As another year comes to and end and we enter a new decade, I find myself thinking back to the last century and the decade that was the 1920s.
The Roaring Twenties was a decade of exciting social changes, marked by a general feeling of novelty where everything seemed to be feasible.
This period saw the large-scale development and use of automobiles, telephones, movies, radio, and electrical appliances being installed in the lives of thousands of Westerners. Aviation soon became a business.
Nations saw rapid industrial and economic growth, accelerated consumer demand, and introduced significantly new changes in lifestyle and culture. The media focused on celebrities, especially sports heroes and movie.
If I step back in the present, much of this still rings true – but I cannot help but think maybe the 2020’s need to be the decade that where we take a more sustainable approach, and move away from The Great Gatsby like opulence.
So this holiday season the team at NACC NRM decided to celebrate by gifting thrifty. Rather than buying each other gifts, we scoured our homes for preloved – but not longer used – items.
And during our annual Christmas Staff Party a very entertaining game of ‘Stealing Secret Santa’ ensued and old spoon sets, wall clocks and hand bags were just some of the gifts passed around.
Moving into the New Year, the team will be continuing this reusing, reducing and recycling approach across all our programs – starting from the ground up (literally).
The year 2020 will see NACC NRM focus more on a holistic approach to natural resources management, one that keeps water in the landscape, improve soil health, stores carbon and increases biodiversity – and at the heart of all this is the people.
In 2020 NACC NRM will continue our mission of Catalysing Community Conservation: To inspire and support sustainable stewardship of our region’s natural assets and we will also continue our commitment to reusing and recycling.
Over many years NACC NRM has become custodian of a great many valuable resources which are freely available to the NAR community. These resources range from school resources, to garden guides to smart phone Apps. We are very keen or these resources to be utilised throughout the community. If you’d like to know more head to https://www.nacc.com.au/publications/ and give us a call if you’d like more information about anything you see there.
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all of you for continuing to support NACC NRM in 2019. We are looking forward to the opportunity to engage with all of you further in 2020 through new and exciting opportunities.
The NACC Offices will be closed from 23 December to 1 January inclusive. If you need to contact NACC urgently during that time, you can call our CEO, Katherine Allen on 0427 654 608 or you might be able to stalk our team via Twitter.
CEO, NACC NRM