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Eco twists, tweets and turns: THE STORIES BELOW FEATURE UNIQUE WAYS THAT INDIVIDUALS ARE USING THEIR DEMOCRATIC VOICES TO SUPPORT OUR NATURAL WORLD.

Plane stupid: Addressing the elephant in the sky

Recently, Maja Rosen spoke at the Sustainable Living Festival. The difference is, as founder of 'We Stay on the Ground', a movement aiming to spread awareness of the impact of air travel on our climate, she joined the festival live from Sweden. Maja asks the question, "How would you react if everyone around you told you that they are willing to give up flying in order to save the climate?". She believes that if enough people take action, a change can happen fast. Maja has recently launched an initiative 'Flight-free 2020' which encourages people to pledge to stay on the ground for a year--provided 100,000 people in their country pledge to do the same. If many do it together it will make a huge impact and send a clear signal to our leaders--and each other--that many are willing to make lifestyle changes to save the climate. The campaign is active in Sweden, the UK and Denmark but you can join Maja's global movement at westayontheground.blogspot.com and--even better--if you are interested in running the campaign in Australia, contact Maja at: maja@westayontheground.org

Editor's note: I've signed up! It feels good to take personal responsibility.

Who is behind the 'school strike for climate' movement?

Climate damage is here, now, at our doorstep. It's a polarising issue that spans generations. Recently, 16-year-old Greta Thunberg from Sweden picketed outside the Swedish parliament drawing attention to her government's inaction on climate damage. She sparked a global movement. School children around the world went on strike, asking governments to safeguard their future by taking swift action for our climate--see p.2 of habitat for a photo from the recent school strike on March 15th. This was the second series of Australian school strikes planned as part of the movement. Join the campaign in solidarity at: www.schoolstrike4climate.com

Taking democracy into the paddock

What could be more democratic than an inclusive, welcoming lifestyle where residents are free to live as they choose, engaging as much or as little as they like with their community? That's the vision of living at The Paddock eco village near Castlemaine, co-founded by long term ACF supporters, Neil and Heather Barrett. As well as 8.5 star energy efficiency rated homes, two third of the total land will be dedicated to shared food gardens, orchards, wetlands and native gardens. Neil and Heather started Mount Alexander Sustainability Group in 2006 and have been actively engaged with renewable energy projects and living sustainably. Heather also coordinates Hub Plot, a demonstration food growing garden. People driven democracy at work! Visit: www.thepaddock.com.au

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Date:Apr 1, 2019
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