Friday, August 8, 2014

Talina Edwards, Substainability Architect - Green Drinks at Mr Rede's - Knowledge Hub and Ballarat Bloggers

Last night was our monthly fix of Green Drinks.

Our speaker was Talina Edwards
who, to-morrow, is Mistress of Ceremonies
at the

Study nature, love nature,
stay close to nature.
It will never fail you.
Frank Lloyd Wright

Concern about chemicals. Is the concern only in relation to the bomb-making brigade? Do chemicals of environmental threat get the same concern from the Attorney-General?

We don't often talk about chemicals.  Well, we do talk about some chemicals - fluoride, vaccinations, safe consumer products.  There is tucked away in the Commonwealth Department of Health an agency with the cute name of NICNAS - the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assesment Scheme.

However, the Attorney-General has some concerns.

The Australian Attorney-General is Senator George Brandis.  It needs to be noted that George, a libertarian of some note, has not been travelling to well politically this week.

The Attorney-General -  well, his department actually - wants to receive submissions up to August 27, 2014. Please for here for details of what is required and how a submission can be made.   

I have no opinion on this because I don't know what the existing situation is. So I have no idea whether this matter can lead to an overreach or it might lead to sensible and necessary regulation.

I am concerned though - because George has background and form.

The Abbott Government of which George is a member seems to want over-reaching freedoms of a most dastardly kind for their friends such as employer organisations and wealthy institutions while cracking down in many ways on lesser mortals.  So until someone well-qualified  advises me otherwise, I am suspicious.

I am more concerned about the adverse impact on the environment and living species of manufactured chemicals.  I wonder if George shares my concern.  Again, a well-qualified adviser might like to enter into converse with me on this matter.

Travelling light in a world of increasing consumption

This has come to me from jonny baker's blog. I think it is wonderful.

If you don't own the latest thing,
it won't go out of date.
If you don't own much,
you won't have much to lose.
If you own next to nothing,
you won't worry about ending up with nothing.
If you own less than you want,
you will still have more than you need.
If you spend less money on things,
you can spend more time on you.
If you own less, you will value it more.
If you own only what you can carry,
you will carry less baggage around with you.
Travel light. 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Art, Waste and Consumption

How Abstract Art Can Change The Way You See Waste And Consumption In America

If you're a human being who goes on the internet or wanders outdoors from time to time, you know this is a precarious time for planet Earth. While often the message is delivered in the forms of alarming headlines or dire infographics, we rarely see a call for conservation that looks as beautiful as this:

Brian Belott, Clooz
This colorful abstract image isn't your typical illustration of consumption and waste, but the mixed media assemblage of reused materials certainly strikes a chord. It offers no scolding, no morals, no parting principles. But something about the image sticks -- a suggestion of waste's beauty, of its potential and ours.
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Monday, August 26, 2013

Govt strategies make boring reading - but to make change one has to begin at the beginning, as the King said in Alice in Wonderland

Here is the Waste Strategy for Ballarat, the city where I live. I know it looks boring but what I would like to know is - do you think it does the trick? Does it help people to REALLY know how and what to recycle?