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Flies are not a Curse

| At home, food, nature, waste

By Alan Hewett, Trust For Nature Covenanter Flies! This year after all the wet weather they are peskier than normal. They drive us to distraction. They love to hang around humans because they feed on secretions from our eyes, mouth and nose and on our sweat. We consider them a threat to our health but they …

Climate as a Common Good

| At home, climate change, community, nature

By Karen Bowley, Wodonga Albury Towards Climate Health (WATCH) and Wooragee Landcare While the Catholic Church has been in the news recently for all the wrong reasons, the Pope has outlined a clear understanding of climate change in his Encyclical Letter “Laudato si” written in May 2015. In part of that letter the Pope quite rightly …

Plastic consumption

| At home, At work, food, nature, waste

By Tess Middleton, Fin Free Albury Wodonga In 2050 the ocean will have more plastic than fish. This statement may seem unbelievable but sadly it is true if current trends continue. Did you know that the amount of plastic thrown away every year is enough to circle the earth four times!! There is currently 5.25 …

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 …

Where is my Tiny House?

| At home, community, energy, money matters

By Lubosh Hanuska, Organiser of Tiny Houses Albury Wodonga and President of SOAP House Design Inc. The Tiny House movement is now a global phenomenon. However, small dwellings are nothing new. Without embarking on the journey across the globe listing all the small homes people live in let’s be honest with ourselves, personally. Before you continue …

Living Simply

| At home, At work, community, money matters, nature, waste

By Stacey Rich, PhD candidate at La Trobe University  One loaf of bread changed the direction of my life. That’s not the whole truth. It was a loaf of bread and a jar of jam. The bread and the jam were both made by me, with yeast caught from the air in our kitchen, and berries my …

Beware the Green Roof

| At home, energy, garden, nature

By Lauriston Muirhead, Wodonga Albury Towards Climate Health (WATCH) We don’t think about roofs much, or should that be rooves?  See!  We’re not even sure how to spell them!  When did you last think about, or even look at, your roof?  Chances are that it was because something went wrong such as damage or a leak. …

Food Waste

| At home, food, money matters, waste

By Alan Hewett, Trust For Nature Covenanter In our family growing up we were expected to eat everything on our plates at meal times. The idea of wasting food was anathema. Today in our household I still feel guilty if I leave a morsel. Any food scraps are composted or fed to the chooks, nothing …

Presence for Christmas

| At home, community, health, waste

By Claire Greenhalgh, Director of the Sustainable Activity Centre We have seven chickens and love to give any spare eggs to friends and family. Often, we have more than we need in our humble home of four, so we gladly share. Frequently it’s done with an exchange of some other item while spending time with the recipient; …

Building

| At home, climate change, energy, nature

By Andrew Baker,  Wodonga Albury Towards Climate Health (WATCH) Building. I said I would never do it. Instead I preferred to avoid it and all the stress that goes with it. But, after finding the perfect block to raise our young family, here we are. Though in planning for our house my wife, Heidi, and I …