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Climate Rally 13 June 1pm Queens Park Brisbane

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

co2insmokeNational Climate Emergency Rally 13 June 2009 - join across Australia on 13 June 2009 in a peaceful rally for urgent action and leadership to avoid catastrophic climate change. On Monday 5 May 2009, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd reneged on his 2007 election promise to take action to avoid catastrophic climate change.  The clear majority of national and state conservation groups have jointly written to the Prime Minister, voicing their incredulity at this about-face.  LACA joins these groups in condemning the Federal government's dilution of its Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS).  Open and read the joint letter from the conservation sector to the Prime Minister.    Joint_Statement_from_Conservation_Sector_to_Prime_Minister_5_May_2009.pdf 557.07 Kb 05/06/2009, 20:01

Join the rally on 13 June at 1pm Queens Park, corner of George and Elizabeth streets, Brisbane CBD.

More information go to http://www.climaterally.org/

WEAR RED to signify a climate emergency and bring banners and signs.


The Lorax - cartoon video - hopeful message for the future

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

treeday-logo.gifThis classic Dr. Seuss story tells the tale of the Once-ler, an industrious new comer who exploits a beautiful paradise, and the Lorax, who "speaks for the trees, for the trees have no tongues" and warns the Once-ler of the perils of overuse.
"The Lorax" is an engaging and educational tale with a hopeful message for the future.  Although it is intended to appeal to younger children its message is one we could all heed. Planet Ark's website contains the 24 minutes cartoon adaptation as part of its promotion for Get Growing on Schools Tree Day, Friday 31st July 2009. The book of The Lorax is published by Random House (ISBN: 0394823370).

There are many useful resources and links for schools - and everyone interested in planting trees.


Earth Hour 2009 is Saturday! 28 March 2009

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

earthhourlogosmall.jpgVote for the earth on March 28th by turning off the lights for Earth Hour 2009! Now in its third year running, the event is an incredible display of solidarity among the green movement, and this year they're looking for 1 billion participants to turn off their lights next Saturday between 8:30pm and 9:30pm. Don't miss out on this chance to raise awareness for climate change and cast your vote for the earth in the fight against global warming!

On March 28 you can VOTE EARTH by switching off your lights for one hour.Or you can vote global warming by leaving your lights on.


Queensland Environment Groups Election Scorecard launch

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

thumb-protect-climate.jpgMedia Alert

 Launch of Queensland Environment Groups Election Scorecard


Where do the major parties stand on the key environment issues at this State election?

Place: Queensland Conservation Office
             166 Ann St Brisbane

Date: Tuesday 17th March 2009  Time: 1.00 pm

For Further Information:

Toby Hutcheon (QCC) 3221 0188/0419664 503
Don Henry (ACF) 0418 501395
Tim Seelig (TWS) 0439 201183
Nick Heath (WWF) 0418 885324
Simon Baltais (SPA) 0412 075 334

Compare election priorities scorecard for a safe climate, healthy rivers, nature protection and community future on this document.   scorecard.doc 37.50 Kb 17/03/2009, 08:22

Read the media alert to see the 16 Queensland groups who are working together to protect our unique environment for our current and future populations.   media_alertscorecard17march.doc 168.50 Kb 17/03/2009, 08:35





Last Updated on 12 March 2012

veto26022009.jpgDo you want to see HIGH VOLTAGE POWER LINES criss cross the Logan River?

Do you want your environment affected by HIGH VOLTAGE POWER LINES?

Do you know whether your property will be affected by HIGH VOLTAGE POWER LINES?

Do you want to see your property devalued by HIGH VOLTAGE POWER LINES?

If you answered NO to any of the above questions you should attend this meeting.

For further information contact Maree Slingsby VETO's Spokesperson on 0408 765 847



Who should pay for polluting and climate change?

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

Australians in dark on emissions effort are the headlines in today's Australian newspaper 23 February 2009.

Polling to be published by the Australia Institute this week found almost 90 per cent of respondents believe households and individuals should be able to contribute to reducing national greenhouse emissions. Read the article here.

Contact your local members for state and federal government and tell them what you want.

Personally I believe my own actions to lessen the pollution my actions have caused should be measured accounted and encouraged. 



Groundwater - our hidden treasure

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

hydrology_diag.jpgWater is vital for all of us. We depend on it for drinking, washing, recreation, agriculture and industry. Water controls the world's weather and sustains the natural systems above and below the earth's surface. But did you know that it is the water beneath our feet - something you can't see and may not even know is there - that is truly our hidden treasure!

Some Water Facts
Where does water come from?
Water spends time in the ocean, in the air, on the Earth's surface, and under it as groundwater. This water circulates endlessly in a kind of global plumbing system called the hydrologic cycle or water cycle.

Global plumbing!
The water cycle is controlled by the sun, which produces the heat energy that determines the way the earth uses and recycles its water. This heat energy evaporates water in the oceans, lakes and even backyard pools. When water evaporates, it rises into the cooler air, collects, and forms clouds. Eventually, the water droplets that form the clouds fall from the sky as rain, snow, sleet, or hail. When water falls to the ground, it doesn't stop moving. Some flows across the earth's surface into bodies of water like rivers and lakes. Other water seeps into the soil where it makes its way to becoming groundwater, and then may slowly flow into rivers and lakes, or back into the sea. Then the cycle starts all over again!  More about the water cycle is available from this CSIRO website.

If you have an interest in hydrology this page introduces you to a Hydrogeologist and includes a video about his work. The links from this page have lots of information for students. 


Living simply and living joyfully

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

Many of us may wish for a return to a simpler way of life. Some have made that commitment - a return to their own values and they share their stories of the good life via XXI century letter writing - blogging. A 35 year old Australian mother of two throws in her job as a lawyer and comes home to raise her children thoughtfully, grow her own vegies, bake bread and live a more family oriented sustainable life. The question is, will she be able to balance it all and make enough income to afford her signature coffee - a vanilla latte on skim. These serious matters are explored in the pages of her blog  http://avisionsplendid.blogspot.com/


FNQ 2025 Regional Plan – Protection of Biodiversity Essential for Sustainability

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

Community groups in far north Queensland are very alarmed at the Premier's recent announcement that the draft FNQ2025 Plan would be amended to allow large scale tourism developments outside the urban footprint.
News reports state that accommodation for up to 250 people and accompanying facilities with a floor area of no more than 4000sqm will be allowed outside the Cairns urban footprint, as long as they are not in areas of high ecological significance or on good-quality agricultural land.
Small-scale developments such as backpacker hostels and farm stays, which are already allowed, will have the option of taking in up to 100 people and have larger facilities.
Community is very concerned at the watering down of urban sprawl constraints under the Plan and the potential damage to sensitive areas which warrant
protection. While the formal submission period on FNQ2025 has ended, CAFNEC wants to keep up the pressure for amendment of FNQ2025 so that it protects wildlife corridors and important habitat, especially for cassowaries.
Join the campaign by sending a letter to the Deputy Premier using the points suggested in this letter by CAFNEC here.


Planet faces an ecological ‘credit crunch’ - WWF report

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

act_now.gifThe full Living Planet Report 2008 goes into detail about the many ways humans are depleting our natural capital. The Living Planet Report, which is published every two years, is produced with the Zoological Society of London and the Global Footprint Network  and I encourage readers to download and examine the full document. More information and report download link are available here.

But the good news is that we have the means to reverse the ecological devastation. The report outlines how we can put ourselves on a more sustainable path via global strategies.

For example, with carbon emissions from fossil fuel use noted as the greatest component of humanity's footprint, the report outlines how energy efficiency and clean energy generation can help deliver a more sustainable future. The global carbon footprint has grown more than 10-fold since 1961.

"We humans have been very good at creating problems - but we can be equally good at solving them. A sustainable world is not an unachievable goal. As the world looks to restore its economies we must build in long-term environmental as well as economic sustainability and social sustainability."

Sustainablity must be measured as ecological sustainability - not purely economic. Each one of us has a part to play in the future of our planet - our home that we share with millions of other species.



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