Australia has a culture of convenience that is heading toward runaway consumption.
We are living on the one planet that sustains life, but living as though we have 3 spare planets. Our plastics, food, clothing, furniture, electronic goods are all manufactured for short-term use for our convenience with little thought as to what happens to them once they are thrown away. Indeed, the world of waste is largely invisible on a day-to-day basis. However, the consequences of our consumption have become so unwieldy they can no longer be ignored:
- The contents of an average Australian household bin can be up to 50% food waste which results in methane emissions when it rots, and contributes approx 23% of Australia’s greenhouse gases
- Australia goes through one billion take away coffee cups every year, and they are not recyclable
- By 2050, there is likely to be more plastic than fish in the oceans
These are horrifying impacts. Plenty of people are concerned and are taking action individually or in targeted areas of the waste system. What is missing is an overarching conversation about how we consume resources as a society, combined with grassroots people power to hold our power-holders to account.
We are interested in connecting people nationally to create systemic change. We are seeking to amplify and connect the voices and the changes we already see happening so we can achieve significant results.
Australia's waste system is in a period of tremendous change. China ceasing to take our recyclables has actually provided us with an opportunity to completely overhaul our management. We have an ambitious plan to create a comprehensive, transparent and easy-to-understand waste system- and we hope you will join us. On Thursday 18 October we will launch the first part of our campaign- at that point You can find out more about our campaigns here.
There are several ways you can get involved. You can join the collective here. We have face-to-face meetings on Wednesdays (fortnightly) at Friends of the Earth, 312 Smith Street, Collingwood. Details are here on our Facebook Event page. If Melbourne is inconvenient, we meet online in the alternate weeks on Thursdays. Details are here.
If you’re interested in volunteering in some other way, please let us know. We can send you instructions for linking into our online decision-making space.
Maybe you’re time poor? Consider giving us a donation! You can so so here. The size of the donation is not important, but if you want to have the most impact, please consider giving monthly. This allows us to plan, budget and implement more fantastic campaigns to create change.