Author: Kerrod Trott

Australia isolated on climate change: Oxfam

Australia is poised to fall even further behind in the global race to tackle climate change amid a groundswell of support for urgent action, Oxfam Australia warned today as leaders from across the globe gathered in Poland for the United Nation’s annual climate change conference. Oxfam Australia Climate Change Adviser Simon Bradshaw, who is in Poland attending COP 24, said the Australian Government was continuing to ignore the undeniable and pressing need to step up its commitments in the face of the dire warnings of failing to do so. “Australia has failed to heed the insurmountable evidence of what...

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Please help Micah Projects’ Christmas Hamper Appeal!

Each year at Christmas, with the help of volunteer supporters, Micah Projects provide opportunities for the people they work with to celebrate and enjoy the festive season. Last year, they organised, packed and delivered over 500 food and fresh fruit hampers for the individuals and families they support. You can help by donating goods from our Hampers list or money to purchase fresh fruit and groceries.  Micah Projects urgently need NON-PERISHABLE food items for our hampers. You can also help to prepare and deliver Hampers on Monday 24th December 2018. There are many volunteering opportunities available. Roles are:    ...

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2018 Aussie Backyard Bird Count Results

Together we counted more than 2.7 million birds including over 305,000 Rainbow Lorikeets! This puts the Rainbow Lorikeet at the top of the count for the fifth consecutive year. So, why are Rainbow Lorikeets ruling the roost? While the species is ubiquitous today, this hasn’t always been the case. In some parts of Australia, such as around Melbourne, the Rainbows were driven out as the urban areas expanded, and even where they were still common in the bush, they were largely absent from our cities. The rise of the Rainbow Lorikeet highlights the changes in Aussie backyards over the...

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How to have a Guilt Free Christmas

Christmas is traditionally a time of excess, in every way. While the added strain on your pants after eating too many Christmas goodies can be easily relieved by transitioning back to a healthy lifestyle, the extra pressure the festive season places on the environment is a slippery downhill slope that is much harder for Mother Earth to recover from. Buyequip’s Naomi Szafarz provides some guilt-free guidance to creating a Christmas season that’s still fun for all while being a little bit kinder on the planet and its resources. Spend sustainably There is no stronger statement in this world than...

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Queensland Councils going plastic free

The Boomerang Alliance and Wildlife Queensland have welcomed decisions made at the LGAQ (Local Government Association of Queensland) Annual Conference to support a state ban on deliberately releasing helium balloons, and establishing guidelines for plastic reductions at council events and operations in Queensland. “We commend the decision by Brisbane City Council to both phase out helium balloons at BCC events and put forward a motion to the LGAQ Conference to support a state ban on the deliberate release of helium balloons,” said Toby Hutcheon, representative of Wildlife Queensland and Boomerang Alliance. “Deliberately releasing helium is dangerous to wildlife and...

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