It’s that spring time thing
Posted on 17 October 2013 by e-news
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The next e-news will be published on Thursday, 31 October, so get your contributions in to us then, by 11am.
Keep watching our e-news, because our AGM is nearly upon us. Thursday, 14 November is set for the day, and the ponies are at the barriers. We’d love to see you at the meeting, if for nothing more than a get together and to hear about what we’ve been up to.
But if you are interested in nominating for one of the positions on our committee, please get in touch. We’d love to hear from you! And remember – you have to be a financial member to vote, so be financial!
Sustainable House Tours
The tours will take place in Castlemaine on Sunday 1 December, with a range of styles and sustainable features. Watch this space for more information as it comes to hand.
On 23-24 October the ACF is hosting a world-wide event: 24 Hours of Reality. The heads of the OECD, the World Bank and the IMF have called for world leaders to price carbon. (Meanwhile our new government plans to repeal Australia’s carbon price laws.)
The Climate Reality Project will bring the world together for the largest ever discussion about climate action. ACF’s Don Henry will join Al Gore in a global live stream event 24 Hours of Reality: The Cost of Carbon and you’re invited!
Solar cell breaks record for electricity conversion
Researchers in Germany have set a new world record for converting sunlight into electricity using a newly designed solar cell structure. Read the full story
Bankmecu gets its sustainable socks on
bankmecu is part of a group named the Future Economy Group, and its goal is to quantify the vulnerability of Victoria’s economy to climate change and resource scarcity, and to develop and advocate policies and actions to transition to a sustainable economy.
bankmecu a carbon neutral, customer-owned bank, and they claim they are making a positive difference to the environment, such as planting trees for the loss of biodiversity for new home construction, or planting 17 trees per annum for every car loan they provide.
Seed donations please
Loddon Prison is about to swing into full spring veggie and herb seedling production in their new hothouse, as part of their horticulture training program. These seedlings will be donated back to community food growing groups, as part of Loddon’s community service, to increase local food production.
To get the seedling production up and running, they are calling for donations of seeds and cuttings. See the list below for seeds and cuttings. If you have any that you are willing to donate, please drop off to Sas at the Castlemaine Community House, Faulder Watson Hall, 210 Barker Street, Castlemaine.
Please label seeds clearly
Basil; beans – dwarf and climbing; beetroot; capsicum; carrot; celery; Chinese cabbage; chives; coriander; cucumber; eggplant; leek; lettuce; parsley; spring onions; snow peas; silverbeet; sweet corn; tomatoes; zucchini.
Please label clearly, wrap in wet newspaper and put in a plastic bag
Thyme; sage; oregano; rosemary
At Creswick Neighbourhood Centre, Wednesday 27 November, 6-8pm. Booking Essential. Cost $5 per Head. Please call 5345 2356.
Imagine a world of joyful, sustainable and resilient communities where people share locally to meet their needs and help others do the same.
The Sharehood is all about sharing resources and getting to know people in your local area. When you set your location below you’ll see local notices and the things and skills local people are willing to share with you, and you can add your own as well.
Scotland has set a £14m plan in motion to drive an electric vehicle revolution to better take advantage of the country’s leading renewable energy resource.
Australia hotter and drier
Australia would be better off with a string of many small bushfires this summer to forestall even worse fires in the following years as conditions turn drier and hotter, researchers say.
Melbourne’s carbon-reduction plan ‘best in the world’
A Melbourne program aimed at reducing carbon emissions from the city’s office buildings has been recognised as the best of its type in the world, and won an international climate change award in London recently.
Go to foodwise.com.au to find out more about how to make your own dinner table sustainable.
Why should we tolerate a diet of weak poisons, a home in insipid surroundings, a circle of acquaintances who are not quite our enemies, the noise of motors with just enough relief to prevent insanity? Who would want to live in a world which is just not quite fatal?
– Rachel Carson, Silent Spring