Are you a consumer or a citizen? What is the difference? A consumer makes a purchase for short term gratification – a citizen thinks about the impact of the purchase before making it.
When buying or using finite resources, we can help reduce emissions by pausing to think about :
- Where our household energy comes from;
- Whether we go straight for the car keys or consider walking, cycling, using public transport, or car-sharing first;
- The air miles and emissions associated with our food and clothing choices.
With some simple steps that do not impact on our lifestyle, we can collectively make a HUGE emission reduction. Why not challenge yourself to:
- use less plastic
- purchase wisely
- minimise waste
- eat less meat
- plant more trees!
|RAC Victoria||17 eco-friendly swaps for single-use plastics|
Tesla 3 Review
|Sue Lees from ZC Melbourne-on-Yarra shares her first hand Tesla experience.|
From regenerative braking, and recharging to the delights of ‘dog mode’, Sue
provides a straightforward review of the pros and cons of her electric vehicle.
This handy guide shows you how to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rethink and Repair and be part of the solution to a sustainable future. Bronwen Haywood, from the Zonta Club of Central Goldfields in Victoria, collated the information for this leaflet.
Every Woman’s Guide to Saving the Planet
Book and website: Every Woman’s Guide to Saving the Planet. This was written by the founder of the 1 Million Women movement, Natalie Isaacs, and is an excellent primer. Through 1 Million Women, you can participate in challenges and keep tabs on your emission reductions!
Book and website: Plastic Free by Rebecca Prince-Ruiz and Joanna Atherfold Finn. This is the book that describes the history of Plastic Free July. This movement started with one woman working in recycling education in a WA local government. She decided to go plastic-free for one month and asked her friends to join her. Today over 250 million people from around the world have joined up to this program.
The Fight for Planet A
TV Program: The Fight for Planet A ABC TV series explores our choices with energy, transport, and food. It tells a serious message, but in an amusing way!
The War on Waste
TV Program: This second ABC TV series of War on Waste sees Craig Reucassel target plastic water bottles, straws, e-waste, fast furniture, food waste and the recycling crisis.