Creating change in small actions

19-02-2019 by admin

I’LLadmit it – I’m a sustainability nerd.You’ll find me either reading about sustainability issues from one of the many newsletters I subscribe to, learning how and practicing living lightly as much as possible, or working with my wonderful community to enhance our social and natural capital whenever I’m not sleeping.
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Sustainability is a very ‘broad church’ and I am yet to come up with an issue or thing that can’t be viewed through a sustainability ‘lens’.I really like that I’m becoming a sustainability jack of all trades despite being a master of none.I know a bit about food security and agro ecology; a bit about conflict minerals and technology; a bit about land clearing and conservation efforts; a bit about corporate social responsibility and greenwash; a bit about waste and recycling; and much more.

But there are consequences to all these bits of awareness that I know others feel also and that is: it can become outright depressing to be and stayinformed on any, or all, of these issues.

Not surprisingly, research has shown that youth can become depressed and anxious when they have too much education/information about an issue, with no time to consider the solutions, and consequently feel paralysed with respect to any impact they may have to improve a situation.

I know people who express deep concerns and paralysis i.e. what can I do? Even as a country we have expressed the view that we can have little impact, particularly with respect to climate change. However, I don’t believe this and, not surprisingly, research has also shown that a lot of little actions add up to something of consequence.

But we need personal sustainability to remain active and I use and suggest three key tools: firstly spend quality time with family and friends and turn off the technology; secondlywatch the six-minute film of Paul Hawken’s ‘Blessed Unrest’; and thirdlyspend time in nature.

That last point, the physical and mental health benefits of spending time in nature, is now overwhelmingly supported by evidence.Like charity, sustainability begins at home and personal sustainability must be our starting point if we are to live and help others live more lightly on this amazing planet we share.

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Mohr back with a bang

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Not only was Tim Mohr playing his first AFL game for665 days after two knee reconstructions on Saturday, but he was given the task of stopping one of the game’s in-form forwards.
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REACH: Alex Pearce flies for a mark at Aurora Stadium during Fremantle’s loss to Hawthorn. Picture: Phillip Biggs.

The Greater Western Sydney defenderfrom Launceston hadGold Coast’s Tom Lynch as his challenge, a man who was averaging four goals a game.

Mohr, and the Sun’s inability to get the ball forward, madelife difficult for the Coleman Medal fancy.

He was restrictedto 2.1 from seven touches, and Mohrcollected10 possessions and tookfive marks.

For the visitors, fellow Launceston product Jesse Lonergan brought the pressure and laid 11 tackles and collected 19 touches in the midfield.

Hobart’s Aaron Hall finished with32 touches, while late inclusion Henry Schade, from North Hobart, kept Jonathon Patton to 2.0 and collected 12 possessions.

Launceston’s Kade Kolodjashnij spent time on Steve Johnson (who kicked 1.2), and finished with 13 touches.

Devonport’s Ben Brown,had Patrick Ambrose and Matt Dea among his opponents, managed just 1.1 from five touches for North against Essendon.

Evandale’s Nathan Grima spent time on former teammate Drew Petrie (who kicked 2.0) and helped lead a strong second-half defensive effort for the Dons. Hehad 14 touches and took five marks.

Devonport’s Grant Birchall hurt his left shoulder during the final quarter of Hawthorn’s win over Fremantle, an injury that was dismissed as not being serious.

He finished with 18 touches and a rare goal.

Burnie’s Lachie Weller impressed with 14 touches, four tackles and 1.0, while Ulverstone’s Alex Pearce spent time on James Sicily andTim O’Brien and finished with 10 touches and four marks.

At the Gabba, Dodges Ferry’s Jeremy Howe looked comfortable in defence for Collingwood with 20 touches and seven marks.

Lauderdale’sMitch Robinson (16 touches and six tackles) tried hard for the Lions, as did Glenorchy’s Ryan Harwood (16 touches and six tackles), but Clarence’sJosh Green (1.1 from seven touches) was quiet.

Clarence’sJack Riewoldt kicked1.3 from 19 touches inRichmond’s win overSydney, while North Hobart’s Liam Jones kicked 2.2 from six touches and eight marks for Carlton against Port.

Wynard’s Colin Garland had nine touches and laid five tackles for Melbourne against the Dogs,while Burnie’s Maverick Weller (16 touches, six tackles and 1.0) and Glenorchy’s Jimmy Webster (20 touches and four tackles) did their bit forSt Kilda against West Coast.

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‘Off Beat’ police round-up: May 16, 2016

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Senior Constable Kel BoakDisqualified driver in PokolbinThere sometimes appears to be the opinion that police do not patrol the rural areas around Cessnock. That certainly is not the case.
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An example was when a 28-year-old woman wasstopped by the Highway Patrolfor RBT on McDonalds Road, Pokolbin on Sunday morning.

It was found the woman was disqualified from driving until 2018. She will be attending Cessnock court.

In another incident, an 18-year-old man was found to be unlicensed in an unregistered and uninsured car in the same area.Police are out and about.

$550 fine for not leaving hotelOn Saturday night a 31-year-old man was excluded from a Nulkaba hotel because of his level of intoxication.

The law stipulates a patron must move at lease 50 metres from the venue when directed.

The man subsequently returned to the hotel. Police were summoned and the man moved on, but not before an infringement was issued.

Drugs at Cessnock Correctional CentreOn Saturday morning a 70-year-old womanwas allegedly found in possession of a quantity of tobacco and methylamphetamine (commonly known as ice) on the grounds of the Cessnock Correctional Centre.

Tobacco is illegal on jailpremises. The lady has now been charged with possessing the drug and introducing the tobacco into the jail. She will be attending Cessnock Court.

Icelocated in search warrantOn Friday morning a search warrant was undertaken in a Short Street, Cessnockresidence.

During the search it is alleged a small quantity of the prohibited drugmethylamphetamine (ice) was located along with a pipe used to administer the drug.

A 24-year-old man has now been charged.

Break-in at Kurri Kurri Minor LeagueOn Saturday night offenders broke into the canteen of Kurri Kurri, Minor League at Margaret Johns Park onBoundary Street, Kurri Kurri.

During the offence the thieves stole drinks, food and the cash register.

Forensic officers have examined the crime scene and police are investigating the matter, but we would still like to hear from any person with information about the crime. Please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Hoops score easy victory to keep lead

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STRIKE: Nhill’s Joseph Morphett clears the ball in front of Dimboola’s Tim Jorgensen in the teams’ Wimmera Hockey Association clash on Saturday. Picture: SIMON KINGTHE WarrackHoops maintained their lead at the top of the Wimmera Hockey Associationopen division with a 5-1, four-goal win against the Kaniva Cobras.
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The Hoops wasted no time in taking control of the match, playing a short passing game against the Cobras long-hitting style of play.

Marcus Williamson led the Hoops’ forward line, scoring two goals,with support from Darius Cosgrave, Royce Bennett and Barry Schilling, who managed a goal each.

The Cobras managed one goal, delivered by the reliable Mathew McDonald.

Cosgrave took home best on ground for the Hoops.

The Hoops maintaina narrowladder lead, ahead of the Yanac Tigers.

The Tigers trail on goal difference onlyfollowing the team’s win against the Horsham Hurricanes.

In other open division action, the Dimboola Burras defeated the Nhill Rangers3-1.

Dimboola’sJack Lovett dominated the centre field whileZack Slater and Jarryd Williams performed well for the Burrasforward line.

Goals were scored by Brett Tischler, Lachlan Schultz and Tim Jorgensen.

Ranger Mont Miller played out of position for Nhill up front andscoredthe only goal for Rangers.

The Burras leap-frogHorsham Hurricanes for a spot in thetop four.

The Yanac Tigersdefeated the Hurricanes by five goals.

Bradley Alexander and Kim Croot were the stars, contributing two goals each to the Tigers’ tally.

The Tigers’ best players wereAlex Magrath, Zach Dorrington and Jayden Honeyman.

Darren Schwarz, Will Gulline and goal keeper Scott Healey were Horsham’s best.

In the women’s division, Kaniva Women put up a strong fightbut Warrack Women fought back towin.

Strong defence from both sides prevented any scoring until Warrack’s Meredith Knoop snuck in a last minute goal, moving Warrack back into fourth position.

Kelly Krahe was named best on ground for Warrack.

The Dimboola Roos had a three-goal win against the Nhill Thunderbirds.

Yanac Women remain undefeated this season after overcoming their closest rival, the Horsham Jets, by one goal.

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