What is Our Government Doing to Help the Yarra River?

The Victorian Government has released the Yarra River Action Plan, which outlines $580 million of initiatives to improve the health of the Yarra River over the long-term. The Action Plan outlines the priority projects including: reducing stormwater pollution, improving sewage management, tackling t...

Melbourne’s Yarra River – A Lifetime of Change

The Yarra River. It begins its journey in Mt Baw Baw on the southern slopes of the Great Dividing Range and meanders down through forested valleys, past native birds and animals grazing and feeding along its banks and dipping into its flowing waters for a drink. Its passage then turns towards Melbo...

Challenges and Solutions for The Great Barrier Reef

Climate change is considered the biggest threat to our Great Barrier Reef. Mass coral bleaching events due to rising ocean temperatures occurred in the summers of 1998, 2002 and 2006. It’s expected that coral bleaching will become an annual occurrence. Climate change won’t just affect the coral...

Sydney Harbour

Sydney Harbour is one of the world’s most beautiful harbours. It’s an absolute stunner. It’s got the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, and some of the best beaches, houses and suburbs. It’s got sandstone headlands, cliffs, islands and bays. There is crystal clear, sparkling water, topped ...

Severn Suzuki – Telling the UN Earth Summit How It Is in 1992

‘If you don't know how to fix it, please stop breaking it.’  Severn Suzuki In 1992 the UN Earth Summit was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The lasting memory of that summit was a speech given by a 12 year-old girl from Canada that silenced the world for five minutes. Her name is Severn Suzu...

Bottled Water

Where do we start? Okay, put your hand up if you are happy to pay more than 1,000 times over the cost for anything. No hands showing? Now put your hand up if you would buy a bottle of something down at the shops for $3.50 that you can get for free with no effort. No hands showing? Well our hands sho...

Let’s Sack the Car and Go For a Walk

We were thinking about two big problems that are getting worse and worse. The news is full of stories about us being too plump, overweight or even obese and how this is bad for our health. A big cause of the problem is lack of exercise (along with too much of the wrong food or possibly genetics)....

Public Transport and Walking

Most of us understand the ‘pollute less, live better’ idea. In the past decade, Australians have swamped the public transport system as we try to get off the increasingly clogged roads, in order to do the right thing for our environment, and also to avoid higher petrol prices.   Many wa...

Land Pollution

As for our land, well we have done our best to stuff it up. Mostly through ignorance we have attempted to turn a fragile and ancient landscape into European farming pastures and the impact has been dramatic. The ability of our land to function properly has been affected. Our land has been degraded...

Renewables and Clean Energy

'Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has.' Margaret Mead Renewable energy utilises naturally occurring resources, like sunlight, wind, rain, oceans and underground hot rocks, that are always available somew...