Sunday, March 25, 2012

Environmentality 21 March 2012

Dear Listeners,

We had a very exciting show last week, with the wonderful Bridget joining the radio team for the first time!  Jaime and Bridget were delighted to interview two guests, Gavin Webber an award winning blogger, and Jacinta Clearey, Editor of ReNew magazine.

Have you ever had an epiphany? One of those rare moments in life that set you on an entirely new course? Gavin Webber had an epiphany after watching Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth, feeling incredible anger, guilt and personal responsibility about climate change.  Gavin was strongly compelled to lower his own carbon footprint around the home. Gavin's blog has followed this journey.

The 'Greening of Gavin' blog as had almost 750,000 viewers, with around half of these being overseas hits. Gavin has shared how the simplest of changes at home can result in improved energy efficiency and self-sufficiency.  Simple changes like turning off light switches.  Gavin has transformed his home and garden to have veggie garden beds, fruit trees, chooks, a greenhouse and is fully solar powered.

What is most inspiring to others is that Gavin lives an ordinary suburban family life, on an average sized block, and works a 9 to 5 job. Yet, he has made remarkable changes and is inspiring others to do the same.  It's not too late to make a difference!  The blog won ‘Best Sustainable Blog’ by the Alternative Technology Association's (ATA) magazine RenEw.

You can find Gavin’s blog here:

Back again to RenEw magazine, Jaime and Bridget were also thrilled to speak to its editor in the second half of the show, Jacinta Clearey.   ReNew is a quarterly ‘DIY sustainability magazine’.

Jaime and Bridget admire the articles in RenEw, in that they are practical and have a good story behind them to engage readers.  Like for example, the story about Gavin and his blog, who shares his philosophy and actions.   

In the current edition, RenEw comes with an updated look, aiming to be easier to read and more enjoyable for readers.   RenEw features articles on a range of topics like sustainable design, DIY ideas, energy efficiency and more. 

You can find out more on the website

If you missed our show you can listen to the podcast.   We hope you will join us next time as we speak to a representative from the Friends of the Earth about the impact of the Fukushima disaster, one year on. 

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