Talk:Victorian Green Paper submission by Lighter Footprints

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I would like to see the Vic government shifting from its current mindset from looing for ecomomic silver bullets to considering the phsychology of change and setting an example on micro measures as well as big picture items.

Because if the government truly believes climate change is a serious problem then it needs to show this by being willing to change the way it does things.

There are so many things that it can do & publise that it is doing:

1)Follow the lead of the NSW government and ban the sale of bottled water. Of course, to have a useful effect they will also need to provide jugs of drinking water & clean glasses, jsut as cafes and bars do, to allow people to feel comfortable drinking tap water.

2) Use recycled office paper & toilet paper.

3) Use fairtrade/locally grown coffee.

4) Ensure that any government canteens have a tasty and appealing vegetarian selection. Also ensure that there is a choice of healthy, high fibre breads and salads.

PublicTransport -Trains, Stations and Parking I read a letter in last week’s Age calling for the train station car parks to be built over. I take the contrary view - we need more space for parking at stations not less. Consider this: my husband walks 1.5k to the station & 1.5k back home again. That is normally fine: but it wasn’t when he was recovering from pneumonia. People do get sick, without qualifying for disabled stickers, and if they are to recover they may need to be able to park near a station to be able to use public transport. An area may also feel unsafe to walk through in the dark. If you are trying to co-ordinate with after school care – which cuts out at 6pm – you do not have the time to add a bus trip to a train trip. Also anyone who undertakes urban design needs to consider what it is like to use public transport if they are 1) 9 months pregnant, and 2) between 1 -0 months pregnant and pushing a tired toddler in a stroller. Without parking nearby trains are useless for mothers of young children who don’t happen to live near the station. Young children tire quickly (as do pregnant women who are pushing tired young children in strollers). There is no special parking for people using trains out of peak hours -if we want to increase patronage on rail outside peak hour – that is a practical issue that needs addressing.Plantsnwater 22:39, 2 August 2009 (CDT)

5) Go a step ahead of the NSW Governemnt and only sell soft drink that is mixed on site (a la Maccas) - it is much more efficient to only transport the syrup rather than the pre-mixed drink.

6) Set the air conditioning and heating to a range outside that in which it is comfortable to wear a suit. If the Government doesn't do this it sends the message that wearing a suit is more important than conserving energy. People don't jsut apply that to the work envrionment: they take that message home with them and adjust the heating/cooling in their home to allow them to continue to wear their workwear rather than adjusting their clothing.

7) Use environmentally freindly inks.

8) Turn off all but essential lighting at night. This should include tourist lighting - if the government considers some icons are important enough to be lit they should be lit with 100% green energy.

9)Keep the workplace informed: put New Scientist, Sceintific American, Nature & the CSRIO mags in their office lunchrooms along with the newpapers and the Financial Review.

10) Use environmentally safe cleaners in their workplace.

11) Ensure all toilets are water efficient.

This is not a complete list! -- Plantsnwater 21:36, 2 August 2009 (CDT)

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