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An ogre came to my door

| garden, nature

By Jonathon Howard I came across a spider the other day. It was crawling across the flyscreen that covers my back door. My guess is that it was looking for somewhere to escape the dry. I recognised instantly as a spider belonging to the family Deinopidae, distinctive for its long stick-like body, spindly legs, and …

Listen to the wisdom of the children

| climate change, community, nature

By Gill Baker, Wangaratta Sustainability Greta Thunberg organised a ‘Youth Strike for Climate’ in her native Sweden last year because she realised that her generation was going to have to deal with the effects of rapid human induced climate change, and that many of the leaders of world today either do not want to listen, …

Make your seafood dinner sustainable this Easter

| At home, food, nature

By Tess Middleton, Fin Free Albury Wodonga How to have an egg-cellent Easter? Eat sustainably of course! This article is your go-to guide for what fish and seafood to feast on this Easter weekend. Picture this – you’re lining up with what feels like 100 other families, all just wanting to get in, order, collect …

Leave no-one behind this World Water Day

| community, health, nature

By Jonathon Howard March 22 is global World Water Day, when we should think about the significance of fresh water and sustainability in managing fresh water resources. This year’s theme is “Leaving no-one behind”. Unfortunately, current water use practices don’t benefit everyone. Globally, 80 percent of the people who must use unsafe and unprotected water sources live in …

Clean Up Australia Day Celebrates 40 Years

| community, nature, waste

By Tess Middleton, Fin Free Albury Wodonga Clean Up Australia Day has celebrated a milestone 40 years this year. The idea started back in 1989 when Ian Kiernan had a desire to tidy his local area, Sydney Harbour, after a sailing competition, in 1987; Ian saw the level of pollution in the harbour and knew …

A Helping Hand for Thirsty Wildlife

| At home, garden, nature

By Di Pritchard As I opened my eyes to a warm 6am temperature last week, I noticed something splashing about in the water bowl in the garden near my bedroom window. Something was struggling to get out of the slippery sides of the half-full bowl. Thinking it was a trapped honeyeater from the grevillea above, …

Power and knowledge is not enough, we need to act!

| climate change, community, nature

By Gill Baker Back in the day of my youth the BBC ran some excellent children’s programs, and my favourite presenters of wild life shows was David Attenborough. So, unlike most of the world’s population, I was privileged to meet pangolins, armadillos and rainforests via this medium, thus gaining a lifetime love of the natural …

World Wetlands Day

| At home, community, nature, waste

By Tess Middleton World Wetlands Day was first celebrated on February 2 1997 and was created to raise awareness about the value of our wetlands for both humanity and the planet. Celebrations by non-government organisations, not-for-profit organisations, government agencies and community groups are held to celebrate and recognise the importance and benefits of our wetlands; truly …

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 …

Global Challenge to Reduce Plastic Use

| community, nature, waste

By Elvie Rooney A friend of mine and I recently returned from a backpacking trip from England to Croatia and all the while we couldn’t help but make comparisons. We compared things from the pigeon populations to the ancient city architecture, from the weather to the fashion, but one constant source of discussion was the …