Earth News|Collected: A round-up of this week’s good news for the planet – Australia edition

Our Editor-in-Chief, Charli scours the news to uncover and bring you a round-up of good things that are happening for our planet each week.

Let it rain! More than one third of NSW officially no longer in drought

In a case of ‘slow and steady wins the race’, ‘consistency is key’, ‘every little bit helps’ – and other appropriate catchphrases, there is good news for more than one third of New South Wales, which has this week been declared officially no longer in drought. According to ABC News, regular rain in part’s of the state’s central west, south coast and Sydney basin has helped NSW recover from one of the worst droughts on record.

After working hard to save water during the drought, regional towns and cities, such as Orange, have now received enough rain and inflows in recent months that the high-level water restrictions look set to be eased in a few weeks.

The Mayor of Orange, Reg Kidd, commented: “I think it’s made us be a lot smarter, particularly in New South Wales, how we’re coming out of this drought.”

Not everyone has been so lucky though, with many parts of the south coast hit by flooding, and parts of the south and far north coasts yet to experience a break.

Farm fresh fruit and veg, delivered straight to your door boosts farmers’ income, saves on food waste

What have you had delivered to your door during lockdown? I’ll take a guess that food or groceries made the list at least once. Sales of subscription services and online deliveries rocketed during and post coronavirus lock-down periods. Savvy farmers in North Queensland have not missed out on the trend, offering locally grown fresh fruit and vegetables delivered straight to your door.

With studies showing we have picked up a few more eco-friendly habits during lockdown, consumers are perhaps taking more of an interest in where their food comes from. With many wanting to avoid that trip to the busy supermarket, more people are looking online for options, which has opened up the opportunity to go direct to the source for fresher produce.

As North Queensland farmer Alicia Kidd told ABC Tropical North: “It’s seasonal. It’s fresh, picked the day before, it was literally picked within 24 hours of delivery”.

I say YUM to that!

Activist investors are pushing fossil fuel companies to act on climate change, by shutting them down from the inside

More than 100 investors of Australia’s largest independent coal producer, Whitehaven Coal, have filed a resolution asking the company to plan its own closure, according to the ABC this week.

The ambitious move was organised by the activist shareholder group Market Forces and has been touted by analysts as possibly the first of many of its kind, as investors begin to question the long term viability of pure-play fossil fuel companies.

Multiple studies have linked climate change with coal and the benefits of moving to renewable energy, both in environmental and economic terms. And as we all learned in primary school, fossil fuels will run out, so perhaps investing in a resource that is finite just doesn’t make good business sense.

“Achieving substantial reductions in temperatures relative to the coal-based system will take the better part of a century, and will depend on rapid and massive deployment of some mix of conservation, wind, solar, and nuclear, and possibly carbon capture and storage.” – N P Myhrvold and K Caldeira 2012 Environ. Res. Lett. 7 014019

 

Sources:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-08-13/shareholder-fossil-fuel-resolution-whitehaven-coal/12546830

https://climateanalytics.org/briefings/coal-phase-out/

https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/7/1/014019/pdf

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-08-12/third-of-nsw-declared-drought-free/12549046

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-08-13/tree-change-couple-ditch-the-mine-for-veggies/12535622

*All opinions expressed are the writer’s own

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Charli Ferrand

Charli wrote her first novel at the tender age of 9, then dabbled in the idea of becoming a professional ballerina for a few years, before returning to her love of writing, acquiring a BA (Hons) in Journalism, Film & Broadcast from Cardiff University in the UK. A three-month holiday in Australia turned into a 11 year residency, during which Charli cemented her career in PR & Marketing Communications working with some of the biggest brands in the world. She also gained her citizenship, discovered her passion for sustainability and eventually ended up coming full circle, combining her professional skills with her love of the planet and oceans into her role as Editor-in-Chief of Earth Collective. A trained journalist, experienced communications professional and qualified Mental Health First Aider, Charli has her finger on the pulse of the latest political and environmental developments around the world. You can find her writing about current affairs, political activism and mental health.

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