TGoG Podcast 006 – Adam Webber’s definition of Affluenza

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This week, Adam and I talk about how people have caught Affluenza, about consumption and the pursuit of happiness. If you enjoyed the podcast, please pop over to iTunes and rate it and leave a review. You can also do the same within Stitcher Radio if you use that service.  It would help me out so much, and elevate the ratings so that others can find out about the podcast and learn about   [Continue Reading …]

Flowers, Beans, a Halo and Fun

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On Monday, Kim got a bit camera happy, so I thought I would share a few nice photos of what we have been up to around the garden and about town.Firstly, the flowers currently in my garden.Our pink bougianvillea that we growing in a pot.  After it flowers, it needs a good trim to keep it in shape.My lovely marigolds which is one of my favourite flowers.  This variety has been self seeding   [Continue Reading …]

Absolute Political Cowardice

Our Prime Minister's own words.  In the same speech, he said "....When you strip away all the political rhetoric, all the political excuses, there are two stark choices - action or inaction."Well, thanks Mr Rudd.  Inaction is what you have given us in the form of a useless and delayed ETS.  Thanks for putting climate change in the too hard basket.  Last time your words of   [Continue Reading …]

Gardening Tips with Vasili

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Tonight, I attended a community presentation held by the Melton Garden Club and the Melton Shire Council about Organic Veggie Gardening.  Both Michael (my veggie gardening mate) and I had a great time.  The guest speakers were Vasili Kanidiadis from SBS and CH31's Vasili's Garden, and Vox Bandicoot who are a comedy duo/trio.  The garden club are mainly into ornamentals, so Michael   [Continue Reading …]

Australian ETS Shelved

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Well, I am not surprised that this scheme has been shelved.  It was effectively a licence for big polluters to keep increasing emissions without any financial penalty.You can see the full story at ABC Online titled "Labor puts ETS on the backburner"..I can see that Climate Change will continue to be an election issue in the up coming Australian federal election, and that this about face by   [Continue Reading …]

My ANZAC Day

I attended the Dawn Service at Melton today with most of my children and my friend David and his son.  This is a tradition that I have upheld since I left the Royal Australian Navy in 2000, which I believe to be important.  It was a fantastic turn out, and is growing in numbers every year.  Even our local Federal member, Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard attended and gave a moving   [Continue Reading …]

Gardeners Are The Future

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Gardeners are on the frontline of climate change.  They are actually experiencing it on a day to day level.  Here is the reason why;If you get up in the morning in your airconditioned house, and get into your airconditioned car, go to your airconditioned office, and then eat your junk food sandwich which is filled with genetically modified cornstarch and canola oil, and then go home and   [Continue Reading …]

TGoG Podcast 005 – Interview with Adam Webber

The Greening of Gavin Podcast

In this weeks podcast we hear from Adam, my eldest son, who shares his thoughts on sustainable living.  He is quite the comedian. If you enjoyed the podcast, please pop over to iTunes and rate it and leave a review. You can also do the same within Stitcher Radio if you use that service.  It would help me out so much, and elevate the ratings so that others can find out about the podcast and   [Continue Reading …]

Nestle and the Apes

Remenicent out of a scene from the movie Planet of the Apes, Greenpeace stepped up their campaign against Nestle's use of palm oil in their chocolate bars like Kit Kats.  Essentially Greenpeace did what they do best, and crashed the shareholder meeting with a mass of Orangutangs!Quite effective, don't you think?  Nestle have since stopped directly using palm oil sourced from Indonesian   [Continue Reading …]

ACF GreenHome Workshops

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You’re invited to four FREE workshopsYou’ll be able to:• learn from energy & gardening experts• meet your neighbours• tackle climate change and sustainability in new and creative ways with your community.The Australian Conservation Foundation GreenHome program will help you reduce your environmental impact and take practical steps to save water and energy, produce less waste and grow local   [Continue Reading …]

Still Not Right

Sorry for not posting for a while, but my condition has been taking its toll.The relief that I found after my hospital visit was short lived, with the abdominal pain returning about 3 days after discharge.  It got so bad that on Wednesday, I called my Gastroenterologist and asked what else could be done.  He said that he could do nothing further except recommend a Colorectal Surgeon to   [Continue Reading …]

TGoG Podcast 004 – Interview with Ben Webber

This weeks podcast is a candid interview with my 10 year old son Ben, who explains about his favourite parts about living sustainably! If you enjoyed the podcast, please pop over to iTunes and rate it and leave a review. You can also do the same within Stitcher Radio if you use that service.  It would help me out so much, and elevate the ratings so that others can find out about the podcast   [Continue Reading …]

Feed-in Tariff Credits

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The verdict is in.  The Solar PV feed-in tariff was certainly worth all of the pain that I went through to sign up for it.  Since the 21st of January, when our new meter was installed we have utilised the following;Imported from the national grid (100% GreenPower) = 1242.7 kWh @  24.88c per kWh = $309.18 debit.Exported to the national grid (my solar PV) = 488.3 kWh @ 66c per kWh =   [Continue Reading …]

Discharged

After 3 days and 2 nights in hospital, I am now home again.  The antibiotics settled down the infection and the colonoscopy revealed a minor infection with a few diverticulum present in the lower bowel.  Nothing too much to worry about at this stage, I just have to make sure I have plenty of fibre in my diet.  Good as gold.As the old saying goes, there is no place like home.    [Continue Reading …]

Hospital

So, unexpectedly, here I lay in hospital getting treated for my condition.  I feel privilaged and thankful that I have my own room, cable TV, wireless Internet, nice food and great doctors and staff to look after me.  Many people in the world could be so lucky.I should be in here for about 2-3 days, so if I am a bit scarce then I know you will understand.  Somehow I think that   [Continue Reading …]