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The Economics of Solar Energy for Homes – Manuel Cilia


Guest Speaker Forum – Battery Energy storage: Technology options and economic considerations

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Plant to plate On the Grow for kids in the Highlands


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.


Railway Street Farmers Market


‘Much excitement as the launch day approaches for the new weekly Railway Street Farmers Market on Thursday 28th January. Some of our anchor stalls include:
• Moonacres Farm (Fitzroy Falls) supplying a wide range of certified organic vegetables harvested that day.
• Tennessee Orchard (Yerrimbool) with fresh farm vegetables and their famous apples soon in season
• Flour Water Salt (featured on Food Safari Fire SBS 21st January 8pm) with artisan sourdough bread and pastries
• Snax on Trax – Simona’s organic fair trade coffee and yummy snacks to enjoy while you do the weekly food shopping
• Chiron Farm (Robertson) – Pi Wei’s delicious nashi pears(from February) and backyard treats
• Bare Greens (Canyonleigh) – pick your own salad greens and herbs from live produce towers – couldn’t be more fresh.
• Curly’s Compost to help your home garden grow productively
• Moss Vale and Bundanoon Community Gardens – with a range of produce, preserves, and live plants.
For more information on additional local growers you can meet at the Railway Street Farmers Market go to –

Coal: your day is done

Flier based on SHCAG for rally, 7 Mar 2015
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!!

The complex questions around climate change

Word cloud for climate changeNow 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

Climate Questions &… Dances at Chev

Last April a CANWin panel went to Chevalier College for a discussion with Year 9 students. Here’s what happened.

For vimeo climate change from Four Donkey Films on Vimeo.

Thanks to Chev, to Four Donkey Films, and especially to the student audience, questioners, and dancers. It’s your world guys.

Review: Requiem for a Species

RequiemSpeciesCoverClive 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

Crikey review

Times Higher Education Supplement

Good Reads

Book Launch at ANU, 29 March 2010