Look forward, not back
We live in amazing times, where intersecting crises have expanded to a global scale, shaking up our very existence on this planet.
There are unprecedented levels of inequality, environmental degradation and climate destabilization, not to mention surges in Populism, conflict, economic uncertainty and rising health threats.
We have all been through a challenging time: shortages of essential commodities, social distancing rules and self-isolation.
Right now as we emerge from this pandemic we need to resuscitate the economy, focusing not only on our health, but also on social justice and environmental protection.
Somebody recently coined the phrase"bouncing forward, not bouncing back" and that pretty much sums up what we need to do.
We need to throw away the "business as usual" models that have weighed us down in the past, and reduce our own footprint on planet earth.
Here are a few ideas to help make these changes:
When you need something, use local products and services first.
When you need to travel further afield, use public or shared transport.
When you need to go to town, ride a bike, and leave the car at home.
When you buy, think reuse and recycle eg "boomerang" bags, keep cups and refillable containers.
Limit your interstate and overseas travel.
When you need to buy a new car, consider buying an electric one.
Last but certainly not least, support marginal groups in your community such as First Nations People.
Trevor Scott, Castlemaine
Campaign cost queried
I am wondering how much money it is costing the ratepayer on these adds both on radio and television, 'Love your Local'?
The vast majority of the community are already doing this to a very large degree.
It is the City of Greater Bendigo's CEO and councillors that need to heed this message and start to respect the needs and views of the community instead of these hair brain schemes of the GovHub, covering or shelter for the Hargreaves Mall, the Gastronomy Centre, and do something positive in supporting the community of Golden Square in retaining that progressive and well run pool thanks to an efficient management team.
After all it is our money and the facilities belong to us.
You are our elected servants that pay your salaries to carry out the wishes of the community.
Ivan Kitt, Bendigo
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