Welcome to the Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group or MRSG
Movies That Matter Special Showing on Tuesday 9 August 2016
There is still time to NOMINATE A SUSTAINABLE HOUSE FOR SUSTAINABLE HOUSE DAY 2016!
Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group is taking part in this year’s Sustainable House Day (SHD), which will be held on 11 September.
SHD is being organised by the Alternate Technology Association (ATA) and MRSG’s role is to source eligible houses and assist householders enrol and with logistics on the day.
ON THE DAY
Sustainable House Day will be operating between the hours of 10am to 4pm on Sunday 11 September 2016.
MRSG will submit potential sustainable houses to the Alternative Technology Association for assessment and approval. All homes will be required to be:
– have a current homes and contents insurance plan
– have a minimum of three sustainable features
– have a commitment to sustainable lifestyles
We are seeking nominations from MRSG members and supporters. You may wish to nominate your own house or nominate a friends’ house (please ask your friend before you nominate!) Houses could be new constructions or existing homes which have undergone sustainable retrofits.
MRSG has established a steering committee to help make this day a success. The sub-committee comprises Robert Brunton, Liz Wilson and Adam Barber.
Please submit your nomination/s to Robert Brunton on email@example.com or
mobile: 0475 631 346. Be sure to include:
Address of nominated house
Name of householder
Contact details of householder or nominator
We will then follow up directly with homeowners.
VISIT BY SHADOW MINISTER
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
MR VEG held a shared lunch on June 18 at Alice and Bruce’s home at Newham. A group of about 20 people enjoyed a great variety of Winter comfort vegetarian and vegan food. Thanks Alice and Bruce.
More information here.
MR VEG blog is here: https://mrvegblog.wordpress.com/ for all information about vegetarian eating and recipes.
“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
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 was Adam Jacoby from MiVote at Riddells Creek Primary School.
May forum speaker was Professor Lyn Carson from Sydney University at Lansfield
June forum speakers: Annie Bolitho (facilitator of “participatory budgeting at Darebin Council) and Sebastien Klein (President Victorian Local Government Association) at Woodend Primary School.
Sunday 7 August Speaker Steb Fisher at Kyneton Secondary College Epping St Kyneton 4pm. Topic will be: A Century of Healing – he will present powerful ideas to help us all face an uncertain future, with hope, courage, and resolve.
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
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Marching for Action on Climate Change