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Renewable energy is becoming a hot topic of conversation. Countries around the world have committed to achieving 100% renewables within a certain time frame. Companies have also made pledges to 100% renewables over the coming 30 years by signing up to the RE100.

In 2021, renewables are becoming an increasing investment choice for many individuals and organisations. It is estimated that over the next 10 years, solar energy will begin to take a larger share of the global energy mix. …

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Many people will argue that religion and politics don’t mix. However, in our society, it is difficult to separate the two.

Our culture is impacted by religion. Whether it is currently being impacted by religion or our culture was built around the principles of a particular religion many many years ago, we are often governed by these ideals and values, sometimes without even realising it ourselves.

Culture then has an impact on the Global Goals. Some countries already have many freedoms for women as outlined in Goal 5: Gender Equality. Other countries are governed by cultural ideals that make these…

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2020 was a year like no other for many around the world, especially for business owners. We had to adapt, react and adjust.

2021 comes with new promise — not necessarily because too much has changed just yet — but because we are more aware of what we can expect. The virus isn’t going to go away overnight, but at least we know roughly what we are in for.

2021 is also an exciting year for sustainability. January 1, 2021 marked the official third-way point of the timeframe for the 2030 Agenda, which lays out the United Nations’ 17 Global…

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January 1, 2021 was a big milestone for the Global Goals. This day signified the beginning of the ‘second trimester’ of the 2030 Agenda. Commencing on January 1, 2016, the goals were given 15 years to be achieved, officially ending on December 31, 2030. The first five years are done. We have only 10 years left to achieve the world’s most ambitious development agenda in history.

If there was any time to have a decade of action, it would be now.

The goals regressed in many ways in 2020. As the world saw the first major global pandemic in a…

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My recovery from surgery has been remarkable. I have been able to engage in activities that I thought would be off the cards for far longer. I feel healthy, both physically and emotionally.

I feel so good in fact that my doctor decided I was ready to go back to both gym and work. I took in my medical certificate to my exercise physiologist, who has worked with me since last year after my first stroke. …

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Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities is a very important goal in its own right, but it also affects the other goals within the 2030 Agenda.

Goal 11 targets include ensuring adequate housing, ensuring accessible transportation, enhancing inclusive urbanisation, protecting natural and cultural heritage, decreasing the human impact from disasters, reducing the adverse environmental impact of cities and providing safe open spaces.

In 2018, it was estimated that 55% of people lived in urban areas with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs expecting this to increase to 68% by 2050. This is approximately 2.5 extra billion people…

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It is no surprise to many that Australia is lagging behind in our climate change policy. In order to remain economically sustainable, we need meaningful economic innovation to create a greener economy.

For some, this means diversification from high-emission industries; for others, it means ensuring all businesses and individual households have a sustainability plan in place.

Then there’s the discussion of electric vehicles.

It formed a pillar of Labor’s campaign at the 2019 election, which arguably was one of their downfalls. Australia is not electric-vehicle ready. …

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On August 27, 2020, Sussan Ley, Minister for the Environment, introduced the Recycling and Waste Reduction Bill 2020 into Parliament House. This bill passed the House of Representatives on October 28 and was introduced to the Senate on November 9.

This bill is a positive measure towards the achievement of Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production and the goal’s associated targets.

In March this year, the Commonwealth, state and territory governments all agreed upon an export ban on waste plastic, paper, glass and tyres. This bill implements this ban and works towards a more economically and environmentally sustainable future.

The…

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This article was originally published on October 18, 2020.

Yesterday was the ACT Election. While many people across Canberra had pre-polled, others, including me, waited until Election Day — mostly for the satisfaction of enjoying the reward for our civic responsibility in the form of a democracy sausage.

That evening, I noticed a few things. Parts of social media flooded with concerns that they didn’t realise they needed to vote before or on October 17. I also noticed many people not understanding exactly what they were meant to write in order to have their candidates voted.

The most interesting thing…

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This week has been a single sitting week for both the Upper and Lower House.

Tomorrow, I will be releasing a video on my YouTube channel covering the major news in politics from the past week.

In the meantime, let’s look at the legislation that was presented and passed in both the House of Representatives and the Senate over the past week and a brief summary of what each of the Bills aims to change in Australia.

Bills Presented in the House

Climate Change (National Framework for Adaptation and Mitigation) Bill 2020

- Introduced to House on November 9, 2020

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