Creating a sustainable life and society, requires we recognise and embrace those qualities that give our life meaning and are prepared to shed old habits that are unsustainable.
Our gardens can bring us closer to understanding ecosystems that underpin life on this planet and how to live in harmony with the earth. By creating a beautiful, efficient and productive garden in your home, you can learn the rhythms of nature and our humble role in it. So how can we let our green thumbs align our gardens to the sustainable path?
Our home and garden can be a healthy Eden of self-sufficiency or a bottomless pit of resource-consuming ecological inefficiency. So how do we manage our ecological footprint & set it on a sustainable path?
Too many pesticides, herbicides and fungicides in your food? Try eating organic.
If eating healthy local produce is important, then how can we as consumers, encourage more sustainable production,
manufacturing and distribution?
Decisions about the things we buy can move us toward being sustainable. Thinking about things like the resources used in the products we buy, how efficient they are and their lifecycle can help us make more environmentally friendly purchases.
How can we reconfigure our retail filters to include our environmental responsibilities?
The majority of the services we receive from our governments, health care providers, banks, etc. are configured for financial efficiency (saving money or making it).
for financial efficiency (saving money or making it). As such, the inclusion of sustainability obligations or awareness of the ecological footprint of the services they provide is a rare feature for Australia’s service providers. How do we shift this?
Progress is being made as we nurture and deepen our relationships with others and fire up our compassion toward those in need,
the young and future generations of living creatures on this planet. Through these relationships, we will learn together,
act together and kick environmental goals together. The sense of common purpose and achievement we will gain will provide essential fuel for the journey. So how can we nurture our compassion and engagement so as to contribute?
Recreation is how we relax, reward and inspire ourselves. Careful choices about travel, luxury holidays
and recreational toys can ensure we play sustainably too. With a bit of extra thought,
we can make sure our recreational choices don’t cost the earth!
The existence of waste is an indicator of inefficiency in the human economy. We extract from nature to create billions of tonnes of things which we use once, then bury or pump them out to sea & pay money for each of these stages! As individuals we can learn to avoid, reduce, reuse and recycle, with the journey ending with zero waste… nature’s finest.
While most of us have less control over our workplaces than we do over our homes, our commitment to reducing
the damage to the environment should not stop when we get to work. Everyday at work we make many decisions about water, waste & energy. Therefore, the workplace provides us with a great opportunity to become an agent of change toward sustainability
and lead and support the greening of our work cultures and the means of production.
Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are a dynamic and oft under-appreciated part of the Australian economy. Businesses with under 200 employees drive the most employment and provide the most economic benefit to Australia, with SMEs making up over 57 % of the Australian economy.
Most of us still use the car as our primary mode of transport. However, one-quarter of all car journeys are
less than three kilometres. Car travel has a very significant environmental cost and impacts negatively on our health and wellbeing.
To ride a bike the same distance uses less than one-fiftieth of the energy required to drive.
Explore sustainable transport options.