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.
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.
Narelle Johnson recently graduated from a Permaculture Design Course for which she designed a Community Farm for Blackheath.
During the first six months of the year, carbon dioxide emissions from America's energy industry dropped to the lowest point since 1991; Elemental's Half Houses are a unique response to the housing deficit in cities around the world; and a new Queensland law will allow access to medical cannabis.
Paris Climate Accord, Sea Farming & Green-powered Boat
The Paris Climate Accord has been ratified ahead of time; sea-farming is helping to mitigate ocean acidification; and a green-powered boat is about to make a historic circumnavigation of the oceans.
One man's vision will take the Australian Capital Territory to 100% renewable energy within four years, laying down a blueprint that will be followed by other states, if not the federal government;
Ending Water Wars, Gender Mainstreaming and 'Parabiologists' for ecosystems
A new water plan in Washington is overcoming old animosities and offering the region a way forward in an era of global warming; Vienna has been adapting its city to work well for women as well as men in what's been described as 'gender mainstreaming';
A small animal rights group just won a big court settlement with a federal agency in the U.S. that has killed more than 30 million wild animals in the past eight years;
Tram use explodes in Melbourne, Hong Kong begins reforestation, Katoomba launching facilities for the homeless, first hydrogen fuel cell electric plane takes off, pesticide-free rice and a 100% renewable town
If you have any doubts about the extraordinary rate of global change at the moment, check out today's Solutions Digest:
Global climate change policy kicking off big time at the same time as grassroots action leads the change!
Global policy change to address global warming is about to kick off big time. This month enough countries around the world signed the Paris Climate agreement for it to take effect in November, and the UN's New Urban Agenda has just brought together the cities of the world
Social Enterprises, Skydiving Dogs and Comic Books turning Survivors into Heroes, not Victims
Australian social enterprises, like Street Art Murals Australia (SAMA), from the Blue Mountains, are combining profit with a higher purpose; skydiving dogs are helping to fight poachers in South Africa; and an award-winning Indian comic book series is turning rape and acid attack survivors into heroes, not victims.
Design for Repair, Citizen Science and Moving in Sync
Design for repair is empowering consumers to fix the future; citizen scientists are helping document the impact of coral bleaching; and moving in sync with others allows the body to do things it couldn't do alone.