December 2015 newsletter

December 2015

Hello from Sustainable Living Tasmania
  Event calendar:
EVENTS CALENDAR
  Opportunities to volunteer: VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES  

TASSIEVORE - TIME TO EAT LOCAL
Tassievore

Welcome Tassivores! The Tassievore Eat Local Challenge was initiated by Sustainable Living Tasmania in 2012. In an effort to grow the movement of people passionate about sustainable, local, positive solutions, we've decided to amalgamate our newsletter lists, so that everyone finds out about the great things happening around our beautiful State. You can unsubscribe at any time below. We also have a new Tassievore Community Facebook group, so please join us online there! March will once again be the focal point for the Challenge in 2016, but there is never a better time than now to start sourcing and cooking local food. It's a great way to reduce packaging, support our Tasmanian producers and spoil your friends. We've just uploaded heaps of Tassievore recipes to our website, take a look a find inspiration for your summer festivities.

THANKS FOR A FANTASTIC YEAR
Thanks

We've had an outstanding year, with heaps of great events and projects and we hope we've helped you progress on your sustainability journey. We wish you all a fantastic summer and look forward to being involved in another jam-packed, practical year in 2016.

PARIS AND TAS EMISSION REDUCTIONS
Climate change

Nearly 200 countries agreed to limit global warming at the Paris climate agreement this month, but to achieve the types of emission reductions required, we need a steep downwards trajectory of emissions reductions. Tasmania’s draft climate change action plan 2016-2021 has just been released for public comment. We would like to see Tasmania embrace their fair and equitable contribution to remaining within the 1.5 degrees temperature limit as agreed in Paris.

IDEAS FOR AVOIDING WASTE
Avoid waste

Our #‎DontWasteHobart project reduced waste to landfill by a conservatively estimated 269 tonnes/year - 71 garbage trucks worth! See the full report. The savings are ongoing, and hopefully increasing over time as ideas and practices spread through the community. Thanks City of Hobart for funding it, and all of you wonderful people for engaging in this project and helping to keep our city and our planet stunningly beautiful!

LAND-FILLING RESOURCES
Landfill waste

The City of Hobart has asked for State Government approval to extend the life of the McRobies landfill to 2030 and to bury half a million more tonnes of waste in the valley. We acknowledge the great work the City has done to improve waste management and their long-term vision for zero waste, however, we do not agree that compostable or recyclable materials should be buried in Tasmanian landfills. We have written our representation (outlining some problems and possible solutions) and hope that you will too (by 11 January)

LEARN SOMETHING NEW
Live and learn

Our Live & Learn Educational Workshop series for 2015 has come to a close. Participants spent seven productive sessions learning about living more sustainably and creating change in their own lives. The sessions covered each of our themes - building, energy, food, living, transport, waste, and water. Remember to keep an eye on our Events page and stay up to date with all things sustainable. At the moment deep ecology, market gardening and permaculture events are advertised.