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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : November 26th 2008
18 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, November 27, 2008 MB ONE DEGREE OF CHANGE -- IT'S ABOUT EVERY ONE OF US Local heroes Leading lights It's a fact Zeroing in on our footprints This week is Zero Footprint week, an umbrella awareness week that invites people to take simple steps to reduce their ecological footprint, save money, and help to halt climate change. An initiative of the One at a Time Foundation, Zero Footprint Week encourages business and community organisations to get involved. One At a Time Foundation founder and director, Amanda Little, said Zero Footprint Week was a forum to showcase their green initiatives and aims to provide practical information on ways to reduce our ecological footprint. ''If everyone consumed natural resources at the current rate of the average Australian, we would need at least an extra three planets like earth to survive,'' she said. Some suggestions include: Eat less takeaway, buy local, or make your own lunch for a week. Switch off your lights, change to long-life bulbs and use green energy Recycle, read from the screen, turn off your computer and lights at night Catch the bus or train at least one day a week. To find out more go to www.zerofootprintweek.org.au Spend cash on the poor instead Instead of contributing to the 2.285 million tonnes of greenhouse pollution to be released into the atmosphere this year because of Christmas spending, why don't you instead buy helpful gifts for those around the world in poor communi- ties who really need them? Among this year's TEAR Australia's Christmas catalogue of 23 useful gifts the featured new items include Human Rights, where your gift of $20 helps communities stand together for justice, Food Security which aids poor communities against food shortages, and A Dollar a Day for Development, a program which trains volunteer workers for the whole year. TEAR Australia, a Christian aid and development organisation, is fully accredited with AusAID, also has a healthy green conscience. All of its catalogues and gift cards are printed according to the highest environmental standards. Rebuilding job: How a mansion can be broken up and multiplied A team of Sydney visionaries is hunting for a green- minded McMansion owner to take part in a unique building project. The Reincarnated McMansion team -- artist Mat Gallois, architects Tone Wheeler, Jan O'Connor and Peter Smith and environmental consultant Jason Veale -- want to turn a classic McMansion-style house into two or three sustainable homes. Mr Gallois, who grew up in a McMansion himself, told the Express the project would see the home demolished, then the materials reused to build best- practice, zero-emission ''green'' houses. Bricks, timber, tiles, windows, doors, fixtures and fittings would all find a new home -- with a much smaller environmental footprint. The building will be subsidised and sponsored. The project would suit an eco-minded home- owner, Mr Gallois said, or an extended family wishing to make the most of their sprawling slice of suburbia. ''In the face of rising energy costs and global warming, suburbia is faced with enormous challenges,'' he said. ''The Reincarnated McMansion team seeks to address urban sprawl, oversized inefficient housing and the current, unsustainable practice of knocking down and sending to landfill existing housing stock, to create even bigger homes.'' The ABC has expressed interest in filming the project for a series, he said. As well as being environmentally sound, the new house could be an architectural landmark. Tone Wheeler famously designed the Big Brother ''green house'' on the Gold Coast and is a judge on the ABC's New Inventors. ''Not only will our approach result in huge savings in material costs, our strategy will also reduce the carbon footprint of the new homes by an estimated 85 per cent,'' Mr Wheeler said. More information on the Reincarnated McMansion project is available online at www.reincarnatedmcmansion.com You have a role too - visit waterforlife.nsw.gov.au We're all working together to use water wisely... Strathfield Council is saving water by planting native plants, mulching and harvesting rainwater.
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