The overall purpose of Zero Net Energy Town (ZNET) is to create Australia’s first town which satisfies all of its own energy needs at all times from renewable energy sources in a way which is competitive with its current system of energy (in terms of price, quality, reliability, security of supply and so on).
The purpose of this current stage of work is to prepare a Blueprint and Business Case for the ZNET concept and model. The Blueprint and Business Case are to be based upon a Case Study Town, which is the subject of this Expression of Interest.
Expression Of Interest Open: Friday 19 September 2014
Expression Of Interest Close: 5pm AEST, Friday 24 October 2014
The North Coast’s annual event for creating a sustainable energy system is just around the corner and it’s time to book your tickets to ensure your place.
Early Bird Tickets are Available Now!!
Now in its fourth year, the North Coast Energy Forum brings together industry, government and cotmmunity to learn, share and progress renewable energy in the North Coast. This year’s forum has limited places so check out the jam packed program and book your tickets at North Coast Energy Forum.
Four decades after the book was published, Limits to Growth‘s forecasts have been vindicated by new Australian research by the University of Melbourne. Their conclusion is that we can expect the early stages of global collapse to start appearing soon.
The 1972 book Limits to Growth, which predicted our civilisation would probably collapse some time this century, has been criticised as doomsday fantasy since it was published.
Limits to Growth tracked industrialisation, population, food, use of resources, and pollution. They modelled data up to 1970, then developed a range of scenarios out to 2100, depending on whether humanity took serious action on environmental and resource issues. If that didn’t happen, the model predicted “overshoot and collapse” – in the economy, environment and population – before 2070.
Research from the University of Melbourne has found the book’s forecasts are accurate, 40 years on. If we continue to track in line with the book’s scenario, expect the early stages of global collapse to start appearing soon.
The University of Melbourne research has not found proof of collapse as of 2010 (although growth has already stalled in some areas). But in Limits to Growth those effects only start to bite around 2015-2030.
New research by CSIRO has shown that there is less than 1 chance in 100,000 that global average temperature over the past 60 years would have been as high without human-caused greenhouse gas emissions.
Published in the journal Climate Risk Management today, our research is the first to quantify the probability of historical changes in global temperatures and examines the links to greenhouse gas emissions using rigorous statistical techniques.
July 2014 was the 353rd consecutive month in which global land and ocean average surface temperature exceeded the 20th-century monthly average. The last time the global average surface temperature fell below that 20th-century monthly average was in February 1985, as reported by the US-based National Climatic Data Center.
This is such an exciting festival. For all those people who love car racing, but cringe at the petrol and the waste involved, cringe no more. The Tom Farrell Institute have been hosting this festival for four years now. It is Australia’s biggest display of electric vehicles so far.
Hunter Valley EV Festival has a fabulous range of electric vehicles, and the joy is a large number of them are Australian. These companies are creating jobs and are sending their products to markets in Europe and America. It’s great to know that Australians are designing practical and innovative transport solutions which are great for the planet.
Showcased are the practical ~ like the bike designed for people who haven’t ridden in ages, or a small motor bike which charges overnight and has a range of 90kms ~ as well as the beautifully designed petrol beating solar racing car.
Check it out! Be enthused! Buy one! Care for the environment.
Last Saturday in Uralla, Starfish was delighted to see the official launch of the Myall Creek Soundtrails App. It was the culmination of of a two year project we have been working on with a number of community groups. It is the first app of the Soundtrails program and is believed to be the first of its kind in the world.
The GPS-based program will give people access ~ through their smart phones ~ to an informative and entertaining “soundtrail” as they walk around the town. The Soundtrails Smart Phone App enables people to hear professionally produced soundscapes (including music, poetry, readings from historical documents and recordings of local people telling their own stories) relevant to the sites they are visiting.
It can be downloaded by going to the Soundtrails website on your mobile device and clicking on the “iPhone App Store” or “Android Google Play” icon. As you walk through the landscape, the GPS automatically activates the recordings as you enter the appropriate geographical area.
The app, which includes soundtrails for Uralla and Warialda as well as for Myall Creek was officially launched at McCrossin’s Mill, Uralla, last Saturday 30 August, by Dr Christina Spurgeon of QUT.
Starfish Director Dr Navjot Bhullar, spoke at the launch and talked about how Myall Creek’s story ~ from the horror of the massacre through to the healing possibility of reconciliation ~ is of national and international significance. She said: “There is as yet no Centre for Reconciliation operating on a year-round basis, anywhere on Earth. This is despite the sad truth that that Myall Creek’s horrific history is representative of what has occurred not only right across Australia, but in almost every other corner of the world: a violent war waged on indigenous peoples.”
“Today however, Myall Creek today represents something extraordinary ~ a shining beacon for the possibility of reconciliation. The seed of this has grown from the annual reconciliation and memorial attended by descendants of every side of that massacre ~ descendants of the victims, the murders, the landholders, the justice system and more.”
This app, Soundtrails provide a perfect way to share this powerful Myall Creek story. Soundtrails bring it to life through voices, songs, sounds and words. The use of this professionally produced technology makes Myall Creek available to visitors to the site any time of day and any time of the year ~ a digital record for ever more and a fitting way to share the story of the world’s oldest continuously living culture.” The GPS-based program will give people access through their mobile phones to an informative and entertaining “soundtrail” as they walk around the town.
Hamish Sewell, from The Story Project who created the Soundtrails App, said of the project: “Soundtrails is destined to become a whole new delivery system for experiencing stories on location,” he said. “It is simple, powerful, and highly evocative. If there’s a way to get local stories and local history into the heads of the younger generations, let alone people from across the world, then this is it.”
Starfish Initiatives was delighted to be part of a large community effort to launch the soundtrails app, along with partners including Uralla Arts, The Story Project, Queensland University of Technology, Australian Government, Uralla and Gywdir Shire Councils, Phoenix Foundry and New England Mutual.
Read more about the Myall Creek Centre for Reconciliation.
The Fruitvale district of East Oakland, California, is the turf of three major gangs ~ yet the residents of Casa de Paz never lock their doors.
Casa de Paz is part of a group of homes that form an intentional community of peace and nonviolence in an area which is rife with structural and physical violence.
How do they achieve this? They embody “giftivism”: radical acts of generosity that change the world ~ one heart, one home, one block at a time.