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Climate inequality is right here

| climate change, energy, money matters

By Lauren Salathiel While we were all distracted by the Christmas consumption frenzy, Oxfam released staggering figures that showed that the wealthiest five per cent of Australians – around 1.2 million people – generate more carbon emissions each year than the 11 million inhabitants of the Pacific islands. This is climate inequality on a global …

Build with warming climate in mind

| climate change

By Wendy Summer is here again. The days of glorious sunshine are welcomed – until the temperatures get to high 30s and 40s again, and then we will all ache for cool and crank up the air conditioning. But wait – how often and how long is it used for in your house? Have you …

Farrer and Indi call for Climate Act

| climate change

By Libby Rouse You may have noticed a blue ‘Climate Act Now’ flyer in your letter box lately. But what you may not have noticed is that the world’s climatologists, the International Monetary Fund, the Business Council of Australia, the National Farmers Federation are all calling for action on climate change. There is overwhelming consensus …

Lawn-mower the next step to cutting out fossil fuels

| climate change

By Matthew Charles-Jones Most of us love the smell of freshly cut lawn and its anchor in memories past. Sun-filled summers with friends, family, backyard cricket, burnt sausages and sunburn. To build new memories, last week I purchased a battery mower. As with any significant change in long-held practice, the purchase came with some ambivalence. …

We need the Act now

| climate change

By Lauren Salathiel

There exists a window of historic opportunity right now for Australia to commit to the decarbonisation of its economy and net-zero emissions by 2050, via new federal legislation being introduced to the parliament in early November.

Independent member for Warringah, Zali Steggall, is relaunching her Climate Change Bill on …

A love letter to my rain gauge

| climate change, garden, nature

By Jonathon Howard We’ve been seeing a lot of each other recently and we need to think about taking the next step. I know, my visits have been sporadic, but I want you know you are always on your mind. As I mow the lawn I see you there by the fence post. I know …

What do we know about living in this landscape?

| climate change, nature

By Alan Hewett “They had not lived long enough.” Judge Leonard Stretton made this famous statement in his royal commission report after the 1939 bushfires. He was not referring to the age of those who died but indicated their lack of knowledge about the environment they lived in. The question can still be asked, do …

Vote as if life depends on it. Because it does.

| climate change, community

By Lauren Salathiel In Victoria, local council elections are just around the corner, with voting closing on October 23. Voting for a candidate is about much more than the cliched “roads, rates, rubbish”, though. With climate change the defining issue of this era, this local government election presents us with an opportunity to ensure our …

Live lightly, live better

| climate change

By Tony van Rompaey, Wodonga Albury Towards Climate Health (WATCH) In recent years climate change has had more and more exposure in the media. There are many organisations across the world that are advocating governments to take ‘climate action.’ Despite calls for action, little seems to change and each year carbon emissions continue to rise. …

Leave fossil fuels in the ground

| climate change

By Lauriston Muirhead Australia has made a great deal of money from mining an incredibly useful family of compounds for use locally and for export.  The industry created large numbers of jobs in mining, transport, processing and marketing for example. Unfortunately, solid scientific research indicated significant damage to environmental and human health through many aspects …