Green Drinks Dec 2018

As you probably know BREAZE is a local, volunteer based community group advising and encouraging LOCAL action by individuals, businesses and government in the Ballarat Region to reduce emissions to zero by 2030. As you have been a valued member of BREAZE in the past, we are asking if you would again consider supporting us through financial membership. Here’s why we think you should take another look at our organisation:

Read more: Why Join BREAZE 2019

Buninyong Postcard Portrait final pre Xmas Page 2croppedBREAZE will be assisting the organisers of the Smart Building and Living Expo.   

The expo will have a focus on all things 'E' - E-waste Recycling and preventing waste, E-cars and bikes, sustainable design and build, and includes our Can Do communities, and as always we need more volunteers.   

We need 2 - 3 hours or so on Sunday 24th Feb2019 your help will be gratefully appreciated.

Read more: Please volunteer - Smart Building and Living Expo 2019

2018 11 19 breaze boardThe BREAZE 2018 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING was held on 5:30 pm, Monday, 19 November 2018, at the Lake View Hotel, Champagne Room.

Our guest speakers covered some great projects that they have been involved with in BREAZE during 2018.

Matt Vallance - McCallum Disability Services on their new supported living house at Lucas and other McCallum Industries activities.

Joe Finneran - Mollongghip and District Community Power Hub project.

The new committee was elected:

  • President - Paul Duggan
  • Vice President - Mary Debrett
  • Treasurer - Peter Reid
  • Secretary - Ian Rossiter
  • General Member & Chair BREAZE Public Fund - Jeremy Hunt
  • General Member & Director BREAZE Energy Solutions - Simon Reid
  • General Members
    Barbara Whitfield
    Joe Natoli
    Barry Sullivan
Read more: BREAZE 2018 AGM - 2019 Board

With international news articles this month depicting deaths due to heat stress in Bangladesh and Canada, flooding in Japan, a coastal village evacuated in Innaarsuit Greenland due to a massive detached iceberg threatening to cause tsunamis, unprecedented forest and scrub fires in Sweden ,Greece,USA and Canada and this week’s wind destruction across Victoria, it is obvious that global warming is driving more and more extreme weather events. Ian RossiterThese events however receive little interest from politicians and media unless they are seen impacting directly on Australians. The cause and effect of burning fossil fuels is well understood generally by the public, however because the impacts of increasing greenhouse gas concentrations in our atmosphere are delayed by decades, there isn’t a sense of immediacy to take action. We have seen our community rally to the crises of water scarcity during the millennium drought (1996 till 2010) and single use plastic environmental impacts. How do we mobilise Australians to take action on climate change? 

With the Ballarat Farmers Market now being organised and delivered by Steve Burns, BREAZE volunteer resources can be allocated to events and activities that build awareness of the the causes and impacts of climate change and actions that our region's population can take to reduce emissions and address the challenges faced due to the 1 degree Celsius average global temperature rise that has occurred over the last 50 years. 

BREAZE remains active with its monthly Smart Living Ballarat lunchtime workshops at the Ballarat Library, the Community Power Hub Ballarat program and Sustainable House Day (Sunday 16 September). I encourage readers to assist us with this event by opening your home, volunteering to assist at the open homes or getting around to the open homes in the region. (for information see Website Link)

The  BREAZE Board is keen to take a lead role in organising GREEN DRINKS by BREAZE. The international activity for people with an interest in environmental sustainability occurs regularly in pubs and cafes around the world to allow like minded people to share ideas, collaborate and learn. We are launching anevening event in Ballarat on the first Thursday in the month.    In doing so we acknowledge the efforts that previous organisers have made to make this a success in the past.

With international news articles this month depicting deaths due to heat stress in Bangladesh and Canada, flooding in Japan, a coastal village evacuated in Innaarsuit Greenland due to a massive detached iceberg threatening to cause tsunamis, unprecedented forest and scrub fires in Sweden ,Greece,USA and Canada and this week’s wind destruction across Victoria, it is obvious that global warming is driving more and more extreme weather events. Ian Rossiter

These events however receive little interest from politicians and media unless they are seen impacting directly on Australians. The cause and effect of burning fossil fuels is well understood generally by the public, however because the impacts of increasing greenhouse gas concentrations in our atmosphere are delayed by decades, there isn’t a sense of immediacy to take action.

We have seen our community rally to the crises of water scarcity during the millennium drought (1996 till 2010) and single use plastic environmental impacts. How do we mobilise Australians to take action on climate change? 

With the Ballarat Farmers Market now being organised and delivered by Steve Burns, BREAZE volunteer resources can be allocated to events and activities that build awareness of the the causes and impacts of climate change and actions that our region's population can take to reduce emissions and address the challenges faced due to the 1 degree Celsius average global temperature rise that has occurred over the last 50 years. 

BREAZE remains active with its monthly Smart Living Ballarat lunchtime workshops at the Ballarat Library, the Community Power Hub Ballarat program and Sustainable House Day (Sunday 16 September). I encourage readers to assist us with this event by opening your home, volunteering to assist at the open homes or getting around to the open homes in the region. (for information see http://www.sustainablehouseday.com)

The Board is keen to take a lead role in organising GREEN DRINKS by BREAZE. The international activity for people with an interest in environmental sustainability occurs regularly in pubs and cafes around the world to allow like minded people to share ideas, collaborate and learn. After consultation with that previous organisers, who have made Green Drinks such a success in the past, we are re-launching an evening event in Ballarat, which will be held on the first Thursday in the month, at The Main Bar.  

We had a great turn out to our Film night at the the Regent in Ballarat, (after a drink and a chat at BREAZE Drinks before hand), with standing room only to watch "Living the Change".   

Look here for the major events world wide : http://worldenvironmentday.global/en/news/tide-has-turned

We were unable to fit in the "BAYKEEPERS" film, within our allocated time, so you can catch it on Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhA6sj66K5w - and more details below.

If you missed it, a series of short films, from can be found on Youtube, from this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jh1481J6qw&list=PLxpEMxZu0vVcb7NatbhU3nd6ZmOiDYxgM

2018 WED

Read more: World Environment Day - 2018

WritingCompettionThe BREAZE World Environment Day Children’s Writing Competition.

This year BREAZE ran a children’s writing competition to celebrate World Environment Day.

Information sheets and entry forms were sent to primary schools across greater Ballarat inviting children in grades 5 & 6 to write 50-100 words on ‘What I can do to help the environment.’

Hoping that teachers would see the competition as an engaging way to discuss the environment with their students, BREAZE Board offered a prize for the best entry from every school. Teachers were referred to the World Environment Day website for class resources.

The judging panel of five BREAZE members received 84 entries. Overall, the entries reflected concern about various kinds of environmental pollution and also widespread understanding that these are largely produced by us.

The World Environment Day theme for 2018 was Beat Plastic Pollution. Many of the children wrote of the perils of single-use plastic and how it is impacting on sea life in particular. Some detailed the cold hard facts – the statistics of how many plastic-lined beverage cups, straws and plastic bags we use and throw away each year – using the sheer volume of this waste to make a compelling case for recycling in all its forms: from roadside collections, to sharing, to re-purposing

Read more: Children’s Writing Competition