Welcome to the Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group or MRSG

 VISIT BY SHADOW MINISTER

 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

On Sunday 12 June Mark Butler MP Shadow Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water visited the Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group with Lisa Chesters MP (Member for Bendigo) with the intention of talking with the group and visiting the renewable projects that the group has supported over the last 2 years. He is seen here looking over the site of the planned community owned wind turbines. He also visited Woodend Primary School, Cricket Club on the Gilbert Gordon oval and Blackforest Timber Mill. He is seen here at front wearing scarf with Lisa and MRSG members.

_______________________________________

MR VEG LUNCH for everyone

IMG_1995 (2)

MR VEG is holding a shared lunch this coming Saturday June 18 at Egan’s Lane Newham starting 1 pm. Bring along a vegetarian dish on the theme of ‘Winter Comfort Food’ and share great conversations as well as great food. Family and friends are most welcome,

More information here.

MR VEG blog is here:  https://mrvegblog.wordpress.com/ for all information about vegetarian eating and recipes.

___________________________________________________________________

MOVIES THAT MATTER

‘Movies That Matter’ next showing will be on Tuesday 12 July 2016.

Movie will be: Unacceptable Levels (2013)

This film examines chemical exposure in daily life from the perspective of film maker Ed Brown , a father seeking to understand the world in which he and his wife are raising their children (90 minutes) 

Movies that Matter are shown on the 2nd Tuesday of the month upstairs in the function room at the Victoria Hotel Woodend. Drinks and Meals are available from 6:30pm onwards. The film commences at 7:30pm.

Please note: The screening of the highlights of the International film festival are scheduled for August. Details coming soon.

________________________________________________________________________________

“As long as the general population is passive, apathetic, diverted to consumerism or hatred of the vulnerable, then the powerful will do as they please and those that survive will be left to contemplate.”                                                                    Noam Chomsky

____________________________________

The Great Debate

DemocraticForum1

Has democracy failed us or have we all failed democracy?

What can we do about it anyway

These questions will be debated around the Macedon Ranges at five forums for Democratic Renewal.

April forum speaker: Adam Jacoby from MiVote – Riddells Creek Primary School.

May forum speaker Professor Lyn Carson from Sydney University – Lansfield

Next forum on the 26th June, 4pm at Woodend Primary School, High St Woodend (near Five Mile Creek). Speakers will be Annie Bolitho (facilitator of “participatory budgeting at Darebin Council) and Sebastian Klein (President Victorian Local Government Association).

You get a chance to have your say about local issues that are important to you in group discussions after hearing from the keynote speakers.

A forum for democratic renewal will give more information or call Rob on 54 22 1808.

_______________________________________________________________________________

 

____________________________________________________________________________________

 The 2016 Macedon Ranges Sustainable Living Festival was held on February 27 & 28. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped on the day. You were fantastic! Thank you to our supporters. Your support is important to us.

Some photos of the 2016 Festival – Thank you to photographer Bruce Hedge

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA DSC_2974a (2) DSC_2977a DSC_2978b DSC_2981a (2) DSC_2984a (2)DSC_3065a (2)

Click here to go to the SLF website.

_______________________________________________________________________________

CARBON MYTHS. CLIMATE TRUTHS. WHAT TO DO.
by Jim Sansom

Myth 1: That fossil fuels are the cheapest form of energy.

They’re not. They are only regarded as cheap when the full cost of using them is not accounted for. Up till now humans have not costed the rubbish that is put into the atmosphere by the burning of fossil fuels.

Myth 2: That substitution of gas for coal burning eliminates emissions.

It doesn’t. Gas like coal is a hydrocarbon and when burnt produces CO2. It is true that less emission results from the burning of gas for the same useful energy output when compared with coal, but it still produces emissions.

Myth 3: That carbon dioxide (CO2) is the biggest green house gas.

It isn’t. Water vapour is far more prevalent in the atmosphere but its amount varies with temperature. The warmer the atmosphere the more water vapour it can hold and this warmth depends on green house gases trapping energy around the Earth. This is known as a ‘feed-back loop’ and is the cause of great concern for climate scientists. A relatively small increase in a green house gas (eg CO2, N20, CH4) leverages a proportionately larger atmospheric absorption of water vapour thus boosting the temperature even further and so the cycle goes on. ‘Runaway’ temperature increase is the result.
Read more

——————————————————————–

Renew your Membership Online

                             Click here to join or renew your membership online -

__________________________________________________________________________________________

Paris Pledge for Action Boosts Paris Climate Agreement

L’Appel de Paris, or the Paris Pledge for Action, is a call to action in support of the Paris Agreement which brings together a multitude of voices on an unprecedented scale.

.

___________________________________________________________________________________________

 

 Peoples Climate March 2015

_DSC3020-001

A successful  2015 march was held in Kyneton to show the local support for a definite and lasting global response from the Paris talks for combating climate change. People want change now.  A picnic lunch with community singing their very own climate songs was held at Quarry Reserve and  climate marchers headed off along Piper Street and Mollison St to the Kyneton Mechanics Institute in the centre of town, where many speakers were heard.  Further details at: https://www.facebook.com/Macedon-Ranges-Green-Energy-Coalition-299880123541228 Contact Rob 54 221 808 or Marcus 54 235 254 or email robbakes(at)mudbrickcircus.com.au if you want to join the movement for change.

___________________________________________________________________________________________

Riding from the Sun to the Wind – Ride4Renewables

The second ever Ride4Renewables was held on Sunday 31 October 2015 and was a great success. Despite the wet start … more

DSC_0273a DSC_0279 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA DSC_0323a

 

_________________________________________________

MACEDON RANGES SHIRE COUNCIL CLEAN ENERGY PETITION with a whopping 3,537 signatures was presented to the Macedon Ranges Council meeting by Mayor and Councilor Jennifer Anderson in November 2015

For more information go here

___________________________________________________________________

My Green Home Program

We are proud to announce MRSG collaboration with ecoMaster’s My Green Home Program and we invite you to get involved too.

As official partners of the program, we have our own dedicated page where you can register FREE. Visit: http://my-green-home.ecomaster.com.au/macedonrangessustainabilitygroup/ to sign up!

The My Green Home Program is a brilliant initiative designed to empower communities like ours to take the expert approach to making our homes as energy and thermally efficient as possible. –  Enjoy education resources offered by trusted industry leaders –  Learn about the best energy saving solutions, tested and approved by experts –  Take advantage of exclusive special prices –  Watch instructional videos for ease of installation –  Take meaningful action to achieve lasting carbon reductions As a group, we encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity as we work towards a greener future. Visit: http://my-green-home.ecomaster.com.au/macedonrangessustainabilitygroup/ to register today.

______________________________________________________________________

Marching for Action on Climate Change

_DSC3027-001 _DSC3031-001 _DSC3046-001 DSC_3036_resize-001

text tex

_________________________________________________________________

 

Events

Announcement of funding for solar project at Woodend Mill

2015 Festival pictures

Festival volunteers celebrate a great festival

Food Forum report

MRSG Committee meeting

Latest News

Announcement of funding for solar project at Woodend Mill

MP Lily D’Ambrosio, Minister for Energy and Resources for the State Government announced a $100,000 grant for a 30-kilowatt solar farm to be constructed at the old timber mill situated just outside Woodend. Ralf Thesing, president of the MRSG said that it is terrific to receive this funding as it will create a “perpetual fund” […]

2015 Festival pictures

Making wooden pledge tree plaques Mosey   Bark painting

Festival volunteers celebrate a great festival

Fifty people enjoyed a night out at the Vic Hotel with great food and company.  The message was that all should be congratulated for producing a terrific Macedon Ranges Sustainable Living Festival 2015. Below is Alastair who has coordinated the last 3 festivals. Bruce offered thanks to Alastair for all his hard work, blood, sweat […]

Food Forum report

  Macedon Ranges Vegetarian Eating Group or MR VEG presented a Food Forum on November 1 which was a great success. 50 people attended and heard two very interesting talks; the first by Patrick Hodgson (myths and truth about soy) and then Pam Ahern (founder Edgar’s Mission,a sanctuary for rescued farm animals). Afterwards a scrumptious  […]

AGM Report

The highlight of our AGM held on Wednesday August 6 was a talk given by Professor John Thwaites, Chair of  the Monash Sustainability Institute and another group called Climate Works Australia. Thank you John for a very informative talk. The President of MRSG, Ralf Thesing, gave a report of the years activities. You can find […]

Home Produce Exchange

To find out how to join in the Home Produce Exchange: It is held at 10am at the MRSG stall at the Woodend Community Farmer’s Market first Saturday of the month, 8.30am – 1pm you can bring your own produce to the Home Produce Exchange Table and exchange for something else you can meet others […]

MRSG Committee meeting

Committee meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month at the Woodend Neighbourhood House 47 Forest St Woodend, 8 pm. We welcome all members to attend. A meeting is coming up this Tuesday 1 July.

Zero Waste Challenge

The 2014 Towards Zero Waste Challenge has now finished. The quest to reduce your waste has only just started. The 3 challengers were Macedon Ranges and Swan Hill Shires and Bendigo City.  The winner is the shire or city who registered the most participants. The winner will be announced soon. You can start your waste […]

New Market Manager

Sharon Kittson has been appointed the new manager  for the Woodend Farmers Market, many of you might already know her from Luckwood Organics or the Foodbowl project. We had a number of very strong applicants and it was not an easy decision for the small committee, but we are very happy with Sharon taking on […]

Treasurers Old and New

This is a farewell to ‘leaving’ Treasurer Rob Were who has performed as Treasurer with great zeal and diligence. Thank you Rob for all your hard work and impressive financial charts.  Rob will continue as a committee member. Welcome to our new Treasurer Terri Dentry who has volunteered to take it on. Thank you Terri. […]

Hanging Rock Picnic

Hanging Rock is saved! There will be no commercial development in the future  planned by the Macedon Ranges Shire Council. The Victorian State Government will provide funding of $1 million to protect the East Paddock from any development. The funding will be used to maintain recreational facilities and other costs of the reserve. Funding of […]

MEMBERSHIPS for MRSG ARE DUE NOW

Now is the time to  consider joining or renewing your membership. Go to Joining MRSG for the membership form and more information.

« Previous Entries