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Zero Emissions Byron

zero emissions byron

Everyone here who has committed themselves for many years to providing a technical way forward- providing the science, the data the road maps to get us into a honourable and sustainable future knows all to well that the head alone simply isn’t enough.

  • the head of scientific fact
  • needs a heart of community and business engagement
  • and it needs the collective will from community, business and government leadership.

In Australia, Byron Shire has undertaken to try and unite the head of need with the heart of want with the will of action.

Byron Shire has acknowledged this and has committed itself to pursuing the goal to become Australia’s first zero net community-within 10 years.

Using the roadmaps developed by Zero Carbon Australia, Byron shall undertake, alongside partner Beyond Zero Emissions to develop a local roadmap to transform its footprints in the areas of Energy, Waste, Transport, Land Use and Buildings.

This will be in conjunction with the work already occurring within the shire and region.

Using the BZE template, we will build on and collaborate with expert and nationally significant actions of local organisations that include : Sustain Northern Rivers (SNR), COREM (Community Owned Renewable Energy Mullumbimby), ENOVA(soon to be Australia’s first community-owned renewable energy retailer).

And finally, Byron Shire Council has initiated and gained support for an Australian first- developing a Virtual Net Metering trial.

This can all occur, because, in byron, we have a community heart that doesn’t just accept the science of climate change, but insists in being part of the solution to it. The heart of the Byron community sees the value of action. The heart of the Byron community cares about intergenerational justice, and plantary justice.

We see ourselves as empowered, creative, skilled and progressive and, though we have pressing local issues at hand dealing with tourism, dealing with infrastructure, trying to keep the integrity of the community intact this community knows that what we’re hear for is what we leave for those coming after us.

And that we have a role to play to create solutions to our global challenges.

It is a mindset and collective pulse that propels us. And the aspiration to become Australia’s first zero net community is one we relish.

Facebook page: Zero Emissions Byron

Community Solar Power Symposium


When: March 21, 2015 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Where: Byron ECO Park
19 Grays Lane
Tyagarah NSW 2481
Cost: $30
Contact: Deiter Horstmann
Phone: 0418666625
Event website:

Keynote Speaker: Tim Flannery
MC: Mayor Simon Richardson


The “Byron Solar Revolution” will be held this Saturday 21st. Come and see the purpose built building where the entire roof is PV which does not need roofing underneath. Have a ride in an electric car home made conversion and ride a solar powered recumbent tricycle and other innovations. Tour the honey factory within the expo building.


The venue is right next to Tyagarah airfield and is accessed from the first road on the left down Greys lane marked with a ballooning sign. It will be an interesting event with the chance to talk to well known experts.

Sustainability Networking Breakfast – 15 April 2014

green centre

Please join the FB event for up to date info and discussion ->

April 15, 2014 @ 7:15 am – 9:00 am
Green Building Centre
1 Brigantine Street
Byron Bay NSW 2481

This is an opportunity to network with people involved in sustainability – both businesses and individuals.
Hear about sustainability initiatives that are happening in our Byron region and make connections with people and businesses you may be interested in collaborating with.

7.15am for 7.30 start
– Breakfast Buffett of organic and local eggs, bacon, toast & accompaniments, muesli, yoghurt and fruits. Teas & coffee.

7.30 – 8.30
– Introductions, hosted by Alice from the Green Building Centre, inviting each person to speak about themselves and their business, project or event for 2 mins.

Guest speaker giving a 10 min presentation on a specific subject or event. This meeting will be Patrick Halliday from Juno Energy on “Solar for Businesses”

9am Finish.

Limited to 30 people. $22/person

RSVP now to reserve a place or 0427 701 653

An Unforgettable Commencement Address by Paul Hawken

Key excerpts

This planet came with a set of instructions, but we seem to have misplaced them. Important rules like don’t poison the water, soil, or air, don’t let the earth get overcrowded, and don’t touch the thermostat have been broken….

If you look at the science about what is happening on earth and aren’t pessimistic, you don’t understand the data. But if you meet the people who are working to restore this earth and the lives of the poor, and you aren’t optimistic, you haven’t got a pulse. What I see everywhere in the world are ordinary people willing to confront despair, power, and incalculable odds in order to restore some semblance of grace, justice, and beauty to this world….

Don’t be put off by people who know what is not possible. Do what needs to be done, and check to see if it was impossible only after you are done.

Paul Hawken, is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, and author, who resides in California.
For details of his writings, refer Wikipedia at

Full speech can be downloaded from official website here:

Download PDF: The Commencement Address by Paul Hawken to the Class of 2009, University of Portland, May 3, 2009

Thanks to Robert Zandstra for submitting this speech.

12-year old Victoria Grant explains why her homeland, Canada, and most of the world, is in debt

12-year old Victoria Grant explains why her homeland, Canada, and most of the world, is in debt. April 27, 2012 at the Public Banking in America Conference, Philadelphia, PA. Support a public bank for YOUR state. Donate and make it happen!…

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Video – What the Economic Crisis Really Means – and what we can do about it

Doing It Ourselves aims to broaden understanding of the debt crisis and peak resources and encourage action for the sake of personal preparedness, happiness and ethical living. This animation sums up the key challenges facing our global society of credit crisis and resource scarcity and describes a path we can take to a happier life, now and in the future!

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