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Australians will not be put off solar

This very interesting peice from the Alternative Technology Association (who do some great work in this area) covering some lesser known or understood aspects of domestic solar installations.Bottom line - if at all possible, please do not sell the renewable energy...

Switch off the CPRS: switch on renewables: Actions at MP’s offices

On 27 March 2009 people concerned about climate change around the country will be taking action at the office of their local federal Labor politician to tell them we need to reduce greenhouse emissions, not pay polluters. JOIN IN!Friday 27 March, including:Office of...

Climate Change Articles

HSBC's Climate Confidence Monitor 2008Melbourne Climate Action Centre and Carbon Equity's Climate Reader

On vegetariansim . . .

A reponse found in a discussion group about whether kangaroo meat was better than beef. It was written by "Aileen Wuernos".The most environmentally and economically cheap meat, is simply to not have any. Fresh fruit, vegetables, legumes, whole grains with the odd bit...

Wake Up, Freak Out – Climate Change Redux

A great short film (animation) on climate change. Well worth the 10 minutes it takes to watch.Simply put, with a great message.http://wakeupfreakout.org/film/tipping.html Wake Up, Freak Out - then Get a Grip from Leo Murray on Vimeo.If you can't see the video, click...

Crunch Time – Australia’s Policy Future

Be part of the first major conference of Australia’s leading progressive think tanks.At the halfway mark of the Rudd Government’s first term, and a year on from the 2020 Summit, we invite you to join us in considering the principles and values that should guide...

Sustainability Matters – Monash University

SustainabilityMattersMonash Sustainability Month16 March to 9 April 2009This month highlights the University's commitment to sustainability in education, practice and research. Join sustainability experts and take part in an exciting program of activities. Help us...

Human Sign – St Kilda Beach, Melbourne – 17 May 2009

LIVE (Locals Into Victoria's Environment) is inviting families, schools, other community groups, and individuals to register to participate in forming a Human Sign.The sign will be formed by thousands of people, on St Kilda Beach, at 11 am on Sunday 17 May 2009.For...

Thoughts on the Victorian Bushfires

Excellent observations and opinions on why the cry for more FRBs (fuel reduction burns) is a nonsense - written by Andrew Campbell, a Victorian Forester. Every paragraph is a pearler.Click here to read Andrew's thoughts.Jill Redwood,Environment East Gippsland

New Books

Climate Change - The Science, Impacts and Solutions Second Edition A. Barrie Pittock Colour illustrations 368 pages, 270 x 210 mm Publisher: CSIRO PUBLISHING Publication date: March 2009 View large cover Green Building Trends Europe Jerry Yudelson 220 pages Publisher:...

New mayor says no to hybrid

Boroondara councillor Coral Ross handed over the mayoral chain of office to councillor Jack Wegman in Dec 2008.Cr Ross had, during her term as mayor, and in line with the council's public line on sustainability, adopted the use of a hybrid car.This piece in the local...

Lighter Footprints in the news – selected highlights

click the picture to read the articleVow to leave a lighter footprint - Progress Leader - 24 Feb 09 (see picture above)Lighter Footprints - Barefoot - issue 1, Autumn 2009Boroondara candidates warming up on climate change - Progress Leader - 18 Nov 08

Water as a human right

If you, or any of your network are interested, there is a national organisation starting up called the Australian Water Network. The AWN will be launched in Sydney on 2 April by Canadian activist and author, Maude Barlow, who is also Patron of AWN.Maude is leading the...

Opposition puts carbon tax on the table

If Rudd is NOT a dud, then his CPRS certainly seems to be.It's coming under increasing scruitiny and pressure from all sides - although perhaps not from the polluting industries which stand to profit from it!Now the Federal Opposition is chiming in, having recognised...

“Coal-fired power stations are death factories. Close them”

Dr James Hansen, atmospheric scientist and director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies is well respected by the climate action movement and famous for his longstanding and outspoken warnings on the threats of global warming and climate change. Also for his...

Global warming worse than predicted, top scientist says

Since the release of the IPCC's Fourth Assesment Report (AR4) in 2007 , we've heard a lot about how conservative it was in terms of its estimates on the progress and impacts of global warming.This is in part because the research that goes into the reports can be years...

On Story Telling

One aspect of leadership is constructing stories. That is why Rudd is reiterating the "brick by brick", etc mantra. It is both a story and a rhetorical device in the manner of Churchill's "we will fight team on the beaches". The easiest "change" stories to construct...

“We’ve never seen anything like this in Victoria’s history”

It has been a tough summer in Australia.The news of records set by the heatwave was quickly surpassed by the tragedy of the bush fires. And all of this against the backdrop of the continuing drought and some of the lowest summer rains on record. Not to mention the...

2009 Planning Meeting – Lighter Footprints

Just want to bring your attention an important item on the calendar - the upcoming planning meeting for the group on Sunday. Pls note the start time is 12 noon (not 2pm as prev posted).2009 Planning Meeting:12 pm - 5pm.Sun, 22 February, 2009.Surrey Hills Neighbourhood...

Warming gets cold shoulder from Canberra

http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/warming-gets-cold-shoulder-from-canberra-20090128-7ryv.html?page=-1David Spratt, The Age, January 29, 2009The Government is jogging on the spot when it needs to take bigstrides.WHEN representatives of community climate action groups...

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