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9 breathtaking rooftop gardens around the world

Posted on March 02, 2015 at 10:15 by Rashini Suriyaarachchi

Rooftop gardens are not only a great way to combat air pollution, global warming and foster peace of mind in the city – they’re also beautiful. Take a look at these majestic rooftop greeneries from around the globe.

Productive urban green spaces are an inevitable and exciting part of the future of the world’s cities. Urban areas need green space not only for food and combating air pollution, but also to revitalise community life. Take a look at these gardens revolutionising city life around the world.

1. Kensington Roof Gardens, London, UK

Kensington Roof Gardens, London, UK

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Where did you get those green eggs and ham, Sam?

Posted on February 24, 2015 at 13:20 by Penny Mercoulia

Do you ever wonder how the chicken or egg ended up on the plate in front of you? There is certainly a long line of events that took place before you picked it up off the supermarket shelf. Here are a few reasons why we should reconsider our food consumption.

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Australia is one of the richest countries in the world. And I’m not just talking about money.

We are surrounded by beautiful oceans. We live in an activity fuelled, carefree, war-free zone. We spend our summers sitting by the beach between the yellow and red flags, and our ever-so-mild winters hiking through green grass and beautiful mountains with the occasional kangaroo in sight.

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Have you ever used a REVERSE vending machine? Here’s your chance!

Posted on February 23, 2015 at 13:45 by Penny Mercoulia

Incredible news! NSW Premier Mike Baird has officially launched a Container Deposit Scheme for NSW. At an event at Coogee Beach over the weekend, the Premier announced the roll out of 800 reverse vending machines.

This means that NSW residents will be rewarded for returning bottles to hundreds of reverse vending machines from July 2017! The container deposit scheme is estimated to generate $65 million a year for schools and charities.

The scheme was welcomed by the Boomerang Alliance which has been campaigning for a CDS in NSW for over a decade.

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Upcycling 101: How to turn your stuff into other stuff

Posted on February 17, 2015 at 15:05 by Rashini Suriyaarachchi

Humans have a big problem: we love stuff. The rate at which we’re using the world’s resources is unsustainable – so it’s time we do all we can to tread lightly on the environment.

Many Australians are lucky enough to be able to buy stuff. We’ve been taught that with money and resources comes happiness – and that happiness can be found in our material possessions.

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Thankfully, many Australians are also lucky enough to be exposed to information about the unsustainable ways our possessions are made, used and disposed of. The truth is, a lot of our stuff comes from the sacrifice of the natural world and other people. It’s time to see possessions as a privilege and do all we can to cut back. (more…)

Tackling deforestation – it’s a dirty job but someone’s gotta do it

Posted on February 10, 2015 at 12:55 by Greenpeace Australia Pacific

Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) had a history of greenwashing – remember its former Rainforest Realities website? When the company launched its zero deforestation pledge in early 2013, there were those who pointed to this history of making big promises it failed to keep. Greenpeace also had concerns about whether APP could pull it off. Continue reading →

Queensland election explained: What does this mean for the future of the Great Barrier Reef?

Posted on February 06, 2015 at 18:52 by Shani Tager

As the tropical state of Australia, Queensland is known for its summer storms. We’re used to it being hot and steamy one day and raining buckets the next. This summer, though, was particularly crazy, and the Queensland election last weekend perfectly matched the unpredictable weather. Last weekend,  2.75 million Queenslanders cast their vote in a Continue reading →

6 reasons the Great Barrier Reef needs you to divest right now

Posted on February 05, 2015 at 13:04 by Greenpeace Australia Pacific

1. The plot is cliché It’s like something from a James Bond script where an evil villain decides to dig up a massive amount of coal and detonate one of the world’s largest carbon bombs in order to make money for a company with a very dodgy environmental record. When the coal is burnt it Continue reading →

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