Blackheath Launches Australia's First Solutions Media Service
Blackheath has become a prototype for how communities can work collaboratively to tackle challenges. It is also balancing the negative influence of much mainstream media on our society, by creating Australia's first solutions-focused media service.
Blackheath, in the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains, Australia, has become the world's first town in which all the shopfront businesses have agreed to phase out plastic straws.
Twenty years after being declared extinct in the wild, antelopes are returning to the Sahara; Melbourne's tram network to become entirely solar-powered; and Fukushima to become a model society built on hydrogen fuel, with the world's largest hydrogen infrastructure project developed in the province hit by nuclear disaster in 2011
Blackheath Cycling Infrastructure Business Grows Nationally
Ten years ago, Graeme Roth and his partner Suzanne Kowalski-Roth, took the plunge and left Sydney with their two young children - keen to forge a future in Blackheath.
Watchmaker, beekeeper, maker and fixer
Jim Crowther, watchmaker, beekeeper, maker and fixer of objects large and small, picks up a screw with a pair of fine tweezers and holds it in my direction. “That’s not the smallest of them,” he says.
All in the Family with Mary Moody
Walk down any pretty tree-lined street in Blackheath and I guarantee more than a third of the cottages will be occupied by a person living alone. Mostly they’re older people who are on their own either by choice or through life circumstances.
From Wasteland to Wetland in Popes Glen
Popes Glen Creek rises in Memorial Park, close to the town centre of Blackheath, then flows east for about 4km through Popes Glen Bushland Reserve and into the Grose River.
Filmmaking bringing young and old together
For over ten years Lithgow High School Filmmakers have been making award winning films that have been screened all over the world with high regard.
Dropping in to the Men's Shed
OK I admit it, I’ve got shed envy! I’ve now been to the Blackheath Area Men’s Shed four times and each time I’ve found it more difficult to leave than the last.
Stop Laughing This is Serious
When The Big Fix approached local businesses to see if they’d agree to help Blackheath phase out plastic straws, one common remark was that men rarely use straws … it’s mostly women and children.
Bush Trackers brings a touch of magic to bushwalks
Children see things differently. Not only are they a little closer to the ground than your average adult, but so many of the things they encounter are being experienced for the first time.
Blackheath Community Farm Meet-Up and Permablitz
There has been a great community response to the concept of developing a Community Farm in Blackheath and a date has been locked in for the initial Community Meet-Up and a 'Permablitz' of the site. Keep January 28, 2017 clear in your diary if you'd like to be involved in this exciting new project.
Blue Mountains City Council last week hosted a celebration to mark the impressive achievements of the Stronger Families Alliance. The Alliance is a ground-breaking collaboration of services and voluntary organisations working together to improve the wellbeing of children, young people and families.
Could the secret to world peace be paid paternity leave for men? Could the secret to reforesting cities be green ambulances? Could the solution to homelessness start with Solidarity Lockers? AND, no secret here ... London has demonstrated that green initiatives have been able to reduce air pollution by 30% in just 12 months!
Amsterdam is offering $26,000 to store owners to convert empty rooms into homes; the Indian space agency will use its satellites to monitor Mumbai's mangroves in real time to reduce the time gap in taking action against destruction; and President Obama has commuted the bulk of the remaining prison sentence of Chelsea Manning.
New research estimates that the electric shippping market could reach $20bn by 2027. The first self-sufficient boat powered by 100% renewable energy is preparing for a six-year trip around the world; the Japanese organisation Peace Boat is about to introduce its Ecoship design, which could cut carbon emissions from cruise voyages by 40%;
Now this is progress ... growing grains for flavour, not disease resistance, yield or the ability to go through industrial bread machinery! Other progress includes the trialling of major battery storage for the grid in California, CERN providing open access to all its scientific research
Vegan is being described as the 'new punk' in London; a new California Bill would require solar panels on all new buildings; and a new film being released this month called 'In This Climate', and starring Mark Ruffalo, Noam Chomsky and David Attenborough,
Power lies in collaboration. In response to people collaborating and creating a public outcry, France has just passed a bill to have mandatory cameras in all French slaughterhouses, and the US Department of Agriculture is working toward strengthening the organic seal to include animal welfare
Innovative strategies are being developed to tackle homelessness ... from a landmark collaboration in Victoria which is building affordable portable housing on vacant government land; to a 'sober utopia' rehabilitation centre in Colorado, which is offering some 200 people free housing, addiction treatment and adult education for up to three years;
The world is awakening to the need to rewild and restore our ecosystems and the better part of our humanity. Pine martens (and ospreys, red kites, sea eagles and beavers) have made a spectacular comeback in Scotland because societal attitudes have shifted in favour of supporting the natural world;