10632612_945476835479249_7613237376567927510_nThe Abbott government has just released the Warburton review of the Renewable Energy Target. The report ignores the aspirations of Australians and would be a disaster for jobs and investment.

The Warburton Review has made two key recommendations that will devastate Australia’s renewable energy sector. The Review recommends the Abbott government:

  1. Limit the Renewable Energy Target to new entrants – which is effective to the immediate abolition of the scheme.
  2. Drastically cut the fixed 41-terawatt-hour Renewable Energy Target and set yearly targets based on forecast electricity demand – which will kill the renewable energy sector through uncertainty. 

This sham review recommends the Abbott government cut the Renewable Energy Target by up to 100 per cent.

Australians will be shocked that there are no options to increase the RET, only options to axe it.

The Warburton Review’s recommendations will kill off thousands of jobs and billions worth of investment in the Australian economy.

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This guy really clarifies how the world works … and he’s a scientist.

How to manifest anything

Such a great read.

Eve Fisher

I cannot begin to say how impressed I am with this piece. The writer really takes a long, hard look at how the way we live, in the society we are allocated. The writer is C Shaw – he deserves such credit for raising such an important issue. Thanks Ross Lark for sharing this with me.

Depression is not a Disease but an Indication that Human Consciousness needs to Change.

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Dangers of population growth

By Graeme Stockton

Here is a post I wrote at www.connectpink.com.au

I heard a story the other day that made my blood positively boil. Friends of friends decided to stock up their house with plenty of new stuff. I’m talking clothes, furniture and kitchen items. Now, while there is absolutely nothing wrong with updating, there was absolutely nothing wrong with their outgoing goods. Nothing. So what did they do with the cast-offs? Did they offer the furniture to friends, or call the Salvos to come and collect? Did they take their clothes to an op shop? No. They hired a skip and sent it all to landfill. Done and dusted. No reusing. No recycling. And, certainly, no reducing.

My blood is still boiling, made worse by the fact I’ve become really anti-consumption of late. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not against supporting trade and the economy. I’m against needless waste and I’m certainly against the disposable society we so readily support. But consumption and living in a disposable society are a bit different. Consumption is just buying things we don’t need. Often it’s to make ourselves feel better about life and working so hard. I’m as guilty of that as anyone, but now that I’m aware of it, I think very carefully about the things I buy.

If I feel the urge to shop, I think about what I really need  – not want – first. It might be a hair product, some vitamins or even chew toys for my dogs. I always make sure the things I buy are things I absolutely need. I’ve stopped buying shoes because as much as I LOVE shoes, I have enough, and I need to get some serious wear on the 50-odd pairs I already have. It doesn’t matter how insignificant in size or cost, the item is still making a huge impact on the earth in the cycle of consumption. Chances are the cost does not cover the environmental impact of making the goods.

The cycle of consumption first came to my attention when I watched The Story of Stuff (storyofstuff.org) which is an outstanding short video that has won international acclaim and has spawned a whole host of follow-up material. It even made it to page one of the New York Times. This mind-bending work looks at how our consumption is destroying the earth, tree by tree, village by village and orang-utan by orang-utan.

I showed The Story of Stuff to a bunch of high school students and they were blown away. It really taps into our notion of a disposable society. Everything is for convenience and this is why we now have disposable mop heads, among a myriad other things. Why can’t we just use a mop and bucket? I don’t get it. The other day I saw the cleaner at work wiping down the tea room bench with paper towel. Surely a cloth is a better, more sustainable (and cheaper) option? Our disposable society goes so much further than just household products. Think mobile phones, computers and even cars. It’s enough to make your head spin. And it’s enough to put a massive strain on the earth’s finite resources.

The movie Fight Club summed my sentiments up perfectly.
“We buy the things we don’t need, with money we don’t have, to impress people we don’t like.”

How do you manage the need consume? What are your buying habits?

Eve Fisher

This is my latest obsession – removing the stuff from my life. And if you know me, you know I have a lot of stuff. It’s got the point where I think twice about EVERYTHING I accept into my life. Just the other day I got given a branded golf umbrella at work. I was thrilled – who doesn’t like a golf umbrella, but then I thought, I never use an umbrella – EVER. What do I need with a second item I don’t use – I already have one umbrella I got free with a magazine. So I’m giving it back to the marketing department. It’s just more stuff…

Study: Physical possessions and U.S. families | Unclutterer.

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Check out my new blog about SUGAR at the brilliant http://www.connectpink.com.au – ContentItems.

I am completely and utterly up for this idea. People are so ignorant about the damage they are doing to their bodies – so make junk food more expensive I say. Do it!!!

What do you think? Do governments have a right to tax junk just as they tax tobacco? Let’s talk this through.

Chew the fat on a sugar tax to trim waistlines.

I have to reblog this because Haught is outstanding and everyone needs to get on to his blog. Check out it. This man is hilarious.

Haught

A few years ago, I was reading Peter Temple’s crime thriller The Broken Shore and found it so inspiring, I decided to write some fan fiction. It was good, very good, but I got sidetracked by other projects and forgot to ring back the many many publishing houses who had asked me to turn it into a novel, or any of the Hollywood studios who had enquired as to whether I would give them the film options.

Only since the success of Fifty Shades of Grey, the book that began as erotic Twilight fan fiction and became an international best seller, have I revisited my work. I discovered  that what I had – its working title was Cold Comfort –  was undoubtedly first-class prose, but it was single-genre prose.

I’m a trendsetter by nature, but I’m also a brilliant entrepreneur and I know when to start from scratch…

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