Editorial - July 10: A cleaner future rests with us all
IT'S been a challenge to get started some mornings with the crunch of frost under foot, but I wouldn't trade a Coffs Coast winter for quids.
The crispness and clarity of the air has been invigorating, and we should all count our blessings that here at least it isn't polluted, as it is in say Sydney, Brisbane or even Newcastle.
It got me wondering with admiration and pride how Coffs Coasters have been so generous in adopting renewable energy - we're now the number four region in the state for solar installations - when we don't endure daily reminders of the bi-products of old energy.
It was heartening too to watch Four Corners on Monday night where the dawning of the rooftop revolution was put in perspective, and the myth about how solar energy subsidies had pushed up the price of power was unequivocally put to rest.
But the most exciting element of the story was the imminent commercialisation of storage systems for electricity generated from the sun.
Communities like ours could one day be powered by our green energy farms which will make clear skies the norm rather than the exception for more of us - if of course we are brave enough to actually act to ensure a cleaner future.