You don’t need a cape to be a hero

Heroes don’t always wear capes. They are usually amongst us, doing their bit to make this world a better place. You’re probably one of them…!

This month we celebrate the unsung heroes in our local area who are making positive changes to help look after this awesome place we get to call home (or workplace). Every action counts, no matter how small.

Meet some folks in our community making sustainability second nature in their daily lives, at work and in the community - for the good of our ‘hood!

Meet the Joneses from North Bondi

Regular beach goers, Amelia and her primary school kids, Sam and Abigail, have been on a mission to go plastic-free. “We are down at the ocean everyday and if we don’t do something we will be swimming in plastic. It’s all about changing habits.”

Aside from using reusable bottles and recycling soft plastics at home, they have been advocating for plastic free efforts in schools, petitioning the State Government for a plastic ban, and rallying support from local cafes around encouraging reusable cups.

On giving up plastic bags, mum Amelia says: ‘It took about two weeks, and it really now has become second nature.”

Meet Rory, local business owner and Bronte resident  

He’s just installed solar panels on his roof to power his property with cheaper clean green energy, joining the growing number of people going solar. When asked why, he says it was a no-brainer decision, ‘You can save money, and you save the planet at the same time’.

Instead of a car, Rory chooses two wheels to get around the neighbourhood. Aside from the perks of lower running costs and less pollution, he rides because, well, “it’s a helluva lot more fun than driving a car.” Can’t argue with that! (Unless of course you have a Tesla up your sleeve).

Meet Abigail, Local high school student

Abigail has made ditching plastic straws second nature; shocked into action from watching a video of a turtle fatally harmed by discarded straws caught in its nose.

She also makes an effort to pick up litter and put rubbish in the bin, encouraging fellow students to do the same. “I know when I pick up rubbish I always think maybe this is stopping an animal dying. It’s so easy to do”, she explains.

Meet Matt, local builder and Bondi resident

Matt and his team are working towards making responsible construction second nature. “We didn’t want to just be everyday carpenters”, he says. He’s also encouraging action amongst his staff by providing them with useful ‘tools’ like reusable coffee cups for daily caffeine fixes.

Often inspired when seeing others take similar steps, he says, “Soon as you make that little change, it makes everyone’s life that little bit better.”

Why not join our community at www.secondnature.org.au doing good for our ‘hood by making sustainability second nature. We’ll give you free resources, tools and tips to help you along the way!

Share your own second nature story with us at secondnature@waverley.nsw.gov.au.


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