The Sustainability Group had two free-flowing discussion sessions in June. These are where members raise issues that they would like to discuss or bring items/articles on topics to present. Both sessions covered a wide range of issues with much calling on 'Prof. Google' to explore information around these issues. Peter talked about a recent Environment Institute of ANZ he attended in Sydney where the accounting for nature issue was explored. We also looked at the various proposals for solar farms in the Benalla/Wangaratta area - there seems to be quite a few - some operating, some under construction, some at the planning stage and some abandoned. We listened to a couple of podcasts, including one about an American experiment to use kangaroo poo to change the microbiome of cow stomachs from a cow's usual methane producing microbiome (a very significant GHG) to a Roo's acid (vinegar) producing microbiome - still very much at the experimental stage though. We also learnt how Singapore manages its waste by creating new land. More to come in the second semester!
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True sustainability is only achieved when our society achieves this in three spheres of our activity: Social, Economic and Environmental. Sustainability in each of these three spheres is far from being achieved. This has become the concern of governments and ordinary people world-wide and has resulted in many questions about the sustainability of our present lifestyle. This course aims to explore topics such as global warming and climate change, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, clean energy options, the challenge of population growth, sustainable agricultural practices, water use, sustainable use of resources, sustainable and energy efficient building design and various economic and lifestyle issues. Our sessions during the year will examine different aspects of these major topics with a focus on looking towards a sustainable future. No prior knowledge of these topics is required just a general interest in the issues around climate change and sustainability. With discussion of these topics throughout the year you will find that you become better informed about these issues.
1st and 3rd Friday
10 am to 12 midday
U3A Meeting Room 1
Convenors and contact details
0474 936 460
Renewable Energy Benalla - website
Economists for Equity and the Environment
The Future Economy
Population Matters-For A Sustainable Future
Strathbogie Voices Seminars on Climate Change in Euroa (YouTube)
Frank Dunin's paper 'Fire reduces water harvest from Melbourne's water supply catchments'.
Frank Dunin's response 'Chemistry Lesson for Scott Morrison'