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Shopping with a Conscience

| community, food, health, nature, waste

By Lizette Salmon, Sustainable Living Festival event officer How much would you reduce your household’s carbon pollution if your electricity was from renewable sources and you never used motorised transport? Many people assume around 80 per cent, but the answer is only 30 per cent. How so? Because on average, 30 per cent of our …

Winter Delights

| At home, garden, health, nature

By Maureen Cooper, Wooragee Landcare For 65 years of my life I lived in tropical North Queensland and, while I loved living there, I was always sick with infected sinuses.  I have been living in Woolshed Valley, N.E. Victoria, now for 5 years and my health has improved immensely.  In that time I haven’t had one …

The Environment

| At home, community, health, nature

By Glenn Wilson, Tallangatta Valley Environmental protection laws have been enacted into legislation to protect ‘the environment’.  I say ‘the environment’ as opposed to ‘our environment’ even though it is our environment, but it is also the environment of all living things on this our Earth.   It is with all life, and indeed the life of …

Premier’s Sustainability Awards

| climate change, community, health, nature

By Cath Newell Why should you enter the Premier’s Sustainability Awards? Community garden project tells why. New research by Sustainability Victoria shows that over 90 per cent of Victorians want government, business and industry to be involved in environmental projects and to tackle climate change. One of the great ways that sustainable Victorians can demonstrate …

Living Lightly in Albury Wodonga

| At home, fitness, health, nature

By Bruce Key, Wodonga Albury Towards Climate Health (WATCH) If there was ever a great place to live lightly it is north-east Victoria.  Because I live in Wodonga, this article will be based around Albury-Wodonga but similar comments could be made about other towns in our area. Aside from the normal sporting facilities that are …

The Time to Act Is Now

| At home, climate change, community, health, nature

By Gill Baker, Wangaratta Sustainability It’s not only the head of the Catholic Church who has recognised the invidious nature of human induced Climate Change, and has been prepared to speak out about it. As well as the Christian Churches, Islamic, Buddhist and many other religious groups have ‘Green Faith’ movements which are concerned about protecting …

Paddock to Plate: the Earth Hour Cookbook

| At home, climate change, food, garden, health, nature

By Karen Bowley, Wodonga Albury Towards Climate Health (WATCH) and Wooragee Landcare.  I was lucky to receive Planet to Plate: the Earth Hour Cookbook, a beautiful hardcover book as a gift.  It is more than just a cookbook.  It contains interviews with our Australian farmers about how they are dealing with climate change which they all agree …

Volunteering

| community, health, waste

By Lizette Salmon,  Repair Café Albury-Wodonga coordinator It’s often said that volunteers are the lifeblood of an organisation. I disagree. At Albury-Wodonga’s Repair Café they’re the blood, the guts, the heart and the backbone. Our Repair Café opened in November 2015 and keeps getting better, thanks to an ever-growing team of dedicated helpers. At each session …

Variety is the Spice of Life

| At home, food, garden, health, nature, waste

By  Gill Baker, Wangaratta Sustainability There is a particular type of potato that is much prized by the French Fries industry, it’s reliable size, shape and frying properties ensure perfection when serving ‘fries with that’. However, inherent in this very popularity is a dark side. It’s grown in huge monocultures all over the world.  There are …

A New Cup

| health, money matters, waste

By Halve Waste I’ve discovered a new reusable cup.  It doesn’t hold hot or cold drinks, nor does it go in the dishwasher.   This cup brings a smile to my face when I walk down this aisle at the supermarket.   No longer do I need to purchase the other two disposable items when I do my …