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Green challenges

Thinking global and acting local, Julie Grundy takes on any challenge we throw at her.

Sharing your love of the environment

Barrington lookout

Barrington Tops National Park, NSW

Credit: Dan F

Mount Feathertop and Razorback Mountain

Mount Feathertop and Razorback, VIC

Credit: Peter Campbell

Admiral's Arch with sealion

Admiral's Arch, Kangaroo Island, SA

Credit: Steven West

Waterfall at Kakadu

Kakadu National Park, NT

Credit: Tourism NT

Hill Inlet beach

Hill Inlet, QLD

Credit: Ester Inbar

Cliffs overlooking ocean on Kalbarri coast

Kalbarri coast, WA

Credit: Bjørn Christian Tørrissen

A misty view of Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain, TAS

Credit: Peripitus

Fern Pool at Karijini National Park

Fern Pool, Karijini National Park, WA

Credit: Five Years

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I’ve been renovating my kitchen lately, to make it safer to use and nicer to look at. Since I started, I’ve spent ages researching energy efficient appliances, low-VOC paints, eco-friendly flooring and wondering if any of the eco-friendly benchtops available will ever be in reach of my budget.

Going green has, on the whole, been great for me. I’ve saved money and time and I’m healthier than I used to be by choosing the best option for the environment whenever I’ve got a chance. But some days it’s hard work, and it’s difficult to remember why I bother.

On days like that (and I hope I’m not the only one who has them!) it helps me to look online for inspiring photos of the natural world. It reminds me what I’m trying to protect, and refreshes me even if it’s been ages since I’ve been able to get out into nature.

But there aren’t as many good photos of Australia as I’d like to see! I’m sure they’re out there, but maybe people haven’t put them online for others to look at. I’m not sure why. I bet not only other Aussies but people around the world would love to see what our amazing country is like.

So today I’m encouraging you to have a look at your holiday photos and see if there are any of beautiful Australian landscapes, plants or animals. Then I’d love it if you scanned them and shared them online - with your friends on Facebook, on the popular photosharing sites like Flickr, or randomly on Twitter. Write on the page why you love the scene, or if you have any happy memories of your time there. Tag it with words like “Australia”, “landscape”, “native animals” and similar things so that people can find them.

I’m hoping that by sharing our love of our unique natural environment, people will feel like it’s worth taking care of. They’ll have an idea what’s at stake when there are droughts or oil spills or mine sites being planned in remote places.

Everyone is different, and I bet some people are more inspired to do more for the planet by seeing how beautiful it is than by hearing useful tips. Let’s find out! I’ve started by making a small slideshow here of amazing places around Australia that I found online. I’m going to look through my happy snaps of holidays in Kalbarri and Margaret River this afternoon and share them online too. When you put yours online, please feel free to leave a link here in the comments so we can all admire them.