Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to be selected to become a part of The Climate Project (TCP) and be trained by Al Gore to become an official Climate Project Presenter. The core of The Climate Project is to build a global force of trained presenters to help educate people about the urgency and solvability of the climate crisis at a grassroots level. To date close to… Continue
Added by Lee Stewart on May 16, 2011 at 10:30am —
In Australia you could be forgiven to think that the climate debate and that a price on carbon is all talk and very little action. After all we have seen a change in leadership over the issue and a number of failed government environment programs not to mention that this policy has already been defeated in… Continue
Added by Lee Stewart on February 27, 2011 at 12:30pm —
One of the biggest arguments about acting on climate change in recent times has been the effect on the economy and that meaningful action will result in negative growth.
I had one of those real “A Ha” moments when I met the British Foreign Secretary the… Continue
Added by Lee Stewart on January 20, 2011 at 11:00am —
Every now and then something truly unique and innovative comes along. I am happy to say that this one is from my home country New Zealand and is a pedal-powered monorail called "The Shweeb"
This is the first human powered monrail and passengers pedal what is best described as a bicycle in an aerodynamic capsule. You can get speeds up to 70kph and you don't have the usual problem… Continue
Added by Lee Stewart on September 26, 2010 at 10:30pm —
This morning the ACT is set to announce a very ambitious target to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2020. The announcement has left some wondering whether this is realistic as the territory recently downgraded its NoWaste 2010 target to just an inspirational goal.
You can check out the full story here and I… Continue
Added by Lee Stewart on August 27, 2010 at 10:14am —
I had the pleasure of presenting to the Sydney CitySwitch signatories on one of my favourite topics "Innovation in ICT and ideas on how to reduce your footprint."
Having been to a number of presentations around the topic of sustainability I thought I would do something a little bit different rather than show the usual graphs and let people know about some of the "Cool Innovations" happening around the IT sector and energy… Continue
Added by Lee Stewart on July 29, 2010 at 10:00am —
Being an optimist I thought that maybe Julia Gillard might be a bit different and act on Climate Change and that the upcoming election we would see a credible climate change policy from a major party.
So the news coming out today on Julia's announcement for a citizens assembly which include up to 200 volunteers who would work alongside… Continue
Added by Lee Stewart on July 23, 2010 at 12:30pm —
Last week I was invited to be a part of an Executive Round Table discussion on Ethical Supply Chains. The event was kindly hosted by the United States Studies Centre and the NSW Department of State and Regional Development.
The keynote address was delivered by Dan Henkle, Senior VP of Global Responsibility for… Continue
Added by Lee Stewart on July 14, 2010 at 5:00pm —
The car was running low on petrol the other day and I was about to pull into the nearest station. I then realised that it was a BP and then had a quick call to make. Fill up with BP or drive another few K’s to the Shell Station. With all the recent events happening in the US I just couldn’t see myself using BP even if it was only for a tank of petrol. I then drove the extra few K’s to the Shell Service Station down the…
Added by Lee Stewart on June 1, 2010 at 2:00pm —
I just heard that they have re-floated the Shen Neng 1 Bulk Coal Carrier of the Barrier Reef this morning. The fact that the ship was way of course taking a well known short cut and the threat of a major disaster of our precious Barrier Reef brought a strong outcry from our politicians. The Australian PM Kevin Rudd came out and said that there is no greater asset for Australia than the Great Barrier Reef and that he takes threats to the reef seriously.
I was good to see that the irony… Continue
Added by Lee Stewart on April 13, 2010 at 9:00am —
I have just recently moved to Naremburn on Sydney’s Lower North Shore. The move was brought on by the immediate need to find a bigger place where we have some room for a new arrival currently known as “Critter”
As one of the many New Year’s resolution in trying to keep the fitness up and looking at ways to reduce my own personal environmental impact I have decided to try cycling to work and take advantage of the many cycle paths around Sydney. I thought I would share with… Continue
Added by Lee Stewart on January 20, 2010 at 9:30am —
Last week I was fortunate enough to attend the last Green Capital
event for 2009. I have been to dozens of Climate Change and Sustainability events this year and it is easy for me to get the glazed over look when someone puts up a slide of the usual climate change graph, the polar caps melting and that all to cliché photo of a polar bear or penguin.
So it was really refreshing to hear a total different… Continue
Added by Lee Stewart on December 8, 2009 at 9:17pm —
I now have some really exciting if not a bit scary news. It is now official that I will be a first time Dad sometime in March next year. Like many of my friends and family who have become fathers this moment or calm before the storm can bring on some moments of reflection mixed with a sense of panic. Thoughts such as how are we going to survive on one income? Baby names, we need a bigger apartment, I have no idea how to change a nappy, (I remember well the conversation I had recently… Continue
Added by Lee Stewart on November 10, 2009 at 8:42am —
I just came back from a great two week trip to New York and Washington. It was my first time to that part of the world and I was keen to experience the true American culture, drinking beer out of large plastic cups, have a half smoked chili dog, going to a Yankees game and catching some of the US Open.
I was very keen to see firsthand if America was actually embracing sustainability and what action was been taken. Almost every add break on TV had some product stating a… Continue
Added by Lee Stewart on September 29, 2009 at 6:30pm —
The count down is on for the talks in Copenhagen and we have just seen some positive comments come out of the UN Climate Change Summit in New York.
Some notable comments have been:
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon
“Failure to reach broad agreement in Copenhagen would be morally inexcusable, economically short-sighted and politically unwise. We cannot go down this road…I urge you to seal a deal in Copenhagen in December this year – an equitable,… Continue
Added by Lee Stewart on September 24, 2009 at 5:30pm —
I really enjoy a great story and my ideal story is one that stimulates your thinking and ideas long after the final credits have rolled.
After recently watching Garbage Warrior I thought I would pick my top half dozen eco films that I have seen and share them with you. If you think I have missed something then please feel free to add your own.
1. Inconvenient Truth
No surprises here. I remember watching this film with my wife and coming out of the… Continue
Added by Lee Stewart on March 28, 2009 at 6:08pm —
Like numerous people around the world I live and rent an apartment in a large city. We do what we can to limit our impact on the environment. We recycle; use green power and I have even got a worm farm to limit our waste.
I also refuse to use the clothes dryer unless it’s an emergency as it is the most power hungry appliance we use and the average dryer is responsible for about 500kg of C02 per year. In fact dryers alone in Sydney units produce an estimate 80,000 tonnes of CO2 a year… Continue
Added by Lee Stewart on February 24, 2009 at 2:00pm —
I finally got around to measuring the power consumption in the office. Now I wouldn’t say we were big energy consumers with a small office of 11 staff with about 250sqm of office space. So after a few power bills I was finally able to work out what our energy consumption was and to shop around for 100% green power in Sydney.
First thing to note that it is worth finding out what a kilowatt (kWh) is and how much you pay for it. Now this is where it gets interesting. Some… Continue
Added by Lee Stewart on January 19, 2009 at 6:30pm —
I have been car less since November last year after a certain motoring mishap which resulted in my old Mitsubishi (gas guzzling) Magna being sent to car heaven. I must say that we haven’t really missed the family car as both myself and my partner both take buses to work and can walk to the shops etc.
But the time has come to try and buy and new car. Along with the usual considerations and negotiation with my partner such and color and boot size, this time round I am far… Continue
Added by Lee Stewart on January 12, 2009 at 1:00pm —
From Thursday the 8th of January South Australians will have to bring in their own reusable bags for shopping. The topic of banning plastic bags has been kicking around for a number of years with politician Peter Garrett making noises about banning plastic bags while in opposition. Now for those living in SA it is now a reality.
So what has SA got on the rest of the country? Why are they ahead of the other states in taking such a positive step in changing consumer… Continue
Added by Lee Stewart on January 6, 2009 at 3:30pm —