28 Jul 2011

National Tree Day this Sunday

I noticed it when I was talking with students at Curtin about what they were doing in their spare time and was amazed most of them are spending that time indoors behind the computer gaming or watching movies. Kids and youngster aren't spending as much time outdoors as we did at their age. Is it because they are lacking space? Almost all new homes build in Perth are without a backyard, with a bit of luck there is space for a bbq and a table to eat outside, but not much space to play or potter around in the garden.

I suggest that all those people, young and old, who are spending more time indoors than outdoors will go outside this Sunday and plant a few trees. Either in their own garden or with a local community like here in Claremont. Friends of Lake Claremont and the Town of Claremont want to plant over 30,000 native seedlings at Lake Claremont this Sunday! More info here

There are plenty of opportunities to plant trees in your community, check it here on Planet Ark. Toyota is partnering with Planet Ark and took up this innitiative to reflect the company's positive support of both the environment and local communities, they are sponsoring National Tree Day since 2000.

27 Jul 2011

‘Flashes of Hope’ film screening 6 August

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New space for collaboration, innovation at Hub Perth

BUDDING WA entrepreneurs, creatives and business people will have a new space to work in with the launch of Hub Perth today.
Hub Perth, organised by Social Innovation in WA (SiiWA), will be a co-working space for a variety of industry representatives to work together.

“We’re trying to set up a hub for all the different communities in Perth,” SiiWA managing director Brodie McCulloch.

“It builds a funnel, where we’re going to have all these entrepreneurs coming through this space,” he added.
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26 Jul 2011

Applied Design's short courses at Central

Courses will be commencing week beginning Monday 15 August as noted on the Enrolment form.

Courses will only run if there are sufficient number of enrolments and this will be confirmed with participants following the close of enrolments on Monday 8 August.

If you have any further queries regarding the short courses please don't hesitate in contacting linda kemp | administration assistant | central institute of technology aberdeen street, northbridge wa 6003 | t 9427 1905 (Mon-Tue) t 9427 1564 (Thu-Fri)linda.kemp@central.wa.edu.au

25 Jul 2011

the Economics of Happiness

'Going local' is a powerful strategy to help repair our fractured world – our ecosystems, our societies and our selves. Far from the old institutions of power, people are starting to forge a very different future...
More info here

21 Jul 2011

18 Jul 2011

Environmental Art Awards

CCWA and the City of Perth are proud to present the inaugural Western Australian Environmental Art Awards.

The Awards provide the opportunity for the Western Australian community to develop and exhibit art work reflecting the WA environment and key environmental and sustainability themes such as:
• Climate change
• Energy
• Over consumption
• Natural resources
• Mining
• Waste
• Water
• Drought
• Biodiversity
• Marine
• Transport
• Forests

Entries can include both two and three dimensional art works in a diverse range of mediums such as:
• Photography
• Paintings
• Collage
• Sculptures
• Drawings
• Textiles
• Prints
• Digital works

Entrants are strongly encouraged to use sustainable materials in both the creation and display of their art works, for example materials that are recycled, re-used, local, hand-made, natural and found.

The exhibition will run for two weeks at Perth City Farm from Saturday 22nd October to Saturday 5th November

More info on the prizes to be won and where to send it by 23 September here

5 Jul 2011

Perth Green Drinks 12 July

RSVP by Thursday 7th July to get on the list for the next meetup.

This month we’ve got a shiny new venue and two inspirational speakers to entertain us. The drinks and the snacks are as tasty and abundant as always!

Guest speakers
Tim Barling from Sustainable Energy Now, speaking about his group’s work with renewable energy, and
Eugenie Stockmann from The Green Swing, fresh from her presentation to TEDxWhadjuk, telling us about her sustainable city-living project.

Where At the new building at Central, Lecture Theatre B354 (upstairs), corner of William and Aberdeen St (30 Aberdeen St), Northbridge.

When Tuesday 12th July, 6-8pm

Cost Free!

But let us know you're coming along so we've got enough food and drink for everyone. Email greendrinks.perth @ gmail.com or go to Facebook for more info

This will be the first time that I can't go to the Perth Green Drinks because I am going up north to show my niece a bit of Australian outback... also very nice :)

4 Jul 2011

The ad they don't want you to see

And unfortunately it's true, and not only Harvey Norman is at fault here, there are heaps of other chains and stores who do the same.

But that is because the big part of the Australian market is demanding this, yes, you!

Everyone buying cheap stuff because it's made in countries with lower wages and less rules are at fault here!

I work with the local furniture industry and the few who are still there are having a very hard time to survive. Only the bigger mantufacturers, who also send over the wood to China to have it made there, survive because they can compete with the prices of all the rest of the imported furniture while the local manufacturers go bankrupt one after the other...

So next time you need a new piece of furniture look for this logo:

2 Jul 2011

Carbon tax myths

Myth 1: It'a a tax on you.
The price on pollution is not a tax on individuals, on households, or on small or medium-sized businesses. It’s a tax on the top 1,000 biggest polluting companies in Australia – the top 1% who produce 75% of Australia’s pollution. Until now, these companies have been allowed to pump their waste into our air for free. Crazy, eh?

Myth 2: Households won't be able to afford it.
Australia's top 1,000 corporate polluters should foot the bill, with pass through costs to the average household electricity bill expected to be around a cup of coffee per week.

With half the money raised by the tax to go to low and middle income households as compensation, 2.6 million households should in fact be better off! The rest of the money should go to supporting investment in clean energy and compensating affected industries.

Myth 3: It will cost thousands of jobs.
Climate action doesn’t kill jobs, it creates jobs.
Modeling by the CSIRO, Treasury and many others supports that Australia can take bold steps to reduce emissions AND drive overall employment growth. The CSIRO predicts an extra 2.5-3.3 million jobs by 2026, including strong growth in industries like construction, transport, agriculture, manufacturing and even mining.

Climate Institute research found that regional Australia could see to a net increase of 34,000 jobs with a price on carbon and clean energy policies

The rest of the top ten myths are in a factsheet you can download here or click on the picture to enlarge it.

1 Jul 2011

'Shocking case': plastic kills turtle

A green sea turtle has been found dead on a New South Wales beach with more than 300 pieces of plastic in its digestive system.

The turtle was found washed up at Ballina, in the state's north, earlier this month.

Australian Seabird Rescue spokeswoman Rochelle Ferris says it is the most shocking case she has seen in 15 years.

She says there is no doubt the plastic killed the animal.

"We see 40 or 50 sea turtles each year that are suffering from plastic ingestion," Ms Ferris said.
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Foreigners buying up water licences

The Greens are calling for an audit of water licences out of concern foreign interests are buying them in increasing numbers.

Earlier this week it was foreign investment in the mining industry the Greens were concerned about and now it is overseas interest in water licences.

The concern also comes as debate continues about the merits of overseas investors buying local farms.

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young says the Federal Government should commission an audit to gauge the level of foreign ownership of Australian water licences.

"Water is a scarce resource in this country we should know who owns it and we should know what the interest is," she said.
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Last year article about water rights

The difference between a carbon tax and an ETS

The proposed carbon pricing policy in Australia is now routinely referred to as a “carbon tax” by both government and opposition.

This is odd, because the proposed scheme is not actually a tax.

How does an ETS work?
It seems reasonably likely that Australia will, sooner or later, end up with an emissions trading scheme (ETS) for CO₂.

An ETS works by setting a cap on emissions and requiring emitters to hold a permit for each tonne of CO₂ that they emit. The level of the cap determines the number of permits available.

If emitters don’t already hold a permit, they must either cut back on their emissions or buy a permit from another emitter, who must then cut back.

This means that a cost is imposed on emissions, equal to the price of buying or selling a permit.

But importantly it’s not actually the price that causes the overall cuts in emissions. The cap determines the level of emissions, and the required cuts in emissions cause the price.

That is, permits have a value because they allow you to avoid making cuts in emissions.

How does this differ from a carbon tax?
A carbon tax is sort of the opposite. A cost is added to all emissions, equal to the level of the tax, and this causes people to cut back.

There is no cap on emissions in a tax-based system. People are free to emit as much or as little as they like, but if they do emit, they must pay the tax.

Unlike an ETS, under a carbon tax it is the price that determines the level of emissions.
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