Fremantle Council decided last night to ban the use of plastic shopping bags. This is the third time in five years Council is giving it a try as the previous W.A. Liberal/National government rejected the proposal in 2012 and 2015, but the new Labor government have indicated they would support local councils banning non-degradable plastic shopping bags.
Already other councils have started the same process and Councillor Doug Thompson said that a survey showed that 32 councils support banning the environment-damaging bags.
Councillor Rachel Pemberton pointed out that it was about the material of the bags and that degradable bags could still be supplied to customers.
Councillor Hannah Fitzhardinge said Council should campaign for the general reduction of the use of plastic as it was extensively used. She is right. Single pieces of fruit and vegetables are offered on trays wrapped in plastic by supermarkets, which is not only wasteful but also damaging to the environment.
I love good mural art and the Numbat one by artist Roa in the Henderson Street mall is one of my favourites, together with the stunning one on the former Myer building at Kings Square.
But the lack of information at the Numbat mural is an opportunity lost I feel because many visitors to Fremantle do not know the animal is a numbat and might think it is a mythical figure.
It is also important to show that the numbat is a very endangered species, so why not put some words next to it to explain that all to overseas, interstate and local visitors.
Woodside christened its first LNG-powered vessel Siem Thiima at Fremantle’s Victoria Quay yesterday.
Here a photo of it with the cruiseliner Aurora in the background.
Professor Peter Droege of the University of Liechtenstein will talk about LIFE AFTER COAL on Thursday February 16 at the North Fremantle Community Centre from 6-8 pm.
The impact of climate change is noticeable all over the world, so it will be good to hear a European perspective on it that does not involve political Australian power games.
See you there!
Fremantle’s Ecoburbia presents the movie: A Convenient Truth – Urban Solutions from Curbita Brazil. Friday February 10th. 7pm for a 7.30 start
This inspirational documentary shows a city where urban solutions are not just theory, but a reality. The film shows innovations in the areas of transportation, recycling, social benefits (affordable housing), parks, and the great philosophy behind the successful leaders that transformed Curitiba in a model green city.
This movie will be held at Ecoburbia – 16 Livingstone Street in Beaconsfield. It is outside and it can get chilly so dress appropriately. There is seating in the garden but feel free to bring a folding chair if you are more comfy – or some pillows.
Feel free to bring you dinner from 7pm The movie will start at 7.30pm.
Please walk or come by bike. If you have to drive please park at the Primary School on Hale Road, not on Beard Street.
Fremantle Councillor Sam Wainwright and City of Melville Councillor Tim Barling were arrested at the Roe 8 site today after chaining themselves to fences to stop bulldozers from entering the site and destroying precious wetlands.
It is a risky business for Councillors to do this kind of non-violent protest because if they get convicted it could mean they are no longer eligible to be on local council.
Good on them for standing up for what is right and for protesting against the destruction of the Beeliar Wetlands!
A report in the West Australian yesterday that the sales of electric cars in Australia has dropped by 90 per cent made me wonder what is happening with the Fremantle solar charging station as part of the RAC electric highway.
Sales of electric vehicles in Australia have always been very low so the One Planet $ 50,000 investment by the City of Fremantle appears to be money not well spent, as only a handful of drivers would use the charger. The charging station at the Esplanade was supposed to start early last year but I have since been told by staff that the City is looking for another location for it.
Another One Planet project, the solar parklet near the Lenny the Ox cafe at Wray Avenue, is also very slow. The last I heard from the project manager was that it would start in December last year but that has not eventuated.
Christmas is a time of reflection and hope and with so much madness going on in the world we need to remain hopeful that we will be able to turn the destruction of the earth and oceans around and that there will be a good future for the next generations.
Humans do have the ability to stand up in adversity and make necessary changes. We have survived natural disasters and wars all over the planet many times and we can do it again if sanity prevails and if our political leaders become true leaders instead of being power hungry egos only interested in winning the next election.
It is shocking to see the destruction of Aleppo and other places of war and the plight of all these innocent people. It violates my heart to see the idiocy of terrorism and attacks on families because some fanatical criminals believe the god they believe in is better than the gods of other people.
But I remain confident about the future because my own experience with people of all different cultures and religions all over the world has shown that the vast majority of people are good and caring people who are willing to embrace and support fellow humans in need.
We cannot give up hope during the tsunami of madness that is happening and that has made 2016 such a challenging year. We cannot blame all Muslims for the actions of a small group of sadistic criminals, as we do not blame all Catholics for those priests who have abused children. Hatred will not solve anything and neither does blaming all for the crimes of some.
We need to learn the lessons of the past and become more responsible in looking after our planet because the environmental destruction is relentless above and below ground. We are suffocating our oceans while destroying our forests, because we want more and more and more, and that is not sustainable.
Innovation technology will help us to become smarter but our relentless consumerism needs to be curtailed because the environment is suffering because of it.
We need more tolerance and less judgment in our world and more acceptance of diversity. Culture, religion and the colour of someone’s skin are not reasons to reject people and we need to assess every individual on its own merits. There are bad apples in every family, in every country, in every race, religion and culture, but we must keep in mind that most people are good and caring.
I love life because I love people. I love the irreverence, the intelligence, the quirkiness and the true warmth of people and I love it that we are all so different but also so much the same. A big black fella in Fitzroy Crossing summed it all up perfectly for me one night when he looked at me and said “Isn’t it amazing brother that we both have red blood and brown shit.”
Have a very Happy Christmas. Smile at and say G’day to a stranger. Believe in yourself and all of us that we can and will create a better future for all where the poor are less poor and the rich a bit less rich. True equality will only happen if we look after each other better.