I hope you all watched the third episode of ‘Fight for Planet A’ which was focussed on food.
What I thought was significant about this episode was how it highlighted the significance of behaviour change in reducing carbon emissions. One amazing reduction was the change by the university student to eating chicken rather than very large servings of beef. There were quite a few other behaviour changes that resulted in a smaller carbon footprint. The challenge to all of us is, “Are there behaviour changes we can make to reduce our carbon footprint?”
You may remember in one of our February meetings I gave out an article ‘Fifteen Tips to Help Lower Your Carbon Footprint’. I would be interested to hear if you have made some changes to reduce your carbon footprint.
A number of sustainability articles have been included below for your regular ‘update’. As is usual I have difficulty trying to limit the number I send. Following on from the Planet A series, I have included an article about reducing meat and dairy intake. Other topics include the push by business for a ‘green recovery’, proposed changes to environment protection legislation, and Victoria’s move to encourage more clean energy.
Friday morning Zoom meeting
I will be holding another Zoom meeting at 10am on Friday morning. It would be good to see a couple of ‘new faces’ at the meeting. We will be discussing the final episode of ‘Fight for Planet A’ as well as some of the articles I have attached. As the free Zoom time runs out at 40 minutes we normally have a 15 minute break and then come back using the same link for a second 40 minutes discussion.
Click on the following link to join the Sustainability Zoom meeting at 10am on Friday 4th September.
Avoiding meat and dairy is ‘single biggest way’ to reduce your impact on Earth
Damian Carrington The Guardian Fri 1 Jun 2018 (more than 2 years old)
Biggest analysis to date reveals huge footprint of livestock - it provides just 18% of calories but takes up 83% of farmland
Climate crisis: business, farming and environment leaders unite to warn Australia 'woefully unprepared'
Adam Morton The Guardian Friday 28th August 2020
An extraordinary statement by 10 groups says the nation’s future prosperity is at risk without a coherent response
Morrison government resurrects Abbott's 'one-stop shop' environment laws
Mike Foley The Age August 27, 2020
'A shot in the arm:' Victoria backs clean energy in bid to fuel COVID-19 recovery
Nick Toscano and Miki Perkins The Age September 2nd, 2020
Australian Industry Group urges Coalition to spend 'at least' $3.3bn on renewable energy over coming decade
Paul Karp The Guardian Mon 31 Aug 2020
Extract from above article - Peak employer body warns Australia faces ‘costly increase in climate-related impacts and risks’ even in best-case scenario