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Newsletter 7 February 2019

SEE-Change Musings

 

Can you imagine a new economy that was based on environmental health and social justice - and uses measures other than Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to measure community well-being? 

New Zealand's Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern (my new hero) recently said, 

"What greater threat is there to our wellbeing than the current threat of climate change? ... GDP may say your country is thriving, but it's not thriving if it's also degrading the environment and contributing to CO2 emissions."

Last week a group gathered at Gang Gang cafe in Downer to discuss establishing a Canberra Hub of the New Economy Network Australia.

The group will meet on a regular basis with a focus on information sharing. 

Find out more about NENA or join the Canberra Hub. 

Another great picture of the Super Shed Construction from our volunteer photographer Garry.

 
Here are the highlights of what is happening in and around SEE-Change in the next fortnight:
  • Super Shed Update.  Work continues on the SuperShed with working bees on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th of February.To keep the project on track the group require support with carpenters and help providing food at working bees. If you have carpentary skills please text Leigh Duxson on 0407283195 and to help out with feeding the volunteers text Audrey Severino on 0437 673 431. The Woden SEE-Change group will pay for the cost of ingredients. Find out more

     
  • SEE-Change Inner South Local Group Meeting - 11 February The Woden SEE Change Committee seeks volunteers to join our friendly group.We have wide ranging interests in making the Canberra community more sustainable. Come and share your passion for sustainability with us.Find out more
     
  • Jerrabomberra Wetlands Working Bee - 16 February Did you know it's turtle walk-about time? Observe turtle nests, inspect the fence for travelling turtles and water and weed recent plantings. Find out more
     
  • Mending Morning - in the new year SEE-Change is teaming up with the Canberra Repair Cafe and Community Services #1 to run a textile Repair Cafe at the Narrabundah Community Centre. We are seeking textile repairers. If you are interested in finding our more or volunteering, email Jen on admin@see-change.org.au
     
  • Do you live in a Sustainable House? SEE-Change is seeking homes with interesting sustainability feature to be part of our 2019 Sustainable House tour schedule. We are interested in all types of homes - new, retrofitted, apartments and rented. If you would like to inspire others and are happy to show off your home,  please email Jen on admin@see-change.org.au
     
  • Zero Emissions Grants - Round 3 will be announced in April.  Under the grant rules only one grant can be submitted by the SEE-Change office. Please contact Edwina Robinson to discuss your ideas and the process. Zero Emissions Grants
Here's what is happening in and around Canberra in the next fortnight:
  • Canberra Repair Cafe - 9 February Canberra Environment Centre’s monthly repair cafe sessions are a chance to get some help to fix your clothing, jewellery, small household appliances, bicycles and other bits and pieces. Find out more
     
  • LCA & Lyneham Commons Community Gathering - 10 February Do you live in Lyneham? Come along to this fun community event. See how to make a bee hotel and soak up that "feel good' community vibe. Find out more
     
  • Energy Change Institute Open Day 2019 - 12 February The Energy Change Institute Open Day showcases the latest energy research from ANU and provides a platform for exchanging ideas for ANU researchers, industry, government agencies and other energy stakeholders. Find out more
     
  • Transport Workshop - 13 February Transport Canberra and City Services will be hosting a workshop to discuss the Moving Canberra: Integrated Transport Strategy (draft).In this 2 hour workshop you can learn more about the draft strategy and explore the focus areas of active travel, safety, future transport and accessibility in more detail. Find out more
     
  • Australia: The Renewable Energy Superstar -14 February  Australia is installing solar & wind five times faster per capita than the EU, Japan, USA or China. Energy experts will present an overview of the renewables revolution at this public lecture. Find out more
     
  • Canberra City Farm Working Bee - 17 February Come along for a working bee at the Canberra City Farm Education Centre, Fyshwick. There will be food to share too. Find out more
     
  • Actsmart - Understanding Solar Workshop - 26 February Considering Solar and Batteries? Come along to this workshop to find out how solar and batteries can add value to your home, provide savings on your bills and give you greater energy independence. Find out more
     
  • Tree Decline Must be Reserved At this time of extreme heat, it’s unacceptable that the number of trees in our bush capital is decreasing. Shockingly, street and park trees in our established suburbs are declining by around 3,000 a year – and 40,000 trees are needed to fill gaps and replace dying trees.  The ACT Greens have launched a community petition calling on the Government to plant an extra 7,000 trees a year to reverse the decline, and begin restoring the city’s tree canopy. E-Petition here
     
And finally:
Articles of interest:


Until next time


Edwina Robinson
Executive Officer

Other SEE-Change Activities

  • Transition Streets Get together with your neighbours, people from your apartment building or a group of friends and support each other to reduce your ecological footprint. $200 is available for groups to buy sustainability gear such as garden beds, compost bins and worm farms.Find out more

SEE-Change and Related Initiatives 

  • BERT: The SEE-Change Bicycle CO2 Emission Reduction Trial (BERT) has child carriers and cargo trailers for hire. If you are thinking about buying a trailer to transport your loved ones or goods hire one from us first. Find out more
     
  • Regular donations: Did you know that you could make a small regular tax-deductible donation to SEE-Change? Find out more
     
  • Actsmart services: The ACT Government has a range of different programs helping you to create a more sustainable future in Canberra and the region. This includes the Actsmart Home Energy Advice Service and the Actsmart Home Energy Efficiency Program that assists low to moderate income earners in the ACT to reduce their energy use and manage energy bills. 

Upcoming Courses + Workshops

  • Actsmart workshops 2019 :
    Actsmarts runs regular workshops on household sustainability. Of particular interest, due to heatwaves conditions, workshops in February and March on 'Heating and cooling effects of garden design' should be super popular. Find out more
     
  • Canberra Environment Centre Workshops 2019: 
    The Canberra Environment Centre are running a range of Sustainability Workshops including brewing kombucha, making zero waste products and a Urban Permaculture Design Certificate. Find out more
     
  • Southern Harvest Education courses:
    There are a range of permaculture related courses being offered by Southern Harvest Education in 2019, such as a 2 day permaculture course in March. Find out more
     
  • Canberra City Farm workshops:
    Learn more about a range of food and sustainability related topics. Find out more
     

Other Things of Interest

  • For a full list of upcoming events see our Events Page 
     
  • The Purity Store: A local Canberra business producing handmade beauty products and food  Find out more
     
  • Do you live in Hackett and want to do something great with your kitchen scraps? Brook from the Hackett Compost Collective will give you a clean bucket fitted with a lid to fill with kitchen compostables. She will collect it from your home and take it away to turn into beautiful compost. She'll also give you another bucket to repeat the process . Find out more
     
  • Up to $5000 rebate for small business to improve energy efficiency. Eligible small businesses in the ACT can join the Actsmart Business Energy and Water program. Businesses receive an assessment and tailored report identifying energy and water saving opportunities. Actsmart will rebate 50% of the cost of implementing these recommendations, up to $5,000. Please pass this on to any businesses you think could benefit. Find out more
     
  • New lighting upgrades for businesses A new lighting upgrade scheme to help ACT businesses reduce their energy consumption and save money on electricity bills has just been announced. Find out more
     
  • FREE 7 Star House Plans: FREE 7 Star House Plans: Design For Place is a suite of house plans to help demonstrate the practical design elements that can be used to improve the quality and energy efficiency of current mass-market housing. The plans can be found on the YourHome website, managed by Department of Environment and Energy. Find out more
     
  • Divest: If you are thinking of divesting from banks that invest in fossil fuels and haven't yet made the change, here is a list of which banks are worth considering: www.marketforces.org.au/banks/compare.
     
  • Draught-proofing your home: To see how easy it is to draught-proof your home along with a range of other tips and tricks, visit Green It Yourself.

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