In this Issue…
GeoZine News Launched
Welcome to the first issue of GeoZine News – our regular monthly newsletter that sets out to inspire, encourage and motivate individuals around the world to take an active role when it comes to working and living sustainably. Over the coming issues, you can look forward to:
- Regular competition announcements and draws
- Exciting "tit bits" of news on all things green, eco-friendly and organic from around the globe
- Excerpts from our world travel diary - the people, stories and events
- New ideas to help you think and act "green"
- Links to the personal interviews we conduct
- and much more…
Travel Diary Update
By Roger Burrell
I have just returned to Australia after spending 6 weeks visiting India, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States.
During my time overseas, I visited many organic and natural product trade shows and expos. I attended seminars and workshops that focussed on renewable technologies and green building, and I spoke to many people about their thoughts on climate change and on the importance of supporting sustainable business practices.
And the one thought that kept coming to mind, again and again, was that understanding and tackling climate change is a challenge that will require a global effort.
Every country or region will need to play their role in helping shift the world towards a more sustainable future. There is simply no excuse for any country not playing their part. Regardless of how far climate change affects our planet (for the results may ultimately be not as bad as believed, but then again, they could be a lot worse), living sustainably will ensure that we will have met present needs without damaging or depleting the environmental, economic or social resources for future generations.
Further excerpts from Roger's Travel Diary will be made available in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!
Competitions and Giveaways
Details on our regular competitions are provided below.
Competition Two (April 2007) - 90 Days to a Healthier You
This month we are pleased to offer a fantastic prize to one lucky winner of three months' supply of health food supplements from Logical Nutrition - manufacturers of quality, Australian-made superfood supplements. The prize includes All Natural Vital Greens Superfood, 100% Organic Phyto-Protein and a drinks shaker.
Everything you need to revitalise and feel great for the next 90 days! Don't forget to enter the competition.
Competition One (March 2007) – Winner Notification
Lisa Craven of Virginia, United States
We received hundreds of entries from all four corners of the globe and would like to thank everyone for entering the competition. We hope Lisa enjoys her new prize, and congratulate her on becoming Geofeat's inaugural winner.
ecoLinen Organic have generously offered Geofeat Competition One entrants a further 5% off all 'on sale' luxury cotton towels until 15 May 2007. Simply visit ecoLinen Organic and quote the Geofeat coupon number provided in your competition notification email when placing your order to receive your additional discount. Thank you, Jenny and Tim.
Three headlines from Sydney, Australia recently grabbed our attention.
Sydney, Australia Plunged into Near Darkness
On the 31 March, the city of Sydney, Australia, was plunged into near darkness as more than 2 million city residents and businesses participated in Earth Hour by switching off all lights and pulling appliances out of stand by mode in an attempt to save electricity. On the Saturday evening, residents enjoyed an hour of quiet darkness, and some even enjoyed romantic candle lit dinners.
According to poll results from AMR Interactive the result was an impressive 10.2% drop in energy usage across the usually glittering CBD.
This represents a reduction of 24.86 tonnes of carbon dioxide - the equivalent of taking 48,613 cars off the road for one hour.
Dryer Ban Urged for Sydney City Units
A local councillor in Sydney, Australia wants a ban on energy-guzzling dryers or, at the very least, to minimise the number of clothes dryers in new developments. He believes developers should be encouraged to find new ways for people to hang their washing rather than using conventional driers.
"We need to look at other options such as hanging out washing on the line or having something on the roof, or a space where people can dry their clothes." Mr Byrne said.
Australia to Phase Out Incandescent Light Globes
From 2009, Australia will become the first country in the world to phase out conventional light bulbs, and replace them with energy-saving globes that use only 20 per cent of the electricity to produce the same amount of light.
Incandescent light bulbs, which have barely changed since they were introduced 125 years ago, only convert about 5 per cent of the energy they receive into light.
By making the switch, greenhouse gas emissions could be reduced by as much as 800,000 tonnes a year.
What is your city or town doing to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions?
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