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Hume City Council LIVE GREEN 7 Environmental Grants and Scholarships Hume's Environmental Scholarships support members of the Hume community to learn more about conservation, sustainability and the environment Previous scholarship recipients have completed Permaculture Design Certificates, specialist behaviour change project design training, a course on soil health, biodiversity conservation land management training and sustainable tourism training. The scholarships provide up to $1500 and up to 80 per cent of course fees. Find out more by at hume.vic.gov.au/ enviroscholarships or by emailing environment@hume.vic.gov.au The Conserving our Rural Environment (CoRE) Small grant, provides support to landowners to continue managing their land This grant is provided as a $300 reimbursement by cheque following submission and approval of the application form. The 2019/20 Small grant round is open until 31 March 2020. For more information contact coregrant@hume.vic.gov.au Climate grief and what to do about it Climate change is leading to higher average temperatures, reduced rainfall and more frequent and extreme weather events, including heatwaves, storms and wildfires. Increasing hot weather and heatwaves affect many Hume residents including older people, people with illnesses and those who can't afford air-conditioning and/or live in poorly insulated or draughty homes. Dry conditions impact the livelihoods and well-being of Hume's rural community and our precious biodiversity. The International Panel on Climate Change indicates that an 'unprecedented transformation' in all aspects of society is required over the next 10 to 15 years to avoid increases in global average temperatures of two degrees Celsius or more, which will result in severe climate change impacts. The current situation and the prospect of worsening impacts understandably creates a range of emotions including anxiety, fear, anger, guilt or grief. The Australian Psychological Society has a number of resources for dealing with climate grief. In a nutshell, their advice is to feel it, talk about it and act on it. Trying to deny, avoid or suppress strong feelings can be unhealthy and is usually unsustainable. When we take action on what concerns us, we feel less helpless and are less likely to feel overwhelmed by our feelings. We can also connect with likeminded people and increase our support from relationships. Realistic and positive cognitive strategies are also important. For example: not thinking unrealistically pessimistic thoughts such as 'this drought confirms that we are all doomed from climate change'. Instead, we can replace these thoughts with positive cognitive patterns such as 'climate change is happening faster than expected and most of the scientists believe that there's still a window of opportunity to limit greenhouse gas emissions'. There are different kinds of actions that can be taken, from volunteering with the SES to writing letters to MPs, making changes to reduce energy use or planting trees with friends and family. Try and maintain healthy social relationships and remember that acting collectively is more effective and much more fun than feeling isolated with your concerns. Find out more by visiting psychology.org.au and searching for 'climate change'. "The feeling part is very important. Knowing about climate change is not enough for most people to take action… When we feel the threat, then we are more likely to be motivated to take action." – Australian Psychological Society, Coping with climate change distress

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