What happens in 'Sustainability' sessions? Group members usually discuss well written and researched articles or documentaries selected by convenor John Lloyd, which this month included 'Action now’: the farmers standing up against ‘wilful ignorance’ on climate' Gabrielle Chan in 'The Guardian' July 2 2019; 'We only have one planet, but we're still using it up too fast' Gareth O’Reilly in the Age July 28, 2019; 'The new electricity boom: renewable energy makes staggering leap but can it last?' Adam Morton in The Guardian 29/7/2019. News of current developments related to sustainability in Benalla is shared, such as Renewable Energy Benalla's current workshop series Reduce Energy Bills and Increase Thermal Efficiency, which is being held on alternate Tuesdays at the Uniting Church Meeting Room in Carrier Street from 7.30 to 9.30pm. Places are still available - Lighting & Windows (Sept 2) Efficient Hot Water Systems, Heating and Cooling (Sept 16) Appliances & Cooking; Transitioning from Gas (Sept 30) Energy Monitoring, Solar Power & Batteries (October 14). Registrations - phone/SMS Peter on 0418 135 330. Members also share ideas about living sustainably and introduce sources of information they find useful, such as the 'Energy Insiders' podcast by Renew Economy's editor Giles Parkinson and industry analyst David Leitch. Just ask your Google Home Mini (or other home assistant) .... "OK Google. Play latest episode 'Energy Insiders'". All welcome!
‘Action now’: the farmers standing up against ‘wilful ignorance’ on climate
Gabrielle Chan writing in 'The Guardian' Tuesday 2 Jul 2019
We only have one planet, but we're still using it up too fast
Gareth O’Reilly writing in The Age, July 28, 2019
The new electricity boom: renewable energy makes staggering leap but can it last?
Adam Morton writing in 'The Guardian' 29th July 2019
The following information published on the Benalla Rural City website is likely to be of particular interest to members unable to get to the Benalla Landfill and Resource Recovery Centre, particularly those downsizing! "Small items can be disposed of at the Council's Customer Service Centre at a cost of $1 per item. These include the following items of e-waste - Toasters, Kettles, Mobile phones, Clock radios, Irons, Hairdryers, Drills, Saws, Laptops, Remote controls, Radios, ...Any similar sized electrical items" Source: http://www.benalla.vic.gov.au/Your-Community/Landfill-Waste-Recycling/E-waste
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'