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cam·paign /kamˈpeɪn/work in an organised and active way towards a goal

SCEC has been campaigning to protect the natural environment on the Sunshine Coast since 1980. SCEC works to protect the ecosystems and biodiversity of the region from the negative impacts of urban sprawl, land clearing, climate change, litter, pollution and other issues caused by population growth.

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Overview of our major campaigns

Planning Issues – SCEC closely monitors planning issues and development applications that are submitted to council and makes submissions on any applications likely to have a significant impact on the natural environment on the Sunshine Coast. Among the issues we are currently following closely are the expansion of the Sunshine Coast Airport and the proposed ‘Noosa on Weyba’ development.

Caloundra South – is a large urban development at the southern end of the Sunshine Coast which will create around 20,000 dwellings and provide homes for 50,000 people. SCEC has been actively involved in the planning process for this development working with the Sunshine Coast Coucil, the QLD Government and Stockland. SCECs input has focused on ensuring that the development delivers a net positive outcome for the environment through the early adoption of innovative technology and planning across the community and the integration of sustainable design principles and technology at the building level.

Coastal Management – The majority of people on the Sunshine Coast live on a narrow strip of land immediately behind the coastline. Much of the development has taken place in close proximity to beaches and dunes that have historically waxed and waned with storm and flood events. These processes now threaten homes and community infrastructure as well as the beaches and dunes we’ve come to love. As the impacts of climate change start to be felt coastal communities around the globe will have to make difficult decisions about how to manage shorelines and at what cost homes and community facilities should be protected or whether other responses might be more appropriate.

Know Your Impacts – We all know that carbon emissions are causing global warming, that water supplies are limited and that we should be protecting the rainforest. We’ve all been told to ‘turn off our lights’ and to ‘have shorter showers’ a thousand times. But few of us really understand the way we are impacting on the environment. Does buying organic cotton really make a difference? Is it more important to walk to work than to grow your own food? Is it indeed better to grow your own food or to buy it from the local shops?

The fact that the  environmental costs  of a product are not only not factored into its price but often are not recorded in any way shape or form perhaps represents the greatest market failing of all time. Without this information we are all lulled into a fall sense of comfort entirely oblivious of the 36 kg of CO2 required to produce our kg of beef (the equivalent of  driving the average car for 140 km) or the 6,500 liters of water required to produce a t-shirt (the equivalent of having a 4 minute shower everyday for 108 days). Know your impacts is a campaign aimed at discovering and sharing this information.

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