From the ground up – community environmental action

From the ground up – community environmental action

History Week this year is 4 to 12 September. The theme is ‘from the ground up’ which celebrates the achievements of local groups in creating positive change in communities. The Inner West has a long history of grassroots activism from peace marches to LGBTQI and...
Let’s stop food waste together

Let’s stop food waste together

No one likes to see food go to waste, and yet it continues to on a massive scale. A recent report estimated that 1 billion tonnes of food are wasted across the globe every year. A third of food produced is...
Can you reduce plastic use this Plastic Free July?

Can you reduce plastic use this Plastic Free July?

It’s that time of year again when we focus on reducing plastic use: Plastic Free July. Over three-quarters of rubbish found in the oceans in a recent survey was plastic, with plastic bags, bottles, food containers/cutlery and wrappers the top four items.   The good...
Living more sustainably in the home

Living more sustainably in the home

More and more people are looking at their personal sustainability, and there has never been a more crucial time to do so. With most of us having spent a bit more time at home over the past 18 months, it is fair to say there has been a welcome increase in consciousness...
Active transport around the Inner West

Active transport around the Inner West

When you went to the local shops, took the kids to school or visited a nearby café today, did you walk, run, cycle, scoot, wheel, skate or even rollerblade? If so, you were engaging in active transport.   Active transport is beneficial for your health, your wallet and...
Our green living year 2020

Our green living year 2020

The Green Living Centre successfully pivoted to working online in this challenging year. It was great to engage with our community through webinars, social media, and some face-to-face workshops. We’d like to share with you some of the highlights of our...
Inner West goes solar

Inner West goes solar

The State of the Climate 2020 report from the Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO tells us that 2019 was the hottest and driest year on record, and we can expect more frequent and intense heatwaves, longer fire seasons, and shifting rain patterns across Australia.  ...
Sustainable food growing

Sustainable food growing

“Put simply, if we fix our food, we can fix people and planet. If we carry on as we are doing today, it will end badly for both. What is so incredibly exciting is that we know how to transform global agriculture from the planet’s number one threat, to the number...
It’s Plastic Free July!

It’s Plastic Free July!

It’s Plastic Free July, time to look at ways to reduce the amount of plastic we use in our lives.   Why reduce plastic use? Most plastics are made from fossil fuels so if you reduce your use of plastic, you’re reducing carbon emissions. If plastics are not disposed...
Spring photos and walks

Spring photos and walks

Spring Photo Call Out Nature is vibrant and “spring is nature’s way of saying let’s party”. (Robyn Williams, actor) This spring, explore the great outdoors with a visit to your local parks, natural areas and waterways. Inner West Council has an...
Plastic Free July

Plastic Free July

It’s Plastic Free July, a month that challenges us to rethink our reliance on plastic. The impact of plastic on the natural world and humanity is growing: A cartoon by industrial ecologist Roland Geyer shows what’s happened to the 8.3bn tons of plastic produced since...
Q&A with WWF’s Earth Hour coordinator

Q&A with WWF’s Earth Hour coordinator

We spoke to Jasmine Ledger from WWF Earth Hour to find out more about this global campaign.   What does your position at WWF Earth Hour involve? The Earth Hour team is a small but powerful engine; my teammates are incredibly hardworking and inspiring, but my...
How you can take on climate change

How you can take on climate change

Going off the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) special report on the impact of global warming, speedy and bold changes are required by our four global systems- energy, land use, cities and industry. The good news is we can make a difference by...
Let’s talk climate change

Let’s talk climate change

Earth to Inner Westies.  I’m not sure if you noticed, but it is getting hot out there. Extreme weather events and evidence of climate change is becoming more prevalent.  There is “scientific consensus that climate change is happening at an...
Community Leaders in Sustainability

Community Leaders in Sustainability

Making a sustainable difference in their community In September of this year, a group of twenty passionate individuals from the Inner West Community began the Community Leaders in Sustainability Course.  They entered the learning space at Petersham Inner Council...
The Resourceful Bower

The Resourceful Bower

By Stella Robison The Bower bird is a resourceful bird.  In urban environments some Bower birds fascinated with the colour blue, have been known to source man-made objects like blue pegs and blue milk bottle rings to use in their nest building. So it would only...
The Resourceful Bower

Recycling right, recycling now

By Stella Robison Most Australians have good recycling intentions. Ninety percent of us believe recycling is the right thing to do. Even with our thirty years of kerbside recycling experience, a recent Sydney Morning Herald report uncovered that “the most common...
How energy smart are we?

How energy smart are we?

Sun, sun, sun…here it comes! By Stella Robison And we’re not just talking about summer that’s around the corner, but solar energy. It truly is a hot topic! Renewable energy like solar power as well as using energy wisely can help alleviate climate change....