The National Energy Efficiency Network (NEEN) is launching in Canberra on Wednesday 30 April 2014.

Join leaders & change agents from across the community sector in exploring the benefits & opportunities energy efficient practices can bring to their organisations and the communities within which they work.

'Ceding Sovereignty in investment treaties: government of the people by foreign corporations'

A talk given by Professor Thomas Faunce of the ANU College of Law and ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, Monday 17 March, at the CES Public Forum.

Climate Change Improvers - Ideas to try

A SEE-Change member recently asked friends for ideas of things people can do about climate change.

Here is the list of what they came up with:

Recycling plastic packaging

Did you know that you can recycle all sorts of soft plastics? These include:

  • Shopping bags (including reusable 'green’ bags)
  • Fresh fruit and vegie bags
  • Bread bags
  • Biscuit packaging and confectionery packaging
  • Rice & pasta packets and frozen food bags
  • Glad wrap
  • Thin plastic lids found on lots of refridgerated items

Green Bins located outside Coles supermarkets recycle both plastic bags AND the soft plastics that can't go into your recycling bin.

Book launch of "Sack the Economists" Thursday 3 April

The book "Sack the Economists and disband their departments" by Geoff Davies will be launched by Professor Bob Douglas, Professor Emeritus and Director of Australia 21.

Mainstream economists failed comprehensively to foresee the Global Financial Crisis of 2007-8, widely regarded as the greatest economic malfunction since the Great Depression. Such failures arise from fundamental flaws in mainstream economic thinking and practice.

The subject needs to be remade, using modern systems concepts and modern knowledge of people, societies and the world. More stable economies serving humane societies within a thriving natural world would then be feasible.

SEE-Change Book Review

SEE-Change Woden has donated a range of books to the ACT Library. Keep an eye out for these books and the SEE-Change sticker on them:

  • The Passivhaus Handbook
  • City Cycling
  • Children & Their Urban Environment
  • Carbon Energy Taxation: Lessons from Europe
  • No Impact Man 
  • The Story of Stuff
  • One Magic Square
  • Cycle space

Review by Audrey Severino, Woden SEE-Change member

One Magic Square: Wakefield Press, 2008, reprinted 2013

GreenPower that gives back to the community

Community Climate Chest or C3 is a new initiative that gives you access to cheaper, tax-deductible GreenPower and carbon offsets online, at the same time as supporting SEE-Change.



Curriculum Wars: Will sustainability be a casualty?

How important is it that every schoolchild develops a balanced understanding of the challenge of sustainability, including the science of climate change and the kind of environmental threats that they and their offspring will inherit?  My own view is that for children now in the education system, a sophisticated understanding of these matters will be quite as important to their future as literacy and numeracy.


Over the Back Fence Tour – Holder

By Leigh Duxson
 Woden SEE Change
Perhaps it was the fact that this house had no heating or cooling that attracted the numbers to the Woden OBFT but people just kept arriving to see Marion’s and James’ house in Holder. 
We had to run two tour groups simultaneously so that everybody could hear a presenter. Thanks to all who came and especially Marion and James for allowing both the exhibition of their house and garden and for running the presentations. 
So, is it possible to survive in this house without heating or cooling? Well yes, for most of the year.  But when the internal temperature dropped to 16ºC for 2 cloudy days in June they were seriously beginning to question their strategy; then the sun came out, the house warmed up quickly and all thoughts of heating disappeared again, till next time.  Still, if you only need a small amount of heating for a few days a year, you are miles ahead of most Canberra houses and you can also minimise your consumption by using a high efficiency heat pump heater (ie reverse cycle air conditioner). 
In summer on the worst day (42ºC) it reached 28ºC inside, which was manageable by closing blinds and using the overhead fan during the day and by opening roof vents and sliding doors in the evening.  When a northern pergola and deck are added to the build and the garden is more established I am sure summer is never going to be a problem, even with rising temperatures.  
So, how was this low level of energy use achieved? 

The Story of Solutions


From the makers of The Story of Stuff (and the stories of cosmetics, bottled water, electronics, and cap and trade, to name a few) comes The Story of Solutions; a look into how we might shift our economy in a more sustainable and just direction by changing the goal we work towards. Currently, we play the ‘Game of More’ where economic growth is good, even if it’s the result of more missiles and jails and not schools and hospitals. What we should aim for instead, is Better – better health, better jobs and a better environment.  To actually achieve Better we need solutions to our problems that focus on that goal directly, rather than aiming for, or relying on, more economic growth. These solutions will give people (not corporations) more power, account for all costs and externalities, close the wealth gap, and actually make people happier.  If the sharing economy, permaculture, urban farms and the like sound appealing, make sure you take a look at The Story of Solutions.

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