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Autumn. Arguably, the most pleasant season of the year here in Byron.
Time to prepare the soil for winter. Plant the seeds of future actions.
Check out ZEB's 'seeds' for coming months.
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The Final EV Revolution Webinar: 4 May 2021 6-7pm
In the 8th and final in our EV Revolution webinar series, Zero Emissions Byron will welcome Tim Washington (above, left), Chair of the EV Council and founder of JET Charge and Nathan Dunlop, Head of Research & Strategy for Tritium.
Tim will talk about how ‘Vehicle-to-Grid’ (V2G) technology will enable the convergence of energy and transport, and how the ‘Vehicle-to-Load’ (V2L) systems coming out from Hyundai and KIA will be the first consumer ‘toe in the water’.
The focus of Nathan’s presentation will be about advances in DC fast charging technology, from future-proofing the network for the next generation of electric vehicles, to "plug and charge" systems that could transform electric cars to "credit cards on wheels".
No doubt they’ll also discuss the various EV charger options available, the exciting developments in smart charging to suit grid requirements, automatic, secure plug and play charging, and more…
 
All the webinars in this series have been recorded and are available here.
ZEB STORIES - Locals Pioneering Low Carbon Living
Zero Emissions Byron is starting a series called 'ZEB Stories - Locals Pioneering Low Carbon Living' to celebrate the inspiring actions of individual Byron Shire residents who are reducing their greenhouse gas emissions - in one way or another. To start the series, here is John Tann's story.
John Tann and his partner Ruth live on a 5-acre (2Ha) property on McAuley's Lane, Myocum. Inspired to restore native vegetation and for "something to do before breakfast", he started planting 20 local native trees a day on his land, formerly a cow paddock. He plants mainly in Autumn and Spring when it's "not so arduous on me or the young plants".
John grows the plants primarily from locally sourced seed, and chooses species appropriate to the aspect and location.
After several years, he's planted nearly 5,000 trees.
"Planting the trees is not for you", he says. "These trees will be still here in a few hundred years."

In ZEB's 12-step Action Plan, planting trees is noted as a great way to draw down and store carbon.
We think that's well worth celebrating! Congratulations John!
The Replant Byron Alliance
In our last newsletter, we announced the formation of the Replant Byron Alliance, the launch held at Lindsay Murray's Dingo Lane Farms. Alliance coordinator, Wren McLean, announces that hot off the mark, regenerator extraordinaire, Dave Rawlins, was quick to sign up (pictured below), hotly followed by Firewheel Rainforest Nursery.
Byron Council introduces CLIMATE CLEVER
Byron Shire Council has partnered with ANOTHER new program
to help you achieve your sustainability goals. 



Climate Clever is an easy-to-use app that allows you to measure, audit and reduce your carbon footprint.
Byron Shire Council is offering 50 FREE homes app subscriptions to the community.
Local schools can also get 50% off their subscription.
Lucky Mullumbimby High School was recently chosen as the winner of a free 1-year subscription, subsidised by Byron Shire Council. 


To sign up, head to https://www.byron.nsw.gov.au/Community/Sustainable-living/ClimateClever

Some social media tags for Climate Clever:  
Facebook: @TheClimateCleverInitiative
Twitter: @Climate_Clever
Instagram: @Climate_Clever
LinkedIn: @ClimateClever

 #ClimateClever
#ClimateAction
#LowerMyFootprint
 
And there's also a youtube video explaining how you can get involved. 
 
Planning to build or retrofit?
Zero Emissions Byron has put together these useful guidelines if you're planning to build.
Actions you can take now
Zero Emissions Byron has developed a handy 12-step Action Plan.
Easy actions anyone can do.
All 12 can be found here.

Meanwhile, here's #4: 

Divest from fossil fuels:
Change to ethical, fossil-fuel free investments.
Change from banks who invest in fossil fuels. Check out marketforces.org.au/info/compare-bank-table
Compare energy providers. For instance, check out this useful chart
Come to RENEW FEST Mullumbimby May 7 - 9

Watch out for RenewFest, being held on Mother's Day weekend.
Opening night Friday Mullum Town Hall
Main event: Mullum Showgrounds Saturday May 8 -Sunday May 9.

Come and chat with us at the ZERO EMISSIONS BYRON stall.

(That's our stall - above - at an earlier RenewFest.)

Click RenewFest poster below for details.
How you can help

Your tax-deductible donation to Zero Emissions Byron is vital in helping the small band of ZEB volunteers to deliver emissions reduction strategies and projects for Byron Shire. As a non-for-profit community organisation, ZEB receives no regular funding and few grants, so we rely heavily on community goodwill and support.

The QR code below takes you directly to our DONATE page.
Enjoy these beautiful sunny Autumn days!
Sasha Mainsbridge, Katrina Shields and Christobel Munson 
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