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* Use or retrofit appropriate '''[[insulation]]''' * Use or retrofit appropriate '''[[insulation]]'''
* Install double glazing or thermal glass * Install double glazing or thermal glass
 +* Install [[low energy lighting]]
* Use blinds and/or sails for shading windows from the sun when it is hot * Use blinds and/or sails for shading windows from the sun when it is hot
* Draughtproof your doors and windows * Draughtproof your doors and windows
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* build a house with bricks on the outside - put them on inside walls with insulated cladding on the outside - this is the best location for thermal mass * build a house with bricks on the outside - put them on inside walls with insulated cladding on the outside - this is the best location for thermal mass
* put in a swimming pool * put in a swimming pool
 +* use incandescent or quartz halogen lighting
==Garden== ==Garden==

Revision as of 12:23, 15 March 2008

This is a Greenprint that identifies strategies, actions and approaches for moving us towards a sustainable future.

Contents

Transport

  • Drive a green car
  • Catch a train rather then fly
  • Build very fast trains to reduce reliance on air travel
  • Ride a bicycle
  • Use public transport
  • Walk

House

Dont:

  • use an airconditioner or evaporative cooler
  • use electricity for heating purposes
  • build a house with bricks on the outside - put them on inside walls with insulated cladding on the outside - this is the best location for thermal mass
  • put in a swimming pool
  • use incandescent or quartz halogen lighting

Garden

  • Create a low water garden
  • Grow a permaculture garden with herbs, vegetables and fruit and nut trees
  • Keep chickens
  • Put scrap food on a compost heap, in a worm farm or a bokashi bucket

Dont:

  • Grow a lawn that requires watering or regular mowing
  • Grow plants that require a lot of watering

Energy policy and government action

  • Put a price on carbon and introduce carbon rationing
  • Introduce mandatoryappliance energy efficiency standards
  • Implement rigorous building greenhouse rating and apply them to domestic and business building construction and renovation.
  • Provide more funding for rail transport and public transport rather than building more roads and freeways.
  • Include measurement of carbon emissions in all major project decision making and planning.
  • Transition government car fleets to low emission vehicles such as electric and/or hybrid vehicles.
  • Ban plastic shopping bags (or at least put a tax on them)

Activism and politics

  • Join a local climate change action group
  • Write a letter to local, state and federal parliamentary members to communicate your views on sustainability and tackling climate change and ask them what they are doing about this
  • Write a letter to the editor of your local, state and/or national newspapers
  • Write your own blog articles to express your thoughts and observations on sustainable living. You also publish the letters you write to politicians and newspapers.
  • Vote for candidates in elections who espouse green living and sustainable policies.

Environment

  • Plant trees
  • Protect all old growth forests and water catchments from logging

Food and diet

  • Eat less meat, or even become vegeterian or vegan
  • Buy organic food
  • Use reusable shopping bags
  • Buy locally grown food from shops and farmers markets

Don't:

  • Buy or eat GM food
  • Buy foods with excessive packaging
  • Use plastic shopping bags

Investment and finance

  • Put money and superannuation into ethical investments.

Dont:

  • Invest in companies engaged in destruction of native forest or uranium mining

Recreation and travel

General

  • Make paper telephone directories optional. Provide households that request them with telephone/address book data on CD roms and cheap CD/LCD display units for households that request them. Allow households to opt out from all directory distribution - some may choose to just use the Internet.

See also

External links

  • Manningham City Council - GreenPrint. A plan to ensure that the ecological processes on which life depends on are maintained, and the total quality of life we enjoy now and in the future can be enhanced.
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