Blog posts have been pretty thin on the ground over the past couple of months. There has been plenty going on here which would generally be perfect material for posts, however, I have written about most of it before, and in some instances, several times.
I know that there is no reason not to revisit a topic but I have been grappling with a broader issue and want to discuss that here today. I am looking for other people’s views and would really appreciate your input.
It is good to be doing what you can within your own home and personal decisions with regard to reducing your carbon footprint but should we be doing more? To really make a difference it is vital that we work to influence change on a bigger scale. This can be overwhelming and make you wonder whether it is even worth trying but we need to remember that change does not happen overnight nor is it likely to be easy.
In the past few weeks we have been busy. We attended a local screening of ‘Before the Flood’ and associated audience discussion. This is a 2016 documentary on climate change features Leonardo DiCaprio. Like anything on this topic it left me torn between optimism that we can all make a difference and despair that any action will really be a matter of ‘too little, too late’. However, my final decision is a renewed enthusiasm to really make a difference as soon as possible.
On a more local note, I went to an information evening about recycling in the Sunshine Coast Council area which was presented by Barung Landcare with a speaker, Sandie Johnston from Envirocom, an environmental consultancy who provide education and training for Sunshine Coast Council. Waste minimisation and recycling have been at the forefront of my actions for over 25 years and this was an eye-opening presentation. Some things have changed with regard to recycling so it is great to have up-to-date information that I know is accurate for our local council area. I am looking forward to sharing this information in the hope that it can be disseminated more broadly which should lead to a greater compliance with recycling ‘rules’.
I also attended one of the five consultation evenings regarding the ongoing management of the Maroochy River estuary as preservation of our natural environment is critical and the issue of coastal management is paramount if we are to protect low-lying areas such as Cotton Tree from inundation. Whilst the issue of replacing the geotextile bag groynes with rocks may only have come to the notice of some people recently, there has been a small but dedicated band of people working to preserve the natural river mouth for at least 40 years. This is a perfect example of long-term activism. If you live in the Sunshine Coast Council area or visit the Maroochy River estuary (Cotton Tree) please consider completing the council survey here.
Just like charity, activism begins at home, or at least in your local area so here are a few ideas that have caught my interest.
I have begun looking into the idea of Boomerang Bags with a view to getting this idea up and running in Maleny.
A couple of months ago I joined Spare Harvest, an online platform dedicated to sharing garden produce and resources.
I have been active in a couple of different Zero Waste/War on Waste Facebook groups and am pleased to have discovered a local Sunshine Coast group. These really seem to have gained momentum since the ‘War on Waste’ television program here in Australia. I am hoping to be able to connect with more local people to see what difference we can make as a group.
I will continue to write about the small things I do each and every day to live more sustainably but I am looking forward to trying to extend this to more people in the community and I hope to share more of that with you, too.