The On the Grow (OtG) team of coordinators is all set to take out the OtG veggie seedling kit to twelve local schools in the first two weeks of February, kicking off at Colo Vale Public School on the 1st February. They will offer an hour-long information/activity session for primary age children The session would involve a potting up activity, educating kids about the importance of backyard food to our health and what they need to know about growing on seedlings to have growing success at home and at school. They will also be providing them with three seedlings each to take home and nurture to maturity until they end up on the dinner plate. Our thanks go to Speedy Seedlings Leppington and Southern Phone Community Grant program for making this project possible.
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The direct impact of coal mining on water resources is bad enough, but it’s not the only reason to turn up for tomorrow’s rally.
97% of practising climate scientists agree that burning coal is changing the climate to something civilised humans have never known. That’s another reason.
Need another one? Coal harms the health of people who live and work in the Hunter Valley at a money cost of around $600 million a year.
Long story short: King Coal’s day is done. People and the planet can no longer afford coal.
Whatever your reason, tomorrow come along and rally against coal mining in the Highlands. See you there!!
Now that we’ve all agreed that climate change is happening, and that it is not good for animals, plants, little children or the rest of us, what can we do about it?
Stop burning fossil fuels seems to be the answer, until we start to work out why we burn fossil fuels and how we might be affected by stopping. Our modern way of life is based on cheap energy. Up to now this has come from burning coal and other fossil fuels, and which may well continue to do so for some time. Individuals may and should attempt to find ways to limit their energy consumption through actions such as reducing private vehicle travel, and limiting excessive consumption. But our industrialised world seems to be powering on with “business as usual” demanding continued and increasing economic growth, based on the production of ever more buildings, roads, and consumer goods. In Australia we see continuance of major land clearing for open-cut coal extraction, the building of more ports for export of raw materials despite damage to reefs and fisheries, the destruction of forests and habitats in favour of pulp and paper making… Continue reading
Last April a CANWin panel went to Chevalier College for a discussion with Year 9 students. Here’s what happened.
Thanks to Chev, to Four Donkey Films, and especially to the student audience, questioners, and dancers. It’s your world guys.
Clive Hamilton has written a number of books on climate change and the consumerist society of Australia, including Scorcher, Growth Fetish and Affluenza. He is Professor of Public Ethics at the Australian National University and is the highly respected founder of the Australia Institute. Well-known as a writer, he has also authored many newspaper and magazine articles for general reading
Requiem for a Species is a study of why we ignore the urgent scientific information about the future warming of our planet, which examines those aspects of the human species that are in conflict over this question. Hamilton sees a battle within humanity between forces that should help us to protect the earth, such as our ability to reason and to connect with nature, and qualities that lead us to damage it, such as greed, materialism and alienation from nature. In Hamilton’s eyes the latter have triumphed, and now we will have to deal with our failure to seriously examine the evidence and take action to ensure that our own species survives.
The book is not an easy or pleasurable read. The first chapters examine the scientific views on what levels of Greenhouse Gases (GHG) may be acceptable. They show that even 2 degrees C of warming will pose risks to climatically sensitive Earth systems, quoting for example James Hansen’s belief that the safe level of CO2 is no more than 350 ppm (we have already reached 400). Hamilton does not believe that we can stabilise the climate at a specified level of GHG in the atmosphere, and seriously doubts that adaptation will be possible either. Nor does Hamilton have any faith in technical fixes such as Carbon Capture and Storage. The only solution he sees is that of drastically reducing emissions, from right now. Massive investment in energy efficiency, renewable technology and storage technology is needed.
Hamilton sees the need to despair as a ‘natural human response to the new reality’ but if we are to save humanity, we must emerge through despair, accept the situation and take action.
This book is available for loan at Wingecarribee Shire Library (Call No. 363.7387/Ham)
Other reviews of Requiem for a Species
Book Launch at ANU, 29 March 2010
You might have noticed some changes to the site this week. Some of them were planned — the new banner, for example — but some of them definitely were not. In fact, the website menu went berserk.
The trouble is with the category systems. The plan is to have seven menu items that are always visible, and that display sub-menus when you mouse over them. These sub-menus generally match the category system for articles, so that when you click a sub-menu you get a list of articles in a particular category, say “Renewable Energy”. All very logical, but today we made some changes to our category system, and suddenly the sub-menus stopped working. It seems that our planned changes to our categories got caught up in somebody else’s planned changes to the Website software. Yikes!!!
Some hours later the CANWin website looks nearly normal, but it’s still not quite the way it should be. The last three menus still don’t display their sub-menus as they should, but you should be able to find all the articles in under each one. The categories for the list of links got themselves mixed up with the categories for articles, which means they don’t make as much sense as they used to, but at least you can see the links.
Come back soon to see what new changes happen when the fixes for the website software are ready. We might even offer a prize to the first person to point out an unexpected clash of plans.