Colin is a member of the Y Service Club of Bendigo and has been a enthusiastic promoter of Environmental Issues for many years.
Below is information about Green Activities and Environmental projects and how you can participate/contribute.
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For further information please contact Colin for matters related to the Green Activities and the Environment
Y’s Men International contribute to the cause of climate change, because of travelling, the use of fossil fuels, etc. Y’s Men International also have an impact on the environment because of the waste they create at meetings and conventions, etc.
Sometimes it’s not easy to split whether the main impact of an action is contributing to climate change and/or the environment. Reducing contribution to cause of climate change and/or a negative impact on the environment are both objectives we should aim for.
Climate Change or Global Warming, regardless of the name, is clearly shown to be caused by greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and we humans are creating greenhouse gases at a much higher level than at any time before.
We can all take action to reduce our own share of the contribution to greenhouse gases. Examples of action we can take are:
- Fly less or not at all; alternatives include use trains, meet online, etc.
- Drive less or not at all; use an electric car charged by renewables, use public transport, etc
- Use renewable energy; solar on roof of homes, businesses, etc.
- Buy electricity from renewable sources; retailers usually offer 'accredited green electricity' for
5c/kWh or 6c/kWh extra
- Reduce waste, recycle as much as possible, reuse if possible.
- Buy electricity from electricity retailer which sources its electricity from renewable sources,
This is a topic requiring more discussion. It sounds good for both reducing greenhouse gases (trees absorb carbon dioxide) and the environment. However, tree planting does not always provide desirable outcomes. Some tree planting has taken place after displacing farming communities. Some tree planting has a devastating impact on the environment, for example a plantation of ‘pine trees’ kill understory plants and this has a negative impact on wildlife which would normally live in a forest.
Tree planting can be desirable; trees absorb greenhouse gases and trees of the right selection for an area can be good for the flora & fauna.
Some clubs take part in ‘Clean up Australia’, which is good for the environment – photo above of club members picking up rubbish.
Clubs can initiate or support projects that are good for the environment and/or reduce greenhouse gases.
Some clubs support community solar rooftop projects, for example by donating funds to crowd funding campaigns to install solar PV on community buildings
Y’s Men International has a ‘carbon offset’ fund which contributes to projects that reduce greenhouse gases; these projects ‘offset’ the greenhouse gases of YMI leaders
To find out more about the YMI Environmental Committee and the Green Team please read the PDF file below. it is interactive, just click on the NEXT at the bottom to advance the page.
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