Wednesday, 23 September 2009

An Eye on Climate Change

I recently received an email from Rodney Dekker, a local Melton resident who is married to Desrae, one of the friends of the MSLG. He is a freelance photo journalist focused on climate change storytelling.

He has travelled to Bangladesh and made a story board for Oxfam about the effects of a cyclone that occurred in 2007 that killed tens of thousands of people in low laying areas of the country.  Here is a video of what he saw.  It is quite powerful and eye opening.

The images he took are a timely reminder of why the up-coming negotiations at Copenhagen in December are so important, and this may be the last chance we have to set realistic targets that reverse or at least stabilise the climate before the human race creates climate chaos by our own negligence.  I for one feel ashamed that our country has the dubious honour of over taking the USA as the worst polluters per capita in the world.  Australia will be and has been the first developed nation that is already seeing the impact of this global inaction. This needs to change big time.  We need to campaign harder to avert this disaster.  Oxfam Australia have a petition and letter to send to the Climate Change Minister, Hon Penny Wong about strengthening  Australia’s Green House Gas targets.  Here is the link to demanding stronger climate change action.  I urge anyone who cares about future generations to send this urgent message to our elected officials.

Rodney has offered to do a slide show for us at one of the meetings.  I think we should take him up on his offer in December and invite as many guest and friends as we can.

You can see more of his work at




Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Sustainable House Day

Don't forget that Sunday 13th September is Sustainable House Day.  If anyone is interested in visiting a few homes in our area have a look at the link for details.

If a few members want to get together and have a look at a few within a 100km radius of Melton, let me know, we may be able to organise a quick excursion.  Happy to give the Hybrid a flog for the day!  Email me at my normal address if interested.