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Chris Hayes is worth listening to. Spend some minutes on watching “The shocking truth about oil – and our planet” on MSNBC on Earth Day.
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ENN – 20 March 2014:
Renewable energy helps Scotland become one of the world’s wealthiest nations
Scotland’s control over a quarter of Europe’s offshore wind and marine energy has helped it become one of the world’s wealthiest nations, according to new analysis released today.





The Solutions Project

Momentum is building in the renewable energy sector. The argument for renewable energy is simple: there’s plenty of untapped capacity, it creates domestic jobs and it’s cleaner.

Stanford University Professor Mark Jacobsen has conducted detailed research on the transition to a renewable energy future. At TheSolutionsProject.org he has developed 100% Renewable Energy Roadmaps for every US state.

The Solutions Project in the United States was formed by a group of top scientists, visionary business leaders and cultural influencers with a mission of accelerating the transition to 100% clean, renewable energy. People from all over the world are encouraged to join their movement. They write:

“Sign up and together we’ll help your community transition to clean, abundant and affordable renewable energy that you control.”

» www.thesolutionsproject.org

“This is not an ideological issue any more. It’s a matter of common sense.”
Guillaume Bazouin, a researcher for The Solutions Project



Leadership. A business takes a stand

IKEA-infographic

Corporate giant IKEA has launched a campaign to highlight the necessity of climate change policy leaders. The Scandinavian company has developed an infographic which advocates legally binding targets on: CO2 reduction, Renewable energy, and Energy efficiency.

By using a visual medium, the sustainable business leader is able to convey succinctly the benefits of the low carbon economy. Striking graphics draw attention to the 20 millions jobs which would be created between now and 2020 in the green economy, as well as the losses to the IKEA group caused by extreme weather.

» Continue reading:  www.theclimategroup.org



Circular Economy

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How can your industry contribute to the circular economy? – interactive
The Guardian asked 28 experts what role their industry has in accelerating the circular economy. Journey through our interactive to explore each industry category and click on the words and phrases to learn how innovation is taking hold

“It’s about re-thinking the operating system itself”

A short video which explains the concept of Circular Economy:




Time for cities and business to join forces on climate change

“The battle for sustainable development will be won or lost in cities. Cities consume 80% of global resources and produce 75% of carbon emissions, and there could be three billion more city dwellers by 2050.
With $57 trillion in infrastructure investment needed by 2030, most of it in cities, there is a huge opportunity to make our urban environments more sustainable. Fortunately, many cities are ready with forward-thinking leadership that is willing to collaborate and act.

Will that happen? Right now, it’s businesses that deliver the technology, services and financing for infrastructure. But businesses traditionally work with cities late in the planning lifecycle. So there aren’t many opportunities to drive innovation and new solutions, like energy efficient buildings, low-carbon transportation, smart grids and others.
So here’s an idea: what if businesses and cities formed a global leadership group for cities and climate change? To start, the group could develop metrics that compare the relative value-add of infrastructure solutions that lower emissions, raise climate change resilience, or help cities adapt to climate change, so leaders can weigh different investment options.
This is the kind of collaboration that could turn the tide in the climate change battle.”
Peter Bakker, head of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, at Davos in January 2014

 



Living Green Magazine – 16 April 2014:
Small Sustainable Choices to Create Big Green Cities
As urban centers grow exponentially, many cities are looking at ways to enrich the quality of life of their citizens by adopting a greener lifestyle. Ensuring our cities are made cleaner, less wasteful, and sustainable can seem like a daunting task. However, by starting small, urban planners and city officials can give their towns a push in the right direction.


“It’s not enough to simply be against something. The Solutions Project wants to use science + business + culture to accelerate the transition to 100% renewable energy.”
» www.thesolutionsproject.org

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Mother Jones – 3 January 2013:
Mark Ruffalo Wants You to Imagine a 100 Percent Clean Energy Future
The celebrity activist isn’t just against fracking; he wants to turn the conversation to green solutions.

“If you think Mark Ruffalo is just another celeb with an anti-corporate tilt, you’re missing the story. His true passion is promoting a clean energy solution to our climate and water problems, and demonstrating how feasible it is. Today. Like, now.”


» Inquiring Minds – Climatedesk.org’s podcast on soundcloud.com:
Mark Ruffalo – Our 100 Percent Clean Energy Future
In this podcast, Mark Ruffalo talks about his vision for a clean energy future, what he’s doing about it, and how you can help. If you don’t have an hour to listen to this podcast, then start with listening to the three-and-a-half minutes from 31:15 to 34:45, and again from 45:00 and four minutes onwards.





Mark Ruffalo (born 1967) is an American actor, director, producer and screenwriter. He is known for portraying the Marvel Comics character, Bruce Banner / The Hulk in films taking place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. For his role in The Kids Are All Right (2010), he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Since 2010, he has become a supporter of creating 100% clean energy – including a campaign to ‘Put Solar On It’ – after believing that fracking was destroying his community in upstate New York.

» Mark Ruffalo’s wiki-profile:
wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Ruffalo

» Put Solar On It – Pledge and Toolbox – an exemplary toolbox concept:
joinmosaic.com/putsolaronit


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Smart Planet – 18 April 2014:
The clean energy transition is unstoppable, so why fight it?
The transition from fossil fuels to solar, distributed generation resources and renewables won’t be easy, but energy analyst Chris Nelder chooses to stoke the flames of hope.


“Simply taking to the streets isn’t the answer. What is needed is a meaningful vision for civilisational transition – backed up with people power and ethical consistence.
It’s time that governments, corporations and the public alike woke up to the fact that we are fast entering a new post-carbon era, and that the quicker we adapt to it, the far better our chances of successfully redefining a new form of civilisation – a new form of prosperity – that is capable of living in harmony with the Earth system.”

But if we continue to make like ostriches, we’ll only have ourselves to blame when the epidemic becomes a pandemic at our doorsteps.
Dr Nafeez Ahmed, executive director of the Institute for Policy Research & Development


The Guardian – 25 September 2013:
The crisis of civilisation is an unprecedented opportunity
Converging climate, energy, and economic crises signal the potential to transition to a prosperous post-carbon era



Building a Sharing Cities Network


“Imagine a city where everyone’s needs are met because people make the personal choice to share. Where everyone can create meaningful livelihoods. Where fresh, local food is available to all. Where affordable housing and shared transportation are abundant. Where the people decide how the city budget is spent. Where the people own the utilities and the banks, and even create their own currencies. Imagine a city where the more we share, the more we have. That’s a sharing city, and our dream is that everyone gets to live in such a place.”

Video published on youtube.com on 2 December 2013.

» Read more about the Sharing Cities Network on www.shareable.net



“The world’s cities are responsible for up to 70 percent of harmful greenhouse gases while occupying just two percent of its land. They have become the real battleground in the fight against climate change. What goes on in cities, and how they manage their impact on the environment, lies at the core of the problem.”


Sustainable City Network – 27 February 2013:
Empowering a climate change movement, Part 6: The Cool City Challenge
By David Gershon



City of Sydney: Growing a green revolution

The city of Sydney is creating 96,000 square metres of green urban landscape. From rooftops to walls, the city is going through a green revolution.

“It is wonderful to watch this transformation, and the benefits we reap will be immense.”
Danielle Uskovic, scoop.it

Broadsheet – 29 January 2014:
Growing a Green Revolution
The green revolution is growing. All over the city’s skyline green roofs and walls dot the urban landscape


» Sustainability Leaders – 31 March 2014:
Green, Global, Connected: Sydney’s 2030 Sustainability Vision
It is Sydney’s ambitions to position itself as a global leader in environmental best practice, urban sustainability and livability.




“I don’t care what you think about climate change, and politics. What I care about is what you think about the future. (…) There are really two attitudes that one can have. You can see the future as something that happens to you. Or you can say: the future is going to be what we build.”

“Climate change is an existential threat. We know how to fix it. We actually CLAIM that we are fixing it. But we are not fixing it really. And if we want it fixed, it is okay to be a little bit angry. But anger at the same time really isn’t enough. It is not enough because this is a transformational process, and the system that we are trying to transform, is the energy system. The energy system is at the heart of the economy. So we are trying to transform the economy. And at the heart of the economy is a whole set of power relationships that are embedded in the economy. And that system actually has some quite good anti-bodies for resisting change.”

“This is a story about electricity. Using electricity to do more things in smarter ways. If you like: A new golden age of electrification.”

Climate Change: Why you should be angry and why anger isn’t enough: John Ashton at TEDxBedfordSchool. Uploaded on youtube.com on 20 August 2013.


“Sustainability storytellers should aim to frame the sustainability challenges and opportunities we face with a light at the end of the tunnel. (…) Our stories should have a clear path—a beginning, a middle, and an ending that demonstrates hope for the future.”


The Business of a Better World – 13 November 2013:
Sustainability Storytelling: Creating a Narrative that Matters



“We need a free-flowing system of conscious interconnectedness more than ever. We need to unite – to promote bravery and open-mindedness and adaptability in a time of uncertain conditions. And there’s no better medium for this than our art.”
Lyndon Kidman




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Wearewhatwedo.org

We Are What We Do is a global movement aimed at inspiring people to use small, everyday actions to help change the world. Founded in London in 2004, the group gathered 50 simple ideas for improving the environment, our health, and our communities to create international bestsellers.

These included the books ‘Change the World for a Fiver (published in the United States as ‘Change the World for Ten Bucks’), ‘Change the World 9-5’, ‘Teach Your Granny To Text and Other Ways to Change the World’, ‘31 Ways to Change the World’, along with campaigns in schools, businesses and communities involving educational materials, videos and exhibitions.

Whilst these reached relatively large numbers – ‘Change the World for a Fiver’ sold over 1.5 million copies world wide – evaluation showed an increase in awareness in users, but limited actual behaviour change.

Equally, as explicitly socially positive messages, they had a nominal or negative appeal to the majority of the people who have no existing appetite for social and environmental participation. At the same time, advances in behavioural economics and psychology have shown that everyday human decision making is more profoundly influenced by context, peer behaviour and emotional reactions than by the logical processes which tell us something is ‘the right thing to do’.

As a result, implicitness and facilitation have become crucial principles behind the work of We Are What We Do since around 2007. More about this in the paper ‘The Incidental Effect.’

» Home page: www.wearewhatwedo.org



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Climate Solution Stories from America

“Through a community-wide investment in wind power, a rural county in Oregon is earning millions of dollars to build their economy, cutting carbon and demonstrating that clean energy is both practical and profitable…”
Since 1998, Climate Solutions has pioneered the vision and cultivated political leadership in the Northwest for the proposition that clean energy and broadly-shared economic prosperity can go hand-in-hand. Through programs like New Energy Cities, Business Leaders for Climate Solutions and Harvesting Clean Energy, Climate Solutions builds a powerful constituency for local, regional and national action on climate and clean energy policies.

» Solution stories:  www.climatesolutions.org/solution-stories

» Link up on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/climatesolutions
 

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Community Energy in Australia

An incomplete list of Australian community energy initiatives and funding projects, listed in alphabetic order:

100% Renewable
» www.100percent.org.au
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Alternative Energy Association
» www.ata.org.au
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Citizens Own Renewable Energy Network Australia
» www.corenafund.org.au
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Clean Energy for Eternity
» www.cleanenergyforeternity.net.au
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Coalition for Community Energy
» c4ce.net.au
» www.fundcommunityenergy.org
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Community Owned Renewable Energy
» www.core.futureplans.org.au
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Community Power Agency
» www.cpagency.org.au
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Earthworker Cooperative
» www.earthworker.org
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Embark
» www.embark.com.au
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Energetic Communities
» www.energeticcommunities.org.au
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Energy for the People
» www.energyforthepeople
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Solar Citizens
» www.solarcitizens.org.au
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The People’s Solar
» www.thepeoplessolar.com
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The Sunrise Project
» www.sunriseproject.org.au
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Yes 2 Renewables
» www.yes2renewables.org


Inspirational Facebook pages

» www.facebook.com/ClimateSafety
» www.facebook.com/TheNewJoneses
» www.facebook.com/TheSolutionsProject
» www.facebook.com/TheSustainableTable

Local Geelong pages:
» www.facebook.com/Bikesafe.Geelong
» www.facebook.com/CleantechGeelong
» www.facebook.com/FossilFuelFreeFuture
» www.facebook.com/GeelongBetterBlock
» www.facebook.com/GreenRoofsGeelong
» www.facebook.com/geelongsustainability
» www.facebook.com/groups/geelongsustainabilitygroup (Group Forum)
» www.facebook.com/SurfCoastEnergyGroup
» www.facebook.com/TheSustainableHour
» www.facebook.com/TransitionEastGeelong



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