Working Together for a Better Environment

World Environment Day 2008 was marked in Ararat by people writing their individual environmental message to be attached with other people’s messages as a leaf on a tree mural. Passers by outside the St George bank wrote messages about the need for reducing car use, growing your own vegies and how precious water is. Many of the messages referred to concern about what the kind of future we are leaving for future generations with “Leave something for the grandchildren” and “Remember the children – they have to deal with the mess we leave.”

Ararat 800 Primary School celebrated in a similar fashion and students clothed a venerable old tree mural in inspirational leaf messages in the school’s foyer such as “Ride a pony to school”.

Ararat Greenhouse Action Group is keen to hear the environmental concerns of people in our region and AGAG members are keen to pursue actions and activities in various fields of interest. Sustainable housing and renewable energy is a key concern and disseminating information about installing photovoltaics and the rebates available has been a focus of the group. An information session about rebates was well attended and 45 people attended a Sustainable House Tour visiting 5 local houses.

Whether you are interested in local food production, improving recycling, setting up a solar hot water system, getting more bike paths or lobbying governments for change, there is someone else who shares your passion or can answer your questions. The Climate Change adage of moving from Denial to Despair is rapidly being replaced by moving from Awareness to Action. You are invited to come along to the next Ararat Greenhouse Action Group community meeting on Monday 14th July 7.30 at the old Shire Hall if you want to get involved. If you want to share your thoughts or have an issue you think needs addressing come along to the meeting or phone AGAG chairman Russell Pearse on 53525045 AH.