Archive for the ‘Environment’ Category

Recycle, reuse – solar light diffusers from plastic drink bottles…

August 28, 2011

Wow, this is such a great idea! Much cheaper than fibre optic cables!

and here:

Would make a great light in a garden shed (I’m tempted to try it in mine!)

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3 pairs of jeans and a pair of shorts for $16.95

July 2, 2011

My winter wardrobe was a bit ratty.  My best jeans were going into holes.  My worst jeans were perfectly sound but from the land that style forgot (really only for cleaning/gardening).  So it was time to do the thrifty, green, thing (reduce, recycle, reuse) and hit the op shops.

Thank God for the Salvo’s in Freo – they were having a sale, all ladies clothing no more than $4.99 (there were specials on men’s clothes and other stuff too, but I wasn’t buying any of that).  My opshop technique is to grab an armful (well, the maximum of 4 items that are allowed in the changerooms) in what looks like my size and try them on.  If it doesn’t fit/looks horrible out it goes and no angst-ing allowed (sizing in Australia is such a mixed bag, before you throw in European, UK and US sizing).

Today I was in luck and got three pairs of jeans at the $5 mark plus a pair of denim shorts for $2.  So my wardrobe is refreshed, my wallet is still relatively plump and the planet is happy as well.

Want to hear more about the joys of op-shopping?  Listen to US designer Jessie Arrington give a TED talk on Wearing nothing new and follow her blog Lucky so and so.   I’m not sure her rainbow style would be my choice, but the principles are sound – you could op-shop for nothing but hipster black if you wanted!

Battening down the hatches!

June 27, 2011

I’ve got a very busy week coming up so my final few blogjune posts may be a little sketchy!
If I go off air altogether it may be because we’ve got a very nasty weather event heading our way:

“IDW28001
Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Western Australia

TOP PRIORITY FOR IMMEDIATE BROADCAST
SEVERE WEATHER WARNING
for Damaging Winds with Locally Destructive Gusts, Abnormally High Tides and
Flash Flooding.
For people in parts of WA southwest of a line from Jurien Bay to Albany,
including Jurien Bay, Perth, Mandurah, Bunbury, Busselton, Margaret River,
Bridgetown and Albany.
Issued at 4:40 pm on Monday 27 June 2011

WEATHER SITUATION

Winds are expected to become strong and squally in coastal parts from early
Tuesday morning as a cold front approaches. DAMAGING WINDS to 100 kilometres per
hour could result in DAMAGE TO HOMES AND PROPERTY.

HIGHER THAN NORMAL TIDES may cause FLOODING OF LOW-LYING COASTAL AREAS between
Jurien Bay and Cape Leeuwin, particularly in Geographe Bay. DANGEROUS SURF
CONDITIONS may cause beach erosion.

During Tuesday morning the passage of the cold front could result in DANGEROUS
GUSTS in excess of 125 kilometres per hour that could cause SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE
OR DESTRUCTION TO HOMES AND PROPERTY IN LOCALISED AREAS. Thunderstorms and heavy
rain may cause FLASH FLOODING.

The worst weather is expected near the Southwest Capes from 2am, extending to
Bunbury by 6am and to Perth mid to late morning. The strongest winds are likely
to be experienced in coastal suburbs and towns. Conditions will ease during the
afternoon as the front moves further to the east and weakens.

This type of weather event occurs about 3 or 4 times a year.

WHAT TO DO
For personal safety FESA State Emergency Service [SES] advises you to:

Trim branches around your home to prevent them falling on your roof or car
Clear gutters and downpipes so they don’t over flow after heavy rain
Store or weigh down loose objects around your home or work like outdoor
furniture that could be picked up and thrown by strong winds, causing damage or
injury
Prepare an emergency kit with a battery operated radio, torch, spare batteries
and first aid kit.
Organise an emergency plan, including a relocation plan for your family and pets
in case your home becomes flooded.

For SES assistance call 132 500. For more safety tips visit http://www.fesa.wa.gov.au

The next warning will be issued by 8:00 pm Monday

This warning is also available through TV and Radio broadcasts; the Bureau’s
website at http://www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 213.”

So I’ll be pulling the plug on the PC and modem and making sure that the iPhone is charged up so I can follow the action on The WA Weather Group forum – or follow them on Twitter @TheWAWG.

Here’s last Friday’s front (45mm in my gauge) for comparison!

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Say Yes Australia! – a World Environment Day photo essay

June 6, 2011
Say Yes to Climate Action!

Say Yes to Climate Action!

Yesterday I joined about 3000 others at the Say Yes Australia rally in the Perth Cultural Center.   We were expressing our committment to government action on climate change.  Here’s the story of the rally in pictures:

Get Up!

Get Up! heading to "Say Yes Australia"

Crowd at the station

Crowd at the station - many heading to the rally!

Rally Crowd (and others) Perth station

Growing crowd as we walk through the station

Flyers for all!

Flyers for all!

A big crowd turned out

A big crowd turned out

Crowd in the James St Mall

...spilling into the James St mall

Crowd in the garden

... and filling all vantage points

Press coverage

Press coverage


And stirring speeches!

Banners large and small, organisational and individual:

Clean up Australia

Clean up Australia

Socialist alliance banner

Socialist Alliance

Our climate our vote

Our climate our vote

Great big new chance in futures

Great big new chance in futures

Price on pollution

Price on pollution

No CO2 tax will cost the earth

No CO2 tax will cost the earth

Business as usual

Business as usual

Yes!

Yes!

Urban Wilderness – a World Environment Day photo essay

June 5, 2011

Today is World Environment Day and to celebrate I’m posting photos I’ve taken within the Perth (Western Australia) metropolitan area that show our beautiful urban wildernesses and wildlife.

Canning River Reflections

Canning River Reflections

Swan River Brown Jellyfish - phyllorhiza punctata

Swan River Brown Jellyfish - phyllorhiza punctata

Blackwall Reach

Blackwall Reach

Salter Point Lagoon

Salter Point Lagoon

Eroded tree roots

Eroded tree roots

Henderson Cliffs

Henderson Cliffs

Bridled Tern

Bridled Tern

Manning Park

Manning Park

Pigface

Pigface

Pelican at Woodman Point

Pelican at Woodman Point

Australia Day on Penguin Island

Australia Day on Penguin Island


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