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Priority 2 for Energy Change, The Sustainable Cities Round Table, 20 May 2009

Posted in Sustainable Cities Round Tables by Ferne Edwards on June 10th, 2009

Priority 2 for Energy Change‘ is an outcome from the recent Sustainable Cities Round Table – The Energy to Change, 20 May 2009. Audience members were asked: “In your perspective, what are the three things that need to happen for energy?” Ie. if were going to address climate change what are the most important things that we and others around us can do? This is their response for Priority 2. The data is shown as it was collected – there has been no analysis at this stage at all.

Priority 2
    Open markets for decentralized electricity generation from renewable sources.  Including incentives for implementation.
    Government support eg policies, incentives, drivers etc
    Regulations
    Need users o reject the business as usual approach
    Large scale solar projects
    Initiating community food gardens
    High price for carbon pollution emitters for each unit of pollution
    De-emphasize CCS
    Energy efficiency existing homes-retrofit 10% per year (and educate home owners)
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Priority 1 for Energy Change, The Sustainable Cities Round Table, 20 May 2009

Posted in Sustainable Cities Round Tables by Ferne Edwards on June 10th, 2009

Priority 1 for Energy Change‘ is an outcome from the recent Sustainable Cities Round Table – The Energy to Change, 20 May 2009. Audience members were asked: “In your perspective, what are the three things that need to happen for energy?” Ie. if were going to address climate change what are the most important things that we and others around us can do? This is their response for Priority 1. The data is shown as it was collected – there has been no analysis at this stage at all.

Priority 1
    Build a systems of clean, renewable energy straight away so we have zero carbon environment
    Mass reforestation campaigns and programs ie 1 million ha planted per yr now in Victoria
    Cut government ties to the coal industry
    A clear vision of a 100% renewable energy future
    Proper pricing of carbon
    Stop using coal
    Stop exporting coal
    Tackle influence of fossil fuel and coal industry
    Eliminate electric storage of hot water
    Political will and leadership from government to make decisions that are long term focused
    Work with communities to empower them to change-transforming this difficult and often disempowering situation into one that reunites people in a local and positive way
    Generating clean technology alongside behavioural change to wanting to be energy efficient
    A CPRS with a serious, challenging target
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How do you maintain the energy for change? Responses from the Sustainable Cities Round Table, 20 May 2009

Posted in Sustainable Cities Round Tables by Ferne Edwards on June 10th, 2009

The final question asked to the audience at the recent Sustainable Cities Round Table – The Energy to Change, 20 May 2009, was: “How do you maintain the energy to change for a healthier, more sustainable future?” This question provided some shining answers of how people maintain their motivation to work towards sustainability. It can be a hard road – we’ve got to pave it! – and it takes a lot of perseverance to make such changes. Find a long list of positive and heart-felt responses from the audience below. Again, the data has not been edited or analysed at all – simply written as was collected at the event.

What keeps you motivated?

    Fear, hope
    By leading a healthy life and that stopping is not an option for a more sustainable future.  Need to stand up for people and the environment.
    Collaboration, sharing, inspiration of others
    Reflection on all that everyone is doing, grow own food, drive slowly up all hills
    Desire to leave the environment in an acceptable state for the next generation
    Networking with like-minded people and sharing stories of passion and success
    Participation in innovative and experimental projects with educational outcomes
    Keep projects fun and interesting eg, practise greening our large flat roof firstly on the shed
    Motivated by the panoramic view outside the work window-seeing the smog every day
    Encouraging our friends to use their bikes by gifting with fluro decorative leg bands
    Using electricity wisely
    Use of clean transport ie bikes
    Look at packaging before I buy
    Its all about doing stuff alongside interesting people who also want to do stuff
    Its too vital not to have the energy
    Sense of urgency
    Like minded people
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Priority 3 for Energy Change, The Sustainable Cities Round Table, 20 May 2009

Posted in Sustainable Cities Round Tables by Ferne Edwards on June 10th, 2009

Priority 3 for Energy Change‘ is an outcome from the recent Sustainable Cities Round Table – The Energy to Change, 20 May 2009. Audience members were asked: “In your perspective, what are the three things that need to happen for energy?” Ie. if were going to address climate change what are the most important things that we and others around us can do? This is their response for Priority 3. The data is shown as it was collected – there has been no analysis at this stage at all.

Priority 3
    Plug in hybrid electric vehicles
    Relocate old houses rather than be demolished into strips then to become landfill.  Use of recycled materials for buildings-achieve energy ratings points
    New innovations
    Public transport
    Industry efficiencies
    Consume less
    Policy change, away from CCS towards renewables and at the same time preparing people for decrease in energy availability (renewables wont cope with current energy consumption)
    Investment
    Reduce packaging (waste)
    Signal the end of coal as primary energy source in Australia-Turn it into a sunset industry
    Less consumption.  Less energy/recycling/waste
    Invest in renewables
    Strong target of 100% renewable energy by 2020
    Needs strong and public champion
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