May 2014 newsletter

Bangladesh installs 1000 solar systems a day
For this and other inspirational stories about clean renewable energy

Ten ways you personally will notice the effects of climate change
Go no further than your own home to see the effects of climate change.

Queensland doesn’t want coal
In Australia’s largest coal producing state, a huge public consultation has revealed that the community wants Queensland to move beyond coal.

Australians for Coal
A new group is pushing the line that Australians love coal (sorry, it’s not a joke). You can tell your MP what you really think with the help of ACF

Amazing solar power developments
Scientists at Harvard and MIT have found a way to create solar cells that can both store and release the energy, which means that it is like a battery and can continuously produce power. For the full article go to

Australia’s coal industry is pushing the Government to make the’s campaign for fossil fuel divestment illegal as well as banning other environmental boycott campaigns. We suggest you can sign this online petition to tell the government you don’t want this to happen. Go to

Don’t buy Reflex Paper
An on-going campaign by the Wilderness Society aims to save to native forests – our biggest carbon sink – by encouraging people not to buy Reflex paper. Alternatives include Office Max 100% Recycled, Fuji Xerox Pure 100% recycled, Canon Oce Recycled Zero and J Burrows 100% recycled.

Climate change deniers
Who do you think are the top twelve climate change deniers in Australia? See how many you got right by going to and\

Health and climate change
See these clear infographics on the effect of climate change on our health. . The Australian Medical Association has also highlights the adverse impact of climate change. Go to

Google using renewables
Google in USA has announced it will be powering its data facility services with wind power and that it will be helping residents install solar panels. Go to

What’s on
Forum on effect on water supply from mining
Nature Conservation Council is organising a forum to look at the effect of mining on Sydney’s water supply on Saturday 10 May 2-4pm at Turramurra Uniting Church, 10 Turramurra Ave, Turramurra. Entry by donation, refreshments provided. RSVP here

Wildlife Photographer of the Year
See this annual exhibition of photos showing the beauty of nature (before it goes) at the Australian Museum in College Street until 1 June. Open daily 9.30am-5.00pm.

Film night
Lock the Gate is showing a film, Fractured country: an unconventional invasion on Sunday 25 May 3-5pm at Dulwich Hill Library, 12-14 Seaview St, Dulwich Hill. It describes the impact of CSG. If you want more information on this campaign, go to or

Migratory birds talk
Ryde- Hunters Hill Flora and Fauna Preservation Society is hosting a talk on Migratory birds and climate change in the Sydney region at the Environmental Education Centre, Field of Mars Reserve on 31 May at 2.30pm. For information go to or phone 9816 3168.

Composting and Worm Farming
The Habitat Network is organising a demonstration on how to make good compost and be a successful worm farmer on Saturday 17 May 10am-12 noon. Bookings on 9952 8222. The Habitat Network is located 251 Quarry Road, Ryde.

Food lovers workshop
The Habitat is hosting a workshop on food safety, local produce, using leftovers and growing food from kitchen scraps on Saturday 24 May 10am-1pm. Phone 9952 8222 to book.

Chemical cleanout
Landfill is a massive source of Co2 and methane. Bring your unwanted household chemicals to the Household Chemical cleanout on Sunday 18 May at Meadowbank Netball Courts, Adelaide Street at Meadowbank 9am-3.30pm. For more information go to