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Springers Discussion Groups

The Springers Discussion Groups were started while we were in lockdown. Meetings in public venues had been cancelled and even our weekly meetings in each other's houses were stopped. In frustration, we turned to Zoom.

...and found a whole new world of speakers who were willing to talk to us, often from their homes, though in their official capacity as members of professional and government entities. We set about educating ourselves while we were in lockdown.

The resulting set of discussion groups provides a broad range of educational resources, from data specific to the Blue Mountains - how many days above 40 degrees would you expect in Katoomba? - to Australia-wide legal actions to bush walks in the shockingly depleted Newnes State Forest area. You will also find some great information regarding energy efficient housing and electric vehicles.

 

Anyone can use this resource directly by watching the videos, or more broadly by using the references provided and going further.

Things that have come, directly and indirectly from these discussion groups:

- Many of us have added solar panels to our rooves, some of us are now driving electric vehicles.

- We hope to see a community bulk buy of Electric Vehicles in the Blue Mountains and surrounding areas.

- Resilient Blue Mountains has been established, drawing together input from the Blue Mountains City Council and community groups.

- A community battery in Winmalee is on the cards.

- We are making our way through 2020 with hope but with our eyes open to the reality of the Climate Crisis - we are still on track for 8 degrees of global warming. We will hold our government to account while making what changes we can in our own lives.

Many thanks to the talented people from the Blue Mountains and beyond who gave their time to speak.

Many, many thanks to all those who helped in these discussion groups. Liz was the steadfast, reliable organiser, reminder, administrator. Kelvin was the brave first go (when Zoom was rather new to us and even novel - remember that?). Rick nabbed the Mayor as a speaker, which lifted our spirits noticeably. Noni connected us with like-minded people throughout the Blue Mountains. James did a huge amount of research, and happily had his talk put back and back again behind others as we juggled the schedule. And many people turned up to listen on a Friday night, even when lockdown was over. It took all of us to get through lockdown and keep these discussion groups going.

Have We Lost Our Livable Summers in the Blue Mountains?

Have We Lost Our Livable Summers in the Blue Mountains?

BMCC Declaration of a Climate Change Emergency & Proposed Council Plans

BMCC Declaration of a Climate Change Emergency & Proposed Council Plans

Carbon Capture and Storage: Viable Option or The Road to Nowhere?

Carbon Capture and Storage: Viable Option or The Road to Nowhere?

Environmental Defenders Office

Environmental Defenders Office

Home Energy Questions & Solutions

Home Energy Questions & Solutions

Affordable Electric Vehicles

Affordable Electric Vehicles

Solar Microgrids and Planet Ark - The Road Ahead

Solar Microgrids and Planet Ark - The Road Ahead

Last Springers Discussion Group for 2020

Last Springers Discussion Group for 2020

Applying a Trauma-Informed Lens to Climate Change Activism

Applying a Trauma-Informed Lens to Climate Change Activism

Micro Grids: What Future For Us?

Micro Grids: What Future For Us?

Sustaining Local Economy & Preserving the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area

Sustaining Local Economy & Preserving the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area

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