The Australian reported today that some retailers have blamed plastic bag bans for a loss of sales, imperilling the economy. What’s worse the Commonwealth Treasury gave credence to the reports by putting it into an official submission to the Treasurer.
New governments have been elected in NSW and federally - creating new challenges - and in our experience, there are always opportunities. TEC has been working to protect the environment for 47 years – and we will continue the fight! What's on the agenda?
Ditch the jobs v environment slogan and get on with doing both
11 June 2019
It’s not a choice between jobs and the environment, but how to transition in a way that manages inevitable dislocation and also prevents ongoing, damaging and serious environmental impacts on present and future generations. This is the challenge for the new federal and NSW ministers for the environment and industry.
There’s quite a bit of soul searching about whether the recent federal election result reflected a lost climate election that caused significant damage to the global heating campaign; or is just a bump in the road. Climate change skeptics, cynics, anti-environment ideologues and opportunists are as one columnist said 'wagging their fingers' and telling us to get on with more coal fueled power stations; others are championing nuclear power.
The NSW ALP waste and recycling policy released today is a substantial set of commitments that will make a big difference to our recycling crisis and reduce plastic pollution, environment groups said today.
From the Strathfield Golf Club to the Waverly Bowling Club and right across Sydney our greens are being eaten up! These sporting greens may no longer be viable, but they can still be made available and improved as green spaces for Sydney residents, Total Environment Centre said today, noting overdevelopment is a potent state election issue.
The growing focus on urban parks and trees, so essential to Sydney’s liveability - with announcements by both political parties, was welcomed by Total Environment Centre, today. The urban park and tree massacre must stop, TEC said.
Fearing a fresh assault on the Eastern Suburbs' tree canopy, over 100 residents of Bundock, Sturt, Avoca Streets and other nearby areas in Randwick were moved to gather last weekend despite a heat wave and desiccating wind.
As Sydney's koala crisis deepens, and Labor and the Greens step up with electable solutions, TEC has been working with the Campbelltown community on a vision for the area that preserves this unique population, even as development escalates. Here is our update.
Game Of Throwns is a winner! Two teams of Sydney teenagers activated their passion for the planet with a catwalk featuring spectacular waste- to- trashion at the annual Youth Eco Summit at Sydney Olympic Park on September 4th 2018. Stay tuned in 2019 for the next round of WASTE NOT Mash It Up! - a competition inspiring high school students to turn garbage into gold.
Saving Sydney's Koalas! A small local council has convinced a big developer about to impact the character and landscape of Western Sydney to incorporate koala protection in all future developments. Congratulations Wollondilly Council!
TEC has objected to the economic rationalisation of Sydney Water at a time of global water stress on big cities and extreme drought across NSW. Long term sustainability must be the key goal of our water management utility, says Jeff Angel.