Thursday, January 16, 2020

What steps can we take to protect the environment at home level?


What steps can we take to protect the environment at home level?
1)      Turn off the coal power mains electricity to your home & install solar power.
2)    Use any fossil fuel motor vehicles as little as possible.
3)    Grow your own food (if you are keeping ducks in the garden you will need to use raised garden beds or fence sections off & let the ducks in during off season).
4)   Keep chooks & ducks for eggs & meat.
5)    Free range your ducks in the garden area to kill the slogs & snails.
6)   Start a compost heap in your garden.
7)    Feed all your veggie scraps to the chooks & ducks, or, add them to you compost heap.
8)    Grow fruit trees & bushes.
9)   Remove your water toilets & install composting toilets.
10)Install a grey water system that takes the water from the laundry, bathroom & kitchen into deep trenches under you garden beds.
11)   Purchase & install rainwater storage tanks for house & garden & turn off the mains water supply to your home. If you need to conserve water, use containers in your kitchen sink for washing up & use this water on your trees.
12) Recycle as much as possible yourself as recycling collection by the council may be just going into landfill!
13) Try & avoid purchasing food items in plastic wrap.
14)Try & avoid purchasing anything in plastic bottles, choose glass over plastic.
15) DO NOT purchase or accept any single use plastic items.
16)Choose glass or ceramic containers over plastic when practical.
17) DO NOT purchase poisons to kill weeds. Either dig them up by hand or use urine.
18) Only purchase environmentally friendly washing soaps.
19)DO NOT use spray cans of insect repellent or air fresheners.
20)                       DO NOT burn coal.
21) DO NOT burn gas.
22)                        Install a wood burning cook stove ( & heater if you need to heat the house). Burning wood does create carbon emissions, but not as much as coal, gas or using mains electricity. If you plant trees this should offset these carbon emissions.
23)                        DO NOT use an incinerator; put all biodegradables such as lawn grass cuttings, weeds, leaves etc in the compost heap.
24)                       Avoid purchasing anything that has to be transported by truck, ship or plane.
25)                        Avoid flying anywhere.
26)                       Use a push mower if you have lawns to mow. A better option is to turn your lawn into a veggie garden.
27)                       Purchase second hand where you can.
28)                       Move out of the city & live off grid if you can.
Keith.


Monday, January 13, 2020

Australian government Corruption. Big Coal's network of influence over the coalition government


The coal industry has infiltrated Australia's federal government through a secretive network of ties, working to influence Australia’s political decisions at the highest level: right up to the office of the Prime Minister, Scott Morrison
Big Coal's network of influence over the coalition government
Why is this so horrifying?
Coal is the number one cause of climate damage. It causes more frequent and intense natural disasters like bushfires while also polluting our water and air. By pandering to the interests of the coal industry, the Coalition Government is putting dirty profits ahead of the health and wellbeing of Australians who want our nation to run on clean energy.
From furthering the fossil-fuelled agenda of current Prime Minister Scott Morrison, to helping to bring about the swift downfall of former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull: the coal industry has infiltrated the Australian Government at the highest level.
WE’VE UNCOVERED THE WEB OF CONNECTIONS BETWEEN THE WORLD’S BIGGEST COAL GIANTS, INDUSTRY GROUPS, LOBBYISTS AND POWERFUL MEDIA ORGANISATIONS THAT SERVES TO HALT ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND STALL THE TRANSITION TO CLEAN ENERGY. 


Thursday, January 9, 2020

Bushfires threaten drinking water safety. The consequences could last for decades


Bushfires pose serious short- and long-term impacts to public drinking water quality. They can damage water supply infrastructure and water catchments, impeding the treatment processes that normally make our water safe to drink.
Several areas in New South Wales and Victoria have already been issued with warnings about the quality of their drinking water.
Short-term risks
Bushfires can damage or disrupt water supply infrastructure as they burn. And the risks can persist after the fires are out.
Long-term risks
Bushfires can damage drinking water catchments, which can lead to longer term threats to drinking water. Drinking water catchments are typically forested areas, and so are vulnerable to bushfire damage.