October 12

coal seam gas

With 150 CSG wells proposed across the Sydney water catchment area (www.smh.com.au/environment/plan-to-drill-150-gas-wells-across-water-catchment-20120906-25h3v.html), this issue is an imminent threat.

This Saturday 13th October at noon, join us and the Australia-wide campaign by ‘Lock The Gate.’ A human sign spelling out STOP COAL SEAM GAS! will be made in Newtown and captured by a filmmaker. Meet at the old brickworks chimneys corner of Sydney Park Road & Princes Highway. More info: www.nogasmininginsydney.com/

arctic melt

2012 saw a new record for the minimum sea-ice in the Arctic with the 2012 ice being 50% less than the 1979-2000 average. Arctic sea ice has long been regarded as a sensitive indicator of changes in the climate (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-19707671). Sign this petition to save the Arctic from oil drilling (http://savethearctic.org/).

ACT goes renewable

The ACT government has developed a plan for 90% of ACT’s power to be sourced by renewable energy http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/act-labors-bid-for-90pc-clean-energy-20120918-264yo.html

millions can be saved on energy in Ryde

$40 m could be saved by people and businesses in this area by 2020 by cutting energy use a report by Climate works has found. Jo Spangaro from our group featured in this Northern District Times story on how she is saving energy http://northern-district-times.whereilive.com.au/news/story/gladesville-home-proves-millions-can-be-saved-on-energy-in-ryde/

what’s on

Chasing Ice a new documentary about one man’s mission to gather undeniable evidence of climate change. Using time-lapse cameras, his videos compress years into seconds capturing mountains of ice in motion as they disappear. Premiering this weekend at the Antennae Film Festival http://antennafestival.org/films/chasing-ice/#.UHKk167_nyI

parramatta EcoFest 

Saturday October 13, 9am-4pm at Rumsey Rose Garden, Parramatta Park where you can learn about sustainability. Learn about no dig gardening, worm farms, growing vegetables in the city,there will be a demonstration small scale model solar power station and you can learn tips and tricks for saving energy costs in your own home. More info: www.parracan.org

1 Million Women -Recipe for Change afternoon tea – 3.30pm Saturday 17 November

Ryde Gladesville Climate Change Action Group will be getting together over a cup of tea hosting a get together to share ideas about simple and effective changes you can to save energy at Jo’s place @ Gladesville. Our ideas will be pooled to make the the Recipe for Change book wth those of other women around Australia. Please rsvp by Wed 14th November. For more http://www.1millionwomen.com.au/

community native plant nursery and food garden opening at Santa Rosa Park near Quarry Road in Ryde, on Saturday November 3rd 2012 12 noon to 1.30pm by the Habitat Network in partnership with Ryde Council. We will be holding a stall at the opening. Action has started already at the garden and volunteers are welcomed every Wednesday and Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

next meeting:

Monday 5 November 2012 at 7.00 pm. Call Pamela on 0422 532 586 or Jo on 0414 375 149 for details.