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2 under the belt

Well, I’ve presented in Ballarat and now Daylesford and my talks are actually starting to feel quite comfortable now. Some great questions from the audience in both locations and there has been some energetic to & fro that has stimulated me as well as the audience.

As I expected, this journey will be as much of an eye-opener for me as it will be for those I am trying to inspire. Hopefully, the stuff I learn along the way I can impart to others in my trek. There are people in both these locations who are an inspiration themselves. I will try to live up to their standards.

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Three days before I leave

Well, it’s now Monday and I leave on Thursday morning.

It’s hard to imagine that just over 5 months ago I got this idea that I needed to do this thing.

It’s been a roller-coaster ride with lots of soul searching, many pauses to wonder if I can actually do it and magnificent support from all and sundry.

In 3 days now I will actually be “on my bike” and riding this vision I hatched in February. Every time I think of the enormity of doing this I quail a little inside until I realise that this is something that, if I DON’T do, I would regret for the rest of my life. I don’t know how much difference I can make but it is worth trying anyway. And it has only ever been through trying that anything worthwhile has been done. Individually, our contributions to reducing our carbon footprints mean only a little but, collectively, when enough people become engaged, then it certainly makes a real difference and this makes it all worthwhile.

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Presentations in Melbourne this week and imminent departure.

It’s now less than two weeks before I leave my home and family to promote Energy Efficiency Australia-wide.

Well, it’s getting close now! I head out of Melbourne on the 29th July towards Ballarat and won’t see my family again until nearly Xmas-time. It’s really beginning to dawn on me the enormity of this undertaking but it will be all worthwhile if it helps to save energy and bring this issue into focus for people.

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Presentations are starting to fill up

July presentations are starting to fill up – the week prior to my departure is full.

Look in my calendar http://www.ridethetalk.com.au/calendar-2/ to see where I am and where I’m going. If you hover over a date it will show you details of the presentation. If there are no details there, your council hasn’t signed up yet; please get in touch with your local council to ask for a presentation near you! 🙂

Back in Australia

Hi all,

I’m back (as Arnie says 🙂 ) in Australia.

My first talk is in my local community in Moonee Valley Victoria – the media release is here: http://www.mymooneevalley.com.au/news/local/news/general/peddling-climate-action/1858051.aspx

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Disaster……averted

I’m now back in Northamptonshire on my way back to London.

Last night I had a “heart in throat moment”. After leaving Glasgow and travelling by train to Banbury, where I was picked up by Pat & Bob, I settled into my old room.

Imagine my horror when I turned on my netbook only to be greeted by a blank screen, with no amount of nudging bringing it back to life.When powering on, not even the BIOS screen was visible – this suggested to me a possible corrupted BIOS – my IT background helped me here. This could be a real problem if I could not fix it but at least it would mean that I could remove the hard drive and get at the data (if push came to shove).

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From the bookcase:

Uncertain Science, Uncertain World by geophysicist Dr. Henry Pollack, explains how everyone is born a scientist, with fierce curiosity, instinctive exploration and experimentation being the way children observe and understand the world around them. Then at school, “Science is presented as answers rather than questions,” and science becomes boring. If instead we were taught about discovering facts and deriving calculations we would realise how cool it is. Scientists don’t help themselves either with a general reluctance to engage in public communication and frequent mistakes by journalists lead to common misconceptions.

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Not wishing to get political but…..

This was the “great moral challenge of our generation”. Only last year, Kevin Rudd was saying that “to delay any longer would be reckless and irresponsible”.
Who’s delaying now? “What absolute political cowardice” indeed!

You really MUST get yourselves over to GetUp and sign their objection to the shelving of ANY action on Climate Change until 2013!

http://www.getup.org.au/campaign/ClimateActionNow&id=1052

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