Bottle Boat Launch on World Environment Day 2012

to highlight the importance of a Container Deposit Legislation Scheme in Victoria, AFROCAB held a bottle boat launch at AuraVale lake.

To celebrate World Environment day and to highlight the importance of introducing a Container Deposit Legislation Scheme into Victoria, on behalf of AFROCAB, a number of people from Emerald and surrounding suburbs launched a boat made up completely of plastic bottles collected from roadsides and other public places. This was done at Aura-vale lake in Cardinia Dam

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Join the dots on 350 day 2012 with the Climate Impacts Rally

Extreme weather events are happening with increasing regularity, around the world, however, people often don’t see this connection. On 350 day 2012, May 5, people all over the world will join together and Connect the Dots. Join DRREA in Belgrave for our Climate Impacts Rally.

All  across the world there are more and more extreme weather events happening with increasing regularity, however, as the world is so big, it’s hard for most people to see that all these events are connected. In an effort to highlight this connection this year 350 day 2012 on May 5, people all over the world will join together and Connect the Dots.

In places from drought-stricken Mongolia to flood-stricken Thailand, from fire-ravaged Australia to Himalayan communities threatened by glacial melt, people will hold rallies reminding everyone what has happened in their own neighborhoods.

At each of those rallies, from Kenya to Canada, from Vietnam to Vermont, someone will be holding a…dot. A huge black dot on a white banner, a “dot” of people holding hands, encircling a field where crops have dried up, a dot made of fabric and the picture taken from above — you get the idea. We’ll share those images the world around, to put a human face on climate change–we’ll hold up a mirror to the planet and force people to come face to face with the ravages of climate change.

 

 

As part of this day DRREA – Dandenong Ranges Renewable Energy Association will be holding a

‘Climate Impacts rally’

at Belgrave 10-11 am.

Meet outside Ranges Community Health Centre (next to Cameo Theatre).

The focus of rally will be highlighting the link between climate change and  the predicted increase in extreme fire weather days.

Our blunt message will be that climate change equals more Black Saturdays. The incidence of extreme and catastrophic fire weather days is predicted by the IPCC to increase as a result of climate change. We could be next! Increased public awareness of this and other climate impacts is critical to decisive action on climate change. Help bring this message to other hills residents.

BYO climate change=bushfires placards and wear fiery colours (red/orange) Be seen and be heard

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Sustainable House Day

A major feature being orientation on the block which had the living areas facing the north so that heat gain during the day would be maximised to avoid artificial heating.

On Sunday 6th November several members of DRREA (Dandenong Ranges Renewable Energy Association) and EMFSUS (Emerald for Sustainability) visited several houses to view various sustainable features that people have incorporate dinto their houses.

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Hazelwood National Day of Protest

As part of an effort to balance the environment section of my wheel yesterday I attended a rally, outside James Merlinos office in Belgrave as part of the July 17th National Day of Action calling for the shut down and replacing of Hazelwood Power Station in Latrobe Valley

Hazelwood Sit inAs part of an effort to balance the environment section of my wheel yesterday I attended  a rally, outside James Merlinos office in Belgrave as part of the July 17th National Day of Action calling for the shut down and replacing of Hazelwood Power Station in Latrobe Valley.

Hazelwood is Australia’s dirtiest power station and one of the worst in the world and around 40 people gathered outside the office of Victorian ALP Cabinet member James Merlino’s in Belgrave. Many of these people belong to local environmental groups, DRREA and EMFSUS that I am part of but there were many new faces as well. Continue reading “Hazelwood National Day of Protest”

Future Sparks comes to Emerald

On Saturday 10th April 2010 the inspirational new “Future Sparks” trailer came to Emerald where a number of different community groups and members of the local community competed to see who could produce the most amount of power using their own energy.

Linda Ballis and Peter Cook from DRREA compete on Future Sparks trailer
Linda Ballis and Peter Cook from DRREA compete on Future Sparks trailer

On Saturday 10th April 2010 the inspirational new “Future Sparks” trailer came to Emerald where a number of different community groups and members of the local community competed to see who could produce the most amount of power using their own energy.

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