Water Journal : Water Journal August 2011
industry news regular features 34 AUGUST 2011 water Health Groups Join Call for Healthy Murray-Darling The national coalition of health groups, the Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA), has joined with other groups in calling for the restoration of environmental flows to the Murray-Darling to restore health to the failing river system. "We recognise that the health of the population ultimately depends on a healthy ecosystem. We cannot continue to degrade our ecosystems and expect no adverse consequences for human health and wellbeing," CAHA Convenor Fiona Armstrong said. Together with other non-government organisations and charities, CAHA is part of the campaign, Voices for the Murray- Darling, which is calling for the development of a plan for the Murray-Darling Basin to revive the wetlands and rivers, with environmental flows based on credible science. "We acknowledge there will be changes in the use of the water. Communities must be assisted to adapt to sustainable water use, and a process undertaken to support the establishment of secure economic futures for affected communities. But we cannot continue to delay in developing these solutions, and we must move away from the rhetoric that the restoration of environmental flows is damaging. The health of the community (and the economy) is entirely dependent on the ecosystem, not the other way round," said Ms Armstrong. "The long term health of the Murray-Darling has important implications for human health. This must be considered in the development of a sustainable national plan for water use." For more information about Voices for the Murray-Darling please visit: www.lifeblood.org.au Calculate Your Carbon Footprint Families will be able to measure the impact of simple lifestyle changes on their carbon footprint through a new online tool launched at RMIT University recently. The Australian Greenhouse Calculator is a free program to help households compare the impact of making lifestyle changes and/or investing in energy-efficient products -- cutting both their greenhouse gas emissions and living costs. Project leader, RMIT Adjunct Professor Alan Pears, said the AGC aimed to empower households by offering accurate and relevant information to help them see how their activities contributed to their carbon footprint. "Australian households generate at least one-fifth of Australia's greenhouse gases -- over 18 tonnes per household each year," Adjunct Professor Pears said. "The Australian Greenhouse Calculator shows families how they can live more sustainably and offset the increasing cost of carbon and energy, helping them make lifestyle changes that are good for both the environment and their wallets." Australian native, the Murray turtle. Healthy ecosystems are vital for healthy human and animal populations alike.
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