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Sep. 12th, 2007


If you're interested

At the moment I’m trying to develop a website that may go some way in localising food production within cities and towns by providing the ability for people whom share a passion for growing their own food to find other people within their area whom do likewise. By having the ability to search members according to postcode, a search mind you that is Australia wide, people may either choose to barter with others in their neighbourhood, or go one step further and establish a system of localised food production that links numerous backyards across suburbia, thereby nurturing relationships through the passion for the food one grows and shares, whilst cutting “food miles”. So if you find any of this of interest go to http://www.growlocal.net.au and check it out. At the moment it’s pretty bare but in the coming months I hope to flesh it out with thoughts regarding how we can move from an economy that impoverishes our everyday relations to the question of want to one where we actively nurture an openness in them by creating the grounds of their surpassing.



Sep. 9th, 2007

as dead as a doornail


Greenwash and the Australian government- part 58947294

Australia, Indonesia sign forestry deal

Posted on ABC.net, 5 hours 34 minutes ago

Australia has signed a deal with Indonesia that is designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions by around 700 million tonnes over 30 years.

The $100 million agreement will preserve 70,000 hectares of peat land forests in Indonesia's Kalimantan region, reflood around 200,000 hectares of dried peat land and replant 100 million trees.

Mr Downer has told Channel 10 that BHP Billiton is also providing financial backing for the project.

But he has dismissed suggestions that the Government should be doing more to preserve Australian forests instead of pouring money into overseas projects.

"We obviously aren't going to cancel out the whole forestry sector in Australia," he said.

"I mean this sort of notion that you get from the Greens who are the ultimate extremists, these kinds of people think we should scrap the timber industry I mean, what sort of a world is that?"

The Federal Government says the deforestation and burning of forests in the region is the largest single source of Indonesia's greenhouse gas emissions.

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has praised Australia for its willingness to act internationally to address the problem of climate change.

"This partnership becomes an important part of a larger effort of the response to the challenge of climate change," he said.

"As such it is very much in the spirit of the Sydney Declaration that we just adopted in our summit."

Direct source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2007/09/09/2027806.htm

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Aug. 28th, 2007



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From this week's spotlighted community, http://community.livejournal.com/green_daily/
Jackie French on what food to grow with limited space:
There are a bunch of other good articles linked there, including stuff like how to drive fuel-efficiently, how to dispose of low-energy lightbulbs safely (don't vacuum, you'll spread mercury-contaminated dust everywhere!), and how to run your washing machine greenly without it actually going green (with mould).
It's awesome to see how many people have joined this week after seeing the spotlight - I guess lots of people want to do something and/or are already doing things, and want to connect with other people who are doing the same. Yay for sharing tips.

Aug. 17th, 2007

as dead as a doornail


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I recently received an interesting article in my inbox about the choices we make when buying food. We know of the endless debate about local versus organic, but now there's concerns that the real question should be local versus seasonal.

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I tried finding aa Australian seasonal guide online and pretty much came up bust- if anyone knows a good link, could you point me? I thought I found one on Woolworths website: http://www.woolworths.com.au/FoodIdeas/WhatsinSeasonFinder/index.asp but it turns out just to be a produce guide...when they say Watermelon is available all year round, something's not right! Kind of false advertising really, because the page is called 'what's in season'. -__-

What's in season? Everything! We're rich Westerners!

Aug. 6th, 2007



The Big Switch website, and a great video

This website has guidelines on how to reduce your own climate change impact, as well as marking politicians on their climate change platforms. You can look at the platforms of all parliamentary parties, or search for your MP by electorate or postcode. Nifty.


The next link is to a video which was a finalist in GetUp Australia's competition for an election campaign ad from the people. It didn't win, so it won't get to be screened on TV - let's spread it over the internet instead. It's 30 seconds long, and asks four generations of Australians: 'What sort of world do you want?' The answer is a sustainable world, as I'm sure you agree - but we need to get more voters thinking about this before the federal election.


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Jun. 30th, 2007



I hope this is appropriate for this community?

Hi, can anyone recommend a brand/s of green-friendly toilet paper? (Or which to avoid?) The last one I bought was pretty crap (excuse the pun, har-har).

Thank-you! :)

Jun. 26th, 2007

a climate affair


Ian Kiernan and Car Sharing

Recently I interviewed Ian Kiernan from Clean Up Australia. Download here

I also interviewed Emma Rose, founder of GWhiz car share We had a really fun interview and car sharing rocks! Podcast download.

Subscribe to A Climate Affair, Australia's top environmental podcast using Itunes, Livejournal feed or Subscribe in a reader

Jun. 19th, 2007



Free Nitrogen! Comes with a handy dispenser!

The following is from the Casaubon's Book blog that I subscribe to, about using human urine as fertiliser in the garden. A great read.

Casaubon's Book has a feed at LJ: casaubonblog.


Sometimes I think that having grown up with a lesbian Mom and step-Mom and two younger sisters, I was inadequately prepared for life with a husband and four sons. Now don't get me wrong - it isn't as though I didn't know anything about males. I have a father, and male friends, uncles and during college and graduate school, I lived with more men than women. But by 18 or so, and certainly by graduate school, the men in question had learned that getting girls required a bit more grace than waving your genitals in their faces. Mostly.
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Jun. 16th, 2007




Some interesting enviroblogs:

Kind of like the Cockburn's 'Good Life' experiment - but in the middle of New York City.

Not currently being updated, but has some interesting previous posts and links.

Articles on all sorts of topics.

'How tos' on going green.

Hardcore pioneers :o)

Students going green on a student budget, and sifting through the facts on the best ways to help the planet. (A great post on how to recycle properly: wash things out or the whole batch will be rubbished as contaminated!)

Adventures in cutting carbon emissions by 90%.

Ideas on how to be one.

'resources, essays and ideas... a record of my trying'

Reduce and simplify.

Tips on greening your life, reviews, interviews, other articles...

Environmental news and humor (ugh American spelling!)

A bunch of 'chicks' blogging about sustainable living from a modern woman's perspective.

No, I haven't checked all of these out yet - but I thought that while I was browsing links I would put them all here so I can find them in future and perhaps other people will find them useful/entertaining too. So much reading, so little time!

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