OUR HEALTH IS COMPROMISED BY OUR GLOBAL FOSSIL FUEL ADDICTION

Climate change is affecting the health of people around the world; transitioning to net-zero emissions could be the greatest health opportunity this century

By Associate Professor Celia McMichael, Professor Kathryn Bowen and Professor Mark Stevenson, University of Melbourne

Climate change threatens to undermine the health of people around the world, with more intense and frequent extreme weather events, increased heatwave exposure, climate-related food insecurity, alteration in the spread of infectious diseases and exacerbated mental ill-health.

These are just some of the findings of the 2022 report of the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change, published in The Lancet.

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NOBURN Citizen Science

We’re happy to be supporting the University of Southern Cross’ NOBURN Citizen Science project.

NOBURN is the first of its kind citizen science project involving Australian communities in data collection and predictive modelling of bushfires, garnering interest in the science behind bushfires and creating awareness of the fire-susceptibility of our forests.


To find out more about the project and how you can participate — check out Dr. Sam’s video… we hope join us in supporting the project.

Happy Earth Day!

We’re excited to be actively taking part in the celebrations of our Mother Earth and encourage YOU to also do whatever you can to support, protect and enjoy our planet.

EVERY action, however seemingly small, helps — collectively — we CAN make a difference!

Enjoy quotes and insights from luminary thinkers? (we do!)

Check out a few dozen Earth centric insights at TreeHugger

Reduce your carbon footprint with gardening : Becoming self-sufficient – Gardening Australia

Jerry shares tips on how you can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from your garden.

Global warming is a global phenomenon but there’s many things gardeners can do to help on a local scale. Jerry uses battery powered tools that can be recharged via the solar power on his roof which prevents greenhouse gas emissions. A push-driven mower also has no reliance on fuels and starts first time every time! Growing plants helps store carbon in soils by taking carbon dioxide in from the atmosphere and turning it into plant tissue. Mangroves are some of best plant communities for storing carbon but trees like eucalypts are great choices with small varieties available for the home garden, and if providing shade on the northern or western side of your house you’ll need less air conditioning to keep cool and save on emissions that way too.

Composting garden and kitchen waste where possible will avoid emissions from councils having to take your waste to the tip. And the compost won’t just increase biological activity, water holding capacity, and fertility of your soil, it will also store carbon! The earth can store ten times more carbon in the soil than it can in the atmosphere. Jerry regularly measures the amount of carbon in his soil and it’s increasing by about 1% each year, which means he’s stopping a huge amount of greenhouse gas getting into the atmosphere just by working in homemade compost.

Choosing the right fertiliser is also important and Jerry uses organic fertiliser like animal manures as they have the nutrients your plants need whilst avoiding the greenhouse gases emitted in the production of synthetic fertilisers. Synthetic fertilisers can also generate nitrous oxide in the soil, a potent greenhouse gas.

The distance food has to be transported to get to you is known as ‘food miles’. The greater the food miles the greater the fossil fuel emissions resulting from the food you consume. But food grown at home only has to go from garden to kitchen! Most of the onions eaten in Brisbane come from South Australia or Tasmania, as they can be unreliable to grow in the Queensland climate. So, Jerry grow subtropical substitutes like spring onion and society garlic that are just as easy and tasty as ordinary onions. Citrus fruits are an internationally traded commodity but with a little space you can grow one at home and they are very rewarding!

Don’t despair about global warming, get into your patch and do something about it.

Yuggera Country | Brisbane, QLD

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