The countdown is on. In less than a month the Rudd government will make a final decision on carbon reduction targets for 2020.
The recently released Garnaut report, found the economic cost of not acting on climate change is far greater than the cost of taking early action to reduce emissions. If that's not reason enough to act, here are four more reasons from the Australian Conservation… Continue
Added by Georgia Muir on October 31, 2008 at 9:30am —
In aiming to disentangle the concept of sustainability, let’s focus on what a sustainable company may look like. But, even before a corporate embarks down the fallopian tube of sustainability towards the conception of becoming a more sustainable company, there are several barriers and challenges it needs to overcome. One of the key challenges is understanding what a sustainable version of it may look like, and indeed, what sustainability means to it. So, to get started, the company… Continue
Added by Terence Jeyaretnam on October 30, 2008 at 5:00pm —
Flicking through Marie Claire on the weekend I was shocked by the number of articles dedicated to ‘green’ living. In fact, at the moment green lifestyle content seems to be equally as popular as tabloids about single sexed couples. Fad or no fad, it’s great news that "green living" is under the media radar.
Some websites Marie Claire recommended that I checked out were:
1. Green Your… Continue
Added by Georgia Muir on October 27, 2008 at 3:30pm —
What is the influence of government and business, in global sustainability? This is a question that often unravels traditional notions of belief held by politicians and management. Does this form part of corporate or public governance issues? Certainly, in terms of dollar profit for business, and votes for public office-bearers, the buck stops with customers and voters, or it would seem. But, Nike ‘just’ did not ‘do it’ when it came to extensive reputational damage as a consequence of… Continue
Added by Terence Jeyaretnam on October 27, 2008 at 2:00pm —
I rode the train with some high schoolers today. Damn, it sure was messy. Garbage littering left and right - you know how it is. Adults always frown upon this. You know what, though? It's not solely their fault. Students need to act like thugs. Otherwise, they'll get bullied during lunchbreaks. That's how school works. I would know - I've been there recently.
Back in school, our teachers invited loads of guest speakers. They always urged us to protect the environment. After all,… Continue
Added by Marcus Lam on October 25, 2008 at 10:24pm —
Greenwash is a term that, in the 70s and 80s, was used to describe external corporate communications aimed at painting, perhaps not the complete, but indeed a greener corporate image than what was reality. Common perception is that Greenwash is very much dead, particularly with the introduction of the corporate environmental or sustainability report. There is now more information on corporate environmental and social performance than ever before. Firstly because the market is… Continue
Added by Terence Jeyaretnam on October 24, 2008 at 5:00pm —
I've just finished wading through a total of about 400 pages of design specifications and quality assurance documents. Apart from the need for some looney juice on the grey matter - this is not very interesting.
What is interesting for me is that this was all done using electronic word-processing documents. Not a single printout. Nary a printer warming. These docs are shared by many people in and out of the office.
In fact the printer around here barely gets used… Continue
Added by TC on October 22, 2008 at 6:00pm —
With the Murray Darling Basin in dire need of a top up Four Corners this week investigated the Government's attempt to rescue Australia’s most significant water catchment.
Sarah Ferguson reports “In the endless drought, clouds carry promise, but little else. If the government is right, climate change will continue to defeat the best hopes of our farmers.
It has forced the Federal Government to take radical measures to keep Australia’s most important and most… Continue
Added by Georgia Muir on October 22, 2008 at 12:00pm —
Everywhere you turn there are green products and services, and we are increasingly surrounded by green advertising. Some of the notable examples may include large billboards advertising the BP being the largest manufacturer of solar panels in Australia-, Virgin Blue offering carbon offset flights, carbon offset beer by Cascade (Cascade Green) and a range of consumer products carrying recycling and recycled content information. Indeed, once you start noticing green marketing, it is far… Continue
Added by Terence Jeyaretnam on October 20, 2008 at 2:00pm —
Do you sometimes feel that you had left your brain behind in a decision you had made or your thought process? Do you feel that you do it far too often? Well, I do especially when it comes to living an excess lifestyle. We in Australia are only 3rd behind the United States and Canada in our ‘eco footprint’ – that is the amount of hectares it takes to feed, clothe and provide for each of us. It is about four times the footprint of an average Chinese or Indian citizen. In other words, if… Continue
Added by Terence Jeyaretnam on October 20, 2008 at 2:00pm —
Combating climate change and sustainability doesn’t start and end in the home. In fact, businesses are the emitting tones of carbon emissions and waste and need to pull up their socks when it comes to taking action.
Setting up a Green Committee is a good way to go about motivating staff and drumming up support. The role of a committee in many organisations is to identify ways to reduce waste, recycle and put some pressure on management to change corporate… Continue
Added by Georgia Muir on October 20, 2008 at 11:30am —
Cows and sheep have always been the butt of the joke as "big producers of greenhouse gasses" but no one has explained why it's so serious.
I was shocked to find out about the potency of Methane from a ABC Catalyst TV show:
"But atom for atom methane is far more potent than CO2 and it accounts for a whopping 20% of the green house warming effect."
Added by TC on October 20, 2008 at 9:30am —
I guess I'm using this blog to simply document my learning journey. Nothing ground breaking but simply a chance on reflecting on what I read, hear, think and do all about sustainability.
Not sure where this will end up but hey. I reckon some of the stuff is going to be pretty naive to start with - hopefully it will evolve into something better.
Where I am at the moment:
* I have an interest in popular science so I'm well aware of many of the issues around… Continue
Added by TC on October 16, 2008 at 9:30am —
The Carbon Solutions Forum lured a broad spectrum of people seeking a sound understanding of how businesses need address the carbon economy, current and future statutory requirements and how to effectively reduce their carbon footprint.
Over the two days speakers from large corporations openly shared strategies they have implemented in their organisations. From initiatives that have worked effectively, to challenges faced and mistakes that have been detrimental to business… Continue
Added by Change2 on October 14, 2008 at 2:30pm —
A friend bragged to me last night over dinner about flying carbon neutral. I acknowledged his attempt for “socially responsible” kudos (and commended him) but challenged him with “where does your money actually go?” He was stumped for a reply and I too, was challenged to answer my own question. So I examined the issue a little further.
How does it work?
Whilst choosing to pay a levy to fly carbon neutral doesn’t reduce emissions directly, it does fund projects… Continue
Added by Georgia Muir on October 13, 2008 at 1:00pm —
The much anticipated Garnaut Report was released a few days ago to the public. The final report makes recommendations on medium to long-term policies and policy frameworks to ensure that Australia has a sustainable and prosperious future.
In a press release Professor Garnaut stated “there is a path to Australia being a low-emissions economy within around 40 years, consistently with continuing strong growth in material living standards,”
“The Review has… Continue
Added by Georgia Muir on October 7, 2008 at 5:23pm —