Home water savings a drop in the ocean

The Age: Home savings virtually negligible: expert.

At a water seminar held at Woodford music festival, the dude giving the talk indicated that around 70% of water used in Australia was for irrigation and agriculture.

This highlights one of the big frustrations for me, wanting to live more sustainably. I know, some of the time, that the savings are much smaller than those that could be achieved if business (or government) stepped up to the plate.

My take on it is similar to Mr Byron’s:

“One of the good things about these small gestures is they indicate public interest and buy-in, that is the public care about this issue, they’re concerned about it, and they want to help.

“That’s terrific for when it gets to the really serious stage, and we really need to do something that involves a little bit of pain, the public is already onside,” he said.

“But these little gestures will not even get us close to where we want go. If every man, woman and child in Australia was to do it, the difference in water use would be negligible.

“The problem is the big actions carry with them a pretty big tag, but rather than bite the bullet and adopt some of the big changes needed, we’re told to be satisfied with making these symbolic gestures.”

What do you think?

Speaking of hiring

WWF is also looking for a Web Developer.

Ander, who has been a wonderful addition to the team over the past few months, needs to head back home (overseas) unexpectedly (much to our disappointment). So the position is open again…

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Cars and business

Oikos: The environmentally destructive tax rort for cars. The bottom line:

There’s lots of talk about new measures to discourage the use of fossil fuels and debates about carbon taxes, carbon trading, mandatory renewable targets and so on. But a good start would be simply removing the economically questionable and environmentally damaging tax breaks that exist for private cars.

Can’t say I disagree. I know a few people that have cars as part of salary packages or work pays for them – what say ye?

Future is man made (Redux)

After a few months of development (and many months of thinking and strategising) I’m proud to announce the launch of the new Future is man made website.

From the blurb on the home page:

This site … is a place where people can share their ideas for living sustainably. We hope the tips and stories here will be useful for you and that you will share your ideas here too.

As part of the team at WWF, I very much hope that the site will become a hub of activity from folks around Australia can share their stories, tips and experiences to make it easier to live more sustainably.

To kick things off, and as part of the Earth Hour promotional activity, the site has a “60 things you can do in the dark” competition – submit your ideas for a chance to win a Nokia 3250 mobile phone and Planet Earth DVD.

I could go into more details about the strategy, development and details, but really, I’d just prefer to point and let y’all decide if you like it or not 🙂 Feel free to let me know what you think by leaving a comment here, or through the site’s contact form.

Big props to Digital Eskimo who were fantastic to work with to get the site up and running. It’s been a blast working with them on the project – muchos kudos guys 🙂