I'm very excited to be starting my project and welcome!
It's been a tough few years in Australia watching politicians fail to get serious about reducing our emissions and protecting our precious land and water, whilst supporting organisations who have zero interest in the quality of life for our kids and grandkids. I've felt infuriated and helpless in the face of their inaction. As a science publisher, I've been appalled at the way that our scientists have been sidelined and how funding for science has been cut. When in fact science is breeding ground for innovation, new industries and creating a healthier planet. If you are reading this blog using wifi, that's an Australian CSIRO invention and there's a lot more where that comes from.
I have accepted that voting isn't enough. I have also published a lot around science and the environment and that is not enough. I need to stop waiting for politicians to lead, so I decided to challenge myself to do everything I could to reduce my waste, stop my reliance on government and corporate services that I could get myself (like water and electricity) and reduce the impact I was having on the environment.
A fortuitous meeting with Michael Mobbs, a sustainability pioneer, made me realise that there is much more I can do.
In this blog, I will share the ups and downs of my renovation and my off-grid project. If you aren't renovating, this blog will still be relevant as much of what I am doing doesn't require you doing a full-scale renovation.
Yes, I will have a new kitchen and bathroom. No, I won't be bringing in dirty electricity or water. Instead I will be using rainwater and energy from the sun. But when it is all finished, if you were to come around for dinner you wouldn't realise that my home is disconnected.
Plans have been approved, the builder is on site and Michael and Mobbs have been working closely for many months to ensure that we use sustainable and recycled products.