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This is a Greenprint that identifies strategies, actions and approaches for moving us towards a sustainable future.



  • Drive a green car
  • Catch a train rather then fly
  • Build very fast trains to reduce reliance on air travel
  • Ride a bicycle
  • Use public transport
  • Walk



  • use an air conditioner or evaporative cooler
  • use electricity for heating purposes
  • build a house with bricks on the outside - put them on inside walls with insulated cladding on the outside - this is the best location for thermal mass
  • put in a swimming pool
  • use incandescent or quartz halogen lighting
  • use an electric clothes drier; use a washing line instead when possible


  • Create a low water garden
  • Grow a permaculture garden with herbs, vegetables and fruit and nut trees
  • Keep chickens
  • Put scrap food on a compost heap, in a worm farm or a bokashi bucket


  • Grow a lawn that requires watering or regular mowing
  • Grow plants that require a lot of watering

Government action

The following actions are the province of governments. If yours is dragging the chain, let you local, state and national political representatives know your views, and ask them what they will do to represent your views and suggestions.

Energy policy relating to greenhouse gas emissions

  • Put a price on carbon and introduce carbon rationing
  • Remove government subsidies for fossil fuel industries and energy.
  • Introduce mandatoryappliance energy efficiency standards
  • Implement rigorous building energy efficiency standards and apply them to domestic and business building construction and renovation.
  • Implement a feed in tariff which provides payment for clean energy of 5 times the retail rate (e.g. to those with solar panels that feed power into a grid). This has been very successful in Germany.
  • Mandate that new buildings to produce 20 per cent of their energy requirements in building energy efficiency standards. This encourages both energy efficient design and installation of solar panels and/or wind power. This legislation has been successfully introduced in Germany.
  • Implement a revolving energy fund (REF) to provide a financial incentive for councils or other levels of government to implement energy efficiency measures and practices.
  • Introduce legislation to charge coal fired power stations the full cost of the very large amount of water they use.

Transport policy

  • Provide more funding for rail transport and public transport rather than building more roads and freeways.
  • Include measurement of carbon emissions in all major project decision making and planning.
  • Transition government car fleets to low emission vehicles such as electric and/or hybrid vehicles.
  • Mandate for dedicated commuter quality bicycle paths to be constructed along railway lines, new roads, and to form a grid network that adequately services your town, city or region.

Other environmental matters

  • Ban plastic shopping bags (or at least put a tax on them)
  • Introduce laws to make suppliers of goods responsible for disposing of the packaging they come in, rather than passing on this cost to consumers and/or local councils.

Activism and politics

  • Join a local climate change action group
  • Write a letter to local, state and federal parliamentary members to communicate your views on sustainability and tackling climate change and ask them what they are doing about this
  • Write a letter to the editor of your local, state and/or national newspapers
  • Write your own blog articles to express your thoughts and observations on sustainable living. You also publish the letters you write to politicians and newspapers.
  • Vote for candidates in elections who espouse green living and sustainable policies.


  • Plant trees
  • Protect all old growth forests and water catchments from logging

Food and diet

  • Eat less meat, or even become vegeterian or vegan
  • Buy organic food
  • Use reusable shopping bags
  • Buy locally grown food from shops and farmers markets


  • Buy or eat GM food
  • Buy foods with excessive packaging
  • Use plastic shopping bags

Investment and finance

  • Put money and superannuation into ethical investments.


  • Invest in companies engaged in destruction of native forest or uranium mining

Recreation and travel


  • Make paper telephone directories optional. Provide households that request them with telephone/address book data on CD roms and cheap CD/LCD display units for households that request them. Allow households to opt out from all directory distribution - some may choose to just use the Internet.

See also

External links

  • Manningham City Council - GreenPrint. A plan to ensure that the ecological processes on which life depends on are maintained, and the total quality of life we enjoy now and in the future can be enhanced.
  • Low Carbon Incentive Scheme - based on 2% consumption tax, paid to low carbon producers and consumers, to break the funding focus on clean coal, and give renewable energy an equal chance at funding (Submission to Garnaut Australian Climate Change Review).
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