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03/10 2018

Vale – Janet Mackenzie

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Householders' Options to Protect the Environment Inc.
PO Box 6118 - Clifford Gardens, Toowoomba QLD 4350
(22 Vacy Street, Toowoomba QLD 4350)
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Think Globally. Act Locally!

Vale – Janet Mackenzie, founder of Householders’ Options to Protect the Environment

Householders’ Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) Inc. (Australia) wishes to advise of the passing of Janet Mackenzie, our founder, on 18 September at the age of 71.

Janet was an inspirational speaker and advocate for sustainable living.

The following text is an excerpt from our website www.hopeaustralia.org.au/about-us :

Janet MackenzieIt started with an informal talk to commemorate World Environment Day at an adult education centre in Mansfield, Victoria in 1988. The speaker, Janet Mackenzie, had no idea that her speech, which she called HOPE, would initiate an explosion of support that would eventually blossom into HOPE Australia.

Janet’s message to those concerned about the growing global environmental crisis was simple – ordinary people can make a difference by utilising their own unique talents to raise public awareness. By creating a network of interested supporters and by initiating individual and group actions to solve local environmental problems, society’s attitude to the environment will be transformed.

Out of this concept was born HOPE’s slogan – “Think Globally – Act Locally.”

The vision and values of HOPE certainly resonated with many people, so that within a relatively short time, some 80 branches of the organisation were established in Victoria alone. It was apparent that HOPE was here to stay! To formalise its existence, it became necessary to establish a Charter outlining HOPE’s goals; and the publication of The HOPE Generator, another brainchild of Janet’s.

Janet sums up what each person can do, to lessen our impact on the environment: “... everyone can do something, no matter how small. Maybe tomorrow they’ll do more.”

The celebration of the life of Janet Mackenzie will be held in Mansfield, Victoria on Sunday 21st of October.

Janet specifically requested donations of blood through Red Cross would be an appreciated gesture to her memory.


26/09 2018

Aussie Backyard Bird Count

Save the date — the Aussie Backyard Bird Count is back from 22-28 October 2018.

The #AussieBirdCount is a great way to connect with the birds in your backyard, no matter where your backyard might be — a suburban backyard, a local park, a patch of forest, a farm, down by the beach, or the main street of town.

To take part all you need is 20 minutes and your favourite outdoor space. Not only will you be contributing to BirdLife Australia's knowledge of Aussie birds, but there are also some great prizes on offer.

Head to the website and register as a Counter today!

If you’ve taken part before and are registered for this year why not introduce someone else to the wonderful world of birding through this easy, fun, all-ages event? And if you're a teacher, check out our Bird Count curriculum-based lesson plans to get your students (or the whole school!) involved.

If you have questions about the Aussie Backyard Bird Count, please head to our FAQ page, where you’ll find more information about registering, participating, and troubleshooting.

29 days to go — and counting!


16/08 2018

Keep Australia Beautiful week!

Keep Australia Beautiful week is just around the corner!

Dear Friend,

The latest National Litter Index statistics show that Queensland is still the most littered mainland State in Australia. A reputation no Queenslander is proud of.

Litter on our roadways and in our public spaces washes into stormwater drains, entering local creeks, rivers and waterways. Litter not only damages the environment and affects our enjoyment of activities, it is also deadly to marine and wildlife.

For 50 years, Keep Australia Beautiful (Queensland) has been leading the charge against litter pollution. By volunteering with Keep Queensland Beautiful, you are sending a clear message to the community that littering is an unacceptable behaviour.

This year, like every year, we ask that our support network roll up their sleeves, don some gloves, grab a bag and clean-up their neighbourhood. Maybe you only have time to do your street, or perhaps a local park • that's great because every litter-bit helps towards a cleaner, litter-free Queensland.

Did you know? Around 8 million items of litter enter the marine environment every day, with 80% being from land based sources. Plastics make up about 60% of marine debris, with an estimated 100,000 marine mammals and turtles killed by plastic ingestion or entanglement every year.

During Keep Australia Beautiful week (20-26 August) get active and contribute to a healthier local environment.

REGISTER YOUR CLEANUP EVENT AND GO INTO THE DRAW TO WIN ONE OF TEN $50 COLES GIFT VOUCHERS …

Would you like to become a member of Keep Queensland Beautiful? join …

Regards,
David

David Curtin
Chief Executive Officer
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Keep Queensland Beautiful


15/08 2018

AMCS communique

Image: Turtles caught by longline fishing in international fisheries

Our Government wants to remove sanctuary protection in sea turtle bycatch hotspots.

Dear Friends,

The Turnbull Government is slashing our marine sanctuaries and exposing more of our oceans to damaging commercial fishing.

In breaking news, AMCS has uncovered alarming threatened species bycatch hotspots in areas that would have been protected under Australia's original marine parks plans proclaimed in 2012!

Government records show that since 2015, the reported capture of sea turtles on commercial tuna longliners has skyrocketed in waters around a beautiful and remote Coral Sea reef.

The seas around this reef were slated for protection back in 2012, but Australia’s scheduled marine parks network was suspended and slashed by the Coalition Government.

The new plans have exposed much of the area to longline fishing - despite government knowing that it is a turtle bycatch hotspot!

Our sea turtles need marine sanctuaries where they are safe from the longliners.

The government’s new plans represent the biggest removal of protection for Australian wildlife in history - equivalent to removing almost every second national park on land.

We won’t give up the fight for our turtles and our sanctuaries. Please sign our petition urging our Senators to fight for our marine sanctuaries!

Yes, I’ll protect our sea turtles

Hundreds of thousands of people around Australia voiced their support for marine sanctuaries over more than a decade of consultation.

The Turnbull Government’s new marine park plans ignore decades of science, the advice of their own independent review and the wishes of local communities. They’re robbing our oceans of the protection at a time when they’re under more pressure than ever.

Stand up for our sanctuaries. Please sign the petition today.

Many of Australia’s marine treasures are vulnerable, including one of Australia’s oldest sanctuaries at Lord Howe Island, Geographe Bay in southwest WA, the Gulf of Carpentaria, and the Kimberley. Worst hit is the Coral Sea – the cradle to the Great Barrier Reef and one of the last wild places on Earth where the ocean giants of the Pacific still thrive.

YES - I stand for our marine sanctuaries

And together, we will fight for sanctuaries that protect our vulnerable marine wildlife.

Together, we secured the first ever marine park for our iconic Great Barrier Reef.

P.S We can't let this continue. Tell your Senators - our sea turtles need sanctuary!


15/08 2018

Early date claimer: National Sea Week

Householder’s Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) Inc. (Australia) invites you to be part of National Sea Week happening 1st to 9th September 2018. We are a marine nation and we own one of the largest water territories in the world. This is a wonderful chance for us to learn about the relevancy of the educational issues involving our marine environment; and to appreciate the sea.

National Sea Week is Australia’s major national public awareness campaign. This year’s theme, as part of Ocean Literacy Principles, is ‘Ocean is a major influence on weather and climate’. We want to encourage everyone to learn more about how we can be equipped with knowledge on how we can protect our maritime legacy, as it generates employment and affects our food and resources, lifestyle and recreational opportunities.

Coral reef

For Australians, the seas and oceans are part of our marine lifestyle. However, we have been over-using and not protecting them enough. Our human activities have altered the ecosystem for the worst. Our unsustainable coastal development and overfishing are taking its toll on the water bodies- which leads to climate change. As a result, the water cycle is also affected as wet areas get wetter (floods) and dry areas get drier (droughts). Ocean acidification is worsening due to our increasing emissions and this in turn affects the productivity of our fisheries, aqua-culture, tourism and coastal protection. Our seas and oceans are not given enough time to recover and weather further environmental stresses. We need to provide a safe haven where ocean wildlife can recover.

Let us harness the collective power of people as we move together beyond fossil fuels- the culprit that’s killing our beloved seas and oceans. Beyond supporting rallies for politicians, commit to building a fossil-free world; this is high time we learn how we can live eco-sustainably and work towards a fossil-free world. Our future generations can then continue to enjoy our marine legacy.

A 23-year-old Dutch inventor and entrepreneur Boyan Slat has developed a Great Pacific Sea Garbage Patch set to be deployed full-scale in 2020, with the first cleanup launch system scheduled for mid-2018. While most of us would not be able to do on such an epic scale, we can start small with each other. We can buy local, support eco-sustainable fisheries, avoid big fishes and eat small fishes instead. To reduce carbon emissions, we can adopt healthy alternatives- minimise driving (for example we can walk, cycle, carpool), adjust our vehicle maintenance habits, use solar panels, buy energy efficient appliances (that also lead to savings in the long run).

Small changes can make a huge difference.

This is also a chance to connect with groups like HOPE Inc. to learn more about how we can reduce negative impact on the seas by adopting better lifestyle habits. Check out HOPE Inc.’s webpage at www.hopeaustralia.org.au. National Sea Week is campaigned by Australian Association for Environmental Education. You can go to www.aaee.org.au/event/seaweek-2018 for more on how you can be part of National Sea Week.

Yours sincerely,

Frank Ondrus, President – HOPE Inc., ph 07 4639 2135


12/08 2018

BREAKING: Adani knew water was highly polluted

Documents reveal that Adani suspected it would pollute our Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and breach its special pollution licence during Cyclone Debbie. Yet Adani continues to challenge the measly $12K fine and deny any wrongdoing! Don’t let Adani get off scot-free - contact the Queensland Premier and Minister for the Great Barrier Reef now and urge them to hold Adani accountable to the law.

Friends of the environment,

Last year Adani Group was fined for releasing highly polluted water into the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area during cyclone Debbie. Media reports today have revealed that for the last year the Adani Group has been trying to prevent the release of information indicating it knew it could breach pollution limits if water from the Port overflowed into the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area during Cyclone Debbie in 2017.

The documents reveal that Adani was aware that water onsite was far more polluted than what was allowed to be released into the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area during Cyclone Debbie. Yet Adani is challenging the miserly $12,000 fine issued in response to the breach.

The Minister for the Great Barrier Reef recently stated that Queensland has some of the strictest environmental measures in world, yet Adani looks like it will get away with this. Sixteen months later Adani has still not paid the fine for its pollution breach. What’s more, the company is in court appealing the requirement to conduct an investigation ordered by Queensland’s Environment Department to avoid future pollution incidents at Abbot Point.

Enough is enough! Adani must be held accountable to the environmental laws of our country!

Will you contact the Queensland Government demanding they take swift action against Adani for its pollution breach?

The violation of their license and continual denial of any wrongdoing shows that Adani cannot be trusted to operate a coal port next to our fragile Great Barrier Reef.

Our Reef is under so much pressure. It’s suffered unprecedented rolling coral bleaching, extreme cyclones and water pollution. We need to speak up in its defence.

Act now: call on the Queensland Government to hold Adani accountable and respect Australia’s environmental laws.

The Queensland Government must uphold its responsibility to the community and our precious oceans by holding Adani accountable for its coal pollution at Abbot Point.

Thanks for all that you do.

Dr Lissa Schindler
Fight For Our Reef
Senior Campaigner

P.S Right now Adani is seeking approval to increase the amount of coal that goes through its port by 10 million tonnes a year. We need to Stop Adani and Fight for our Reef. Please share the news on Facebook and retweet Twitter now!


12/08 2018

Petition by Farmers for Climate Action Australia

Long-term plan for farming and climate change

My name is Jody Brown and I'm a grazier from Longreach in Central West QLD. I’m responsible for roughly 2000 ewes and their lambs, 550 cows and their calves, plus about 80 maiden heifers and 20 horses. There are many small challenges we face every day as graziers: a cow with calving issues, a busted water pipe, or a bull that’s jumped out of his paddock.

But by far, the biggest challenge we face in the long term is damage to our climate. Climate change has already warmed the planet one degree and makes droughts like our current one longer and hotter.

Our region is now in its 6th consecutive year of drought, and it’s not an isolated incident. We have been dealing with ongoing droughts of increasing severity and duration for the better part of the last two decades.

That's why, along with thousands of other farmers, I’m part of Farmers for Climate Action. We’re calling for a national plan on farming and climate change. We have already seen some progress on this at the last meeting of state and federal agriculture Ministers. Now it's time to prioritise, implement and fund it.

This plan will guide our federal and state governments through what they need to do to reduce emissions and help farmers manage the changes that are already predicted in a warming world. We need a plan to manage what we can't avoid, and avoid what we can't manage.

The Minister for the Great Barrier Reef recently stated that Queensland has some of the strictest environmental measures in world, yet Adani looks like it will get away with this. Sixteen months later Adani has still not paid the fine for its pollution breach. What’s more, the company is in court appealing the requirement to conduct an investigation ordered by Queensland’s Environment Department to avoid future pollution incidents at Abbot Point.

The national plan on farming and climate change should include:

  • Comprehensive research on the direct and indirect risks climate change poses to Australian agri-food systems, including risks to primary production, biosecurity, food processing, food safety, farmer health, key infrastructure, equity, animal welfare, export markets, and farm inputs;
  • Short-, medium-, and long-term targets for adapting Aussie farming to climate change including a ‘just transition’ for regions that will no longer be viable for agriculture;
  • Support for farmers to transition to ‘climate-smart’ agricultural practices that build resilience and reduce emissions, including funding for research, development, education, training and extension in this area; A long-term plan to promote clean energy in farming communities, including community-owned renewables projects that can provide sustainable, alternative income for farmers during drought; A strong commitment to reduce emissions across all sectors of the economy, in a way that maximises benefits to farmers and rural communities, and investigating all options for supporting farmers to capture and maintain carbon in our soils and vegetation;
  • A commitment to stopping new coal and gas mines. Fossil fuel mines use water that we as farmers desperately need, and make climate change worse.

Climate change is not a future problem. This drought is not business as usual. For farmers, climate change is here now. And our politicians need a long-term plan to deal with it, for the sake of Aussie food and farming.

Farmers for Climate Action started this petition to Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud


10/08 2018

Last chance to help stop Australia’s extinction crisis

Have your say on Australia’s faunal extinction crisis

Dear Friends,

There are now just days to make an impact to stop Australia’s extinction crisis!

We only have until Monday 13 August to send a message to the Australian Senate Inquiry into the Extinction Crisis and be a voice for our unique wildlife and their homes today.

It’s our last chance to tell the inquiry that our unique wildlife and landscapes are worth protecting.

SEND A MESSAGE NOW

They said they want to hear from the public. Now’s our time to stand up and shout out for those without a voice.

Without action, we’re at risk of losing over 450 of our native animal species.

We can’t be the generation responsible for losing the iconic koala!

With the right laws we can stop the extinction crisis, so send your message today.

Darren Grover
Head of Living Ecosystems
WWF-Australia


03/08 2018

Senate inquiry into fauna extinction crisis

Frogs such as this ‘pobblebonk’ (or eastern banjo frog) haven’t recovered after the drought. Doug Beckers/Flickr, CC BY-SA | Great Barrier Reef bleaching is just one symptom of ecosystem collapse across Australia - The Conversation

Have your say on Australia’s faunal extinction crisis– submissions due 13 Aug

On 27 June 2018, the Senate referred an inquiry into Australia’s faunal extinction crisis to the Environment and Communications References Committee for inquiry (Senate Inquiry). The Committee must report by 4 December 2018.

Submissions are currently invited on this inquiry until 13 August.

See more information on the Inquiry, including how to put in a submission, here

The Inquiry includes ‘the wide ecological impact of faunal extinction, the adequacy of Commonwealth environment laws, the adequacy of existing monitoring practices, assessment process and compliance mechanisms for enforcing Commonwealth environmental law, and a range of other matters.’ The terms of reference have been extracted below.

The terms of reference for the Senate Inquiry are as follows:

  1. the ongoing decline in the population and conservation status of Australia's nearly 500 threatened fauna species;
  2. the wider ecological impact of faunal extinction;
  3. the international and domestic obligations of the Commonwealth Government in conserving threatened fauna;
  4. the adequacy of Commonwealth environment laws, including but not limited to the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, in providing sufficient protections for threatened fauna and against key threatening processes;
  5. the adequacy and effectiveness of protections for critical habitat for threatened fauna under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999;
  6. the adequacy of the management and extent of the National Reserve System, stewardship arrangements, covenants and connectivity through wildlife corridors in conserving threatened fauna;
  7. the use of traditional knowledge and management for threatened species recovery and other outcomes as well as opportunities to expand the use of traditional knowledge and management for conservation;
  8. the adequacy of existing funding streams for implementing threatened species recovery plans and preventing threatened fauna loss in general;
  9. the adequacy of existing monitoring practices in relation to the threatened fauna assessment and adaptive management responses;
  10. the adequacy of existing assessment processes for identifying threatened fauna conservation status;
  11. the adequacy of existing compliance mechanisms for enforcing Commonwealth environment law; and
  12. any related matters.

EDO Qld is pleased to see that attention is being given to the very real crisis of Australia’s fauna population declines and the failures of our environmental laws to prevent it continuing. We encourage all interested people to get a submission in to this important inquiry.

Australia’s precious fauna have been reducing in number for decades. The federal government’s most recent State of the Environment report concluded that Australia’s biodiversity had declined further since the last report in 2011 and new approaches were needed to prevent continued species declines. The 2017 Report found that a number of key constraints on management effectiveness in Australia, including:

  • lack of an overarching national policy that establishes a clear vision for the protection and sustainable management of Australia’s environment to the year 2050, which is supported by
  • specific action programs and policy to preserve and, where necessary, restore natural capital and our unique environments, taking into account the need to adapt to climate change
  • complementary policy and strengthened legislative frameworks at the national, state and territory levels
  • efficient, collaborative and complementary planning and decision-making processes across all levels of government, with clear lines of accountability
  • poor collaboration and coordination of policies, decisions and management arrangements across sectors and between managers (public and private)
  • a lack of follow-though from policy to action
  • inadequacy of data and long-term monitoring, which interferes with our ability to apply effective policy and management, and establish adequate early warning of threats. For example, our understanding of even the most iconic and well-known species in Australia is often patchy, and sufficient knowledge of ecosystem processes that maintain the 99 per cent of species that account for Australia’s biodiversity is missing
  • insufficient resources for environmental management and restoration
  • inadequate understanding and capacity to identify and measure cumulative impacts, which reduces the potential for coordinated approaches to their management.

Helpful resources:

The closing date for submissions is 13 August 2018

A helpful guide to making submissions has been provided on the Senate Inquiry page here:

Send your submissions to:

Mail
Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600
Email:
ec.sen@aph.gov.au
Fax:
+61 2 6277 5818
Online:
Lodge my submission

You can contact the Committee Secretary on: +61 2 6277 3526

Revel Pointon
Senior Solicitor


28/07 2018

Low Carbon Homes for Low Income Households

Affordable and low carbon housing Nightingale 1.0 - Breathe Architecture: Photo: Peter Clarke

The CRC for Low Carbon Living warmly invites you to our next National Forum: Low Carbon Homes for Low-Income Households at the University of Wollongong on Wednesday, 8 August.

Low income families throughout Australia often live in homes that have poor energy efficiency and thermal comfort, with the potential to lead to significant health impacts. Combined with the exponential rise in national energy prices, low income and vulnerable residents often report having to choose between paying for fuel and purchasing essential items like food or medication.

Kellie Caught, Senior Advisor at the Australian Council of Social Service, and Jonathan Leake, Director of Business and Built Environment at Sustainability Victoria will deliver keynote addresses at this National Forum, which is presented by the CRCLCL Research Node of Excellence at the University of Wollongong.

This National Forum seeks to generate a better understanding of the energy-related challenges faced by low income households in our community and how to provide them with affordable, energy efficient homes.The Forum offers the opportunity to explore a range of issues and solutions including:

  • The provision of cost effective, decentralised, renewable energy generation for low income households - from private home owners through to social housing tenants
  • New-build construction and retrofit solutions to improve energy efficiency in low income homes
  • The positive health impacts of low carbon, energy efficient homes demonstrated through initiatives such as the Victorian Healthy Homes and NSW Government Programs
  • Policy approaches and dialogue with a wide range of stakeholders such as energy providers, community health workers, tenant support groups, technical experts and academics
  • Impacts of existing and proposed energy policies on low income households, such as voluntary/mandatory building efficiency disclosure, tariff structures and safety nets
  • Energy justice and equity for low income tenants, home buyers and renters.

For the full program and speakers click HERE

Read the Briefing Paper HERE

To RSVP click on the REGISTER NOW button below.

What: CRC for Low Carbon Living National Forum: Low Carbon Homes for Low-Income Households

When: 10am – 5.30pm, Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Where: Ocean Rooms, The Central, Innovation Campus, University of Wollongong, Squires Way, North Wollongong, NSW 2500

We look forward to seeing you there,

Scientia Professor Deo Prasad AO
CEO, CRC for Low Carbon Living

REGISTER NOW

27/07 2018

143 million climate refugees by 2050

A World Bank report: Groundswell, warns of the worsening impact of climate change in three regions of the world. It could lead to a tremendous humanitarian crisis says Kanta Kumari Rigaud, the lead author of the study…

View the story on TRNN » Groundswell : Preparing for Internal Climate Migration »

27/07 2018

Make a Stand!

Photo credit: Return of the Sacred Kingfisher Festival at Ceres

Stand Against Extinction

Australia is facing a national extinction crisis and our environment laws are broken. But it doesn’t have to be this way…

With stronger laws to protect species and their habitat and more resources to invest in recovery and restoration, we can bring our threatened species and ecosystems back from the brink.

But we need to send a powerful message to our politicians…

If thousands of Australians descend on Parliament House to take a visible public stand against extinction and demand strong #naturelaws, our leaders will be forced to act. We are planning to bring thousands of Australians to celebrate our wildlife and demand action following Threatened Species Day (7th September).

Join us in Canberra on 10th September 2018 and take a stand against extinction.

We need your help to bring together 2000 people who are willing to stand up for the wildlife, people and places we love to represent Australia’s 2000 threatened species. Will you join us?

Adopt a threatened species!

Want to represent a particular critter, wildflower, tree, forest or ecosystem? You can let us know, and we encourage you to bring along visual props that help us tell the story of the wonderful creatures and places we love. If you're part of a "friends of" type group, you can all adopt a single threatened species or ecosystem together!

What else is happening?

While you're in Canberra, you can choose to join a range of activities held either side of the event. There'll be nature-based advocacy training, excursions to Question Time, bird walks, nature walks, arts & crafts skillshares and more.

How to get here:

We'll be offering to reimburse costs for anyone who wants to catch public transport to get to the event from Melbourne, Sydney, Albury and NSW nearby Canberra. We've got incredible volunteers doing research to find out what buses will be leaving when to get you there one time - register for your free ticket + free bus seat now and we'll be in touch with more info soon.

If you think you can bring a crowd from your location but transport’s a problem, write to us at info@placesyoulove.org and we’ll see if we can organise transport for your group.

📧 info@placesyoulove.org.au | 🎫 www.eventbrite.com.au/… | 🌐 www.placesyoulove.org.


26/07 2018

Community forums on Qld Container Refund Scheme

Hi all,

The Boomerang Alliance would like to invite you to your local forum on the introduction of the QLD Container Refund Scheme (as per flyer above),

Collecting containers could be a real boost to community sector fundraising as well as cleaning up the environment.

The forums will be an opportunity to hear form COEX who are running the scheme, about how it will work and how your organisation could get involved.

Details below and link to book your seats. Forums are arranged in the evening and last about 1.5 hours.

To register your attendance and for venue information, please follow THIS LINK to our Eventbrite page.

If you have any questions, please email Kellie at kellie.lindsay@boomerangalliance.org.au


24/07 2018

Humane Society International’s latest report

Next Generation Biodiversity Laws – Best practice elements for a new Commonwealth Environment Act (2018).

Dear friends of the environment,

Please see Humane Society International’s latest report, Next Generation Biodiversity Laws – Best practice elements for a new Commonwealth Environment Act (2018).

As you will be aware, HSI has a strong history in working on Australia’s environmental laws, and has been a strong proponent of the current law, the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). However the improvements gained through the introduction of the EPBC Act 20 years ago are not enough to deal with the remorseless and unrelenting attacks on the environment. We are facing an unprecedented biodiversity crisis and as a result we are calling for a next generation of environment laws. It is our view that the next generation of laws needs to be able to address our concerns with the current Act, as well as withstanding the challenges of the 21st Century.

Humane Society International is an active, founding member of the Places You Love alliance, Australia’s largest environmental alliance which is calling for new environment laws.

The report is HSI’s contribution to this campaign. It is a detailed report, by HSI and the Environmental Defenders Office NSW (EDO NSW), which builds on our substantial history and direct experience in working with existing environmental laws.

The key recommendations of the report are that:

  • Commonwealth leadership be retained and expanded with the creation of strong independent institutions with clear public accountability;
  • the Act has a dual priority on species and habitat protection through protection and recovery and triggers for protection of these to be expanded;
  • listing processes be simpler, timely, more accountable and backed by strengthened protections which better address cumulative impacts; and
  • greater public participation and community engagement supported by improved access to justice.

We hope that you find the report of interest, and we would be happy to discuss the report with you further. This report is also available to download at hsi.org.au/assets/publications/608_next-generation-biodiversity-laws-hsi-and-edo-nsw.PDF or if you would like me to send you a printed copy please get in touch.

Kind regards
Alexia

Alexia Wellbelove
Senior Program Manager

Humane Society International
PO Box 439
Avalon NSW 2107
Australia
Mobile : 0451 868 451
Phone: +61 (0)2 9973 1728
Fax: +61 (0)2 9973 1729
Email: alexia@hsi.org.au


24/07 2018

A communique from Places You Love Alliance


24/07 2018

Quick videos on eco-crises

Dear colleagues,

Here are super-quick videos we’ve produced on some the world’s most pressing environmental concerns.

They’re just seconds to 3 minutes long. Some are dramatic, some irreverent.

Those below are in English — but they’re also available in Spanish, Portuguese, French, Chinese, Indonesian, Malaysian, and Papua New Guinea Pidgin.

And the versions here are formatted for mobile phones.

They’re highly topical — for becoming an instant expert or sharing with students.

All best,
Bill

William F. Laurance, PhD, FAA, FAAAS, FRSQ
Distinguished Research Professor
Australian Laureate & Prince Bernhard Chair in International Nature Conservation (Emeritus)

Director of the Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Science (TESS)
Director of ALERT (ALERT-conservation.org)


23/07 2018

E-Petition request

Nuclear power plant on Bribie Island

A story in the Courier-Mail (Reef LNP convention to debate introduction of nuclear power) and some additional research spurred me to action as I live on Bribie Island and I do not want a nuclear power plant in my backyard or anywhere in Queensland or Australia for that matter

I pulled together a petition with the support of my neighbouring MP in Morayfield (Pumicestone MP is LNP) to take to the State Government to reject the resolution passed by the State LNP and to take this to the Federal Government (energy is legislated by the Federal Government) to reject nuclear in Qld (which is all this government can talk about).

I’m trying to get as many signatures as possible because the more people that sign it the more the government will listen to it.

I have spread my petition link across the local Bribie Facebook Network. Unfortunately, most people think this is a political stunt attached to the Longman by-election or they scoff that a government would not do this. Additionally I have had a number of people who have commented that they support nuclear.

I am now reaching out to broader conservation organisations in the hope that your members may support this petition.

My petition link is www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-assembly/petitions/petition-details?id=2970

Thank you for your consideration.

Kind regards
Wendy Ennor

Since the Courier-Mail story was released I undertook to find additional information and found the following:

Petition text

TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

Queensland citizens draws to the attention of the House that the LNP 2018 State Conference did not rule out the possibility of a nuclear power plant being built on Bribie Island and also passed a motion of support to further consider the feasibility of nuclear power plants in Queensland. Your petitioners know that nuclear power is unsafe, dangerous and leaves a legacy of toxic waste for our children and our children's children. It is damaging to our environment and our health. Your petitions oppose the construction of a nuclear power plant on Bribie Island. Your petitioners are calling on the Queensland Labor Government to stand up to the LNP and say no to a nuclear power plant on Bribie Island.

Queensland citizens draws to the attention of the House that the LNP 2018 State Conference did not rule out the possibility of a nuclear power plant being built on Bribie Island and also passed a motion of support to further consider the feasibility of nuclear power plants in Queensland. Your petitioners know that nuclear power is unsafe, dangerous and leaves a legacy of toxic waste for our children and our children's children. It is damaging to our environment and our health. Your petitions oppose the construction of a nuclear power plant on Bribie Island. Your petitioners are calling on the Queensland Labor Government to stand up to the LNP and say no to a nuclear power plant on Bribie Island.


23/07 2018

Job Vacancy with QCC

Wanted: a new Director for QLD Conservation Council

Queensland Conservation Council is seeking to recruit a new Director to replace Tim Seeling, who resigned recently to accept a senior position with the QLD government.

The Director leads a small but dynamic team that works with and supports our 50 member groups and coordinates the QLD environment movement's relationship with government. The Director's role also includes coordinating campaigns, overseeing fundraising and advocating for the environment.

http://www.ethicaljobs.com.au/

Position Description will be posted on Ethical Jobs from Monday 23rd July. Applications close on Monday 20th August. This position is being re-advertised.


23/07 2018

Communication for Conservation session

Effective Communication for Change with Prof. Winnifred Louis

Hi everyone

One of Reef Check Australia's community outreach Reef Ambassador volunteers is organising an interactive conservation communication session for Tuesday July 24.

The session is free and open to others in the sector, so come join us next Tuesday at the Plough Inn, South Bank (Brisbane)! We'll start with a short video, followed by a Q&A with University of Queensland social psychologist Winnifred Louis.

PLEASE RSVP - follow the link to the webpage, we hope to see you there! www.reefcheckaustralia.org/winnifred_louis_event

WHEN
July 24, 2018 at 6pm - 10pm
WHERE
Plough Inn, 29 Stanley St Plaza, Southbank Parklands
CONTACT
Tanya Dodgen · dodgetan2@gmail.com

Cheers
Jenn

Jennifer Loder
Director of Programs & Partnerships
jenn@reefcheckaustralia.org | 0402 284 681


23/07 2018

The future of the Great Barrier Reef

Australian governments concede Great Barrier Reef headed for 'collapse'

Australian governments concede Great Barrier Reef headed for 'collapse' The world’s climate change path means the Great Barrier Reef is headed for “collapse” according to a plan endorsed by state and federal governments that critics say turns a blind eye to Australia’s inadequate effort to cut carbon emissions.

The federal and Queensland governments on Friday released a “new and improved” Reef 2050 Plan to save the iconic natural wonder, which explicitly acknowledges climate change poses a deadly threat to the reef.

The comments depart starkly from previous official efforts to downplay damage wrought on the reef for fear of denting the tourism industry.

Based on current climate projections, the outlook for coral reefs generally is one of continuing decline over time, and in many regions, including the Great Barrier Reef, the collapse and loss of coral reef ecosystems, the plan says.

It concedes that consecutive coral bleaching events and other stressors have fundamentally changed the character of the reef, which is one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet.

Coral bleaching is projected to increase in frequency ... those coral reefs that survive are expected to be less biodiverse than in the past, the plan says.

The reef is the world’s largest living structure, covering an area roughly the size of Italy.

Coral reefs are particularly sensitive to the effects of climate change including higher sea temperatures, ocean acidification and more intense storms and cyclones.

The plan recognised that holding the global temperature increase to 1.5°C or less is critical to ensure the survival of coral reefs.

Respected coral scientists have documented in peer-reviewed journals that most of the world’s coral reefs will not survive unless the global temperature increase is limited to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, it said.

However WWF-Australia head of oceans Richard Leck said Australia’s emissions reduction efforts were not even in line with limiting warming to 2°.

He cited a 2017 report by the United Nations environment program that found Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions were set to far exceed its pledge under the Paris accord. This agreement aims to limit global temperature rises this century to well below 2° and to pursue efforts to limit the increase to 1.5°.

It is simply not good enough for the revised plan to suggest the global community must work to limit warming when Australia is not doing its fair share, Mr Leck said.

The Australian Marine Conservation Society’s reef campaign director Imogen Zethoven said increased recognition of climate change as a threat to the reef must be followed by action.

Bleaching events would be far less frequent under an average temperature rise of 1.6°, Ms Zethoven said.

The onset of twice-a-decade bleaching will then become the onset of annual bleaching and eventually [the entire reef] will be affected, she said.

Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg said Australia’s Paris target was ambitious and the nation was on track to meet and beat its 2020 target, we will also meet our 2030 target.

The Queensland government has previously said millions of dollars in federal reef spending is essentially useless unless matched by efforts to tackle climate change.

Labor environment spokesman Tony Burke said the federal government had neglected the reef by allowing large-scale land clearing in nearby catchments, which damages water quality.

Read the whole story in The Age…

01/07 2018

Welcome to Plastic Free July

Australians challenged to make no time for waste this July

  • Australian’s are producing huge amounts of waste, with 20 million tonnes of waste being sent to Australian landfills every year
  • This World Environment Day, Plastic Free July Foundation is calling for Australians to collectively address one of the world’s greatest environmental challenges

The Plastic Free July campaign, now in its seventh year and a global movement, will kick off today with the simple challenge for Australians to find new ways to reduce their plastic consumption.

To participate in the Plastic Free July campaign this year, Australians can sign-up to the challenge on the website and access resources to help make environmentally friendly lifestyle choices.

The call to action is simple. Choose to refuse single use plastic this July. Follow @plasticfreejuly and pledge your commitment on www.plasticfreejuly.org

Plastic Free July Foundation’s top tips to #choosetorefuse this July:

  • Use an eco-friendly coffee cup to get your caffeine fix on the go
  • Avoid plastic packed products – choose loose produce and products in paper packaging
  • Bring reuseable bags to do your grocery shopping
  • Bulk buy or get re-fills where possible
  • Use beeswax wraps, or a reusable container, instead of gladwrap to keep your produce fresh and plastic-free

01/07 2018

Myall Park Botanical Garden Spring Open Day

Hi All

Please find attached our Flyer and registration form for our Spring Day and Fun Run!

Kind Regards

Megan Oehlman

Myall Park Botanical Garden | myallparkbotanic@gmail.com

Myall Park Botanical Garden Spring Open Day poster Fun Run registration form

29/06 2018

China's plan to exploit half the Earth

Dear colleagues,

The attached paper, published today [15 May 2018] in Nature Sustainability, urges China to undertake a spate of urgent safeguards to limit the risks of its stunningly ambitious Belt and Road Initiative.

As noted in the press release, the BRI is arguably the environmentally riskiest venture in human history—slated to cost $8 trillion and involve some 7,000 infrastructure and extractive-industry projects that will span half the planet.

All best,

Bill

William F. Laurance, PhD, FAA, FAAAS, FRSQ
Distinguished Research Professor
Australian Laureate & Prince Bernhard Chair in International Nature Conservation (Emeritus)

Director of the Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Science (TESS)

Director of ALERT (ALERT-conservation.org)

Documents

Environmental challenges for the Belt and Road Initiative

Researcher warns China’s trillion-dollar infrastructure program “riskiest environmental project in human history”


26/06 2018

Plastic Free July campaign

Australians challenged to make no time for waste this July

  • Australian’s are producing huge amounts of waste, with 20 million tonnes of waste being sent to Australian landfills every year
  • This World Environment Day, Plastic Free July Foundation is calling for Australians to collectively address one of the world’s greatest environmental challenges

The Plastic Free July campaign, now in its seventh year and a global movement, will kick off next month with the simple challenge for Australians to find new ways to reduce their plastic consumption.

Speaking of the challenge, Executive Director and Founder of the Plastic Free July Foundation, Rebecca Prince Ruiz said, Virtually every piece of plastic ever manufactured still exists in some form today. Plastic, particularly single-use plastic or ‘throw-away’ plastic items, are not getting recycled effectively and are having a detrimental impact on our environment.

With the big supermarkets moving to ban single-use plastic bags, there is no better time to turn universal awareness of plastic waste into universal action on single-use plastics. This July, our aim is to empower all Australians to choose to refuse and collectively contribute by making small changes to their day-to-day actions to make a big difference.

The production of waste is increasing, it is estimated that each Australian produces 565 kg of household waste every year and 20 million tonnes goes to landfill in Australia alone. [i], [ii]

Although plastic waste is made on land it often leads to problems downstream in the ocean. In fact, it is estimated if we continue what we are doing that there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050. [iii]

Plastic Free July started in 2011 in Western Australia and the Foundation is one of the only organisations in the world to tackle the prevalence of single-use plastic through empowered consumption reduction. The campaign has since grown into a movement of 2 million participants in 2017.

Although the size of the plastic waste problem is frightening, the numbers tell us that small actions can make big impacts. Last year, participating households of our campaign reduced their landfill waste rates by nearly 10% which in my home state of Western Australia translated to 10,400 fewer tonnes of waste generated by participating households.

Making a difference is as simple as swapping out your usual disposable coffee cup with an eco-friendly version, bringing your own re-useable bags to get groceries, or even switching to soap instead of using bottled wash products. The campaign is a great time to get creative with how you can reduce your single-use plastic usage and share ideas with others, Rebecca said.

Colin Ashton-Graham, the Consulting Behavioural Economist behind many sustainability campaigns backed this challenge, saying: Plastic Free July works because it connects our shared desire to protect the environment with strong social norms around avoiding litter and waste. By asking people to ‘Choose to refuse’ PFJ participants are empowered to make a difference on one plastic item and then to notice all the other plastics they could act upon on a daily basis. Simply, our commitment to making a difference increases when we engage our ‘hands’ in taking personal actions.

To participate in the Plastic Free July campaign this year, Australians can sign-up to the challenge on the website and access resources to help make environmentally friendly lifestyle choices.

The call to action is simple. Choose to refuse single use plastic this July. Follow @plasticfreejuly and pledge your commitment on www.plasticfreejuly.org

Plastic Free July Foundation’s top tips to #choosetorefuse this July:

  • Use an eco-friendly coffee cup to get your caffeine fix on the go
  • Avoid plastic packed products – choose loose produce and products in paper packaging
  • Bring reuseable bags to do your grocery shopping
  • Bulk buy or get re-fills where possible
  • Use beeswax wraps, or a reusable container, instead of gladwrap to keep your produce fresh and plastic-free

Media contacts:

Liz Hebditch, lhebditch@we-buchan.com | Rebecca Prince Ruiz, pfjfoundation@gmail.com

About Plastic Free July

Plastic Free July aims to raise awareness of the problems with single-use disposable plastic and challenges people to do something about it. You’ll be joining millions of people from 159 countries world-wide in making a difference.

Plastic Free July is now an independent not-for-profit Foundation with the mission of building a global movement that dramatically reduces plastic use and improves recycling.



15/06 2018

Moreton Bay under threat...again

Update - Moreton Bay and Pumicestone Passage KBA

Hey Friend of the Environment,

Is it Groundhog Day?

This time last year BirdLife asked you to join us in taking a stand against the Toondah Harbour development within the Moreton Bay Ramsar wetlands.

Since then, the group in charge of the Toondah Harbour development have come up with a new plan that isn't much better than the last.

If approved, the development will encroach into Ramsar-listed wetlands, destroying native habitat and endangering important feeding and roosting sites of Critically Endangered Eastern Curlew and other migratory shorebirds.

This will be an unprecedented event in Australia that could open the floodgates to development in Australia's 64 other Ramsar sites.

Sadly, the fight is ongoing and we must take a stand again to protect our most important wetlands.

In the summer, Moreton Bay is a magnet for migratory shorebirds, including the Eastern Curlew. The area is so spectacular for its birdlife that it is internationally recognised as a Key Biodiversity Area and is protected under the Ramsar Convention, an international treaty to conserve significant wetlands.

Despite its international significance, the future of this Ramsar site is still under threat.

The Minister for Environment and Energy, Josh Frydenberg, has had multiple opportunities to stop this development but has failed to act.

Let's make it loud and clear to the Minister that Ramsar-listed wetlands should never be developed.

Will you stand with us again?.

Thanks for your continued support,

Andrew Hunter
Conservation Campaigner
Birdlife Australia


31/05 2018

Good news from Queensland

Update - Queensland Land Clearing Laws

Hey Friend of the Environment,

Did you hear the great news earlier this month?

I’m delighted to share some positive news for our birds and wildlife in Queensland.

After several years in which 50% of Australia's land clearing was taking place in Queensland, the State Government passed new vegetation management laws that will help reduce the rate of land clearing, strengthen habitat and environmental protection, and improve monitoring and compliance.

BirdLife Australia is thrilled that the QLD Government has heeded the advice of scientists and reinstated vegetation management controls.

Queensland is home to over 600 bird species, with many, like the Regent Honeyeater, directly threatened by land clearing. The new laws will now increase the protections afforded to remnant and regrowth vegetation that provide critical habitat to so many of our birds.

Scaling back land clearing will lessen greenhouse gas emissions, reduce soil erosion and protect vital Great Barrier Reef catchments – all great news for us and our birds.

We reckon this decision deserves big congratulations and thanks!

Let’s back this decision by thanking the Queensland Government for protecting our native vegetation that so many of our amazing birds rely on.

Join us on Facebook and Twitter and let's thank the Queensland Government today!

Thanks for your support,

Paul Sullivan
Birdlife Australia CEO

P.S. This is a huge step for Queensland but land clearing continues to be a national issue. Join BirdLife Australia’s Act for Birds Campaign calling on a new generation of environmental laws that will genuinely protect all of Australia’s amazing birds.


31/05 2018

Honest Government Ad | thejuicemedia via RenewEconomy

Video of the day: Superb take-down of Coalition’s energy policy

Juice Media has been getting a bit of traction with its series of “honest government” ads, a take-off of the increasing amounts of federal government advertising promoting what a good job it thinks it’s doing.

This video above focuses on the Coalition government’s climate and energy policy, and it hits the mark, just as Clarke and Dawe did last year. RenewEconomy even gets a few mentions.

Enjoy.

RenewEconomy article » thejuicemedia YouTube »

31/05 2018

Australia’s largest companies - paying no tax

Proposed company tax cuts in the recent national budget have been criticised as seeing benefits flow almost exclusively to foreign owners. Presently some of Australia’s largest companies, while having the highest incomes, pay little or no tax. Glencore, Australia's largest coal miner, had an income of $27.9 billion (2014-16), a taxable income (after huge deductions) of $108 million on which tax payable was 'zero'. See more at Michael West's Top 40 Tax dodgers. Sign The Australia Institute petition.

Think of what could be achieved for the environment if the Federal Government had more tax revenue!!


31/05 2018

Local Resources for National Reconciliation Week

Don't Keep History a Mystery

Dear Friends,

Firstly apologies to those living outside of Toowoomba and Dalby. Time didn’t permit us to cast the net further – but we will work on that for future projects!

The theme for National Reconciliation Week 2018 is “Don’t Keep History a Mystery”. This year we have put together a few PowerPoint slides that can be used to acknowledge some of our local shared history on part of the Darling Downs. Of course we are skating over the top – but it is a start. I have attached a PowerPoint show with text only and a link to a PowerPoint show with a voice over.. You may wish to play this at a function this week, school assembly, morning tea etc.

I’d like to thank Michael Birmingham (St Thomas More’s Parish) and Jim Tiernan (Bunker’s Hill State School) for their assistance in creating the PowerPoint slides. I take responsibility for any errors in information shared. All of the slides have been researched with major sources being the work of local historians and The encyclopaedia of Aboriginal Australia : Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, society and culture / David Horton. If you click on the link below you will have access to the PowerPoint files. You can download them and then play. Please feel free to share!

drive.google.com/open?id=13gT7lRgE0VcHpBQ-XIYPTDes7WCxNJj_

Happy National Reconciliation Week!

youtube.com/watch?v=zDByG_Ao4MI

Regards,
Mark

Dr Mark Copland
Executive Officer
Social Justice Commission
Catholic Diocese of Toowoomba


30/05 2018

BirdLife Australia petition ... please add your voice

Friends of birds and nature,

If you've already taken the time to act for birds, thank you. If you haven't had a chance yet, there's still time to add your voice.

There are countless examples of Australia’s nature laws failing to protect our unique birdlife and their habitats, and with one of the highest extinction rates in the world, the time for real change is now.

Now is the time to send a loud and clear message to politicians that we need strong nature laws and independent institutions, not only to protect our native birdlife, but all of nature.

Strong nature laws will restore the health of Australian landscapes and the species they support.

Strong nature laws will strengthen our democracy, hold our politicians to account and positively encourage community involvement.

Strong nature laws will be our gift to future generations.

Join us in calling on all major parties to commit to a new generation of national environment laws to protect the places and birds we love.

Sign our petition to demand stronger nature laws that genuinely work to protect our environment.

Act for Birds. Act for Nature.

Thanks for your support,

Andrew Hunter
Conservation Campaigner, Birdlife Australia


30/05 2018

Sharing is caring!

Making better use of our Facebook activity

Friends,

The HOPE office is keen to make better use of its Facebook account www.facebook.com/Householders.Options.to.Protect.the.Environment -- and so, we are seeking your support in a number of ways.

Firstly, of course, we would like you to ‘Like’ us; and to share with Facebook link with your networks.

Secondly, we welcome posts from you. We would like to hear of your environmental interests and/or concerns.

Thirdly, we’re always keen to learn of other like-minded groups “doing good for the environment”. Please send us a link to any group you think we should be aware of.

Lastly, as HOPE’s main focus is on promoting sustainability, we welcome any and all information on practical measures to live more sustainably at home, in the workplace, etc.

Regards,

Frank Ondrus, Office Manager – HOPE Inc., ph 07 4639 2135

PS


13/05 2018

Choose to Refuse!

Plastic Free July challenge

Did you know Australians use around 100 kilograms of plastic packaging per household each year? Choose to refuse single use plastic this July by signing up for the Plastic Free July challenge at www.plasticfreejuly.org. You will receive tips and support through a weekly e-newsletter during the month and you won't be alone. You’ll be joining 100,000+ West Australians (and a million+ people world-wide) in making a difference.

It is so simple to be part of Plastic Free July. Firstly, remember your reusables! Being plastic free means you always need your trusty reusable water bottles, reusable coffee cups and reusable bags handy.

Secondly, spread the word – grab your friends or co-workers and spread the plastic free love. The more people that choose to refuse, the greater impact we can make in reducing landfill and saving our oceans! We encourage you to help people share the challenge in your workplace, community, school and other groups. From hosting a plastic free morning tea to giving your local cafe posters to encourage reusable coffee cups there are lots materials to share and are all free to use and available at www.plasticfreejuly.org.


13/05 2018

Countdown to LEAF 2018

Come to LEAF 2018

‘Rethink the future’ with Australia’s favourite gardener Costa Georgiadis and sustainable farmer and chef Paul West as we explore how we can all reduce, reuse and recycle and create a healthier world and future.

Take a photography MasterClass with Steve Parish, or learn how to create a wildlife garden, turn your backyard into heaven for chickens, or make your own sugar-free jams, cheese and kimchi

With everything from workshops in kokedama, up-cycling and sustainable gardening to delicious organic food and coffee and free rides and activities for the kids, the whole family will have a great time at LEAF 2018.

Sunday 27 May 2018 | 10am-3pm
Griffith University
Logan Campus, Meadowbrook

Join Facebook Event

#LEAF2018


20/05 2018

Reminder: HOPE -- Community Forum on Improving Soil Health

Householders' Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) Inc logo
Householders' Options to Protect the Environment Inc.
22 Vacy Street, Toowoomba QLD 4350
(PO Box 6118 - Clifford Gardens, Toowoomba QLD 4350)
PH: 07 4639 2135; Email:office@hopeaustralia.org.au
Website: www.hopeaustralia.org.au
ABN 48 036 173 161
Think Globally. Act Locally!

Community Forum: “Improving Soil Health”, 22 May 2018


Householders’ Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) Inc. is hosting a community forum on good soil management practices on Tuesday, 22 May 2018 at 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm at the Toowoomba City Library (155 Herries St, Toowoomba City QLD 4350).

Mr Colin Johnson from Earthlife Pty Ltd (earthlife.com.au) will address topics such as the relevance of soil mineral depletion; the adverse effect of survival plant growth on the environment; inefficient fertilisers; and the re-creation of healthy and fertile soils.

Bookings are essential. Please RSVP by 18 May to the HOPE office on 07 4639 2135 or by email to office@hopeaustralia.org.au. Entry by gold coin donation.



20/05 2018

Brisbane City Council (BCC) bans plastic bag use


15/05 2018

Community forum just around the corner

Householders' Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) Inc logo
Householders' Options to Protect the Environment Inc.
22 Vacy Street, Toowoomba QLD 4350
(PO Box 6118 - Clifford Gardens, Toowoomba QLD 4350)
PH: 07 4639 2135; Email:office@hopeaustralia.org.au
Website: www.hopeaustralia.org.au
ABN 48 036 173 161
Think Globally. Act Locally!

Community Forum: “Restoring soil health – from backyards to farm-yards - can help the environment”, 22 May 2018

Colin Johnson - presenter“How restoring your soil’s health - from backyards to farm-yards - can help the environment” is the theme of HOPE’s second community forum for the month of May.

Householders’ Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) Inc. is hosting a community forum on good soil management practices on Tuesday, 22 May 2018 at 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm at the Toowoomba City Library (155 Herries St, Toowoomba City QLD 4350).

Mr Colin Johnson from Earthlife Pty Ltd (earthlife.com.au) will address topics such as the relevance of soil mineral depletion; the adverse effect of survival plant growth on the environment; inefficient fertilisers; and the re-creation of healthy and fertile soils.

Bookings are essential. Please RSVP by 18 May to the HOPE office on 07 4639 2135 or by email to office@hopeaustralia.org.au. Entry by gold coin donation.

Event:

Community Forum: “How restoring the soil can help restore the environment”

Date:

Tuesday, 22 May, 7pm – 9pm

Venue:

Toowoomba City Library (Level 3, Cnr Herries and Victoria Sts, Toowoomba).

Cost:

Entry by gold coin donation


14/05 2018

QCC Citizen Science Webinar, 17 May 2018

Hi there,

A reminder that QCC is hosting a citizen science webinar this week on Thursday 17th May 10am-11am.

Citizen Science has been used as an effective tool in various ways in conservation advocacy, to call industry and government to account and to protect nature. For example, recently in Victoria endangered species spotted during Citizen Science excursions and Citizen Science Camps have been instrumental in saving parts of the Kuark Forest and more recently in the Vic Alpine Forests too.

Here in QLD some of QCC's member groups are also leading the way in utilising citizen science as a way to engage the community, collect and record data and Reef Check Australia who actively engage volunteers in reef protection.

Jenn Loder from Reef Check Australia will be giving us a run down on Citizen Science as well as the Australian Citizen Science Association and Reef Citizen Science Alliance.

Please RSVP here looking forward to seeing some of you there.


14/05 2018

Take the Challenge!

Colgate Community Garden Challenge

Right now, Australian kids and students have the chance to win a recycled community garden set by diverting tens of thousands of oral care products from landfill, thanks to a recycling competition run by Colgate, Chemist Warehouse and TerraCycle.

Between 23 March and 31 October 2018, the Colgate Community Garden Challenge invites pre-, primary and secondary schools nationwide to collect all brands of oral care waste and send it to TerraCycle, who will give the waste a second life by creating new products.

Five recycled community garden sets will be awarded to five schools, with each set including three garden beds, two custom-made benches, one rubbish bin and one sign, plus a $500 gardening voucher to buy seeds and plants. Besides showing how recycled materials can be used as a sustainable alternative to virgin plastic, the sets will help promote gardening and healthy eating among schools.

Visit www.terracycle.com.au/colgategarden to join the competition, access resources and watch your competition ranking on a digital leaderboard! And remember to get your community to vote online for you every day at www.terracycle.com/colgategardenvoting.

Liz Keen - Public Relations Manager
TerraCycle Australia & New Zealand
AU: 02 8667 9262 | www.terracycle.com.au
NZ: 0800 474 016 | www.terracycle.co.nz


13/05 2018

Date Claimer -- LEAF 2018

Come to LEAF 2018

‘Rethink the future’ with Australia’s favourite gardener Costa Georgiadis and sustainable farmer and chef Paul West as we explore how we can all reduce, reuse and recycle and create a healthier world and future.

Take a photography MasterClass with Steve Parish, or learn how to create a wildlife garden, turn your backyard into heaven for chickens, or make your own sugar-free jams, cheese and kimchi

With everything from workshops in kokedama, up-cycling and sustainable gardening to delicious organic food and coffee and free rides and activities for the kids, the whole family will have a great time at LEAF 2018.

Sunday 27 May 2018 | 10am-3pm
Griffith University
Logan Campus, Meadowbrook

Join Facebook Event

#LEAF2018


12/05 2018

What is World Migratory Bird Day?

World Migratory Bird Day is an Annual Global Celebration

World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) is an annual awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats. It has a global outreach and is an effective tool to help raise global awareness of the threats faced by migratory birds, their ecological importance, and the need for international cooperation to conserve them.

Every year people around the world take action and organize public events such as bird festivals, education programmes, exhibitions and bird-watching excursions to celebrate WMBD. All these activities can also be undertaken at any time on the year because that countries or regions observing the peak of migrations at different times, but the main days for the international celebrations on the Second Saturday in May and in October.

Connecting Events with a Global Campaign and Theme

World Migratory Bird Day activities take place in many different countries and places across the globe - united by a common campaign and theme. If you are interested in organizing an event to mark WMBD, register your planned activity. In this way, individual events can be shared with others around the world and help inspire them to take action too. Find out how you can participate.

Global Event Map »

05/05 2018

Queensland will you Act for Birds?

Dear Friends of the Environment,

Did you know World Migratory Bird Day is on May 12th?

However, many of our migratory shorebirds, including the Critically Endangered Eastern Curlew, are facing extinction. Along the coasts of Queensland these amazing birds are under threat from the impacts of coastal development. From Toondah Harbour in the south to the mangroves of the north, migratory shorebirds are coming off second best to poor planning and lack of enforcement.

Join us in Brisbane May 9th and Cairns May 10th for BirdLife's Act for Birds Community Forum and be part of the solution!

Another national treaure, the Swift Parrot, has less than 1,000 pairs left in the wild.

This Critically Endangered species is on an unnecessary and completely avoidable path to extinction. Swifties breed in Tasmania but their range stretches across six jurisdictions including Queensland. Habitat loss is one of the greatest threats to their survival and recovery efforts in one state may be undermined by destructive practices in anothe.

Register for our Community Forum in Toowoomba on May 8th to learn how you can Act for Birds like the Swift Parrot.

The plights of the Eastern Curlew and Swift Parrot are tragically becoming the new normal as the list of threatened species continues to grow. The common thread is a systemic failure of the laws and institutions in place to protect threatened species.

Together we can continue to pressure our elected decision makers to prioritise the future of birds like Eastern Curlews and Swift Parrots. BirdLife has a plan to change the game for our birds, but we need your support to see it through.

Come along to hear all about our game-changing campaign to protect and recover threatened species for good.

We'll provide you with practical ways to take action and discuss how, together, we can secure stronger nature laws for all of our birds.

With your help, we can protect and restore our birds and the places they call home.

Thanks for continuing to speak up for our birds,

Andrew Hunter
Conservation Campaigner, Birdlife Australia


07/05 2018

Date Claimer: NESP Threatened Species Recovery Hub

Brisbane Roadshow and Workshop - NESP Threatened Species Recovery Hub | Thurs 31 May

Dear All,

We’re delighted to let you know that the program for our Brisbane Roadshow of the NESP Threatened Species Recovery Hub has now been announced. Details are below, and the program is attached. Updates will be provided on the Eventbrite site. Please feel free to distribute to any colleagues who may wish to join us.

We hope this event will be an exciting opportunity to connect with our Hub’s researchers and leaders, and discuss our most up-to-date findings of relevance to Queensland and the Northern NSW region. It includes presentations, discussions and workshops on our research projects to make the most of your time and strengthen the ways that our Hub’s research is linked to the needs of decision-makers, managers, environmental organisations and the wider community. We hope you can join us.

Thu, May 31, 2018, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM AEST
River Room, Customs House
399 Queen Street, Brisbane, Qld
Free
Please register at: tsrbrisbane2018.eventbrite.com.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Best regards,
Rachel

Dr Rachel Morgain
Knowledge Broker

Fenner School of Environment and Society, ANU College of Science
Room 3.06 Frank Fenner Building
141 Linnaeus Way, Australian National University, Acton ACT 2601, Australia
P: +612 6125 6775 | M +61 419 710 770| E rachel.morgain@anu.edu.au

The Threatened Species Recovery Hub is supported through funding from the Australian Government’s National Environmental Science Programme.
www.nespthreatenedspecies.edu.au | @TSR_Hub



04/05 2018

A communique from BirdLife Australia

Take a moment to act for birds

Dear Friends of the Environment,

There are countless examples of Australia’s nature laws failing to protect our unique birdlife and their habitats, and with one of the highest extinction rates in the world, the time for real change is now.

Now is the time to send a loud and clear message to politicians that we need strong nature laws and independent institutions, not only to protect our native birdlife, but all of nature.

Strong nature laws will restore the health of Australian landscapes and the species they support.

Strong nature laws will strengthen our democracy, hold our politicians to account and positively encourage community involvement.

Strong nature laws will be our gift to future generations.

Join us in calling on all major parties to commit to a new generation of national environment laws to protect the places and birds we love.

Sign our petition to demand stronger nature laws that genuinely work to protect our environment.

Act for Birds. Act for Nature.

Thanks for your support,

Margaret Quixley
Conservation Manager, Birdlife Australia


02/05 2018

Date Claimer --- Plastic Free July


01/05 2018

Act for Birds, Act for Nature

Community forum:
A Conversation about Nature Laws, Tue 8 May 2018, Toowoomba

Birdlife Australia »
Places You Love »
Act for Birds »
RSVP HERE »

01/05 2018

A time to reflect

National Sorry Day, 26th May 2018

The first National Sorry Day was held on 26 May 1998, which was declared by several community organisations to remember the tens of thousands of children who were forcibly removed from their Aboriginal families from the early 1900s to the 1970s. So, this year marks the 20th anniversary of this event.

However, there was a formal apology, in 2008; the famous Apology Speech to Stolen Generations, by the then Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

The Stolen Generations are a part of a vast plan and various policies enacted by the different Australian Governments up until the 1970s, which took the collective name of White Australia Policy.

The Aboriginal community was highly affected by these policies which had the aim to erase the Aboriginal culture as well as its traditions.

The National Sorry Day can be seen as one of the results of the 1997’s Bringing Them Home Report. The inquiry was established by the federal Attorney-General, Michael Lavarch, on 11 May 1995, after years of constant pressure by Aboriginal organisations to see a formal recognition of their struggle. The Bringing Them Home Report was a thorough investigation into the forcible removal of Aboriginal children from their families to extricate them from their traditions and culture.

The publication of the report in 1997 raised the public awareness of what the Aboriginal community suffered in the past years, and how a large number of stakeholders, among them religious associations and governmental agencies, where involved at different levels in this awful process.

Householders’ Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) invites its members, families and colleagues to learn more about this infamous occurrence known as Stolen Generations. Knowledge is power, and knowledge of the past helps us not to forget and not to repeat the same atrocities in the future: especially in periods like the current one, in which waves of racism seem to be increasing in Australia. There are simple and symbolic things to do to remember this event, for example visit the Queensland Museum to learn more about this aspect of Australia’s history.

To know more about the National Sorry Day: time.com/3890518/national-sorry-day.
To read the 1997’s Bringing Them Home Report: www.humanrights.gov.au/publications/bringing-them-home-report-1997
To view the aplogy: www.youtube.com/watch?v=xiLnsFyAVqE


30/04 2018

Hot off the presses!

Householders' Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) Inc logo
Householders' Options to Protect the Environment Inc.
PO Box 6118 - Clifford Gardens, Toowoomba QLD 4350
(22 Vacy Street, Toowoomba QLD 4350)

Website: http://www.hopeaustralia.org.au
Facebook: facebook.com/Householders.Options.to.Protect.the.Environment
ABN 48 036 173 161
Think Globally. Act Locally!

May 2018 HOPE E-news Bulletin | Bits & pieces

Editorial

Good morning folks,

This month’s newsletter focuses on environment NGOs advocating for a “new generation of environmental laws to ensure a healthy, functioning and resilient environment for generations to come.”

HOPE is a member group of the Places You Love Alliance (www.placesyoulove.org) which is one of these NGOs and BirdLife Australia (www.birdlife.org.au).

HOPE is hosting the Toowoomba leg of BirdLife Australia’s National “Act for Birds, Act for Nature” Roadshow on Tuesday 8 May 2018

Regards,
Frank Ondrus, Office Manager – HOPE Inc., ph 07 4639 2135


Date Claimer

Community Forum:
BirdLife Australia’s National Roadshow --- Act for Birds, Act for Nature “Advocating for a New Generation of Environmental Laws to Protect our Environment”

Tuesday 8th May 2018 | 7pm to 9pm | Laurel Bank Park Hall, 50 Hill St, Toowoomba

Birdlife Australia

Join BirdLife in Toowoomba this May to hear about how nature laws are failing our birds and what we can do to help our feathered friends.

BirdLife Australia is calling for stronger nature laws that genuinely protect our wonderful birds and their precious habitats. Our Act for Birds campaign is live, our report just launched, and across the environmental movement as a whole we're starting to see the extinction crisis getting the national media attention it deserves.

But our real power to secure stronger nature laws – and better outcomes for birds - lies in the stories and voices of local bird-lovers from around the country. So, BirdLife will be hosting 8 public community forums across the country!

This series of community forums will bring together people who care about birds and nature to share knowledge and take action. Attendees will get the chance to improve their understanding of this national issue, why it’s important and how it relates to you. We'll talk through exactly how the current system of nature laws is fundamentally broken and offer practical ways to take action about the local issues that matter to you.

This will be a great opportunity for passionate nature lovers (like you!) to connect with one another, come up with ideas of your own, and take action together for the places and birds you love!

Lucky Door Prize – A “family pass – 2 adults & 2 children” to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary (currumbinsanctuary.com.au)

Bookings essential. Refreshments provided.

RSVP via www.actforbirds.org/community-forum-toowoomba


Feature Article

Presenter
An overview of Places You Love

The Places You Love (PYL) is an alliance composed of 40 groups totalling more than a million and a half members and supporters. The Alliance’s aim is to promote nature protection laws on a national scale, and also to unite the nature-loving Australian community to take direct action to protect the environment and improve the actual situation in regard to this matter.

The organisations that are part of the Places You Love are a movement of people who take a stand for the environment through political and social power. The Alliance remarks on the strong connection between Australians and nature; and how Australia’s natural sites represent their national identity. Australia has natural places that are unique and which are part of every Australian’s life. The key aspect of their struggle is the enactment of a new generation of environmental laws. Places You Love has been fighting for decades advocating for environmental preservation, also by demanding that governments and companies preserve Australia’s nature.

Now, like never before, protection of nature is paramount due to the threat posed in the current political climate, and the exploitation of the natural resources in recent years has reached its peak. Places You Love's mission is to inspire Australians to protect nature. Places You Love members include WWF-Australia, The Wilderness Society, Australian Conservation Foundation, Birdlife Australia, Humane Society International and many conservation councils and local groups around the country.

The Alliance highlights the fact that a healthy natural environment is paramount for a healthy society, as well as a shared vision of Australia starting from the local communities, government and businesses. This vision is based on collective action and a joint approach to solving problems, and also on the identification and implementation of activities to pool its member organisations’ strengths - because in union there is strength.

According to Places You Love, a new national environmental framework must be built on five key principles:

  • National leadership;
  • A central role for communities in decision making;
  • Trusted and independent institutions
  • Delivering strong environmental outcomes; and
  • Ensuring resilience in the face of climate change.

Places You Love conducted a survey of Australia’s nature, and discovered several important things. For example, the great majority of Australia’s rivers have been modified by man through the construction of dams and irrigations systems. Also, their survey highlights the ongoing impacts of development on fresh water resources, and how the projected impact of climate change will cause a further decline of these resources.

Another, significative finding is the projected increase of emissions worldwide by 2050. According to Places You Love, ‘Two degrees of climate warming will likely mean the loss of most coral cover on the Great Barrier Reef, 80 per cent of freshwater wetlands from Kakadu National Park, and Queensland’s tropical forests’.

Moreover, in Australia there has been an increase of air-pollution-related illness, with health costs amounting to some $11.1 to $24.3 billion a year.

Nature is under threat in Australia, as is exemplified by the constant increase of rubbish, energy consumption (with only a small percentage coming from renewable sources) and chemicals for agricultural application. Also, half of Australia’s wetlands have been drained, filled or destroyed.

All these findings should sensitise each and every Australian to do what is possible to limit, and possibly stop, this ongoing and multiform exploitation of nature.

Places You Love also works closely with The Australian Panel of Experts on Environmental Law (APEEL) - apeel.org.au, which is working toward a more environmental-centred legislation.

HOPE, as part of the Places You Love alliance, invites its members to take part in Places You Love campaigns and events. Places You Love’s website www.placesyoulove.org provides a list of all the organisations that comprise its alliance, which can be useful to understand the broad range of associations and groups involved in its project.

View/download lots more news and great articles »

26/04 2018

WILD KOALA DAY, 5 MAY 2018

Fellow Koala Supporters

A joint event will be undertaken by KAI (Koala Action Inc.) and MBKR (Moreton Bay Koala Recue Inc.) at the Caboolture Regional Environmental Education Centre (CREEC) at 150 Rowley Road, Burpengary. This event is going to be both informative and interesting so hopefully we will get a good response. So I look forward to seeing you on the day. If you would like to donate cakes, biscuits, tarts or savouries for lunch please let me know and bring them on the day. Your support will be much appreciated.

Wild Koala Day - koalaclancyfoundation.org.au/research/wild-koala-day
(Saturday 5th May 2018, 10am start)

Vanda Grabowski, President, Koala Action Inc. (KAI) will provide a general koala education and awareness presentation which will be followed by a presentation given by Lindsay Wickson from Endeavour Veterinary Ecology on the koalas at the Amcor Petrie Mill Redevelopment site.

To conclude the day, Anika Lehmann, President, Moreton Bay Koala Rescue Inc. (MBKR) will provide an overview about what is involved in becoming a rescuer or transporter of sick, injured and orphaned koalas.

This will be followed by Dr. Tania Bishop, Veterinarian, Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital will provide an overview on the types of injuries and illnesses coming into the wildlife hospital and the rehabilitation process.

Dave Norman, Mango Hill, North Lakes Environment Group will be singing some of his wildlife related songs during the breaks between the speakers. Presentations will take an hour each including question time with a 30 min refreshment break between each speaker.

Morning, afternoon tea and lunch will be supplied.

Bookings are essential as space is limited. Please email Vanda on info@koalaactioninc.org or mykoalas@bigpond.net.au to confirm your booking or ring her on 0407 101 837.

With thanks Vanda (aka Wanda) Grabowski
President/Secretary, Koala Action Inc.
Representative, Moreton Bay Koala Rescue Inc.


26/04 2018

Date Claimer: Climate event

EVENT ALERT—3 May 2018

Hypothetical: Climate risk and home ownership in Qld

What does climate change mean for home ownership in Queensland?
Will it lead to unaffordable prices, insurance problems, safety issues and long-term occupancy problems?

Come along to a unique hypotheticals event on 3 May at QUT’s Gardens Point Campus, Brisbane and find out.

Using the scenario of a large unit development, a panel of experts will take on various roles – including planner, developer and home buyer – to explore some of the most challenging long-term issues facing Queensland home owners and the broader property sector.

The event is open to the public and follows on from the Built Environment and Infrastructure Sector Adaptation Plan launched as part of the Queensland Climate Adaptation Strategy last year.

Panellists include experts from the Queensland Government, the Local Government Association of Queensland, QUT, Griffith University, Climate Risk, and Suncorp.

The event is facilitated by Green Cross Australia’s Business Adaptation Network and proudly supported by the Queensland Government.

Event details

Date:
Thursday 3 May
Time:
9:00am–12:00pm AEST
(Morning tea and lunch provided)
Location:
QUT Gardens Point Campus
George Street, Brisbane

Register now

Register now to secure your attendance.


23/04 2018

Invite to Toowoomba BirdLife Aust. Community Forum

BirdLife Australia’s National Roadshow --- Act for Birds, Act for Nature

Advocating for a New Generation of Environmental Laws to Protect our Environment

Community Forum, Toowoomba

Date:
Tuesday 8th May 2018
Time:
7pm to 9pm
Venue:
Laurel Bank Park Hall, 50 Hill St, Toowoomba

Join BirdLife in Toowoomba this May to hear about how nature laws are failing our birds and what we can do to help our feathered friends.

BirdLife Australia is calling for stronger nature laws that genuinely protect our wonderful birds and their precious habitats. Our Act for Birds campaign is live, our report just launched, and across the environmental movement as a whole we're starting to see the extinction crisis getting the national media attention it deserves.

But our real power to secure stronger nature laws – and better outcomes for birds - lies in the stories and voices of local bird-lovers from around the country. So, BirdLife will be hosting 8 public community forums across the country!

This series of community forums will bring together people who care about birds and nature to share knowledge and take action. Attendees will get the chance to improve their understanding of this national issue, why it’s important and how it relates to you. We'll talk through exactly how the current system of nature laws is fundamentally broken and offer practical ways to take action about the local issues that matter to you.

This will be a great opportunity for passionate nature lovers (like you!) to connect with one another, come up with ideas of your own, and take action together for the places and birds you love!

Bookings essential. Refreshments provided.

RSVP via www.actforbirds.org/community-forum-toowoomba.

Resources


18/04 2018

Why is Tony Abbott still deciding our energy policy?

It's crunch time!

Malcolm Turnbull is pushing a pathetic national energy plan that will keep ageing coal plants on life support and deliver less renewables than doing nothing at all.1 Next week State Premiers and Energy Ministers will come together to decide the fate of Turnbull's National Energy Guarantee (NEG).

What GetUp members do right now could impact energy policy for years to come. Will the states fight back against Turnbull's anti-renewables agenda? Or will they accept it, and let him drive renewables investment into the ground?

For the sake of a safe climate, we need to convince State Energy Ministers to reject Turnbull's anti-renewables plan until he starts negotiating with them, rather than the coal-huggers on his own backbench.

Over 19,000 GetUp members have already signed an open letter calling on State Premiers and Energy Ministers to reject any national energy plan that doesn't grow renewables. We're hustling to get the open letter published as a full page ad in The Age on the day the Energy Ministers meet. This is our last chance to get even more signatures and show state governments how many Australians reject Turnbull's anti-renewable agenda.

Can you add your voice to the open letter right now to make sure State Energy Ministers oppose any national energy plan that doesn't grow renewables?

Thanks to GetUp members, the states are already feeling the pressure from everyday Australians who want a clean energy future.

But we have to keep pushing hard for the states to champion renewable energy. Because the last couple of weeks have shown how dangerous energy policy can be when it's written by the coal lobby.

Federal environment minister Josh Frydenberg is bullying AGL to keep their clapped-out Liddell coal plant open past its expiry date. And he's openly admitted the National Energy Guarantee will extend the life of other pollution-spewing coal clunkers.3 Meanwhile, prominent coal cheerleaders such as Tony Abbott, Eric Abetz, George Christensen and Craig Kelly have formed their own Coal Club -- the "Monash Forum" -- entirely dedicated to building new coal-burning power plants.4

These dinosaurs are trying to keep Australia choking on polluting 19th-century energy. The good news is that State Premiers and Energy Ministers have the power to stop their dangerous pro-coal agenda. But we've only got a week to make sure they stand up for what the people want -- not what Tony Abbott wants.

Can you sign the open letter to show State Energy Ministers how many Australians want a clean energy future?

When politicians make policy for a handful of mining billionaires, it's ordinary Australians who suffer. Every time they prop up outdated coal, they hurt the rural communities at increased risk of bushfires, the tourism operators watching the Reef die before their eyes, and the families breathing in toxic pollution from coal-burning power plants.

Malcolm Turnbull has a plan to please Tony Abbott's Coal Club. We've got a plan to make them irrelevant. But we've only got one week to make it count.

Sign the open letter to make sure State Energy Ministers back a plan for more renewable energy, not more coal: www.getup.org.au/neg

Thanks for being a renewable energy champion,
Miriam and Adam, for the GetUp team


16/04 2018

BirdLife is hitting the road!

Dear Friends of the Environment,

Starting Thursday 12 April, we're hitting the road, stopping in communities across the country to bring together people (like you!) who care about our birds and want to help.

We will be holding a series of town hall events bringing the Act for Birds campaign to as many people as we can. The time to Act for Birds is now - come along to a town hall event near you!

Melbourne Perth Adelaide Hobart Toowoomba Brisbane Cairns Sydney

You'll hear from local guest speakers about how our current nature laws are affecting your community and local bird life, and we will offer you practical ways to take immediate action and make your voice heard. For some, this issue may be a bit daunting, and that’s why we want to provide you with the information and confidence you need to speak up for birds.

Too many of our birds are threatened with extinction because Australia’s nature laws are weak, under resourced or poorly implemented.

Together we can create a system where science is respected and the community is heard. We have the plan to make this a reality, but it will take all of us coming together and speaking up to make the change we need.

Margaret Quixley
Conservation Manager

Act for Birds
Act for Nature campaign …
birdlife Australia …

16/04 2018

The Climate Photo Challenge

On the hunt for the photo that could change our future

Dear Friend of the Environment,

This photo above was taken as I perched on the edge of a Zodiac boat while on an expedition to Antarctica last month. While I tried to absorb the scale and beauty of these icebergs, it was also a visible reminder of how the Earth's last pristine continent is warming more rapidly than anywhere else on earth.

This is why Eco-Business's Changing Course campaign aims to tell stories about the impacts of climate change, to inspire meaningful change in our society.

I'm excited to announce that as part of this campaign, we are launching a global climate photo challenge and would like to invite you to get involved.

Remember the photo ‘Napalm Girl’ and how it changed the Vietnam war? The image was unprecedented at the time and it is thought to be one of the most memorable photographs of the 20th century.

We want to find that equally powerful image for climate change for the 21st century.

Separately, we are also hosting an Instagram competition for youth aged below 25. All you have to do is to like Eco-Business on Instagram and post your photo publicly on your Instagram account with the hashtag #changingcourse.

Winning photos will be exhibited at the Changing Course exhibition at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site attracting millions of visitors a year, from 1st June to 12th July 2018.

Please help us spread the word on this Challenge and send it to anyone who might be interested. We look forward to finding that photo that could change our future!

Jessica Cheam
Managing Editor
Eco-Business

Read about how to enter the Climate Photo Challenge here!

06/04 2018

World Heritage Day, 18th of April 2018

Gondwana rainforests © Tourism Queensland

Heritage for Generations

The 18th April 2018 marks the 45th anniversary of World Heritage Day. In April 1982, the International Council for Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) conceived the World Heritage Day idea, and it was approved in 1983 by the 22nd United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) General Conference. The theme for 2018 is ‘Heritage for Generations’. This event reminds us of the importance of the preservation of cultural and natural sites all over the world, both for current and future generations.

As of July 2017, there are 1,073 sites in the world in 167 countries, of which 832 sites are cultural, 206 natural, and 35 mixed properties. Italy has the largest number of sites with 53, followed by China (52), Spain (46), France (43), Germany (42), India (36), Mexico (34) and United Kingdom and British Overseas Territories (31).

Australia has nineteen heritage sites, mainly natural sites, of which five are in Queensland:

  • Gondwana Rainforests of Australia (1986, 1994)
  • Australian Fossil Mammal Sites (Riversleigh / Naracoorte) (1994)
  • Fraser Island (1992)
  • Great Barrier Reef (1981)
  • Wet Tropics of Queensland (1988)

Householder’s Option to Protect the Environment (HOPE) Inc. (Australia) would like to emphasise the importance of preserving World Heritage sites and to understand their importance especially from the environmental perspective. The preservation of our natural and cultural treasures is paramount to preserve the unique ecosystem that Australia has.

World Heritage Day represents an occasion to think about nature and its connection with culture. It also can be the occasion to visit Queensland’s heritage sites to admire and learn more about them in person.

You can join the growing movement that genuinely cares about the environment!


24/03 2018

You're invited to participate in a national survey!

Telling the Health Story About Net Zero Emissions

How do you communicate about health and climate change?

The evidence on climate change communication shows that talking about the health benefits of strategies to cut emissions can build motivation and support for action.

This survey has been developed by ClimateWorks Australia and the Climate and Health Alliance to evaluate the needs of health stakeholders when it comes to communicating solutions to tackle climate change.

ClimateWorks and Climate and Health Alliance are working together to find out from health stakeholders about how they communicate with peers, networks, constituents, and decision-makers about health and climate change.

We are seeking to use this information to support and activate the voices of influential organisations and leaders within the health sector to strengthen the narrative and traction on climate change solutions.

This survey aims to gather insights from people and organisations in the health sector on the opportunities and barriers around increasing communications and engagement on climate solutions (toward net zero emissions) in Australia.

We would be delighted if you would complete this survey, available via the link below, to help kickstart this conversation.

Please complete this short survey »

This survey will remain open until Friday 30th March 2018.

Many thanks in advance for your participation.

Michelle Isles and Claire Connell (ClimateWorks)
Fiona Armstrong (Climate and Health Alliance)


21/03 2018

Join the Sustainability Program

Householders' Options to Protect the Environment Inc.
PO Box 6118 - Clifford Gardens, Toowoomba QLD 4350
(22 Vacy Street, Toowoomba QLD 4350)
Ph: 07 4639 2135; Email:office@hopeaustralia.org.au
Website: www.hopeaustralia.org.au
Facebook: facebook.com/Householders.Options.to.Protect.the.Environment
ABN 48 036 173 161
Think Globally. Act Locally!
Householders' Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) Inc logo

Sustainable living with HOPE!

How do you care for the environment? Do you make a conscious effort to live sustainably? Do you recycle, reuse and repurpose?

If you are one of the growing number of Australians wanting to create a more sustainable future, we invite you to join our national organisation, Householders’ Options to Protect the Environment Inc. (HOPE) to learn more about how you can adopt simple, sustainable living practices.

Joining HOPE is free-of-charge and open to individuals, families, businesses and community organisations

So, what does HOPE do?

HOPE offers practical solutions and simple steps on how you can live more gently on Earth. We empower people to be more thoughtful about their environmental footprint and to make progressive changes at home and in their community. We provide:

  • Access to information about current environmental issues;
  • Support for education, including suggestions on how to tackle these issues; and
  • Practical examples of how easily it can be done.

How can you make a difference?

  • Take notice of the environmental issues at home and in the wider community;
  • Use the resources available around you, including technology and community networks; and
  • Lead by example by reducing your consumption and adopting other sustainable practices.

HOPE offers a range of resources, including ‘helpful hints’ brochures and runs a variety of practical workshops and meetings throughout the year. Through education, HOPE work’s to inspire people to ‘think globally, act locally’.

As the need to live sustainably continues to become more crucial, HOPE is looking to strengthen their network and grow their membership and supporter base.

You can join the growing movement that genuinely cares about the environment!

For more information or to become a member, contact HOPE on (07) 4639 2135 or office@hopeaustralia.org.au. Follow HOPE on Facebook and Twitter, and head to the website, www.hopeaustralia.org.au to subscribe to their newsletter.


24/03 2018

cedamia

Climate Emergency Declaration

The 3-level of government Climate Emergency Declaration petition and campaign targets all levels of government since individual states or territories could declare a climate emergency earlier than the federal government might. (See the local council level of the campaign here.) See state/territory politicians who aleady support a Climate Emergency Declaration here.

No More Bad Investments (NMBI)

One major role of state/territory governments is setting the legislation and regulations that control the types of projects that are approved within their own jurisdiction. Accordingly, by far the easiest and most obvious component of climate emergency action at the state/territory level is for governments to ban new projects that would make climate change worse. Therefore we are running No More Bad Investments (NMBI) campaigns in various states and territories in parallel with the Climate Emergency Declaration ask.


ALERT | Deforestation Catastrophe

Australia Tries to Slow 'Deforestation Catastrophe'

Martin Taylor, a leading authority on land-use change with WWF-Australia and the University of Queensland, tells us about efforts to staunch a deadly tide of deforestation in Australia.

Beginning in 2012, rapid forest loss in the vast state of Queensland pushed Australia back onto the global list of deforestation fronts -- placing Australia among the worst forest-destroying nations on Earth.

This occurred after a newly-elected conservative government in Queensland reduced controls over bulldozing of native forests and woodlands -- a move later followed by other Australian states.

Bulldozing of forests and woodlands, mostly for livestock pastures, quickly ballooned after the controls were weakened. Scientists and conservationists, both in Australia and internationally, were appalled.

The results have been a catastrophe for Australian wildlife. At least 45 million mammals, birds, and reptiles are estimated to die every year as a result of habitat bulldozing, including over 1,000 koalas.

But a more progressive government in Queensland has just proposed new legislation to protect mature vegetation and high-conservation-value regrowth.

The new legislation is part of an election promise to drive down excessive land-clearing rates. and climate change.

Big Loopholes

A new report by WWF identifies two major loopholes that account for most of the land clearing -- and that must be closed to meet the election promise.

First, landowners can clear forests under "self-assessment provisions" -- effectively allowing clearing without a permit. This accounts for up to a quarter of all clearing.

The new legislation will crack down on the worst type of self-assessed clearing -- so-called "tree thinning" -- but it doesn't close the loophole entirely.

So-called “thinning” of mature ironbark forest -- which is legal under current Queensland legislation. The top half shows intact forest, and the lower half “thinned” forest.

Second, vast land areas are mapped as "exempt", with no restrictions on clearing. This accounts for nearly two-thirds of all clearing, according to the WWF report.

And while many exempt areas are shrubby regrowth, at least a quarter of these are advanced secondary forest that should not be exempt.

Unfortunately, landholders can 'lock-in' exemptions just by requesting a certified property map.

The new legislation will remove exemptions from 1 million hectares of advanced regrowth, a major step forward, but still leaves large areas exempt.

Have Your Say to Parliament

In a state that has seen catastrophic land-clearing, the proposed legislative changes for Queensland are welcome. But they still leave big gaps.

These gaps might might be partially filled by a promised “Land Restoration Fund,” which seems designed to buy back protection for existing exempt areas, on a voluntary basis.

But will the new legislation and fund be enough to drive down rapid clearing rates and slow the alarming loss of our biodiversity?

You can have your say by making a submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry before 22 March 2018.

Tell them that Australia should not be one of the world's worst forest-destroying nations, and that it's essential that we dramatically curtail land clearing in Queensland.

The world will be keenly watching Australia to see what happens.


17/03 2018

China's global road-building plans

Dear colleagues,

I wanted to alert you to a very timely Correspondence piece that just came out in Nature, by our collaborators Alex Lechner and colleagues, highlighting critical priorities around China’s massive Belt-and-Road Initiative (BRI).

The BRI projects—involving hundreds of new roads, ports, energy, and other infrastructure projects—will span much of Asia, Africa, the South Pacific, and Europe, and are going to change the world environmentally, economically, socially and politically.

As the BRI is unprecedented, I’m also attaching two of our relevant pieces that came out recently, and hyperlinks below to two recent popular articles:

Publications:

Collectively, this would make a good set of readings for students or others interested in the BRI—one of the biggest global-change issues of our lifetime.

All best,
Bill

William F. Laurance, PhD, FAA, FAAAS, FRSQ
Distinguished Research Professor
Australian Laureate & Prince Bernhard Chair in International Nature Conservation (Emeritus)
Director of the Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Science (TESS)


17/03 2018

Invasive Species Council (ISC) | Guide for Policy Makers

Environmental Biosecurity Best Practice Guide

New types of foreign pests and weeds are getting into Australia every year. More than 50 invaders never seen before in Australia and harmful to the environment have been detected since 2000.

Each new infestation that reaches our shores increases the cost of looking after the country’s bushlands, seas and wildlife.

Every failure to eradicate an infestation risks environmental problems of epidemic proportions.

That is why we have produced a best-practice environmental guide for Australian policy makers. It shows how we can create a biosecurity system that’s properly aimed at delivering real environmental protection on behalf of all Australia

View/download guide »

17/03 2018

PYL gathering, 27-28 March 2018, Canberra

Date Claimer -- Invitation and update - Places You Love gathering, 27-28 March 2018, Canberra

Hi all,

It’s less than two weeks now until the Places You Love alliance is coming together in Canberra for two days of big ideas and big strategy on March 27 and 28.

As a Places You Love alliance organisation, you’re warmly invited to attend both days. While the first day – of big ideas – is open for anyone to attend, PYL alliance organisations are able to register for free. The second day – of big strategy – is open only to alliance organisations. You’ll need a password to register for the strategy day on the 28th. To book as an alliance organisation, contact HOPE on 07 4639 2135; or office@hopeaustralia.org.au.

Over the last month, our campaign has been front and centre of the Guardian environment series, and we’ve been hard at work updating the PYL policy before we hit the house on the hill to turn APEEL’s great ideas into strong laws. Check the draft policy which is in the process of being updated. We would greatly appreciate your views on the policy document.

Places You Love, along with APEEL, the Australian Committee for IUCN and the National Environmental Law Association are convening a national symposium on a new generation of environment laws in Canberra on the 27th March 2018.

To sign up go to the Eventbrite: betterlawsbetterplanet.eventbrite.com.au
For PYL alliance organisations select add ‘promotional code’ and type: complimentaryticket

Following the symposium Places You Love will be convening a national meeting of the alliance to be held on the 28th March in Canberra. This meeting will be a critical moment for galvanising our movement, sharing ideas and getting alignment on the best way to protect nature in Australia.

We will discuss key challenges, campaign options and strategies to win the fight for a new generation of environmental laws that effectively protect people and nature.

To sign up go to the pylnationalmeeting.eventbrite.com.au

For more information contact HOPE on 07 4639 2135; or office@hopeaustralia.org.au.


12/03 2018

Toowoomba Landcare Group | Community Field Day

For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Vanessa on 0409 923 627 or email toowoombalandcare@gmail.com by Wednesday 14 March.


13/03 2018

Third Industrial Revolution, by Jeremy Rifkin

In 2011, Mr. Rifkin published the New York Times best seller, The Third Industrial Revolution: How Lateral Power is Transforming Energy, the Economy, and the World.

Jeremy Rifkin, an economist and political adviser, presents a highly ambitious text that describes some fundamental transformations underway in the world economy, provides a road map to future change and explains why such massive shifts are necessary. Many of the topics Rifkin discusses will be familiar to you, such as the threat of climate change or the potential of new collaborative business models. What Rifkin offers, and what makes his book both exciting and a bit daunting, is an overarching narrative that places technological, social and economic currents in historical and modern contexts. The result is both educational and engaging. getAbstract finds that his analysis will intrigue futurists, those interested in the intersection of technology and society, and anyone concerned about life on Earth.

Trailer: Economic and social theorist Jeremy Rifkin lays out a roadmap for the future to grow our economy and save the environment.

The film (a Vice production) is based around the theories Rifkin presented in his book of the same name, and two other of his books, The Empathic Civilization (2009) and Zero Marginal Cost Society (2014). The film explores the challenges of climate change and globalization, the opportunities created by the rise of the internet and automation, and how governments and corporations should be preparing for–and working to build–a society and economy driven by sustainable innovation, and powered by renewable and distributed energy. “I think the green shoots are coming up everywhere; we’re seeing telltale signs of what’s in the film,” Rifkin tells Fast Company. “My hope is if people see the film it will make sense to them because it’s already on the tip of their tongue. They know all the sentences, they just hadn’t put the chapters together. Then it just makes sense. And once that happens, they never go back. I think a lot of people are right there.”

Third Industrial Revolution on SBS On Demand

09/03 2018

Important research from ACF

New research reveals Australia’s critical habitat laws are broken

Australia’s national environment laws are failing to protect critical habitat that is crucial to saving our endangered species, a new report from the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) has found.

The new research reveals that Australia is lagging countries like the United States in preserving habitat vital for the protection of rare animals, plants, reptiles, fish and birds.

The research reveals:

  • Just five places are protected as critical habitat in Australia, the last in 2005.
  • There are over 100 threatened species whose critical habitat has been identified as essential to their survival, but has not been protected.
  • There is no legal penalty for wilfully damaging critical habitat on non-Commonwealth land.

ACF Healthy Eco-systems Campaigner, Jess Abrahams, said to avert Australia’s extinction crisis, and ensure species persist into the future, strong action is needed to protect the best areas of habitat that remain.

Our research shows how Australia’s existing laws are failing on many fronts Mr Abrahams said.

Despite having over 1900 nationally listed threatened species and ecological communities, Australia’s national critical habitat register protects only 5 places as critical habitat.

Given the immediacy of the threats to endangered wildlife, it is ridiculous that no critical habitat has been listed for any species since 2005. The experience in the United States, where critical habitat is routinely protected, is that threatened species begin recovering when their homes are properly protected.

Our current law provides patently inadequate protection to prevent the destruction of critical habitat. It is subject to the political whims of ministers who are afforded broad discretion and may be subject to the pull of vested interests.

Australia has the privilege of being one of the few mega-diverse nations in the world. Without proper protections, beloved species like the Leadbeater’s Possum could well be extinct within a few years. If we’re going to protect our native species we must fix these laws and we must do it now

The full report can be found here .


09/03 2018

Date Claimer: QTIC Workshop | Brisbane | 15 March

Dear friends,

For anyone in Brisbane on March 15th, the Queensland Tourism Industry Council is hosting a workshop from 12 - 3.00 PM at Southbank TAFE for members of the public to help in identifying what is needed for developing a Tourism Sector (climate change) Adaptation Plan.

The event page states this will help to protect the natural environment we rely on so heavily as an industry and to create benefits such as reduced costs and a competitive edge for businesses.

It would be great if representatives from across the environment conservation sector (not represented on their committee) can make it and provide input to this Plan.

Link to register: www.eventbrite.com.au/e/brisbane-workshop-changing-climate-changing-business-tickets-43155157237

Best regards,
Lisa

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Lisa Cliff | Climate Change Policy Officer
Queensland Conservation Council


07/03 2018

Important article from The Guardian

'Global deforestation hotspot': 3m hectares of Australian forest to be lost in 15 years

A koala mother and joey on a bulldozed log pile in Queensland. Photograph: WWF

Threatened species, pressure on Great Barrier Reef and climate change all worsened by full-blown land-clearing crisis

Australia is in the midst of a full-blown land-clearing crisis. Projections suggest that in the two decades to 2030, 3m hectares of untouched forest will have been bulldozed in eastern Australia.

The crisis is driven primarily by a booming livestock industry but is ushered in by governments that fail to introduce restrictions and refuse to apply existing restrictions.

And more than just trees are at stake.

Australia has a rich biodiversity, with nearly 8% of all Earth’s plant and animal species finding a home on the continent. About 85% of the country’s plants, 84% of its mammals and 45% of its birds are found nowhere else.

But land clearing is putting that at risk. About three-quarters of Australia’s 1,640 plants and animals listed by the government as threatened have habitat loss listed as one of their main threats.

Much of the land clearing in Queensland – which accounts for the majority in Australia – drives pollution into rivers that drain on to the Great Barrier Reef, adding to the pressures on it.

And of course land clearing is exacerbating climate change. In 1990, before short-lived land-clearing controls came into place, a quarter of Australia’s total greenhouse gas emissions were caused by deforestation. Emissions from land clearing dropped after 2010 but are rising sharply again.

It has gotten so bad that WWF International put it on the list of global deforestation fronts, the only one in the developed world on that list, says Martin Taylor, the protected areas and conservation science manager at WWF Australia.

In Queensland, where there is both the most clearing and the best data on clearing, trees are being bulldozed at a phenomenal rate.

About 395,000 hectares of native vegetation were cleared there in 2015-16, 33% more compared with the previous year. And despite the re-elected Labor government promising changes to rein it in, notifications of planned land clearing in Queensland have jumped a further 30%, suggesting woodlands could be bulldozed even faster in coming years.

To visualise what clearing of that magnitude looks like, Guardian Australia has created a tool that will lay an area that size over any location you choose. Mapped over Sydney, for example, 395,000 hectares covers an area stretching from the central coast in the north, to Campbeltown in the south, and the Blue Mountains in the west.

That equates to more than 1,500 football fields worth of native woodland and scrub being cleared each and every day in Queensland.

Read & see much more in original article »

07/03 2018

Climate for Change is coming to Brisbane


07/03 2018

Prof Andy Lowe article

When weed is good

Have we been demonising them unnecessarily?

Weeds are the bane of life for gardeners, farmers and conservationists.

Whether it be onion weed taking over gardens, Paterson's curse spreading across paddocks and poisoning cattle or Japanese knotweed chocking waterways - Its easy to see where the inspiration behind John Wyndom's The Day of the Triffids, or HG Wells' red weed in War of the Worlds comes from. Transported from one side of the planet to another, and without natural predators or biological control agents, these 'alien' plants run amok in new territories smothering landscapes and killing wildlife.

What’s needed is a transition to a new paradigm […] in which human perceptions about weeds should not be negative by default.

“Negative by default” is how humans perceive weeds. They’re a threat to biodiversity, so we spend millions of dollars on their eradication. But is this paradigm true for all ecosystems and all weeds? And, do we really understand the exact interactions between weeds and native species in our managed and natural ecosystems?

According to an international team of researchers, the answer is ‘no, not necessarily’. These researchers have been working to fill this knowledge gap by examining weed-biodiversity interactions in detail. And what they’re finding is unexpected, potentially controversial and may challenge prevailing notions of best practice weed management among conservation practitioners.

emnant grassland in Mokota Conservation Park in the Mid-North region of South Australia, one of the sites included in the analysis (image courtesy of Greg Guerin)

Weeds can have positive effects on biodiversity

The research, lead by Dr Irene Martín-Forés of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) at the National Museum of Natural Sciences in Madrid, found that, contrary to most people’s notions, weeds have a positive or neutral association with biodiversity in Australian grassland ecosystems. That is, the more weeds found at sites often the higher the level of native species diversity. In fact, they found no apparent competition between weeds and natives or other negative effects on overall native diversity.

Irene and her colleagues from The University of Adelaide, came to these conclusions after analysing data on species richness, cover and diversity collected from hundreds of grassland monitoring sites of varying levels of disturbance throughout the greater Mount Lofty Ranges region of South Australia.

At the most disturbed grasslands sites with land-uses such as cropping and modified pastures, rather counterintuitively, the positive association between weed and natives was highest, and is most likely due to the complementary roles of exotic and native species, and the opportunity for rapidly establishing weeds to aid the occupation of space and use of resources by all species. They work together, facilitating each other to colonise degraded sites, instead of competing.

A new way of managing weeds

As highlighted by research team member, Dr Greg Guerin, these results indicate that although a minority of weed species are having strong negative impacts on native biodiversity, these interactions can’t be generalised across all weeds and ecosystems. This challenges the notion that all weeds need to be removed from remnant Mediterranean-climate grasslands, regardless of identity, or that weed cover or diversity per se is a valid condition measure.

Habitat management that focusses on general weed eradication rather than targeting particularly problematic species in grasslands may well turn out to be ineffectual.

What’s needed is a transition to a new paradigm. A model in which human perceptions about weeds should not be negative by default. Instead, a more nuanced understanding of conservation is required, one that involves assessing exotic species in native systems on a case-by-case basis needs to be considered.

Multiple sources of open data were utilised in this research, including from TERN and its cognate National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) projects:

Read more about this research in the recently published paper in the journal PlosOne..

Read original »

05/03 2018

12th Australasian Plant Conservation Conference (APCC12)

'Moving house - a new age for plant translocation and restoration'.

12th Australasian Plant Conservation Conference (APCC12)

12 to 16 November 2018, CSIRO Discovery Centre, Canberra

Session Themes have been announced! Call for Abstracts opens 2 May.

  • Moving house - lessons from the past – who’s done what where and what do we now know?
  • Moving house – what’s new?
  • Policy and politics of moving plants.
  • Crossing over – what can we learn from moving organisms other than plants?
  • Effective partnerships – who, why and how? What works and what doesn’t?
  • Do you need a safe deposit box? The importance of ex-situ conservation in translocation.

Bird registrations open 21 May. ANPC members and students will receive discounts on the conference registration fees!
Click here for more information.


04/03 2018

WWF Australia News | Earth Hour

Dear Friends,

What a huge month! March is all about Earth Hour and how we can switch off to #Connect2Earth. We’ve also got some amazing photos and stories to share from the field, so check it out...

SIGN UP FOR EARTH HOUR & WIN !

Switch off to #Connect2Earth on 24 March at 8:30 pm and you could win a turtle tagging trip to the Great Barrier Reef.

SIGN UP NOW

6 WAYS TO #CONNECT2EARTH

How we can all make a better future for our planet this Earth Hour.

GET CONNECTED

BE A WHALE FOR A WHILE

In a world-first, scientists in the Antarctic have attached a camera to a minke whale.

WATCH THE VIDEO

LAST CHANCE TO PRESERVE OUR RESERVES

We’ve sent almost 10,000 postcards to politicians asking them to save our Coral Sea.

HAVE YOU SENT YOURS YET?

IN PHOTOS: LITTLE ISLAND, BIG BIRDS

Lights, camera, birds! See what it's like to be a wildlife photographer on a mission.

VIEW THE GALLERY

Days on the Conservation Calendar for March 2018:

  • 3 March - World Wildlife Day
  • 8 March - International Women's Day
  • 12-16 March - Sustainable Seafood Week
  • 16 March - Panda Day
  • 20 March - World Frog Day
  • 21 March - International Day of Forests
  • 21 March - International Day for the Elimination of Racial Disrimination
  • 24 March - Earth Hour
  • 28 March - Manatee Appreciation Day

28/02 2018

Date Claimer : 2018 Beyond Coal and Gas Jamboree!

Join the Jamboree!

The 2018 Beyond Coal and Gas Jamboree is not to be missed (early bird registration is open now!).

Beyond Coal and Gas is where you’ll hear from Aboriginal activists fighting for country, and inspiring Australian and international grassroot activists. You’ll learn new skills, share your experiences and together, we’ll build strategies to power Australia beyond coal and gas.

Relationships are what make our movement powerful; nothing beats spending focussed time together to forge new connections across campaigns.

We’ve taken some giant strides in the task of transitioning Australia beyond fossil fuels since the 2016 conference. People everywhere are rising up to fight: taking on billionaire coal companies; closing coal plants and firing up clean energy projects; and halting gas fracking to protect land and water.

And yet, Australia still exports more coal and gas than any country on Earth: we have so much work yet to do in order to build our movement to the scale we need to win..

Will you join us from May - 3 June 2018 on Queensland’s beautiful Sunshine Coast for the Beyond Coal Gas Jamboree?

WHEN:
Evening of Thursday, 31 May, through to afternoon of Sunday, 3 June 2018
WHERE:
Alexandra Park Conference Centre Sunshine Coast, Queensland (just 15 minutes from Sunshine Coast airport)
WHAT:
Three days of exciting national and international speakers, workshops and plenaries. Opportunities to develop skills. Open spaces so you can define the workshops you want to see. Evening entertainment to celebrate our collective efforts to change the world.

Early bird registration now open! Grab your tickets here

Find out more: www.beyondcoalandgas.org

There will be plenty of opportunities for input to the program - take this survey to give us an early indication of what you’d like to see and be a part of!

Can't wait to see you all there!.

BCAG Team


22/02 2018

Come see #StopAdani: A Mighty Force!

Friends of the Environment,

Today isl the People’s Premiere of #StopAdani: A Mighty Force!

Community screenings of A Mighty Force are popping up across the nation. In fact, there’s even a screening in India! Find a screening near you.

The film shows a young Aboriginal woman standing up for country in Central Queensland. A Melbourne Rabbi putting the pressure on his local MP. Sydney volunteers calling voters during a crucial state election. A Queensland farmer leading a massive protest. And tens of thousands of us spelling out #StopAdani in giant human signs from Bondi and Newcastle to Brisbane and Canberra.

But that’s enough spoilers - grab your friends and head to your nearest community screening to watch this incredible film.

#StopAdani: A Mighty Force is the next big #StopAdani documentary. The first one – Guarding the Galilee – had over 400 community screenings last year alone.

Adani is not about to walk away. The company has millions of dollars sunk into its plans for a dirty coal mine in the Galilee Basin. So if Adani won’t walk away, we’ll have to make them.

As Juru Traditional Elder Carol Prior says in the film, 'Adani are dealing with a mighty force, and the more it grows, the harder we’ll be to beat.'

RSVP to a screening near you now.

See you there,
Glen, for the entire 350 Australia team

PS. With your support, we are a mighty force. We can and we will #StopAdani.


20/02 2018

Date Claimer: Earth Hour, Saturday 24 March 2018, 8.30pm

This Earth Hour, it’s time to switch off and #Connect2Earth.

Earth Hour is the world’s largest grassroots movement for climate change action. Millions of people in over 180 countries take part in Earth Hour by switching off their lights as a symbolic gesture to show that our planet needs stronger action on climate change.

On Saturday, 24th March 2018, switch off for Earth Hour. Switch off for the future of our planet.

View/download Earth Hour 2018 factsheet » View/download Earth Hour 2018 poster »

20/02 2018

UNAA NSW Event | Sydney | 27 February 2018

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS: From Words to Actions

This highly interactive briefing will consider the overall significance and relevance of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals plus your individual role in moving from vision to reality – Come along to be informed, engaged and inspired.

Keynote Speaker

Rev. Hon. Dr. Lynn Arnold AO is a former South Australian Premier and was CEO of World Vision Australia until 2003. Lynn is a pre-eminent expert on the Sustainable Development Goals and is passionate about educating and engaging Australians on the crucial work underway to achieve SDG targets as UNAA Goodwill Ambassador.

Event Organiser:

United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA)

Date/Time:

Tuesday 27 February 2018 at 6:00pm

Venue:

MLC Centre - Level 57
19-21 Martin Place, SYDNEY, NSW 2000

Tickets:

$25 for members and students, $35 for non-members (light refreshments will be served).

View/download Event flyer » Bookings »

18/02 2018

Honey Flora of Southeast Queensland

Householders' Options to Protect the Environment Inc.
PO Box 6118 - Clifford Gardens, Toowoomba QLD 4350
(22 Vacy Street, Toowoomba QLD 4350)
Ph: 07 4639 2135; Email:office@hopeaustralia.org.au
Website: http://www.hopeaustralia.org.au
Facebook: facebook.com/Householders.Options.to.Protect.the.Environment
ABN 48 036 173 161
Think Globally. Act Locally!
Householders' Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) Inc logo

Community Forum: “Important Honey Flora”, Thursday, 1 March 2018

We know that bees produce honey, right?

Do you know what bees need in order to make the honey?

You can learn more about this at a community forum on “Important Honey Flora” being held on Thursday, 1st March, 7pm – 9pm at the Toowoomba City Library (Level 3, Cnr Herries and Victoria Sts, Toowoomba).

(Ironbark flowers)

The forum, hosted by Householders’ Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) Inc., features Mr. Glen Tucker, President of Southern Beekeepers Association.

The Southern Beekeepers Association services the Toowoomba Region and surrounds for those interested in keeping bees.

Mr Tucker will be giving a presentation on “Honey Flora of southeast Queensland”. Information included in this presentation will be on the basic requirements of bees for honey production, as well as some detail on the most important trees and other flora for honey production, including information about botanical identification of these species.

Glen is an Agricultural Scientist by training, and he has interest and expertise in both bees and the flora from which they harvest nectar to produce honey.

The formal presentation will go for about 40 minutes and there will be time for questions after the presentation.

Bookings for the community forum are essential. To reserve your seat, RSVP by 26 February to HOPE office by phone 4639 2135 or email office@hopeaustralia.org.au.

Event:

Community Forum: “Important Honey Flora”

Date:

Thursday, 1st March, 7pm – 9pm.

Venue:

Toowoomba City Library (Level 3, Cnr Herries and Victoria Sts, Toowoomba).

Cost:

Entry by gold coin donation


19/02 2018

Interesting UK links on sustainable living

The Eco-Friendly Guide to Cleaning Your Home

This guide offers comprehensive information about eco-friendly and sustainable ways of cleaning your home.
Visit epcleaners.co.uk/resources/eco-friendly-cleaning

Other useful information may be found at salisburytransitioncity.org/useful-links


01/02 2018

HSI Australia | Petition to TRC

Petition: To prohibit circuses featuring wild animals to trade in TRC jurisdiction

Humane Society International (HSI), aided by Householders’ Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE), are circulating a petition “asking Toowoomba Regional Council to prohibit all future circuses using animals in the Toowoomba Regional Council area.” We ask this based upon the inhumane conditions that the animals are kept in, the conditions under which the animals are transported, and the inappropriate messages conveyed to children by forcing wild animals to perform circus tricks.

Humane Society International spokesperson Ms Virginia Breen said HSI has therefore decided to petition your Council and try to change their policy of allowing such circuses on council land, as part of an Australia-wide campaign. We have found the majority of Councils when approached on this issue do ban these circuses, as most were previously unaware of the exploitation and cruelty involved.

Working in conjunction with other concerned groups and individuals, we have had many successes - thanks to the hard work and support of our members, said Ms Breen.

Persons interested in supporting this petition and collecting signatures are asked to contact the HOPE office by email office@hopeaustralia.org.au to request a petition form.

The completed petition sheets should then be returned to Humane Society International, PO Box 439, Avalon NSW 2107 so that they may be collated and lodged with Toowoomba Regional Council.


30/01 2018

WWF Australia | The fight to save the Coral Sea needs you!

OUR CORAL SEA IS IN GRAVE DANGER!

The Coral Sea needs your help!

Situated off the Queensland coast, the vast Coral Sea supports millions of sea creatures, such as turtles, rays and sharks, schools of fish like tuna, the beautiful clown fish, plus whales and vibrant coral.

Yet, an area of the Coral Sea bigger than Victoria, is still at risk from being opened up and exposed to commercial fishing..

Taking a huge slice out of our Coral Sea puts iconic wildlife like turtles at risk of becoming bycatch, and means schools of fish are open to overfishing. We have to keep the protections we already have in place, and save this fragile ecosystem.

Taking a huge slice out of our Coral Sea puts iconic wildlife like turtles at risk of becoming bycatch, and means schools of fish are open to overfishing. We have to keep the protections we already have in place, and save this fragile ecosystem.

Let our federal politicians know what’s at stake - send them a personalised postcard from the Coral Sea.

Join us, and raise your voice for our oceans.

Send your postcard today!

SEND A POSTCARD

Thank you,

Richard Leck
Head of Oceans,
WWF-Australia

P.S. If these proposals go ahead, Australia will hold the record for the biggest downgrading of marine protected area ever seen anywhere else in the world. Send your postcard to stop this today.


26/02 2017

Please lend a hand to help Clean Up Australia

It took just one man to inspire millions of people to pick up rubbish. Every year since 1989 Ian Kiernan has demonstrated that individuals around the world can make their own contribution to cleaning up the planet.

The Clean Up Australia movement, begun by the Sydney builder and yachtsman with a clean-up of Sydney Harbour by 40,000 Sydneysiders, is an annual event around Australia and, since 1993 and the foundation of Clean Up the World, the driving force that brings out 30 million people in 80 countries to clean up their own little bit of the planet.

In the Toowoomba region, HOPE is once again calling for volunteers to play their part in keeping their neighbourhood free of litter and possible contamination.

HOPE's president Frank Ondrus is keen to have individuals, groups, businesses, schools and church congregations sign up for one of the three days planned for this year's clean-up:

For more information go to: www.cleanup.org.au


24/01 2018

Communique from Lock the Gate Alliance

Let’s keep the momentum going!

Hi Friend of the Environment,

From everyone across the Lock the Gate network, thank you for being part of this movement to protect Australian communities from unsafe mining and gas.

We’ve put together a video to recap and celebrate some of the incredible highlights from the last 12 months.

Grab a cuppa and take a moment to enjoy and celebrate with us - it’s pretty inspiring what we’ve managed to achieve together!

Lock the Gate coordinators are working hand in hand with hundreds of local groups across the length and breadth of Australia. It is people like you that make this possible.

Please consider taking an extra step this year and sign up to become a Gate Keeper., making a monthly donation to keep gates locked to coal mining and invasive gasfields across the country.

We’re looking forward to a huge 2018 where we can do even more to fight back. Let’s keep up the momentum for the protection of our water, our food growing areas and our precious communities.

Best wishes for the year ahead,

Naomi, and the whole team at Lock the Gate


24/01 2018

Future Directions Institure (FDI) | From The CEO

FDI Outlook and Future Analysis for 2018

2018 in the Indo-Pacific Region

The year ahead has all the hallmarks of continuing geopolitical uncertainly and the likelihood of increasing concern over a number of non-traditional challenges that include changes in demographic trends, the impact of climate change, the ability to meet food and water demands, rising inequality and the impact on employment of increased automation.

China is likely to become more centrally controlled with, at least initially, a faster growth in economic activity although there are persistent concerns over its considerable debt and possible trade disputes with the US and Europe. President Xi Jinping is also committed to safety, environmental improvement and equality, characterised by an “unbalanced and inadequate development of the people’s ever-growing need for a better life.” Through that process, Xi will attempt to promote entrepreneurship and innovation, revitalise the rural sector, address the challenges of an ageing population, improve education, defuse social tensions and eliminate corruption.

In global affairs, China will continue to move from being a “quiet achiever” to an “assertive player.” In doing so, the Chinese Communist Party will consolidate what it considers to be its key national interests. The Belt and Road Initiative will promote “shared” development, security and co-operation.

Of course, that is only part of the list of outcomes. Considerable policy, research, resources and time will be needed. Prolonged uncertainty will be characterised by losses but also opportunities.

There will be a critical question: Is China’s rise America’s decline? Both are substantial powers; both have strengths and weaknesses. Competition between the two is both real and psychological. It is also subject to internal and indirect forces that seek to exploit national and international outcomes, focussing on negative issues and perceived injustices.

Uncertainties over North Korea will continue. Sanctions and international isolation, the prospect of more missile launches and a nuclear test, as well as war games by both sides, will continue against a background of rhetoric from the Trump Administration and the North Korean leadership. Regional actors – China, Russia, Japan and South Korea – will all have roles to play. It is likely, therefore, that in North-East Asia, 2018 will look not too different to 2017.

In South-East Asia, democratic regression may well be strengthened with strongmen getting their way in Cambodia and Malaysia following a similar outcome in the Philippines. The future ability of the Mekong River to provide the food and water outcomes needed to support local populations will also be challenged and China will seek to extend its influence in the region.

In Myanmar and Bangladesh, the Rohingya issue will continue to fester and have an impact on the wider region.

In South Asia, the relationship between India and China will continue to attract attention. Deteriorating US-Pakistani relations, uncertainties regarding the situation in Afghanistan, the concept of the US-India-Australia-Japan “Quadrilateral” and the strategic significance of the Indo-Pacific will attract increasing analysis.

Among island states, Sri Lanka may be caught up in a Sino-Indian power play, and the Maldives could witness a rise in violence from citizens returning to their birthplace following the collapse of the Islamic State caliphate while, on the political front, the rise of authoritarianism is possible.

In terms of the Middle East, 2018 is likely to be another turbulent year with an inflamed rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Conflict will continue in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen. ISIL and Al-Qaeda affiliates will continue their attacks throughout the Middle East, Africa and Asia, with prospects for further violence in Europe and North America. The prospect of a weapon of mass destruction as well as the use of the internet and cyber technology will bear consideration. The concept of Jerusalem as a capital will continue to stir unrest.

July elections in Pakistan and the start of the electoral process in India, Indonesia and South Africa will add to uncertainty in 2018.

In summary, the region that FDI concentrates on will be one of uncertainty with assessments of likely outcomes difficult to predict.

FDI Research in 2018

FDI’s research will continue to focus on three areas:

  • To determine whether there will be a global food and water crisis between now and 2050, how that might evolve, what will cause it, what the implications might be for Australia and how Australia might respond.
  • To consider the geo-strategic developments, including opportunities and challenges for Australia, in the Indian Ocean region over the next 20 years. Six countries in particular will be considered: Indonesia, India, Pakistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia and South Africa.
  • To identify developments over the next 20 years in northern Australia, focussing initially on regenerating the landscape in Australia generally and particularly in tropical Australia.

Details for individual programmes are below:

Indian Ocean Research Programme

The continuing primary theme for 2018 will be the identification and analysis of the major challenges that are likely to confront the six key Indian Ocean states identified by FDI (Indonesia, India, Pakistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia and South Africa) over the next ten years, including the implications of such challenges for Australia.

Such analysis will address each country’s overall national characteristics, assess the objectives of Australian foreign policy towards that country and vice-versa and analyse the country’s national plan and strategic objectives for the future, including its ability to implement such a plan and achieve the objectives.

At this time, India and Indonesia are the priority countries for consideration.

The Global Food and Water Crises Research Programme

The continuing primary question is to determine whether there is an impending global food and water crisis by 2050 and, if so, what will be its cause, how will it develop, what is likely to be the impact on Australia and what should we, as a nation, do about it.

In 2018, analysis will concentrate on China and consider the following:

  • The State of Chinese Soils
  • Water Conveyance Infrastructure and Water Security
  • The Impact of Climate Change
  • Overseas Investment and Domestic Food Security
  • The Development of Western China
  • Chinese Agricultural Research

Two other areas will also be considered:

  • Food and Water Security in Africa
  • A Global Overview of Food and Water Security
The Northern Australia and Land Care Research Programme

The primary theme for this Programme will continue to be research that considers the reason, impact and means of dealing with the regeneration of Australia’s landscape and its soil.

The Land Care component of the programme links with the appointment by the Prime Minister of FDI Chairman Major-General Hon. Michael Jeffery as the National Advocate for Soil Health. FDI will be closely associated with Soils for Life, a Canberra-based not-for-profit research institute, chaired by General Jeffery, which will oversee the 100 case study farms that will highlight progressive farming and science-based developments.

In addition to Strategic Analysis Papers, FDI will interview many researchers, farmers and pastoralists and policymakers. FDI Associates who have an interest in this topic may also be asked to provide papers.

The impact that soils, through the process of plant photosynthesis, can play in climate mitigation will also be considered and reported.

With regard to Northern Australia, noting that the Land Care component of this Programme’s research is equally significant to Northern Australia as it is elsewhere, research will concentrate on issues that determine future opportunities for the region as well as the challenges for achieving such opportunities. The social and economic development of Northern Australia over the next 30 years, the impact of climate change and the significance of growing relationships with China, South Asia and Indonesia will be considered.

The Basis of FDI’s Research

FDI attempts to make judgements about the future. This is a form of intelligence analysis, noting that much of the future is grey and that often there are different options that need to be further tested with new information before a final judgement can be made. This requires analysts to be flexible and to be prepared to admit that earlier judgements may be wrong.

FDI will continue to identify those who should receive its product, noting that such people have the authority, responsibility and interest to use the research that FDI produces. This includes a wide range of people in government, the public service, private institutions, business entities, academia and the media. Over 5,000 associates receive the product directly and some 35,000 people use FDI’s product every month with almost two million pages viewed.

FDI’s work is essentially journalistic in style. That is done to attract as many readers as possible and to avoid the complex style of academic and scientific papers. FDI papers are short and start with a list of key judgements so that a busy reader can quickly decide if the paper should be read or not.

FDI uses a wide range of researchers who continue to develop an intelligence analysis style while capitalising on their detailed knowledge and understanding of the subject. Some researchers include FDI staff, who not only write papers but also identify authors, do scoping studies and edit the final product. Other authors include academics, university interns, subject matter specialists and members of Australian and overseas research institutes.

In 2018, FDI will continue to produce informed, balanced research to enhance the quality of strategic decision-making at senior levels of the public and private sectors in Australia.


Kind regards,

Major General John Hartley AO, (Retd)
Institute Director and CEO


24/01 2018

Communique from Youth Food Movement (Australia)

Calling all awesome people, we're on the look-out for co-leaders!

Alas, our brilliant Brisbane co-leader Anna is moving on to new horizons and the time has come to pass the YFM co-leader baton.

Becoming a volunteer co-leader is an opportunity to help grow, shape and create outside-the-box food projects in Brisbane, as well as to contribute to the national direction of YFM. You'll get experience, learn about yourself, and contribute to some downright awesome stuff.

But don't just take our word for it:

This is honestly such a wonderful, insightful, and rewarding role… From our local chapter to the national team, YFM is a very supportive environment to grow your leadership skills (and love for all things food).

B, Melbourne Co-leader

YFM felt like a space where I finally surrounded myself completely with people who were willing to live out their personal ethics, interests and seek out the curious. YFM is a community of truly active changemakers, people willing to look further than themselves to put their energy, enthusiasm and practical action into their projects and passions.

Cressi, Sydney Co-leader

YFM’s approach to repairing the food system is realistic to me, educating through inclusion, fun and realness. It excites me and actually makes me feel like I am doing something, and that’s kinda cool.

Eliza, Sydney Co-leader

Get the deets here »

23/01 2018

Invitation to 'Empowering the Community'

Dear Friend,

For too long corporations have run roughshod over our communities; it’s time to take the power back.

I would like to invite you to join me on the 3rd of February at the Toowoomba Library for a community forum – Empowering the Community.

As some background, I previously served as a Senator for Queensland from 1997 - 2008 and re-entered the Senate late last year as the Queensland Greens’ new representative in this role. I am keen to meet with and hear from people at local level about issues you are working on or are concerned about. There will also be some local Greens community members and advocates with me on the day who are also wanting to learn more about the work you or your organisation are doing, and how we can better support the interests and concerns of you and those you work with. I am also happy to share some insights on what the Greens are currently doing in the Senate and at community level.

During the thirty years I have been directly involved in politics, I have seen our democracy gradually becoming less and less functional, operating more and more in the interests of corporations and the political establishment and their big donors at the expense of the community. Wages are stagnant, social services and job security are continuing to decline, cost of living and underemployment are climbing - all while corporate profits are soaring.

Donors to political parties are holding increased powers over government agenda, developers have control over the shape of our cities and towns, all while important infrastructure and social services funding is slashed, leaving many Queenslanders vulnerable. Community groups struggle to have their voice heard or to get a foothold to fight back.

I would love to hear from you how we can help turn this around on the issues you are passionate about.

Please find event details below. Light refreshments will be provided with halal and vegetarian options available.

Empowering the Community

Saturday 3 February, 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Toowoomba City Library Building
Level 3 Multipurpose Room, 155 Herries Street
RSVP: Please make sure to register by Wednesday 31 January via this link or by reply email to senator.bartlett@aph.gov.au as the venue has a limited capacity

Following the meeting, some of us will head over to the Beer Garden at The Norville for a few hours for a more casual chat. You’re also most welcome to join us there - please feel free to ask along anyone who might interested in popping, even if it’s to say g’day.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Sincerely,

Andrew Bartlett

Greens Senator for Queensland
senator.bartlett@aph.gov.au
(07) 3367 0566 | Level 2, 251 Given Terrace, Paddington QLD 4064

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17/01 2018

What do you think of Queensland’s climate change policy?

Dear HOPE supporters,

Last year Queensland saw its warmest year on record - reminding us we must stop our greenhouse gas emissions now to avoid dangerous levels of warming.

With no meaningful action from our Federal Government, our states and territories need to take the lead in tackling climate change.

QCC believes environment conservation groups have an important role to play in feeding into and improving the Queensland Government's plan to transition our state to zero-net emissions by 2050.

Through our analysis of Queensland's Climate Transition Strategy, QCC has prepared a number of short briefing notes intended to get us all thinking and talking about climate change and what our state's pathway to a zero-net emissions 2050 should look like. To see the briefing papers, visit our website or download copies here.

To feed environment conservation considerations into the Government's Climate Transition Strategy 2.0 (set for 2019), QCC is compiling a report - to highlight any issues raised through your feedback - to submit to the Department of Environment and Science in July 2018.

To make sure your voice is included, leave a comment on our webpage, or get in touch via lisa.cliff@qldconservation.org.au, 0429 998315.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Best regards,
Lisa Cliff
Queensland Conservation Council


18/01 2018

Eco News - Issue #1550


14/01 2018

Invitation | Webinar: Insight 2018

Insight 2018: The SustainAbility Annual Trends Review

We are delighted to present our annual webinar to discuss the global sustainability trends that will shape the economic, political, and social landscape and business agenda in 2018.

The questions that we will discuss during the webinar include the following:

  • What key issues shaping the sustainability agenda should leaders have on their radar this year?
  • What will be the major opportunities for corporate leadership on sustainability in 2018? How should companies act on them?

Join us for a presentation of SustainAbility’s current thinking and a lively discussion between SustainAbility’s Executive Director Mark Lee and panelists: Libby Bernick (Global Head of Corporate Business, Trucost), Mark Gough (Executive Director, Natural Capital Coalition) and Pat Dwyer (Founder and Director, The Purpose Business).

HOSTED BY
SustainAbility
WHEN
Tuesday January 30, 2018
4pm GMT | 11am EST | 8am PST

Space is limited. Please register today!

Register » Add to calendar »

14/01 2018

Chopping the Amazon in Half!!

Dear colleagues,

It is very likely that the Amazon — the world’s greatest rainforest — will soon be chopped in half.

Brazil is currently working to complete a dramatic upgrade to the BR-319 Highway, an 870 kilometer-long road segment running between Manaus in central Amazonia to Porto Velho in southern Amazonia.

Once completed, this road will link directly to the BR-174 Highway, which runs from Manaus to the northern border of Brazil.

Together, the two highways will slice the Amazon in half along a north-south axis. Some protected or indigenous areas are in place but they are not nearly enough to staunch the impacts that will arise from opening up the Amazon so profoundly to human activities.

If you have 60 seconds, please see this brief video we made (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eybwjVFseS4) that illustrates what this highway network could mean for the Amazon.

Please read and share with others who may be interested. (And insert your email address here to receive occasional environmental news on globally important issues).

All best,

Bill

William F. Laurance, PhD, FAA, FAAAS, FRSQ
Distinguished Research Professor
Australian Laureate & Prince Bernhard Chair in International Nature Conservation (Emeritus)

Director of the Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Science (TESS)

Director of ALERT (ALERT-conservation.org)


12/01 2018

Food Connect

Bananas, watermelon, mangoes and more.....

Here is this week's harvest for you! Make your own box of fruit, veggies and groceries or click here to see what's in our nine different pre-packed boxes.

Fruit

Mangoes are in abundance right now!! Woohoo! We have loads of Kensington Prides from our farmer, Ian Burow from Mount Cotton. We have smattering of peaches and nectarines, plus plenty of cherry plums.

We’ve also got three types of bananas: Cavendish, Ladyfinger and Ducasse - all from our farmers in the Northern Rivers

Watermelons this week are from James Branson - the seeded are a mix of Micky Lee and Warpaints (our personal fav) while the Seedless are Talca. Plus much more!

Order your fruit here »

Veggies

In this hot weather, all the vine crops are doing really well which means we have plenty of beans, snow peas, and zucchinis.

We also have loads of chillies - Cayennes and Bishop’s Hat, potatoes, onions, cucumbers and salad greens. Plus much more.

And for all the juicing freaks out there, don’t forget we have great juicing packs full of great organic fruit and veggies for you.

Order your veggies here »

Groceries

We’ve got your pantry and fridge covered with milks, cheeses, eggs, yoghurt and breads. Make sure you check out the great ferments from Gusty (the best kraut!) and top up your jam supplies with Jaboticaba Jam from Ugly Duck.

Order your groceries here »

Emma-Kate & the Food Connect Team

P.S. This week, your farm fresh boxes have travelled an average of 190kms. Sweet!


10/01 2018

New Year’s Green Resolutions

Traditionally, the New Year brings plenty of resolutions to do things differently; however, many of these good intentions don't survive the summer.

Householders’ Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) has some good ideas easily turned into sustainable resolutions which make you feel good as well.

These tips are simple to implement yet can have lasting benefits for individuals, families and the community.

HOPE suggests adding the following actions to your resolution “to do” list:-

  1. Aim for a chemical-free household, using natural cleaning products and recipes (www.theshoppe.com.au)
  2. Commit to organic gardening (www.greenharvest.com.au)
  3. Conscientiously recycle paper, cardboard, cans, bottles, plastic containers and hazardous items (recyclingnearyou.com.au)
  4. Use green waste from your garden in mulching, composting or worm-farming.
  5. Think about installing solar power.
  6. Install a rainwater tank.
  7. Walk or ride a bike once a week on a journey you would normally drive.
  8. Support events such as Clean Up Australia Day, Earth Hour, Landcare Week and National Recycling Week (www.environment.gov.au/about-us/media-centre/events)
  9. Take part in Friends of the Escarpment Parks working bees to clean the Toowoomba escarpment of weeds and invasive plants (website under maintenance)
  10. Join a local conservation or environment group, Landcare or animal welfare group e.g. contact the Darling Downs Environment Council (DDEC) – (www.ddec.org.au)

09/01 2018

Wanted – Used Postage Stamps

Householders' Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) Inc logo
Householders' Options to Protect the Environment Inc.
PO Box 6118 - Clifford Gardens, Toowoomba QLD 4350
(22 Vacy Street, Toowoomba QLD 4350)
Ph: 07 4639 2135; Email: office@hopeaustralia.org.au
Website: www.hopeaustralia.org.au
Facebook: facebook.com/Householders.Options.to.Protect.the.Environment
ABN 48 036 173 161
Think Globally. Act Locally!

Wanted: Used Postage Stamps and/or Unwanted Stamp Albums

Householders’ Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) invites residents and businesses to collect stamps from their incoming mail for reuse by local community groups.

Community groups take these stamps and re-sell them to raise funds for local and overseas missions work.

Mr Frank Ondrus, President of HOPE said we also welcome unwanted stamp album collections; and collections of stamps from Esperanto club members.

You can post a pack of used stamps to the HOPE (Householders’ Options to Protect the Environment) office, PO Box 6118 - Clifford Gardens, Toowoomba, QLD 4350; or drop them off at 22 Vacy St, Toowoomba.

Activities like these are in the direct interest of the HOPE organisation, as not only do the funds raised provide aid to those in need, but it also encourages home recycling and re-using.

If any HOPE or other community members are involved in or have ideas of any other projects or activities of the same sort, HOPE would love to know about it and help kick-start or aid similar projects.

Frank Ondrus, President - HOPE Inc.

Frank Ondrus, President – HOPE Inc., ph 07 4639 2135


10/01 2018

Wanted – Old Corflute Signs

Householders' Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) Inc logo
Householders' Options to Protect the Environment Inc.
PO Box 6118 - Clifford Gardens, Toowoomba QLD 4350
(22 Vacy Street, Toowoomba QLD 4350)
Ph: 07 4639 2135; Email: office@hopeaustralia.org.au
Website: www.hopeaustralia.org.au
Facebook: facebook.com/Householders.Options.to.Protect.the.Environment
ABN 48 036 173 161
Think Globally. Act Locally!

Householders’ Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) Inc. is seeking the community’s support through the provision of old corflute signs that can be reused for their 2018 programs of events, projects and other activities.

So, if you have old promotional, advertising, event or election signs that you no longer need, please consider donating them to HOPE.

Please drop off the unwanted corflute signs to the HOPE office situated at 22 Vacy St, Newtown, Toowoomba.

Frank Ondrus, President - HOPE Inc.

Frank Ondrus, President – HOPE Inc., ph 07 4639 2135


03/01 2018

ANUHD Survey and Update January 2018

Australian Network for Universal Housing DesignHappy New Year!

Dear ANUHD supporter,

Thank you for your ongoing support towards more accessible and inclusive housing.

Boy in wheelchair and carersPlease take 5 minutes to complete this survey.

We have had a tremendous response already, but we need more!

Could you please forward this survey through your networks? Thank you.

COAG's 2010-2020 National Disability Strategy committed to support the National Dialogue for Universal Housing Design's goal that all new homes will be of an agreed livable design standard by 2020

At the direction of the Building Ministers Forum, the Australian Building Codes Board is assessing the need to regulate for livability in all new housing in the National Construction Code.

This survey will help to identify:

  • the difficulties in finding livable housing
  • the cost and benefit to Australian Society in providing livable features in all new housing; and
  • the features that should be in a livable standard for all new housing.

New Design guide for accessible and inclusive housing

We are very pleased to share with you the launch of Summer Housing's first publication, Designing for Inclusion and Independence – An Explanatory Guide to support the Briefing and Design of Accessible Housing.

The guide aims to support particularly new stakeholders in the briefing, design and specification of high quality accessible housing. It will particularly support development of Class 2 (apartment type) accessible dwellings. It is designed to be a practical resource.

The guide is available for free download on our website, via this link. You can also register your interest to order and purchase a hard copy of the guide on this webpage.

You can join Summer Housing mailing list for future correspondence here


06/01 2018

SA GM-free labels a goer

With GM-free SA now assured until 2025, food businesses are beginning to deliver GM-free labelled foods for shoppers. Ingredients derived from GM soy, corn, canola, cotton and sugarbeet are also in the international food trade. They can arrive here as vegetable oils, high fructose corn syrup, soy protein isolate and a variety of other ingredients, in soft drinks, processed foods and restaurant meals etc., unlabelled. So GM-free labeled foods make a valid claim, which many Australian shoppers now use as part of their buying decisions.

Australia's GM-free Shopping List is here » GM–Free Australia Alliance »

01/01 2018

Early Date Claimer - World Cleanup Day, 15 Sept 2018

Be Part of History!

Our aim is to help mobilise Australians of all ages to take part in the LARGEST POSITIVE CIVIC ACTION IN WORLD HISTORY

World Cleanup Day 2018 is an opportunity to unite people from across the globe in a single cause - making our planet a cleaner place.

Let's Show the Rest of the World How It Is Done!

We already enjoy a much cleaner environment than many other countries, thanks to the efforts of individuals, groups and agencies involved i n initiatives such as Clean Up Australia Day.

However World Cleanup Day 2018 (which is co-ordinated from Estonia) takes the game to an exciting new level. And we have the opportunity on Saturday 15th September 2018 to set the world's largest ever mobilisation of people rolling on its journey around the planet. And all for one of the planet's most important causes - saving our environment!

What You Can Do To Help

We have just over a year to make it happen. Other countries are well ahead of us in making their preparations. But that shouldn't deter the Aussie spirit to 'punch above our weight'. At this early stage all we need is for environmentally-minded Groups, Agencies, Clubs, Corporations and individuals to indicate their initial support (by completeing a simple 'Letter of Intent').

Please keep in mind that World Cleanup Day 2018 is not about money - it is about participation! And ultimately it is about inspiring the public, our children and our grandchildren to better look after the planet.

Contact/Information

website:
www.wcd2018teamaustralia.com
email:
admin@wcd2018teamaustralia.com
phone:
0418 755 615
WCD 2018 Letter of Intent:
View/Download
WCD Business Case:
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WCD 2018 December 2017 Newsletter:
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