"It means making sure that we are not contributing to the heating and cooking of the planet by releasing millions of tonnes of emissions into the atmosphere," says environmental activist Jimmy Cocking (at left) in an election preview. JULIUS DENNIS reports.
2014 was the hottest year on record and 2015 is likely to trump it. Despite this, the NT government remains committed to its economic agenda but is failing to recognise the signs of the times. COMMENT by JIMMY COCKING (pictured with TV personality Tanya Ha).
Projects such as such as the Kilgariff suburb and the Melanka apartment complex, as well as the ongoing debate about new horticulture, are sure to put the cap on water use back on the agenda. Says David Morris (pictured), the principal lawyer of the Environmental Defenders Office NT: "We should not raise the cap without scientific knowledge" of the reserve. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Records are being broken across the country as we in Central Australia swelter through another week of the "heatwave" continues which many commentators are referring to as "the new normal". Yet it is not clear what the new Northern Territory Government’s approach to climate change will be but early indications are not encouraging, writes JIMMY COCKING, of the Arid Lands Environment Centre (ALEC).
Twelve years ago, after an international career in show business, three brothers from Melbourne came to Alice Springs with a dream about sustainable living and the determination to make it come true.
Today Ben, 39, Dan, 37 and Tom Falzon, 36, with the hands-on help of their dad Joey, are a long way down that journey – which isn't meant to have an end.
Their 40 hectare lease on a low hill of airport land at the end of Colonel Rose Drive has the grand name of Earth Sanctuary but its achievements are very much down to earth.
With solar cells and wind turbines, the brothers generate more power than they use.
They are connected to mains water but use it very sparingly, mostly relying on every drop of rain that falls onto the roofs their house, sheds and shelters, and collected in tanks with a combined capacity of 75,000 litres.
And they are building houses with linked together, Pine Gap style geodesic domes for just 15% of the cost of conventional homes.
And all that is put before up to 2000 school kids a year, from Alice Springs and around the nation, and several hundred "dinner and show" guests. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photos (from top): Dan with wind turbines. Tom dusting off solar panels. The metal domes.
The jury is still out in the debate whether the environment will be the winner in the introduction of the new container deposit scheme.
The Alice Springs Town Council's cans and bottles buy-back initiative makes way next week for the government mandated container deposit scheme which started on January 3.
At the moment the council pays 5c for any can or bottle people drop off at the council's depot, although some conditions apply.
The new scheme, paying 10c per item, doesn't cover containers sold before January 3 nor does it accept wine and spirit bottles.
But Stewart Pritchard, the owner of the depot set up for the new scheme, says the range of containers is greater than the council's scheme.
He estimates that the bottles not covered by it amount to just 5% of the container volume. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: Tony Satour delivering empties to the council recycling scheme closing next week: Many glass bottles will not attract a refund under the NT Government mandated scheme.