Sustainability Street Phillip Bay

I have long been aware of our obligation to tread lightly on the surface of our life-giving planet.  This began way back in the 1970s, when the shortage of food across the world became apparent to me.  Back then I bought Recipes For a Small Planet and started cooking with beans, lentils and rice. Since then I’ve become aware of so many more global issues, feeling somewhat swamped and angry at the same time.  The west still has slaves.  They are the poorly paid third world workers who provide our consumer goods.  Enough of ideology! As a middle class Australian, I am in the best position to support the retro sustainability making of my home. We’ve just installed a solar hot water system and a 2 kW PV system.  These will supply almost all of our electricity needs!  We’ve also installed a 5,500 litre 'whole of house' rainwater tank as well as planting a mainly native, drought resistant garden.  We've grown some vegies but are planning a new raised garden bed and watering system currently.  In addition to the large cost, green retrofits above there are so many low cost and simple ways in which we can reduce our demands on our planet’s resources. I’ll be actively encouraging our neighbours to implement these as well via gatherings, information events and community actions. Quoting from the Sustainability Street website, “the Sustainability Street Approach view is that the two greatest challenges facing our species in all of our human history are to ... 1-  get along better with each other and 2 - get along better with all the other lifeforms. Getting together and enjoying each other’s company is hard wired into the human motherboard.  When we do team up and co-operate the results are astounding!!  A Victoria University three year evaluation reported Sustainability Street Communities achieving an astounding 49% greenhouse gas reduction (among an array of other sustainability accomplishments) and a salve for the times: each other & nature “I can’t clean up the whole world, but I can sure clean up my little bit of it!” Most folks in community don’t have access to the big environmental stuff like Copenhagen, fish stock diminution, land salinity, etc, etc.  However research shows that people are deeply concerned (perhaps bordering on traumatised?) about the state of the wider environment.  Working together and creating projects locally for a better future, with like minded friends and neighbours provides a huge comfort and produces serious eco-results.
Email:
sustainabilityatexemail [dot] com [dot] au
Phone:
029311
State:
NSW
Postcode:
2036

Say YES to climate action!

05/06/2011 11:00 am

Across Australia on June 5 people will stand up and say YES to action on climate change a price on pollution!

At 11am (1pm in Brisbane, 1.30 in Canberra) on Sunday, June 5, we'll come together in every major city to show our support for action on climate change.

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In today's Canberra Times, Greens senator, Christine Milne, stated, almost verbatim, 100% Renewables demand for Australia to implement the transition from fossil fuels to renewables.

''While Labor is still wedded to its outdated target to reduce Australia's pollution by 60per cent by 2050, the Greens read and understand the climate science and are committed to setting Australia on the path to a zero emissions economy as soon as possible,'' Senator Milne said.

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Here's is a link to an article in the Climate Spectator which covers the 1,000 page IPCC report which details how, and at what cost, the world could be powered by renewables by 80%: http://www.climatespectator.co

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The Australian Conservation Fund (ACF) has recently published a report detailing the $12 billion of subsidies being paid in support of fossil fuels: http://www.acfonline.org.au/uploads/res/climate_expenditure_and_subsidies.pdf

Wouldn't be great if this hypocrisy was turned around 180% and those funds given to renewables!  There'd be no need for a market based carbon pollution price and they could get on with implementing  a national FiT insteadl!!

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I'm sick up and fed with the ignorant misinformation and opinions given by those opposed to a price on carbon.  For example, an article in the Herald Sun on April 6, 2011, which reported on a survey of 1,036 people, one third of whom supported a price on carbon pollution as long as it was accompanied by suitable compensation measures for low and middle income households, attracted 442 comments, most of which abused the article and it's su

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Starting on 8 PM, Wednesday, March 9, Sustainability Street Phillip Bay will be hosting a group of up to ten or so local residents in a series of eight workshops in CSIRO's Energymark project. Energymark uses a 'kitchen table' approach to help households and communities reduce their carbon footprints and save power. We will meet once a month on every second Wednesday.

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