Letter to the Editor - January 3: Ignorance is easier

ONE of the greatest impediments we have found to making actions to prevent climate change is a belief that it is all too big and overwhelming with depressing gloom-and-doom scenarios that make you want to switch off or just push it to the back of your mind.

Ignorance can feel like the softer, cosier option.

But as trimming your waistline can give you a positive boost, so can cutting your carbon emissions.

Doing something, anything from switching to LEDs, to installing solar, feels good.

You don't have to wait for others to take action - you can start doing it yourself and as a community we can and are making a difference.

We invite you to join us in 2015 as we attempt to make positive changes to our lives to avoid contributing to climate change.

Over the course of this year we will be highlighting actions that individuals and communities can make to cut carbon dioxide emissions.

These topics will vary from the obvious such as electricity generation and energy use to the less travelled such as fossil-free superannuation.

With practical how-to information and background detail to inform you on the topic, we intend to provide information in a straight-forward, non-judgmental fashion.

Three things we can do as individuals and as a community are:

Renewable homes - we look at a home generating solar, hydro and wind power.

Go fossil free with your superannuation - how to change your super and why it may be the safer option for your money in the long term.

Community energy projects - what is happening in our region?

The first meeting for 2015 of Coffs Coast Climate Action Group is January 29 at 5pm at the Anglican Church meeting room, McLean St.

Contact coffsharbourclimateaction@gmail.com.

GERRY MCGILVRAY



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