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Back to school time and I am trying to make a few adjustments to our families’ lifestyle, so that we are not continuing the Canberra trend of having the biggest ecological footprint[1] of anywhere in Australia!

Here are a few of my ideas:

1)      More walking and riding to school. Difficult to achieve as a working Mum, but the days when I am not working we will aim to walk/ride. Plus last year discovered the joys of the walking school bus and this fits with work, so aim to have that as a once a week event.

2)      Less pre-wrapped food. Although I do appreciate the convenience of being able to throw a muesli bar or similar into the lunchbox. A couple more minutes putting something together should not be a big deal!

3)      Helping out with the school garden/composting. We’ll see how I go – a noble idea!

This is probably enough to get started on, will try being consistent and then expand to other things…. if we have achieved these.


[1] The average Canberran’s ecological footprint is above the national average and nearly three and a half times the global average. The Canberra Times, 14 Dec 2010.

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An exciting day in Australia with our first female Prime Minister.

My start to the day was at a 1 Million Women breakfast, with some interesting speakers such as Penny Wong, the Minister for Climate Change, Energy Efficiency and Water.

The 1 Million Women is a campaign that aims to inspire women to make a difference to climate change by making changes in their own life.

Some interesting facts I gleaned:

  • women determine 70% of consumer spending
  • women make up 54% of Australia’s population
  • women are good communicators and networkers
  • everyone can make a difference.

In summary:

  • climate change is real,
  • it is happening and impacting on our environment,
  • we can’t wait for “others” to do something, because we can only achieve dramatic changes if we all take responsibility for ourselves and what we can influence.

And a great quote.

You must be the change you want to see in the world.
Mahatma Gandhi

So if you would like to make a commitment to cutting your own CO2 emissions (and are female) sign up to 1 Million Women.