Community action

Many communities are taking local action to embrace green living and care for the environment. These articles provide some examples. Global Australia See Australian climate action groups for a listing of groups in Australia active on climate change United Kingdom Germany Denmark United States Costa Rica

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Mount Waverley house

Mount Waverley House solar array

Owners John Poppins Location Mount Waverley, Melbourne Country Australia Type Sustainable renovation Summary of house features Efficiency For over 20 years we have used compact fluorescents where lighting is required for long hours. These have lived as long as 8000 hours over 8 years, saving electricity, money and ladder climbing. Filament bulbs are still more… Continue reading Mount Waverley house

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Green gardens

Sanci permaculture garden

What is a green garden? Is it one that offers habitat and food to native animals? Is it one that produces food for people? Is it one that uses a minimum of water and other resources – or one that creates a shade to cool the house, and is kept damp to help cool the immediate… Continue reading Green gardens

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Green cleaning

Urethane sponge

Natural cleaning or green cleaning is a way to clean your home with fewer cleaning products and safer alternatives – producing less waste and reducing the need for harmful chemicals. All the following ingredients can be bought inexpensively from your local supermarket: These products cost a little more but are worth the investment This is cheap but… Continue reading Green cleaning

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Clean coal

Belchatow power station

“Clean coal” is a term coined by industry and government to describe as yet unproven methods of burning coal for producing energy with reduced carbon emissions. The term is actually misleading as burning coal for energy will never result in zero emissions. The term “clean coal”, which has been described by some as an oxymoron[1], is… Continue reading Clean coal

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Crossways Eco Arch house

Crossways Eco Arch House

The Crossways Eco Arch house was designed by Richard, who is an architect, for his family residence. The house is constructed around a unique parabolic arch constructed from hand made clay tiles glued together. The foundations are a concrete slab made from 50% recycled content. Timber frame boxes provide the house structure under and protruding from the… Continue reading Crossways Eco Arch house

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Human sign St Kilda 2009

Human Sign St Kilda 17 May 2009

The Human sign event was held on Sunday 17 May at St Kilda Beach in Melbourne, Australia. The message was “Climate change – our future is in your hands”. The catch-cry was devised by Sophie Dickinson, 11, a grade six student at St Michael’s Grammar in St Kilda. 5000 people gathered to form the sign to highlight their… Continue reading Human sign St Kilda 2009

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2009 Victorian bushfires Royal Commission submission

Acheron Way, 2009 Victorian bushfire

The SecretarySubmissions2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal CommissionGPO Box 4358Melbourne VIC 3001AustraliaVia email Author: Peter Campbell Content of this submission was partly sourced from: 2009 Victorian bushfires Armstrong Creek Water Catchment Introduction I welcome the opportunity to provide a submission to this 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission. The tragic events associated with the 2009 Victorian bushfires on and… Continue reading 2009 Victorian bushfires Royal Commission submission

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Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme

Belchatow power station

The Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS) is an emissions trading scheme proposed for introduction in Australia in late 2010. Summary of criticisms The structure of the scheme has been widely criticised, including by the Government’s previously appointed climate change policy adviser [Professor Ross Garnaut] [1], for the following reasons: Structure The structure of the CPRS is not yet finalised.… Continue reading Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme

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