Category Archives: Environmental sustainability

The Fair Share Festival

The latest Transition Newcastle newsletter received the biggest response we’ve ever had. As part of the Fair Share Festival in November, Jasmine and Larni (both in year 10) are going to construct a tiny house out of second-hand and waste … Continue reading

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How do we respond to the One Nation party?

Watching Q&A on Monday night was very disturbing. The recently elected One Nation senator, Malcolm Roberts, was arguing (amongst other things) that: “The empirical data says quite categorically that the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are a result … Continue reading

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Cathy, upcycling and raising children

Cathy (my partner) has just been featured in Textile Beat, a website about slow clothing, dressing with conscience and natural fibres. The associated story discusses Cathy’s passion for upcycling as a way of challenging consumerism and over-consumption, our approach to … Continue reading

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Transition Newcastle Convenor report (May 2016)

Last night I gave a de facto convenor report at Transition Newcastle’s annual general meeting (AGM). Even though I had stood down as convenor at the 2015 AGM, the position had remained vacant and I’ve been doing quite a few … Continue reading

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Prescription strength nature – an ad

Getting out in nature really can help. This is a clever ad promoting its benefits based on prescription medicine advertising. You can find out more and see other videos at http://www.nature-rx.org/. If you liked this post please follow my blog … Continue reading

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Congratulations to Lock the Gate!

AGL, an Australian gas and electricity company, recently announced that it was abandoning a controversial coal seam project in Gloucester (just north of Newcastle). The Gloucester Gas Project had plans for over 300 gas wells and was facing fierce opposition. … Continue reading

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Earth Hour 2016

With 2015 being the hottest year on record (by a large margin) and too little being done to address climate change, activities like Earth Hour continue to be very important. Clearly Earth Hour isn’t going to solve climate change – … Continue reading

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Special days and dates for the environment – 2016

CLICK HERE FOR THE 2020 LIST OF SPECIAL DAYS AND DATES FOR THE ENVIRONMENT There are many international days/weeks or national days/weeks that focus on the environment. The following are some of the more significant ones. There is also a … Continue reading

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Some good articles/links – 2015 hottest year on record

The first collection of readings for this year makes sobering reading – in fact it makes for scary reading. As predicted, 2015 was the hottest year on record with a big rise in the average global temperature. (But there are … Continue reading

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The Sydney People’s Climate March

Yesterday my family and I joined around 45,000 people at the Sydney People’s Climate March. We travelled down from Newcastle with some of our friends from Transition Newcastle and another 100 or so other people going to the rally. It … Continue reading

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