Posted on 19 December 2013 by e-news
All right … we said there wouldn’t be any more news before the end of January, but we couldn’t resist letting you know about some of our work in 2013. Here it is, and have a great Christmas!
See you next year.
This year MASG has:
Worked in community using our expertise – the Hub Plot has consulted with the Salvation Army, Community House and Continuing Ed on new community gardens.
Developed new projects including a farm-scale green waste to compost trial to take place in 2014. MASG formed a relationship with Energy for the People to pilot putting solar on community buildings, making renewable power more achievable, and MACWind renewed their focus on broader renewables engagement in the Shire.
Maintained our commitment to waste reduction via the Wash Against Waste Trailer and battery and light globe recycling programs.
Advocated on our members’ behalf to Council to get sustainability front-and-centre in the Shire’s four-year plan, and recommended they undertake more climate change adaptation and risk assessment for our future. A planning group is also working to better incorporate environmental and sustainability issues in the planning scheme.
Ran events to engage and inspire – and send the message to those in power that we expect better. From films to Green Drinks and the Sustainable House Tours, huge turnout at the National Day of Climate Action (600+), and inspirational talks from experts in compost tea, biochar, and local food solutions, the MASG social calendar in 2013 packed a punch.
It was not until we saw the picture of the earth, from the moon, that we realised how small and how helpless this planet is – something that we must hold in our arms and care for.