About GADSA

Gympie and District Sustainability Alliance acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout our Region and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.

GADSA is a group of concerned citizens who are aware of the urgent need to reduce the adverse impacts of climate change and greenhouse gas emissions at local to National level. We believe every individual, household and business can make changes to achieve reduce our impacts.

Global levels of greenhouse gases are increasing as shown in the charts to the right. Global CO2 is now higher (~420 ppm) than it has been for 3 million years. This is driving devasting climate change around the world.

Nationally, the Australian Government is:

  • encouraging the expansion of the fossil fuel industry
  • promoting failed technologies such as Carbon Capture and Storage, and
  • using environmental and agricultural accumulations to claim our emissions have reduced.

The first point keeps the greenhouse gas emissions rising.

The second point has failed globally as it is too expensive without subsidies or by being used to boost fossil fuel extraction from fields nearing their end of production, again increasing greenhouse gas emissions.

The final point is adsorbing CO2 from the atmosphere. This is highly desirable but does not reduce our CO2 emissions.

Internationally, the commitments for 2030 are insufficient to keep the world at below 1.5 degrees of warming. At this level, Australia would be about 2.7 degrees warmer. However, at this time we are headed to nearly 4 degrees of warming. Australia will be around 8 degrees warmer. Imagine the heatwaves, droughts, fires and floods this will result in.

We need to:

  • Reduce the use of fossil fuels to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,
  • Adopt renewable energy technologies wholesale,
  • Reduce energy use by making buildings more energy efficient, and
  • Use best practices in Agriculture to adsorb greenhouse gas from the atmosphere.

Some simple lifestyle changes can make this happen.

Technologies, old and new are available to do this now and avoid the worst impacts of climate change. It would make our community sustainable.

Aims

GADSA aims to:

  • Engage with our local community, specifically: our citizens, civic entities and businesses with the express goal of promoting sustainable communities,
  • Advocate for the adoption of best environmental and social practices with respect to water conservation, renewable energy, clean transportation, energy efficient housing design, agricultural management and waste recycling, and
  • Ensure social equity is achieved in our community by ensuring all sectors of our community can benefit from the changes.
  • Encourage recycling within the community. GADSA has a Container for Change account, CID 10217318. Any donations of recyclable containers under this scheme are credited to the GADSA account and fund our activities.

What GADSA can do for you:

  • Encourage you to draw on the experience of households and businesses that have adopted renewable energy, electric vehicles and sustainable practices so that you do something similar,
  • Inspect your buildings in regards their energy efficiency,
  • Analyze your energy bills and make recommendations as to how to reduce you energy bills,
  • Suggest a solar electricity system that would suit your situation and budget and demonstrate the potential costs and benefits to help guide your decision and discussions with solar installers.
  • Invite you to visit our key events, Sustainable or Solar house open days, which are held periodically through the year, and Envirotech Day Gympie held annually in April. Go to our Events page to see when these are on.
  • Point you to experts and other sources of information to help your decision making and enable you to achieve your sustainable lifestyle objectives.
  • Support Community groups in the social housing area gain access to solar systems.

Committee

The Committee of 3 is elected at the Annual General Meeting held in August.

President: Murray Keys:

photo of Murray Keys

Murray installed a solar hot water system in 2009, a 4.5 kW solar system in 2010 and purchased a Plugin Hybrid Electric Vehicle in 2017. This has reduced his daily energy use and bills, Electricity by15 kWh, Petrol by 3.2 litres, which is a saving of over $8/day. Murray’s garden is a urban forest with minimal lawns and gardens, a carbon sink.

Treasurer: Chris Bowman:

Secretary: Marion Pedler:

Membership

New members are always welcome to Join. The annual fee is currently $10. Complete the linked Membership Application and return it to GADSA.

Contact GADSA

Graph showing the worlds green house gas emissions rising steeply since 1950's.
The worlds annual emissions curve from 1750 to 2019
The three-minute story of 800,000 years of climate change with a sting in the tail
Atmospheric CO2 concentration for the past 800,000 yearsshowing the abnormal and rapid increase in CO2 since the industrial revolution began around 1750
CO2 concentration over the past 800,000 years. The very recent rapid increase is caused by our use of fossil fuels.
Graph showing Australias Green house gas emissions steadily rising
Australia’s emissions from 1990 with projection to 2030
This image shows the coal power emissions per capita for  the G20 nations with Australia having the highest use per person
Coal power emissions per capita for G20 nations
A sound system in standby, using 9.4watt hours24 7 when not in use.
GADSA can show households where they can save electricity
A happy grazier beside a solar powered water pump ensuring his livestock have water in various padocks
◦Solar powered water pumps reduce dependence on fossil fuels and reduce agricultural emissions.