New Year’s Resolution: Make one for the earth in 2012!

NBN TV News came around today to cover a media release Transition Newcastle put out about New Year resolutions. The story they put to air was pretty good. While it didn’t cover all the points I would have emphasised, it did raise the idea of making a New Year’s resolution for the Earth. They introduced the story, I said a bit about how we are living on the planet as if we had another one to go to and that we were encouraging everyone to make a New Year’s resolution for the earth, Cathy spoke about how we intend to give something away everyday and that was about it.

The aim of the release was largely to start raising our profile in the lead up to Earth Hour (when the media are often looking for stories) and to suggest that people think about their impact on the Earth a bit more.

Here’s the media release.

Transition Newcastle is encouraging everyone in the Hunter to make a New Year’s resolution that is good for the Earth. We have no choice but to live in a more sustainable manner and, as suggested by Graeme Stuart, convenor of Transition Newcastle, “We live on our planet as if we have another one to go to. We only have the one earth, however, so we need to find better ways of living.”

“The New Year is a time when we think about what changes we want to make. What if we put the Earth first and made some New Year resolutions that are not only good for us but also for the Earth?” Transition Newcastle has some suggestions on their website  and would love to hear what people are doing as a personal commitment to investing in a sustainable future for themselves, their children and subsequent generations. Some ideas include:

  1. Change to 100% Green Energy. Green energy comes from renewable resources such as the sun and wind. For an average family it costs around $1 a day. Imagine the revolution in the energy production industry if everyone stopped to think about where their household energy came from and committed to renewable energy? Check out
  2. Reduce your energy bill by at least 10%. Extra money in your personal pocket as well as reducing your personal carbon footprint.
  3.  Walk or use a bike rather than the car for short trips.
  4. Stop buying bottled water and other single use plastic items.
  5. Support small local business rather than large corporations (e.g. Buy your fruit, vegetables and meat from green grocers and butchers rather than supermarket chains).
  6. Put on warmer clothes rather than turn on the heater
  7. Start a vegie garden, compost bin and/or worm farm
  8. Reduce your clutter by giving away something from your home every day.

Transition Newcastle is based on The Transition Town model, a global, grassroots movement driven by the twin challenges of Climate Change and Peak Oil. Instead of focusing on what it doesn’t want, Transition Newcastle focuses on creating positive visions and projects to create a truly sustainable and resilient society.

End of release

You can see some of our other suggestions for resolutions here.

About Graeme Stuart

Lecturer (Family Action Centre, Newcastle Uni), blogger (Sustaining Community), environmentalist, Alternatives to Violence Project facilitator, father. Passionate about families, community development, peace & sustainability.
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