COP meetings are now held annually rather than every five years to work on closing the gap. Pressure is on to increase targets by 2022; to ensure they are more operational and less declaration-driven than before. The world’s two largest emitters, the USA and China, have agreed to reduce emissions collaboratively.
More than 65% of the Australian Workforce use a private car for their daily commute!
With 12% of global greenhouse emissions coming from road transport, looking at how we get to work can make a huge difference. We sat down with Julian Illich of Tiller Rides, ahead of National Ride to Work today to learn more about e-bikes and their benefits.
Every third week in October, the Australian Water Association works to inspire individuals, communities, and organisations to build awareness around the value of water. The NWW2021 theme this year is Caring for water and Country, which celebrates the vital and cultural role that water plays in our lives.
We face the multiple challenges of a changing climate – the warming of which the latest IPCC report states has been unequivocally accelerated by human activity. These times require nimbleness, intelligence, care and urgent, yet well thought out, action. The team at Carbon Positive Australia has put together ten actionable steps that you can take now that will have a significant impact on the Earth!
If it were a country, plastic would be the fifth-highest emitter in the world. Australians are the biggest consumers of single-use plastic waste globally, producing an average of 59kg of plastic waste per person a year. The more plastic made that we use, the more fossil fuels we need, and in turn, we exacerbate climate change. It is estimated that by 2040, there will be 1.3 billion tonnes of plastic waste present in our environment. So how do we address the problem?
In 1995 the UN declared 17 June as ‘World Combat Desertification and Drought Day’. This year the day focuses on turning degraded land into healthy land. According to the UN, nearly three-quarters of the Earth’s ice-free land has been transformed, mainly to meet the demand for food, raw materials, and human settlement. A little closer to home, in the last 200 years, nearly 40% of Australia’s forests have been cut down, leaving behind fragmented landscapes.
Biodiversity is the needle that threads us all together and is a reminder that we are very much connected to nature. It includes and affects every living thing on our planet, from a tiny sandalwood seed to the tallest Eucalyptus regnans; from the smallest Pygmy Possum to the largest Red Kangaroo; from you to me. It has a direct impact on all of our lives. As humans, biodiversity gives us a functioning ecosystem that provides oxygen, clear air and water, plant pollutions, pest control, wastewater treatment, and ecosystem services.
“It takes a little bit of art and a little bit of science,” says native plant agronomist Geoff Woodall. Geoff has been working with Carbon Positive Australia since 2009. He has worked to improve seed treatment, the machinery we use, seeding methodology and weed control. His knowledge gained over many years of restoration work and carbon farming projects ensures the survival rates of the trees we plant. During a recent drought at Eurardy, a site where we are collaborating with Bush Heritage Australia, the landowners have seen survival rates of upwards of 90% (without watering) thanks to Geoff’s expertise.
With the recent change to mandatory reusable plastic bags in our supermarkets, it has been very easy to look back on plastic bags as the most harmful option in terms of environmental impact. Paper bags, with their biodegradable materials and recyclable disposal, are often considered to be the environmentally-friendly choice when compared with their plastic counterparts.
In fact, this is a common misconception; overall paper bags are more harmful to the environment than disposable plastic ones.