2016 ACT election: compare climate policies

Voter's choice

With the 2016 ACT Legislative Assembly election coming up on 15 October, the current focus of this site is a side-by-side comparison of the climate-related policies of the ACT Greens, ACT Labor and the Canberra Liberals.

Our climate and you

This is a new website to help non-scientists understand climate change, its relevance to you and what you can do about it.

We put together a comparison of climate-related policies for the 2016 federal election, still available on the federal election page.

What else is on this site?

Want some help understanding what the policies really mean? Check out our blog for commentary.

We are developing some pages about the science of climate change, what it means for you and some actions you can take, but in the meantime if you are looking for information about climate change, check out our list of organisations.

If you prefer a book on the topic, here are a few on a range of aspects.

We will continue adding new content so please follow us on Twitter and Facebook, use the contact form below to subscribe, and visit again soon.

Mesh bags

Apples in mesh bag

Plastics are an increasing scourge on our planet, with millions of tonnes each year ending up in our environment. Sachini Muller summarises the problem very clearly. The ABC's Craig Reucassel popularised the 'war on waste' in an excellent television series.

Since the ACT Government banned the use of light-weight plastic bags in supermarkets, Canberrans have taken to reusable shopping bags without a fuss. But this has made only the tiniest of dents in the volume of plastic waste. So, a couple of friends and I have started making small mesh bags out of old curtains and shoelaces to raise more awareness of the simple changes that we can all make in our everyday lives. This also is not enough: we need to take this problem to governments and the companies producing the plastics, but it's a start.

So far, we have sold these bags at school fetes and donated the proceeds to the hosting school. The reception has been 100% positive. We are not aiming to make a livelihood out of it, nor do we have any proprietary interest or claim any originality. So if you would like to take our idea and form your own little social group of bag sewers and spread the message about plastic pollution, please go ahead. You can download our posters or create your own. We have been selling them very successfully for $4 each or $10 for three and average about 40–50 bags per 3-hour fete. All we ask is that you act in the same spirit of altruism.

Who are we?

Kirsten Duncan is a science communication designer with a keen interest in how human society relates to the natural world. She is currently studying a Master of Climate Change at the Australian National University, Canberra, with a focus on communication, social transformation and behaviour change. With both a Bachelor of Science (UNSW) and an Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design (CIT) plus years of experience designing science publications and infographics for government and private sector clients, she is well placed to present complex technical information in a clear, concise, visual format. Although she is solely responsible for the creation of this site and its content, Kirsten has a wide network of colleagues in science, politics, communication, policy and design who act as sounding boards and informal advisors.

Kirsten is not a member of any political party. She contributes (very small) funds to the Climate Council of Australia, community action group GetUp! and a number of other environmental and social causes to help further independent scientific research and reporting and grass-roots action on climate change. She writes submissions to government policy processes and enquiries on environmental matters and is an active participant in the ACT Government's climate change strategy consultation process.

All views expressed on this website are Kirsten's own except where referenced from other sources.

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