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Plastic Free July

| At home, At work, community, waste

By Wendy Baker, Benalla Sustainable Futures Group Plastic Free July is an international initiative developed by a Perth council to raise awareness of the amount of plastic in our lives. The challenge is to refuse single use plastic during July. Some of you may think it is too difficult to stop using plastic. It is. Plastic …

Living with Batteries

| At home, climate change, energy, money matters, waste

By David Macilwain, Wodonga Albury Towards Climate Health (WATCH) When people ‘who already had electricity’ began putting solar panels on their roofs, we off-gridders were a bit sceptical. These people weren’t used to skimping a bit to save power, or even at all, and weren’t about to give up on all those juice-guzzling devices we never had. …

Living Lightly Off the Grid

| At home, climate change, energy

By David Macilwain, Wodonga Albury Towards Climate Health (WATCH) We still get those calls offering help with our electricity bill. “We get our power from the sun” I say – but then they offer a better feed-in tariff. “We’re not connected to the grid!” I say, and that’s usually it – though some answer “Oh really – …

Swap Shop

| At home, community, money matters, waste

By Carolyn Re, Albury If you yearn for a fun-filled shopping spree without spending cash or maxing out your credit card why not try setting up a free ‘swap shop’ at home? A group of my friends did this recently and it worked a treat. Like most people we had assorted items hanging around the house …

Losing a Legend

| At home, community, nature

By Tess Middleton, Fin Free Albury Wodonga On January 31st this year we lost one of the ocean’s greatest advocates and the sharks’ greatest hero. Rob Stewart grew up swimming and scuba diving. It blossomed to a love of the marine ecosystem, leading Stewart to study biology in school at the University of Western Ontario and …

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 …

A Convenient Choice to Make A Difference

| At home, energy, nature, waste

By Claire Greenhalgh, Sustainable Activity Centre Think about this number for a minute – 156.8 billion.  In this country, we have used and disposed of 156.8 billion plastic bags since 1977.  (That’s close to 429,000 every hour).  Amazing isn’t it? But the most amazing thing is how they are created and how long they last.  These 156.8 billion …

A Snake Tale

| At home, garden, nature

By Maureen Cooper, Wooragee Landcare I had just been watering the vegies in case the predicted storm didn’t eventuate and I found a big red-bellied black snake caught up in the bird netting which I had put over my seedlings.  The wind had blown it off the bed and the snake was tangled up in it.  …

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 …