Local Actions Have Global Consequences
The Benalla Sustainable Future Group was established in 2010 by Benalla & District residents concerned about environmental sustainability and the lack of action on climate change both locally & nationally. By coming together we can work towards a more sustainable future & a cleaner planet.
Benalla Rural City Council Elections
In recent days you will have received the postal vote forms and candidate statements in the mail for this year's council elections.
Benalla Sustainable Future Group urges all voters to prioritise those candidates who show concern about climate change and sustainability issues.
We believe that all levels of government have a duty of care for the future wellbeing of their citizens. It is recognised by most people that climate change and sustainability will have profound implications for our future wellbeing, and to this end, approximately 100 local government jurisdictions in Australia have already expressed their concerns by declaring a Climate Emergency.
BSFG acknowledges that people are concerned about many localised issues, when it comes to choosing their preferred councillors, but we firmly believe that decisions made, and actions taken, at a local level have a significant impact on the wider community. Bearing this in mind, we believe that Benalla Rural City urgently needs councillors with the vision to not only develop plans to adapt to climate change, but also to be proactive in formulating plans to mitigate climate change, and actively support measures that are more sustainable in the long term.
On behalf of BSFG,
Peter Holmes (President)
In BSFG's August Newsletter (#28), BSFG President Peter Holmes, asks 'Climate Change, Carbon and COVID - are we all at C?' Regular contributor, web team member, social media manager and former BSFG Secretary Peter Maddock is an avid reader and thinker about sustainability issues across a broad spectrum . This newsletter reflects this, with Peter contributing articles 'Cold Choices for a Warming Planet', 'To Care for Humanity, We Must Care for Nature', 'Protecting Biodiversity', 'Ecological Economics - will the transition to renewable energy damage the global macro-economy?' and 'Climate Change and Sea Level rise in Geelong'! In From Anthropocene to Ecocene by 2050?' , Peter reflects on large scale renewables as a continuation and potential exacerbation of the human domination of the planet and its resources. Thank you, Peter, for your contribution to this newsletter and for being prepared to raise 'hot topics'. Thanks also to members who submitted article links for 'Member Submitted Links'.
Benalla Sustainable Future Group has a number of action groups looking at different aspects of Environmental Sustainability which may interest you. Perhaps you are interested in finding out about BSFG's Renewable Energy Benalla action group, or in initiating a group yourself?
Petitions, Film Festival; Market Stalls; Guest Speakers; Sustainable Business Award; Energy Efficiency Workshops; Upcycled Bags; AGM's; Mentoring; Building Forums; Food Coop; Climate March ...
Benalla Sustainable Future Group encourages anyone interested in climate change issues and a more sustainable lifestyle to subscribe to our mailing list, become a member of our group & participate in our activities.
One-year membership is $25 per household or $20 if already a member of the Bulk Food Co-operative. A three-year membership is $60. We now have a $5 membership for full time students 18 years and under.
Banner: Benalla Food Cooperative - Co-vid 19 Procedures in place! 17 September 2020
Australian Story - 28 September 2020 - Regenerative Farming - Charles Massey
BSFG on Twitter
BSFG meetings and special events were initially cancelled but have recently transitioned to the Zoom environment. Committee members are communicating and distributing information to members through email lists, the newsletter, website and Facebook and Twitter Feeds.
The Benalla Food Cooperative is continuing to operate and has implemented rigorous procedures to meet Covid-19 requirements.