Inspire : Public Works Sept Oct 2014
39 moment because those [opposing] groups gained political traction in the last election, but the sheer amazing strength of economics means it will 'wear through'. You can stop the future coming for a little while, but not for long. I'm always optimistic about these things because I've spent a lifetime working in infrastr ucture issues in government and the community and fnd that you generally win. WHAT IS THE FIRST STEP FOR PLANNERS IN TACKLING CLIMATE CHANGE? It's easy to have broad statements of policy saying I want to reduce carbon, but where do you start? You start where you are using the most and wasting it. We did an audit on South Freemantle high school, which my son was going to and where I was on the P&C. We decided to be a power-neutral high school. The frst thing we did when we completed the audit was shut down the boys' urinals. We had a $40,000 a year bill for the water because the boys urinals were fushing every fve minutes, 24 hours a day, right through summer when there was nobody there and it was a total waste. We used that money we saved to pay for our carbon neutral offcer and she has continued to fnd more and more ways to save energy and water, based on that original audit and continuing audits. There's low hanging fruit. When you've done the audit, you can then see how to do simple energy effciency; add renewables to help replace it; and where you can't do either, start getting offsets through planting trees. Those three things anyone can do and you can dramatically change your carbon footprint. ••• DOITONOUR ONLINE FORUMS: Visit goo.gl/ojRlRK to discuss this article. MORE TO ADD?
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