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Having your say on how we can become more sustainable in the ACT

By cg - 13 October 2008 12

Its time to have your say on how we can become a more sustainable region and better protect our environment.

The Office of the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment is an independent voice for sustainability and environmental issues. They want to hear your views so they can ensure their Office gives priority to the issues that are important to the ACT community.

To have your say, or for more information go to http://www.envcomm.act.gov.au/investigations_and_consultation/role_of_the_office 

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Having your say on how we can become more sustainable in the ACT
Envcomm 6:21 pm 15 Oct 08

HI everyone,

It’s really great to read your comments, some interesting thoughts and knowledge going around. We really want to know the views of the community, some of what is written here is valuable community input to us.

Please spread the word about the consultation paper to your family and friends, we want as much community input as possible to help shape our role and actions.

So feel free to make your thoughts known to us through our website, every serious suggestion and thought will be taken into consideration.

Cheers, and thanks again for the interesting discussion (RuffnReady) and the kind words (Granny).

Max Cooper

RuffnReady 12:22 am 15 Oct 08

BTW monomania, lights don’t mean much, they account for about 4% of the elec. budget of an average ACT house. Your big ticket energy items are heating/cooling (50+%), water heating (20%), fridges, plasmas, and multiple appliances (eg. having the plasma, stereo, Xbox, PC etc. all running while using one of them – many people do this, I see it all the time)… oh, and standby power is up to 10%.

RuffnReady 12:19 am 15 Oct 08

Mary Whitehouse said :

We can make a start by building on most of Canberra’s parkland. Urban consolidation is environmentally sound.

Caring for the environment also means caring for social values, which means keeping some green space.

As for solar panels, fine if you can afford them, but I don’t understand why so many people are opposed to grid renewables – wind is about the same price as gas fired electricity, and if the government is smart and invests some of this infrastructure money in building HV powerlines to the Cooper Basin, geothermal should be online in about 5-10 years. Solar thermal is also a good way to go. And in a few years the price of solar PV will be drastically reduced. Most cost effective things you can do to save energy in your house are: plug gaps, put in pelmets and good curtains, insulate properly, solar hot water… check out the Home Energy Advice Team Website:

http://www.heat.net.au/

But actually, forget all that – you can halve you energy consumption for NO COST – CHANGE YOUR BEHAVIOUR! Do a home energy, water, transport and consumption audit to work out where you waste, then act accordingly. I did exactly that and cut from 5600kWh/yr electricity to 2800kWh/yr in 2 years. I bought a bike and cut down from 3000L/yr petrol to 1200L/yr LPG. I shop at the farmers markets, buy Australian products to reduce food miles, buy anything else second hand unless I absolutely must buy first hand. I treat eating out as the luxury it is, and thus very much enjoy it when I do. I recycle everything possible, and produce about 2 Woolies bags of garbage a month (mostly unrecyclable packaging). My footprint has been cut by over 50% in two years. If everyone did that, we’d be a long way to solving the problem.

These things are not difficult with a little effort. The question is, are you really serious, or just another person who wants to say they care without doing a damn thing about it?

The information is all out there, but if you really want help with it I’ll do a thorough audit with you for $30/hr. Why charge? I didn’t spend years of study and thousands of dollars learning about this stuff for nothing. But the few dollars you spend on me will save you thousands a year. I really should go into business.

Granny 12:38 pm 14 Oct 08

Actually Dr Cooper was saying something similar, monomania. She said we don’t need to be all drastic about it to make a difference. She said that if each Canberran did just four small things – made four choices to do something differently – it would add up to something quite significant.

Where is the OP for goodness’ sake? This isn’t even my thread, and I am completely pig ignorant about it all.

monomania 12:22 pm 14 Oct 08

Granny said :

Apparently our ecological footprint is eleven times the area of the ACT … or something like that. We are worse than most other parts of Australia, mainly because we are so affluent as I understand it.

I suppose if we fill the place up with cost ineffective solar cells and grey water recycling systems somehow our footprint is going to shrink. Buy less. Turn the lights out and the taps off.

Granny 10:19 pm 13 Oct 08

The ACT is very lucky to have this resource.

If you feel the politicians are doing the wrong thing by the environment then, you, the individual have some recourse to hold them accountable for their actions. That is my understanding anyway.

If nobody has any issues with what the government and general populace are doing here, fine, you won’t need their assistance. I think it is very positive that the Office is seeking to engage with the community in this fashion.

There is a lot of fascinating information, both in the report and in the Commissioner’s presentation to the Gungahlin Community Council.

However, I suspect that there will be too much apathy for this post to go very far. Shame, really. Good on them for trying, though.

bigfeet 10:09 pm 13 Oct 08

Mary Whitehouse said :

We can make a start by building on most of Canberra’s parkland. Urban consolidation is environmentally sound.

Is that you Andrew Barr?

Mary Whitehouse 10:04 pm 13 Oct 08

We can make a start by building on most of Canberra’s parkland. Urban consolidation is environmentally sound.

Granny 9:49 pm 13 Oct 08

Apparently our ecological footprint is eleven times the area of the ACT … or something like that. We are worse than most other parts of Australia, mainly because we are so affluent as I understand it.

bigfeet 9:08 pm 13 Oct 08

The ACT is at it’s population limit for sustainability.

The answer is to discourage people from moving to here, and encourage people to move away.

zephyr9673 8:11 pm 13 Oct 08

Well, if ACTEW AGL TRANSACT doesn’t offer solar panels for our roofs and start selling to NSW we could invite Origin Energy to break the monopoly, competitions great for crashing markets, maybe it could be usefull for smashing climate change.

Water recycling, Stanhope, (Good luck in the election 🙂 ) had a great grey water recycling system he was proud to have his photo taken next too, if labor started putting new technologies into housing commission blocks instead of throwing money at academics to set up research centers and writing long winded books about how far up the creek we all know we are.

Then, of course we could all vote Green, (aaah shh, did he really say that!) yes, yes I did, I guess I will have to leave Canberra now.

And finally remember kids, your parent f**ked up the planet, so it is in no way your fault.

And, climate change is happening anyway, we just added to it, so don’t let any of the ‘Plutocrats’ who are worried about their money rather than the real greening of the economy that has to happen, distract attention off the subject of how little politicians really do about anything, thats what makes them so good, it is up to you, and me 🙁
sadly.

So, double the dole, as dole bludgers do less harm to anything.
And put the polticians on it, thats right, a drop in the wages of the second rate performance of your most expensive bludgers 🙂

You watch the improvement in basic wages and conditions my left friends, and see politician work for a living.

If you wanted to speed things up, you could drop the pay of the legal system to, it tends to slow everything down, so that it can profit from it, it is an ‘Unelected Oligarchy’ that has slowed down all the greenies who have been protesting about it all.

Rock on, love elections, lovem

Granny 6:28 pm 13 Oct 08

It might help to get the creative juices flowing if people have a read of the ACT State of the Environment Report 2007/08.

I’m sure that would spark a few ideas and comments.

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