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Smokes and mirrors

If one were to assess the importance of issues facing Australian society simply by column inches and the shrillness of politicians’ voices, one might be forgiven for thinking that the biggest threats to our environment, economy and indeed, our very … Continue reading

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Mining greed at irreversible costs

In the 1850s Australia was gripped by gold fever.  When gold was found in the southern tablelands area around Braidwood, tiny villages and settlements suddenly boomed as miners, merchants and mercenaries arrived to seek their fortunes. One of these was … Continue reading

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Walking? Footpaths are your prerogative

Sustainability, health and urban planning are more closely linked than might be apparent at first thought. An example is the public handwringing about the ‘obesity epidemic’ and the plethora of public programs designed to get us off our collectively expanding … Continue reading

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Local sustainability and natural disasters

I was recently discussing the Queensland flood with a friend who is involved in the Transition Towns movement. How, she wondered, can small-scale local sustainability projects which encourage people to grow and share food, have any positive effect in the … Continue reading

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The politics of resilience

We’ve heard a lot about resilience in the last week or so, particularly in relation to communities and their capacity to regroup and rebuild after disasters.  Encapsulated in the words of Queensland Premier Anna Bligh, “the flood may break our … Continue reading

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