New solar research facility right in our own backyard

A new solar laboratory has been opened at the Australian National University in Canberra. Click here for a little more info and here to read an ABC report.

Peak Oil - an end to economic growth?

ACT Peak Oil invites you to a public meeting with Prof Kjell Aleklett, International President, Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas (ASPO). Monday 13th December. Further details can be found here.

Canberra Brickworks Consultation - Saturday 4 Dec

The Land Development Agency (LDA) invites the public to a Community Information Session to view and comment on an option for the Canberra Brickworks and Environs Planning Strategy. The Canberra Brickworks and Environs Planning Strategy will provide a framework for future land use, transport and other infrastructure in the area.
WHEN: 11am-2pm Saturday 4 December 2010
WHERE: Canberra Brickworks, Denman St entrance, Yarralumla

Two pieces of good news on Climate Change action in Australia

 Here are two promising developments on climate change in Australia:-  A Federal government multiparty committee working to introduce legislation  for a carbon price  by mid 2011 and a report that charts how we could change to fully renewable sources of our energy by 2020 .

Musings from the south coast

A long yearning now being satisfied: a whole summer at the coast. Time to putter, coax tiny froggies out of the esky, and listen to ABC radio, both national and regional. (If I could do audio multi-tasking, I'd listen to both simultaneously).

The sustainability movement and emotional burnout

This is a worthwhile article to read for all of us working hard in the sustainability/environmental field. 

New SEE-Change Volunteer Coordinating Group – are you interested?

We are seeking a small group of volunteers to help us plan and implement a volunteer engagement and management program for SEE-Change.

We envisage the Volunteer Coordinating Group to comprise a representative from each local group, someone from the SEE Change Inc Committee and any volunteers who are drawn to volunteer engagement and management.

Canberra trees to go under renewal program

More than 500 trees are likely to be removed from across the city. The plans for the proposed removal have been deemed a controlled action by the federal environment department and are available for public comment until November 26. Details for submissions can be found on the NCA website. You can also read a related article from the Canberra Times.

Address by Jeremy Rifkin - President, US Foundation of Economic Trends

Jeremy Rifkin addressed a recent national congress in October - Behaviour Change for Sustainability. Take some time to listen to his address, it had a rather impressive impact on those attending the congress.  

ACT Government Considers a Ban on Plastic Bags

The ACT Government recently introduced a bill that would ban plastic shopping bags in the ACT.  You can see the bill here.
The proposed ban would cover lightweight plastic shopping bags – the kind you get at a supermarket checkout (not other types of bags). It is proposed the laws would commence 1 July 2011, with a four month transition period to a complete ban on 1 November 2011. 

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