Latest from around the region

For our Katoomba Area news story this week Linda Moon visited the Brahma Kumaris Spiritual Centre Leura when it celebrated its new solar system in January. Read about their solar system and other green initiatives in her story! To get up to date information about going solar, to meet our writers and to sign up to join our volunteer writing team, come along to Planetary Health Day at the former Katoomba Golf Course this Saturday 24 February (links to this story and to Planetary Health Day in our profile).

https://www.katoombalocalnews.com/blue-mountains-spiritual-group-goes-solar/

@brahmakumaris #brahmakumaris #solarsystem #goinggreen #spiritualcentre #leura #bluemountains #planetaryhealth #planetaryhealthday
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This Saturday 24 Feb at the Planetary Health Precinct & Parklands we`re making it easier for you to do all those things you`ve been meaning to do but haven`t, including taking up the opportunity to volunteer with some truly amazing organisations like the South Katoomba Rural Fire Brigade. Putting in a water tank is one of the most important things you can do to reduce the risk of future disasters. We`ll be making it easier by providing `how to` info and a community bulk buy discount (20% off steel slimline and modline tanks and a range of other discounts, including pumps). Council`s Healthy Waterways team will be in our Water For Life exhibition sharing other ways you can help protect our most precious resource; we`ll have Blue Mountains Solar and a group of electric car drivers (including Council) providing the latest info on solar panels, batteries and what it`s like driving an EV in the Mountains; MKC Building Design will be sharing how to make your home more energy efficient; Council`s Sustainability and Waste team will update you on our waste services, workshops and Compost Hub program and how we can Avoid, Reduce, & Recycle more, rather than sending to landfill; Boomerang Bags Blue Mountains will join Sherlie and the other young people in our Upcycling Fashion Workshop to teach you how to sew your own carry bag or repair and adjust clothes; and Blue Mountains Parents for Climate will be running one of their fabulous Kids` Clothing and Toy Swaps alongside lots of fun activities for kids including a clay workshop by Sarah from Kindle Hill. To protect our precious wildlife we`ll have WIRES Blue Mountains sharing what you can do and how you can volunteer; the Blue Mountains Conservation Society sharing the important role they play and how you can get involved, as well as giving away bird boxes created by a Western Sydney Men`s Shed; and Blue Mountains Wildplantrescue Rescue Service and Nursery sharing what you can plant and how you can volunteer with them. We`ll have Council`s Bushcare sharing how rewarding it is to take a day a month to regenerate bushland to protect habitat for all species; and lots more. Register at link in profile #planetaryhealth ...

Op shops, antique stores and other secondhand sellers in the lower Blue Mountains offer an eclectic mix of practical, fun and rare pre-loved items. We took a tour of the treasure troves helping to boost the circular economy and created a map to make them easier to find! Read more in Lower Mountains Local News (link in profile): https://lowermtnslocalnews.com/op-shops-antiques-in-the-lower-mountains/

#preloved #opshops #circulareconomy #opshopfashion #opshopclothes #antiques #secondhand #zerowaste #planetaryhealth #lowermountains
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The Blue Mountains Planetary Health Initiative fortnightly newsletter is out with information about upcoming events, and stories by local writers from every neighbourhood in the Lower Mountains to Lithgow. You can subscribe via any of the news platforms. Read it here (link in profile):

https://mailchi.mp/f5e08a9402b1/planetary-health-day-discounted-water-tanks-more?e=a1370f4cfe

Lower Mountains - Op Shops & Antique Stores in the Lower Mountains Helping to Create a Sustainable Community
Blackheath Area - ABCD Gold: The Amazing Community-Driven Recovery of Bell, Clarence and Dargan
Lithgow Area - Newnes: An Unforgettable Place
Katoomba Area - Blue Mountains Spiritual Group Goes Solar
Mid Mountains - Mid Mountains Community Garden
Springwood Area - The Urban Farmer On The Edible Garden Trail

These news stories have been funded as part of a Bioregional Collaboration for Planetary Health and is supported by the Disaster Risk Reduction Fund (DRRF). The DRRF is jointly funded by the Australian and New South Wales governments.

#solutionsjournalism #positivenews #goodnews #planetaryhealth #changethestory #togetherwecan #abetterworld
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Are you building, retrofitting or thinking about how to create a more liveable and fire-resistant home in the face of a changing climate? At 1.30pm on Planetary Health Day (Saturday 24 February) Kirstie Wulf from Shelter Building Design will share her experience of building homes with hempcrete, which has low embodied energy, is fire-resistant, offers great thermal insulation and is compostable.
In 2015 she received the National Building Designers Association Award for her first hempcrete home and she`s been designing them ever since.
The event is free but please register here (link in profile):

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/hempcrete-for-fire-resistant-building-tickets-839835910817

@shelter.building.design #hempcrete #hempcretebuilding #fireresistant #fireresistanthomes #compostable #thermalinsulation #liveablehomes #planetaryhealth #healthyhomes #lowembodiedenergy #planetaryhealthday #swarm4planetaryhealth
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