Latest news and insights from various sources relating to UN Sustainable Development Goals.
From transport to travel to trash, greenhouse gas emissions are embedded in the choices we make in our day-to-day lives. To tackle the carbon footprint you may unknowingly produce, it is essential to know where it is coming from. Ecological footprint calculators such as The Global Footprint Network’s quiz can provide a great illustration of your individual carbon footprint – but how can we reduce it? Here are some of the simple changes you can make in your daily life.
An increasingly discussed issue in recent years is the investments by super funds made with your contributions that you may not be aware of. While your funds stack up in the background, there is a high chance the investment fund you have been dealt does not align with your values, and could be investing in the growth of companies you’d rather not support. Often, we are attributed superannuation accounts by our first employers, however it’s not too late to change to one of the many environmentally conscious and ethical super funds that exist in Australia.
Ethical superfunds such as Australian Ethical Super and Future Super exclusively choose companies to invest in that meet a predetermined set of ethical criteria, while other larger funds like Australian Super and Sunsuper offer ethical investment options that customers can opt into.
If you are wondering whether you’re already with an ethical super fund, a great place to start is by checking if it’s certified by the Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA), before looking further into the specific ethical actions your fund is taking through the company’s website.
With an increasing reliance on technology, we’re bound to have a few forgotten phones lying around and collecting dust. Between 2018 and 2019, approximately 539,000 tonnes of e-waste was generated in Australia, however only half of it was recycled.
The simplest way you can contribute to reducing e-waste and use your rubbish for good is by taking old phones to recycling facilities like MobileMuster, a government accredited recycling program specialising in the repurposing of phone materials, with facilities in Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane. Dropping your pre-loved phones of at partnering retailers to be recycled is a sure way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions required to create new products from scratch, conserve natural materials and resources, and clear out that tech-graveyard hiding at the back of your drawers.
Recycling the Right Way
While most recycling is as simple as popping waste in the council recycling bin, our packaging provides more information on how to correctly recycle than we may realise at first glance.
Interpreting this information can be confusing, however a number between one and seven found inside the recycling symbol will correlate to the type of material that packaging is made of. Most of the time, codes 1, 2, and 5 can be conventionally recycled through council bins, however numbers 3, 4, 6, and 7 must be double-checked before throwing it in the recycle. There is a comprehensive guide to materials and what that means for their disposal on the ecobin website.
To make recycling easier, some soft-plastic packaging from Coles and Woolworths will indicate that items can be brought back to the store, where they will be responsibly recycled by REDcycle to make into new products. Spending that extra minute to interpret the material number and consciously dispose of your waste will not only clear up any recycling ambiguity you may harbour, but bring to light how much of your weekly shop really is recyclable.
TIP: Make sure your recyclables are completely empty, washed, and dried before chucking them in your recycle bin.
Australia is a vast country, with incredibly scenic natural and man-made destinations scattered across all of our states and territories. However, destinations that are distanced and sparse make slow travel a particularly difficult task for those wanting to be environmentally conscious. While some places can’t be travelled to without a large use of emissions, for most destinations, there is a better way to travel.
Travelling by car rather than flying will usually produce less greenhouse gas emissions per person, however travelling by train or bus is much more likely to be a greener way to see the sights.
It’s not just greener – slow travel provides holidaymakers with opportunities to appreciate our natural landscapes between destinations, creating relaxing holidays that bring people closer to our natural wonders and provide more chances to connect with locals in each destination.
Where have you noticed your hidden carbon footprint?
Ahead of the first GSTC Sustainable Hotel online course (May 27 – June 11), Dr. David Ermen presented key issues hoteliers should focus on beyond plastic straws and reusing towels. The webinar was moderated by Ayako Ezaki, GSTC Training Director. The presentation followed by a Q&A session with David Ermen, Ayako Ezaki, and Roi […]
Happy Mother’s Day 2021! As always, this is a chance to reflect on and be thankful for the mothers who have helped us grow and become the people we are today. There are many mothers to celebrate this year, particularly those who have been busy raising their newborn calves, pups, and joeys at our Ecotourism Australia’s certified zoos and wildlife parks! Read on to see how these mums have been introducing their babies to the world.
Baby: Sabi Star
Location: Taronga Western Plains Zoo (Advanced Ecotourism certified)
You can now watch this soon-to-be gentle giant grow up at Green Travel Leader and Advanced Ecotourism certified Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo! Making her long-awaited public debut at the end of April, Black Rhino calf Sabi Star was alert to her new environment and onlookers, but mum Bathika gave her the comfort and direction she needed to adjust to her new environment.
Just like human mums, Black Rhino mums are vital to their calves’ development, and Taronga Western Plains Zoo’s Black Rhino keeper Hayley Brooks says Bathika is already teaching her calf how to wallow in the mud, which is used as a cooling technique under the hot sun. Sabi Star has even been seen mimicking her mother’s feeding – a great sign that she is learning the tools she needs from a wonderful mother!
Babies: Fahari and Mahali
Location: Monarto Zoo (Advanced Ecotourism and Climate Action Leader certified)
This adorable duo can be seen roaming around Monarto Safari Park, operated and managed by Climate Action Leader and Advanced Ecotourism certified Zoos South Australia. These hyena cubs were born on the 13th of September last year, however, after five months without names, Monarto Safari Park is proudly announcing this pair as Fahari and Mahali. After receiving 900 votes from the public, it was decided that the names Fahari meaning ‘magnificent’, and Mahali meaning ‘place’ would prove an excellent fit. And how could we forget the wonderful mum to these cubs, Forrest!
Fun fact: Once their cubs are born, Hyena mothers stay with their newborns for two weeks to form a strong familial bond and to recognize each other’s voices.
Baby: Quokka joey (name TBC)
Location: Adelaide Zoo (Advanced Ecotourism and Climate Action Leader certified)
Zoos South Australia’s Adelaide Zoo has also seen the arrival of a shy newborn Quokka! Quokka mothers give birth only 27 days after mating, while their joeys first face the world as tiny, pink and hairless babies. Now that this joey is about five months old and has started to poke his head out of his mother’s pouch, it won’t be long before he’s brave enough to hop around the exhibit to explore. Such a feat could not be done without the enormous help of his mother, Poppy.
Who’s your mum, and what are you thankful for her teaching you this Mother’s Day? Let us know in the comments below!
(Cover photo: Adelaide Zoo Facebook)
The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is pleased to announce the publication of its revised GSTC Accreditation Manual version 2.5 approved on 27th April 2021, which will become effective on 15th May 2021. The Manual is available on the following webpage Achieve GSTC Accredited Status. The transition period to the GSTC Accreditation Manual v2.5 runs […]
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