MASG wishes you all a wonderful Christmas break, and we look forward to an exciting 2016 with Community Renewables'
Waste to Energy and Community Solar Projects moving to deliver on innovative and timely renewable energy options for the Mount Alexander Shire Community, Bimonthly Sustainability Drinks to engage and inform, The Sustainable House Education Day (SHED)
upcycling and recycling projects, and Energy Efficiency
advice and consultations.
Here is a snap shot from 2015. See you in 2016!
Castlemaine Climate Rally and Picnic Sunday 29 November 2015
Click the thumbnail to view a little climate rally video made by
Lisa Mills, from Little Pixel Films:
Or head to the MASG website
to view more.
Climate Rally Brainstorm with Winters Flat Primary School Young Leaders, Nov 2015.
MASG AGM and Sustainability Drinks 19 Nov 2015
'An evening with Tim Flannery' 26 September 2015, hosted by The Hub Foundation in partnership with the Mount Alexander Sustainability Group, Mount Alexander Shire Council and Universal Power and Light.
Sustainability Drinks 6 August: Waste to Energy Projects for Mount Alexander Shire.
MASG Sustainable House Education Day Sun 28th February 2016
In conjunction with the Sustainable Living Festival,
will be hosting its ever popular Sustainable House Tours, on Sunday 28th February, now called Sustainable House Education Day (SHED).
4 Houses in the Mount Alexander Shire will be showcased, with information available regarding the latest innovations in sustainable design and energy efficiency.
So save the date, and stay posted for further event and ticketing info.
Congratulations to Winters Flat Primary School now a 5-Star Accredited School!
'Winters Flat Primary School, is celebrating again this week after being named a ResourceSmart AuSSI Vic 5-Star Accredited School. Representatives from Sustainability Victoria visited the school to make the official announcement which sees the Castlemaine school become one of just 38 of 2200 schools in the state to be awarded the coveted 5-star rating and the only school in the Loddon Mallee region to achieve this status.
Member for Bendigo West MP, representatives from Mount Alexander Sustainability Group (MASG), OzGreen, Mayor Christine Henderson, ResourceSmart and other local sustainability groups were on hand to help the school students, staff, school council, parents and volunteers celebrate the achievement which has been three years in the making.
The latest achievement follows on the back of the school's recent success at the ResourceSmart Awards where the school claimed four honours including Victorian 'ResourceSmart School of the Year' and 'Teacher of the Year' - won by Winters Flat ResourceSmart coordinator Jeanette McMahon. Students donned crowns and brochures of 'stars' for the occasion, celebrated with song 'I am the Earth' and dancing to 'Celebrate Good Times.' A tree with leaves in the shape of a five pointed star will be planted to represent the school's continued commitment to a sustainable future.'
Lisa Dennis, Senior Journalist
Elliott Midland Newspapers
THE CASTLEMAINE MAIL
Climate deal signals end of fossil fuel era: But where was Australia?
From the Renew Economy
, 13th December 2015
'The Paris Agreement was sealed after what UN secretary general Ban ki-moon described as the most complex negotiations he had ever encountered. The final text was presented after noon, and after the French broke for lunch, and then returned for a plenary session where the text was passed with no objections, and amid wild applause and emotional scenes.
Not only does the text secure binding agreement from both developed and developing countries to keep temperature increases “well below” 2°C, it also calls for efforts to cap the increase at just 1.5°C over industrial levels.
It was hailed as a “turning point” and a signal to the end of the fossil fuel era. Although individual country pledges to do not yet match the agreed goal – they may collectively cap global temperatures at 2.7°C at best – the agreement sets in place a series of stocktakes and reviews, as early as 2018, to encourage countries to lift their efforts.
The implications for Australia are even more stark. The Coalition government has a (carbon emissions reduction) target – 26 to 28 per cent below 2005 targets by 2030 – that is seen as one of the weakest in the world.
Mostly, it proposes to achieve that and its shorter term 2020 targets with accounting measures and by using its overhang surplus credits from the Kyoto Protocol.
Australia, though, finds itself on the outer, both politically and economically. It has no domestic policy or long-term plan to decarbonise the economy, and despite all the rhetoric and soft talk from the Turnbull administration about wanting an “ambitious” outcome, it has so far done little to change the policies of the Abbott era.'
Full article here: http://reneweconomy.com.au/2015/historic-and-ambitious-climate-deal-signals-end-of-fossil-fuel-era-33784