Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Environmentality, 30 October 2013, Sandy Dudakov, Fareshare

Hi Environmentalityists, I have got a few stats for you today.......

543.9 tonnes of food rescued

133,579,000 meals given away

460 charities helped

and they are only Fareshare's stats for what they have rescued and made into nutritious beautiful meals for our fellow Victorians.

Download the show to hear Sandy tell us about the incredible work being done by the hundreds of volunteers at Fareshare.

The National Waste Report 2010 estimated Australians threw away 4 million tonnes of food a year, or enough to fill 450,000 garbage trucks!

Every household throws out food worth over $1,000 every year!

According to CSIRO data, throwing out a kilo of beef wastes the 50,000 litres of water it took to produce that meat.

CSIRO also shows throwing out one kilo of white rice wastes 1,550 litres of water and discarding one kilo of potatoes wastes 500 litres of water.

National greenhouse inventory data tells us landfills contribute 2% of Australia’s total greenhouse gas emissions.

When wasted food is thrown away and breaks down in landfill, together with other organic materials, it becomes the main contributor to the generation of methane – a gas 25 times stronger than carbon dioxide at trapping heat in the atmosphere.
What a nation of wasters! But what can we do?

Some suggestions I have had are;

Never grocery shop when you are hungry
Make a list
Shop more frequently, especially if you eat more salad items
Grow your own
Cook smaller amounts
Freeze left overs immediately, so they don't grow into moldy bowls at the back of the fridge
Shop at markets where produce tends to be seasonal
Check the fridge before you eat out
Plant a seed and ask where ever you shop what they do with their excess food? 

Thanks Sandy for the music played today;

Dad Do You Remember from the album Kasey Chambers, Poppa Bill and the little Hillbillies
For a Short Time, Mick Thomas from the album Riveresque 
Murder in the City, The Avett Brothers from the album The Second Gleam

Another great show next week with Amy Middleton from Australia Geographic.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Environmentality 23 October 2013, Rob Slaney, Global Climate Change Music Project

Amazing interview today with Rob Slaney who is the man with the idea and the motivation behind Global Climate Change Music Project.

The skill involved in getting 193 musicians from 193 countries to contribute an original piece of music to raise the awareness of climate change is truly inspiring.

You can hear a small sample of some of this incredible music by listening to the show and once you have sampled I am sure you will want more, which you will find by visiting Rob's site

Using music to raise community awareness is not a new conception, remember Bob Geldof back in the mid 80s.  It is however, not an easy feat to reach communities when you don't have the monetary backing as Bob did.  

Congratulations to Rob for sticking with his dream and I ask all of our listeners to download the show and get behind

The C words are not going to disappear in our lifetime, it is obvious to all but a few in Canberra. We can all contribute in a micro way to minimising the impact we have on our environment.  Join the movement, talk to your kids, your neighbours and your friends about how you can reduce your footprint.  If you can't invent an emission free fuel source, below area few ways you reduce your greenhouse footprint at home

1. Change your light bulbs to energy efficient ones
2. Choose green electricity from your electricity provider
3. Turn your heating down 1 notch and shut the doors to the rooms you are not using.
4. Use fans instead of airconditioning 
5. Turn your appliances; TVs, coffee machines off, don't leave them on standby

these are just a few there are so many more ways you can make a difference, let me know what you can think of.

Next week we have Sandy Dudakov from Fareshare

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Environmentality 16 October 2013, Jodie Jackson, My EveryDay Garden

MELONS, MELONS, MELONS, big or small, get your melons here!

Well not quite yet, but that is what Jodie and the other community gardeners around the suburbs of Hume are hoping for in February 2014.

Jodie and the Hume Community Gardeners are setting the challenge to all the other green thumbs out there to plant a couple of different melon varieties and see how great they are.  Jodie has 23 different varieties of melon that she will be using in the great melon challenge, all heirloom varieties, of course.

If you Listen to the Show you will hear how melons aren't difficult to grow and are so very juicy and tasty when they have been grown with love from your garden.  If you would like to be involved join the Hume Community Gardeners site ( for more information.

Our resident gardener has a thing for heirloom varietals, but what is heirloom?  Heirloom in the seed world normally means that they are not available at larger nurseries, markets or supermarkets.  They are seeds that were readily available 30, 50 or in some that I have seen 100 years ago but have fallen out of favor for more readily available hybrid commercial varieties.

With heirloom varieties of fruit and vegetables, you are able to collect and replant the seeds from your crop, which means you keep that variety going.  There are lots of places you can get heirloom seeds and seedlings but here are just a couple to get you going:

Spring is such an exciting time in the garden.  Long days where you can sit and smell the basil and literally watch your tomatoes ripen.  If you have a tiny outdoor space you can still plant a couple of tomatoes in pots or have some strawberries cascading over the top of a tub.  Give it a try you will be surprised at how great you feel.

Jodie had lots of great advice about soaking seeds and lunar planting so to make sure you get the right advice and

L I S T E N  T O  T H E  S H O W

Music played today:

Cash Savage and the Last Drinks, Let Go and Howling for Me from the Hypnotiser album

The Spoils, Tale of the Bull, from the Hurstville album

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, The Game gets Old and I Learned the Hard Way from the album I Learned the Hard Way

Tune in next week to listen to Rob Slaney talking to us about the very interesting Global Climate Change Music Project

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Environmentality 9 October 2013, Robyn Deed, ReNew Magazine

Today's show may have only run for 24 minutes, but it was still the high quality broadcast you have become accustomed to!

Thank you to Robyn Deed, Editor of ReNew magazine for her patience in waiting for us to be 'on air' and then for the speed interview Jaime conducted on the latest edition of ReNew,  A fantastic magazine where even the adds are interesting and worth reading.

You can, of course, LISTEN TO THE SHOW, and any of our previous shows via our podcasts, which are on the right hand side of the page.

We did seem to talk a lot about excrement today, but it wasn't all wee and poo.  Jaime has disclosed his fetish of solar cars and the world solar challenge that is on at the moment, which starts in Darwin and finishes in Adelaide and has 40 teams from 23 different countries competing.

It seems that the market for green roofs is on the increase.  Wouldn't it be lovely to see living green rooftops as we traverse our 'burbs instead of the horrid endless black tiles that we see now?  It is said that a green roof reduces heating and cooling costs, provides food and shelter for our little friends, provides cleaner stormwater runoff and look great.  If you are thinking of renovating, rebuilding or starting from scratch there are so many sites offering great information on sustainable energy efficient homes,

Next week on the show we have our resident gardener Jodi Jackson.

We only managed one song on the show today - Martha Wainwright, Seven Year Itch from the Come Home to Mama album

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Environmentality 2 October 2013 - Royce DeSousa, Visy Industries

Did you know that Visy Industries produce 25% of its electricity requirements, that is enough to power 35,000 homes!

I don't know if I am right in assuming that when most of us put our plastics, cardboard and bottles in the recycling bin that is about the last thought we give it.  Out of sight, out of mind.

We were fortunate to have Royce DeSousa, General Manager, Energy and Sustainability, Visy Industries in the studio today.  Royce enlightened us with Visy's recycling processes, their clean energy plants and the investment that Visy is making in ensuring that their operations are continuing to strive for best practice in the packaging and recycling industry.  Visy don't only recycle, but it makes sense that Visy is willing to invest heavily in a cleaner, renewable future, of which we can play a part at home. Visy's website is full of interesting facts and information on sustainability and recycling.

In preparation for Recycling Week - 11  to 17 November why don't we all remind ourselves of the little things we can do at home;

Vegetable scraps can go to a compost bin or even better a worm farm.   Most 'tips', now known as the resource recovery center now take household batteries, paint tins, car batteries, light globes and scrap metal for free.  Check your local council website for what is free or charged for.  

We can recycle our clothes and shoes and we can then buy recycled clothes from garage sales and opportunity shops.  There are more and more things being made from material that would have once just been landfill.  You can even buy door mats made out of plastic and tyres - now that is recycling!

The building industry is looking at new ways to recycle and reuse what is considered waste product.  This timber look decking (below) is manufactured mainly from recycled products, including plastics and wood sawdust.

Planet Ark have a great interactive website that has suburb by suburb information on recyclers in your area, fact sheets, how to set up a worm farm and how to get involved with recycling in your local community:

The Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) have launched a new site called where you can list your unwanted items and proceeds of the sale go directly to the ACF.  The ACF have partnered with Buy Nothing New Month, which just happens to be October,  both sites are great reading.

If you want even more ideas on how to live sustainably and where to buy recycled goods there are lots of interesting websites, a couple of which are: 

Thanks to Royce for contributing to the music played on the show today:

Pompeii Am Götterdämmerung, The Flaming Lips from the album At War with the Mystics 5.1
That's Life, James Brown from the Gettin Down to It album
Moanin, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers from the album Moanin
All Blues, Miles Davis 

Next week on Environmentality we are talking to Robyn Deed, Editor of ReNew magazine


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