FIRE ECOLOGY and CULTURAL BURNING

It seems that each year now, whether due to a dry spring, wet winter, climate change or El Nino, we are warned that conditions are just right for an intense bushfire risk over the coming summer. With this in mind, land managers typically undertake hazard reduction burning during the cooler months to reduce the fuel loads in the bush.  

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Have we won the #WaronWasteAU?

Not yet, but there’s been a flurry of positive action since the ABC’s recent TV series hit our screens six months ago.  With over 3.7 million viewers, the three-part series shone a light on the stuff we consume and throw away, hitting a raw nerve with the nation. 

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Make that change TODAY

Interview with Seb Berry, Found of the TODAY App and FutureKind

Ever felt helpless in the face of big problems challenging our society? Climate change, environmental degradation, plastic pollution. Keen to make a positive contribution to the health of our world, but not sure where to start? You aren’t alone. Meet Bondi local, Seb Berry: Five years ago he felt the same way and set on a path to help himself and others take action, one day at a time.

Seb didn’t feel like he was doing ‘enough’ to show up and use his position of privilege in the world. “I wanted to focus on what was important and live with more purpose, but didn’t know how to,” says Seb.

Like all passionate change-makers he threw himself into a new project to create the TODAY app.

Here’s the low-down from my catch-up with Seb:

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Why weeds are not all evil

It’s that time of the year when the gardeners amongst us emerge to tackle neglected green patches. We prune, trim, plant, mow, and clip. And weed. Many of us curse (and relish) removing weeds that have flourished in winter.

Yet, contrary to popular belief, not all weeds are evil. A weed is just a plant growing in a place where it is unwanted. In fact, many of your stubborn garden weeds can have benefits.

Here’s the ‘dirt’ on why many garden-variety weeds can be happily left in the ground, under control. 

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5 things to know about solar for your home

With recent electricity prices soaring up to 30-40 per cent for many residents, it’s no surprise that solar power is on homeowners’ minds. Making free green energy on your own rooftop helps take back control of power bills.

With the highest rates of household solar power installation in the world, Australian’s are living up to their reputation as ‘sun-lovers’. Around 1.7 million Aussie homes now have rooftop solar, and numbers are growing. Low prices, climate change awareness, quality systems and killer bills are driving factors in this rooftop revolution.

Thinking about getting a slice of the sun-kissed action to reduce your energy bills? Check out these facts to help make your decision. 

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Riding with Power

We all know cycling is good for us. And we know bicycles are better for the planet and our climate. And then there’s the case for fewer traffic jams and congestion-free streets. ‘Just look at the Netherlands’, as my friend so enthusiastically pointed out recently after a trip in tulip-land.

But killer hills in Bondi and the East (that give those to-die-for views) tend to throw those theories to ‘la-la land’, unless you are a super fit cyclist and happy to get sweaty and puffed out.

Unless of course you own an electric bike!

You won’t be alone in choosing plug-in pedal power. With a total of 35 million sold in 2016, electric bikes are the highest selling vehicle on the global market. They are transforming the world of transport, one tyre at a time.

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BLOG: Unpacking the confusion around soft plastics recycling

Walk down a supermarket aisle or peer into the pantry, and it’s pretty clear a plastic-free world is a distant dream. Especially with the plethora of hard-to-avoid soft plastics and packaging. So is there a planet-friendly solution?

Following on from ABC’s War on Waste and Plastic Free July, we’ve sought expert advice from Liz Kasell, Founder and Director of REDcycle, who set up a dedicated recycling business five years ago to help address this very question. 

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Plastic addictions: Getting down to business

What’s the issue?

It’s not surprising plastic pollution has been receiving much deserved public attention lately, from ABC’s Craig Reucassel declaring War on Waste, to Channel Ten’s Project ‘Ban the Bag’ petition. The pressure is mounting for business, government and the public to do more in the battle against ‘fast plastic.’

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Got junk to dump? Our top planet-friendly tips to get rid of it

Whichever way you cut it, we always wind up with stuff we don’t need – in our garage, cupboards and attic. It makes moving house a more frustrating endeavour.  For some, it’s a buzz to offload unwanted junk from a declutter mission. Where does it all go?

Unfortunately, some of it winds up on our streets and in our parks. Against the law (you can get whacked with fines up to $1500), dumped rubbish makes our beautiful ‘hood a lot less awesome, causes havoc in our waterways, and costs stacks in clean-up costs. It stinks, often quite literally!

According to recent NSW EPA research, most Council areas are dealing with up to 100 dumped rubbish incidents a year, and around one in 10 spend more than a whopping half a million dollars annually on prevention, monitoring and enforcement of illegal dumping. That’s dosh that could be instead funnelled into better facilities and improved services locally.

But it needn’t be this way. Check out these handy reuse and recycling options to dispose of your bulky waste sustainably.  You never can tell what trash (for cash) will be someone else’s treasure!

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Top tips for creating a wildlife friendly garden this autumn

Imagine our world devoid of plants and wildlife. This stark picture is enough to sour your coffee (sorry!). Unfortunately, it could be the way we’re headed in Australia, if outcomes from the recent national State of Environment Report are anything to go by.

The report shows that our biodiversity is under increased threat and continues to decline at a rapid rate. The top culprits? Feral species, urban development and habitat fragmentation.

It’s not all bleak however. 

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