Our Country, Our Future

Welcome to the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia’s Our Country, Our Future project.

This project aims to raise awareness of the opportunities and benefits of a clean energy future.

By following the links below, you’ll find a series of 14 one-minute and 7 five-minute radio programs that focus on:

  • Profiling current activities that are reducing carbon pollution around Australia.
  • Highlighting the importance of, and the opportunities provided by, moving towards a clean energy future.
  • Raising awareness of what people and industries can do to support a move towards a clean energy future.
  • Addressing any current misconceptions or concerns that people may have about the economic or social impacts of actions to reduce carbon pollution.

We would encourage you to use these radio segments to help promote the importance of a clean energy future to your community.

For more information on the Our Country, Our Future project, please phone (02) 9310 2999 or email iwatson@cbaa.org.au

‘Our Country, Our Future’ is proudly supported by the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency

SHORT INFORMATIONAL SEGMENTS ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE AND A CLEAN ENERGY FUTURE

Track 1: Why are we cutting our carbon pollution?
The fact is that Australia’s environment and way of life is under threat from climate change. This track highlights some of the key reasons why we need to cut down on our carbon pollution.

Available here.

Track 2: Why is it up to Australia to reduce our carbon pollution?
Countries all over the globe are already taking action on climate change. This track looks at the reasons why Australia needs to join this global movement towards cutting carbon pollution.

Available here.

Track 3: Why do we need a price on carbon?
This track outlines some of the reasons why putting a price on carbon is the most environmentally effective and economical way to cut pollution.

Available here.

Track 4: How will the carbon price work?
A carbon price is not a tax on households. This track explains how it will work, who it will affect, and who it will benefit.

Available here.

Track 5: How will the carbon price affect our household?
This track looks at the impact the carbon price will have on everyday households.

Available here.

Track 6: How will the carbon price impact on businesses?
Small businesses will not pay a carbon price, nor be required to fill in a single form as part of the Clean Energy Future reform. This track explains the realities of the impact of the carbon price on businesses.

Available here.

Track 7: How is Australia developing renewable energy sources?
By 2020, 20 per cent of Australia’s electricity will come from renewable sources. This track looks at how Australia is moving towards a clean energy future.

Available here.

Track 8: How will a carbon price affect the cost of living? (1)
This track explains the cost of living impacts of the carbon price.

Available here.

Track 9: How will a carbon price affect the cost of living? (2)
Some people do think they’ll pay twice for the carbon price - once through higher consumer costs and once through a weekly tax hit on their wages. This track highlights that this is not true, and explains more about the cost of living impacts of the carbon price.

Available here.

Track 10: How can we use clean energy in our home?
Nearly 700,000 Australian households are already using green power. This track explains what green power is, and how you can start to use it in your own household.

Available here.

Track 11: How can we become more energy efficient at home?
When you reduce your energy use, you’re not only helping your bank balance, you’re helping the environment. This track outlines a few simple things you can do at home to save energy.

Available here.

Track 12: How can be sure we’re using energy efficient appliances?
Using energy efficient appliances is a great way to save energy and reduce your electricity bills. This track outlines some of the things to look out for when purchasing appliances.

Available here.

Track 13: How can we use our lights more efficiently?
Most households can reduce the amount of power used for lighting by 50 per cent or more by making smarter lighting choices. This track gives you some simple advice on what lights to buy or install.

Available here.

Track 14: How can we heat and cool our homes in an energy efficient way?
Heating and cooling can account for up to 40 per cent of household energy use. This track shows you how to cut down on the amount of energy and money you use to heat or cool your home.

Available here.

LONGER SEGMENTS ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE AND A CLEAN ENERGY FUTURE

Track 15: The realities of climate change (5 minutes)
This segment features interviews with a range of climate change experts explaining why we need to act on climate change, and what the impacts will be on our lives, economy, and ecosystems if we don’t.

Available here.

Track 16: Personal stories about climate change (5 minutes)
This track features interviews with everyday Australians who are passionate about the issue of climate change and use their time to speak to community groups and schools about the need to reduce our carbon pollution.

Available here.

Track 17: The impacts of the carbon price (5 minutes)
This track explains, in practical terms, the impacts of the carbon price and what it will mean for average Australians.

Available here.

Track 18: A youth perspective on climate change and sustainability (5 minutes)
This track features the voices of young Australians speaking about their passion for the environment and the importance of acting to address climate change.

Available here.

Track 19: Renewable energy (5 minutes)
This track features interviews about leading renewable energy projects around Australia, such as the Hepburn Wind project, the Carnegie Wave project and New England Wind.

Available here.

Track 20: Aboriginal Carbon Farming (5 minutes)
This track looks at the future of carbon farming in Australia and the benefits this exciting new form of economic and environmental enterprise could result in for land holders and Indigenous communities.

Available here.

Track 21: Energy efficiency (5 minutes)
This track features a range of energy efficiency experts speaking about some of the practical ways we can reduce our energy usage and the size of our bills.

Available here.