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Overcome anxiety by taking action

| climate change, community, health, nature

By Dr Juliette Milbank

As I sit here at my desk, with the blind down keeping out the heat, I’m feeling what many are probably feeling: a tightness in my chest and throat, a pervasive feeling of worry and uncertainty.

I can forget them sometimes, and I’ll bury myself in a task …

Lighting the spark for climate action

| climate change, community, nature

By Lauren Salathiel The climate science is indisputable and it’s writ large across our skies in smoke and embers. Whether your community has been affected by fire, or choked by smoke, what has become clear this week is that we can no longer afford to watch on as our national leaders fumble with inadequate pseudo-responses …

On the search for garden delights

| garden, nature

By Di Pritchard With summer full on now, drought and fire around us, there is still a way to delight in your garden and connect with other forms of life. Recently I discovered a strange formation on a wind spinner under the grapevine. The culprit is a bird dropping spider whose egg sacks hang like …

Sand scarcity drives plastic innovation

| climate change, nature, waste

By Graham Parton Ask a group of well-informed people what the major problems of the world are and chances are climate change is going to be on the list. Plastic pollution might also be there too as we become more aware of just how damaging and extensive this problem is. A much lesser known problem …

Cheers to the ethical choice

| climate change, energy, money matters, nature

By Lauren Salathiel Slurping on strawless drinks in reusable cups at our local pub the other night, a friend fired off what sounded like a riddle. “What do you think is one of the biggest contributors to our individual carbon footprints?” she asked. I like to consider myself to be living a fairly low impact …

Holiday snappers put beauty spots at risk

| nature

By Alan Hewett How many photographs did you take on your last holiday?  Did you share them on the multitude of platforms that now exist? More importantly, where were you positioned when you took those photographs? Were you perched precariously on a cliff? Did you scramble up a tree or tramp through a protected area, perhaps …

Fallen trees are homes, not hazards

| At home, garden, nature

By Jonathon Howard Isn’t it funny how once you notice something, it has flow-on effects? I live on small farm and a dead tree had fallen across my boundary fence some months ago. While I fixed the fence to prevent my sheep escaping, I’d left the rest of the tree lying there as it was …

Character attacks fail to silence climate voices

| climate change, community, nature

By Alan Hewett It seems ironic that while the Australian Prime Minister was in Washington being wined and dined by a man who thinks that climate change is a Chinese invention, Greta Thunberg was in New York at the centre of a global protest against government inaction to address the problem. Greta’s single-minded protest galvanised …

Let’s celebrate our rivers together

| community, nature

By Jonathon Howard World Rivers Day, the last Saturday in September, is a celebration of waterways, striving to increase public stewardship of rivers around the world. There is good reason to celebrate the Murray, the lifeblood of our region. It produces much of Australia’s wool, cotton, wheat, sheep, cattle, dairy, rice, wine, and vegetables. It also …

Be careful what you drink

| health, nature, waste

By Alan Hewett Imagine you are walking through the bush, far from civilisation. It’s a hot day and you stumble onto a creek partly hidden by overhanging trees and flowing majestically over moss covered rocks. You kneel down and take deep, thirst quenching gulps. What could be better than drinking pure water in a pristine environment? Well, …