Don Burke Retires as Chair of the Australian Environment Foundation

 

Don Burke, best known for his TV program ‘Burke’s Backyard’, recently retired as chair of the Australian Environment Foundation (AEF).  He was at the helm of the organisation for three years and will continue to be a great ambassador for the environment. 

As a practical environmentalist, it is not surprising that as Chair the AEF Don took a particular interest in the issue of woody weeds, visited western NSW on behalf of the AEF and did numerous radio and print media interviews on this topic. 

 

Don also visited Tasmania in support of the pulp mill recognising it represents world’s best practice, spoke in support of waste water recycling for Toowoomba recognising water is precious and recycling sensible for a growing inland city, and of course was an advocate for nuclear power as the only carbon-neutral source of reliable base-load power available at this point in our history.  

 

The moratoria on genetically modified crops were lifted in Victoria and NSW earlier in the year.  Don is a staunch supporter of GM technology and spoke in favour of GM crops and the clear environmental benefits from their use.

 

The AEF may not have made a particularly large splash on any one of these issues, but the organisation and in particular Don’s involvement was another important brick in the wall; progressing a reasoned evidence-based approach on these important issues.

 

I am a founding member and director of the AEF and at a recent board meeting I agreed to take over as Acting Chair. 

 

Our annual conference and AGM is just a few weeks away.  The theme for this year’s AEF conference which will be held in Canberra over the weekend of 11-12 October is ‘A climate for Change’.   Speakers specifically on this topic will include Stewart Franks, Bill Kininmonth, Bob Carter and Don Aitkin.

 

Why not join us and register for the conference http://www.aefweb.info/display/conference.html

 

Cheers,

3 Responses to Don Burke Retires as Chair of the Australian Environment Foundation

  1. Van Aerschot,Willem October 10, 2008 at 4:59 pm #

    clean energy ,and the solution for the Greenland gulfstream slowdown:

    Put in sea a construction of windmills combined with electric boilers, these get preheated by suncollectors and sunmirrors.
    the steam they produce gets used by steam engines wich produce again electricity ,salt and when you condesate the steam coming from the steam engines sweet water,the steam you don’t need you blow into the air.
    You take out salt water coming from the warm gulfstream and the left over salt from the steam engines gets used to release in the cold stream.
    So the cold stream gets saltier again and and won’t mingel with the warm gulfstream because before it was less saltier caused by the melting gletchers and slowing down the warm gulfstream becaurse less saltier water is lighter.
    Preventing an possibel iceage.
    The sweet water can then be used to make hydrogen ,so if there is for exampel a lot of wind and you don’t need all that electricity , you are abel to stock it and use it later.
    The rest of the steam you blow in the air.
    The oxygen deriving from turning water into hydrogen can be devided in sea to clean the water and to make more suitabel for marinelife.
    So you produce electricity and /or hydrogen
    Wich you get to shore with pipelines or from tanks with tankers and cabels
    Van Aerschot,willem
    Reppelse baan 47
    3271 Averbode,Belgium
    email:willemva@skynet.be

    Clean water ,clean energy ,and the solution for the gulfstream slowdown:

    Put in sea a construction of windmills combined with electric boilers, these get preheated by suncollectors and sunmirrors.
    the steam they produce gets used by steam engines wich produce again electricity ,salt and when you condesate the steam coming from the steam engines sweet water.
    The salt water you take out of salt water coming from the warm gulfstream and the left over salt from the steam engines gets used to release in the cold stream.
    So the cold stream gets saltier again and and won’t mingel with the warm gulfstream because before it was less saltier caused by the melting gletchers and slowing down the warm gulfstream becaurse less saltier water is lighter.
    Preventing an possibel iceage.
    The sweet water can then be used to make hydrogen ,so if there is for exampel a lot of wind and you don’t need all that electricity , you are abel to stock it and use it later.
    The rest of the water can with adding of minnerals serve as drinking water.
    The oxygen deriving from turning water into hydrogen can be devided in sea to clean the water and to make more suitabel for marinelife.
    So you produce electricity and drinking water and /or hydrogen
    wich you get to shore with pipelines and cabels

  2. Peter James June 20, 2013 at 11:09 am #

    So saddened to see Don Burke associated with this “environment” organisation which is clearly and demonstrably a front for logging and other industries, masquerading as environmentally friendly. Should be ashamed of themselves.

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