16 days of activism a chance to #HearMeToo
Congratulations to the Bendigo Advertiser, in particular editor Nicole Ferrie and journalist Emma D’Agostino for their excellent articles highlighting the local campaign to end violence against women. The UN theme for this year’s action against gender based violence is Orange the World:#HearMeToo. The hope is that women’s voices will be heard and believed.
From November 25th, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the start of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, through to 10 December, Zontians worldwide will say no to violence against women and take a stand to end child marriage.
To date this year 63 women in Australia have died due to family violence – more than one a week. Greater Bendigo Against Family Violence has had a presence at both football and cricket rounds this year where players have supported eliminating family violence. It was also great to see the strong support for the campaign at the library gardens on Wednesday with over 300 people walking against violence through the city following moving presentations by the CFA and Spring Gully PS.
Zonta International moves into its centenary year in 2019, and the theme of Honor and Empower aligns well with what we are hoping to achieve during this 16 days of activism. I encourage you to check out the display in the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank foyer and take a few minutes to read the stories of these brave victims of violence.
If you or anyone you know is experiencing family violence then locally contact LCCASA, the Centre for Non Violence or phone 1800RESPECT.
Our Zonta members would also like to thanks the Bendigo Advertiser for all their publicity of our annual Christmas Market recently held to support our birthing kit.
Ann Horrocks, President Zonta Club of Bendigo Inc
How should we view waste-to-energy options?
How should the community view the approval of a waste-to energy (WtE) plant in the Latrobe Valley?
On what basis should it be assessed?
An independent, professional study conducted by SKM, and commissioned by EcoRecycle Victoria in 2003 used a triple-bottom line method, namely the economic (projected to 2015), environmental and social impacts to evaluate 16 waste disposal options for Victoria, including WtE.
The outcome showed that recycle and composting, coupled with combustion of the residue for power generation was superior to all others on economic and environmental grounds, but last on the social scale.
In summary, objective, measurable indicators identified the technique as the best, but public opinion was strongly negative, which reveals a widespread, profound, and self-indulgent ignorance. No-one proposes WtE as the ultimate solution to our waste management needs, but in the face of current dithering, the lack of a viable alternative and the rising cost of polluting landfill, it is the best available solution.
The successful operation of over 1600 units worldwide confirms this conclusion. In Australia, rationality is abandoned when this topic is considered: whereas wishful thinking, and un- La or ill-informed opinion dominate the discussion.
Brian Stanmore, Junortoun
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