I am constantly amazed by the bad news on sustainability and climate change in the media nowadays. Fortunately for me, in my position, I am also constantly exposed to a bunch of upbeat, sophisticated, up-to-date blogs, e-newsletter, websites and other pro-sustainability businesses who have a plethora of good news and info to share.
Sustainability can be such a grey area to be discussed at dinner parties. Each of us has drawn our own line in the sand, deciding to what degree we will implement it into our lives. Seeing so much doom and gloom can get a gal down. Pleading ignorance was so much easier! So I thought I’d share some of the good news stories you may not see in your everyday travels around the interwebs.
1) Sustainable building materials
Timbercrete, based in Australia, started in 1994 when potter Peter Collier devised his own formula for bricks. Timbercrete is a multi-award winning and environmentally sustainable masonry building product significant advantages over standard clay and concrete bricks, including saving huge amounts of energy and avoiding the pollution that regular brick create. You can have your brick and use it too!
2) Higher density voted for in Fremantle
Perth faces a huge problem in our urban sprawl. (See our post on the cost of commuting in Perth.) Changes to the way we think about high-density living coupled with changes to planning policy will result in a more liveable city and who doesn’t want that? Which is precisely why Fremantle council have recently voted to change the rules and introduce smaller infill housing to create denser, more diverse housing and rental options in an area where the average house price is now around $800,000!
3) Companies who care
They exist. Really! Recently Landcare partnered with Pozible to create the Landcare and Environment Collection to provide a platform for independent crowdfunding campaigns of landcare, environment and community groups across Australia and the world. Even property developers are getting on board. Psaros, WA’s leading urban property developer have recently partnered with Conservation WA to encourage sustainable apartment developments in Perth City. Genius! They are also one of Australia’s only Carbon Neutral companies too.
4) Renewable Energy is happening
Did you know that 1/4 of Australian homes are powered by the sun!? And that continues to grow even with the current Australian government talking about removing support for this clean, green energy supply!
The solar revolution is happening around the globe. Despite all the bad press we see in Australia, renewable energy is being readily embraced around the globe with numbers on the increase. This Spanish island will be running on 100% renewable energy within the next months and totally done away with fossil fuels. Who’s to say this cannot be implemented and accepted right here on our island? Imagine the future of sustainable housing then!
5) Sharing is caring
Imagine not having to pay for your car insurance, tyres, service, parking parking bay in the city, fuel or wear-n-tear. (That’s money you could put towards things like a holiday to see the Maldives before they disappear?) Car share schemes like GoGet are becoming the new norm in cities around the world. Why pay extra for an apartment with a car park when you live on a main public transport route? And not only car sharing! Bike sharing, community gardens and tool sharing schemes are all becoming the new norm.