coordinator, Repair Café Albury-Wodonga Planned obsolescence is now a crime in France. Marvellous, isn’t it? Since August 2015, company directors face a two-year prison sentence and significant fine if they use techniques that deliberately reduce the lifespan of products. This legislation was introduced to protect consumers from such practices, reduce the volume …

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 …

Rethink your reuse and recycling

| At home, At work, energy, food, waste

By Zara Barlow, age 14, Albury As a society we throw away way too many things. Australians produce over eighteen million tonnes of waste every year. On average each Australian discards 330 kilograms of paper, 552 aluminium cans, 118 kilograms of plastic, 74 kilograms metals, 414 kilograms food and 206 glass bottles and jars. So much …

Sustainable Living Week

| community, energy, food

By Michelle Wilkinson, Green Waste Diversion Officer, City of Wodonga  With our fast paced lives it’s easy to see how various messages about our health, environment and sustainability get lost in the media bombardment.  Campaigns get reduced to catchy slogans like ‘think global, act local’, which is a fabulous concept, but how can we actually …

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 …

Wind Generators: a contentious issue

| community, energy, nature

By Roger Findlay, Gerogery West On my recent holiday in Tasmania I couldn’t help thinking about the many contentious issues that are continually debated by those living on the island. The letters in the papers always include the issues of forestry, super trawlers and wind farms and I enjoy reading them. I go through life without …

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 …