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My musings over our crazy current COVID (Chinavirus) crisis

Disclaimer* Ive not caught Corona... yet. This article could be construed as callous, insensitive and even skipping apostrophes! Enjoy.

COVID conspiracies aside, and yes theres lots of crazy ones.. what is really happening and going to happen in this crisis. Could we be being brainwashed, Is this all a distraction, is it systematic martial law. Are we facing things far more sinister and serious again? Or is COVID a tool to an end we cant conceive?

'China/someone was contracted by Big Toilet Paper to create the virus to cause a run on butt wipes anyone?.'

Kidding, but irrefutable evidence already points out a silver lining to COVID's cloud. Collateral reduction in consumption and carbon already sees nature benefiting by reduced pollution, population damage and activity. As shown in satellite imagery of Chinas air pollution, and reports from Italy:

Well what will we do next

Within every crisis is opportunity. And in this one its clearly changing our fatally flawed suicidal system to one thats better for our collective future. Such as reducing poverty and dis-empowerment and all kinds of abuse. Also fixing climate change as a priority. Can we collectively rise to this chance to break free from insidious shackles, set ourselves on a path to truth and harmony. To a world with respect for each other, ourselves, our planet.

Let us not return to the old ways but forge better ways instead

 

My son says to me, Dad why is this happening. Well son Ive spent most of my life feeling a little like the world was careening down a wrong path, helpless passengers on a runaway rollercoaster. Now for the first time in my lifetime it seems to be stopping for breath. Is the world gone mad or is it in fact madness that brought us here, the brink of a precipice. But which way is up, will fear doom us... are we about to fall or fly?

Do you see this as 'event horizon' or catalytic change of form for society? please share. Just please dont aim or ask for it ALL to go back to the same way it was. Granted we had it pretty good here, but now is our chance to step that up and ensure everyone gets a good outcome. Stay tuned.

 

Where to start

I personally letterboxed and fb offered help to my neighbours, Ive joined the local COVID support social groups. And applied to join the emergency effort against COVID in the health system here. Its cool to consume less and conserve more. And crucially I look to build better relationships. With my family, my close friends, my close neighbours and my own principles.

We planted a vegie garden, we will go for walks every day, we read to each other, we take time to be still, and be together.

I have yet to fully grapple with how to survive economically here, and we will be grateful for any advice as it is daunting. What are you going to do to get by? 

 

What to stop

Stupidity - toiletpaper need I say more. Selfish stockpiling and germ spreading behaviours. Rampant fear, panic and hysteria. Like the famous quote from the hitchhikers guide 'Don't Panic'. Otherwise of course avoid close quarter spread risks. Give each other room, go into the wider outdoors or even better out on the water... and...

COVID spread is vastly exacerbated by mouth breathers. Darwinism in action but at the same time devastating all the rest of us. Mouthbreathing is actually a lack of mindfulness. So simply starting with that is something. Shut our mouths, open our hearts and our minds. And if you see a mouthbreather make them aware or steer clear of their cursed foulness. If you got to have a scapegoat...

 

Only half kidding, course its heartening to see that laughter is still the best medicine. Till next time, stay safe and take your pills blue, red, rainbow,, whatever!

 

About author: Mat emerged into this weird wonderful world in one of the last little hippie havens of our time. He has mused and marvelled at the kaleidescope of crazy beautifulness we were gifted. He got to live his wild crazy 1st dreams. He has helped bring more beautiful beings forth into the fray. Hes hopeful for our future.

 

fascinating footnote: DAN VERGANO, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PUBLISHED JANUARY 24, 2014  'takeaway message of all of this is to keep your eye on China" as a source of emerging diseases'.

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Getting Solar PV power 2020

This is an evolving story, stay tuned here and to followup posts. Are you considering getting solar or one of the millions who already have? Please share in the comments below after reading our experience about getting Solar PV power in 2020. And please take a look at clim8safe.

Our story

One of the first things to come out of our family clim8 action planning was to get a solar system to generate electricity at home. The primary goal is to save carbon but as it turns out we stand to save significantly financially too!. Australians are going solar in a big way. We actually did it on our last place a decade ago but ended up doing our dough as we sold long before recouping costs. That led us to sign up for greenpower instead in an effort to join the movement and incentivise the shift to renewables. Greenpower was meant to grow demand for Utility Large Scale renewables. But greenpower unfortunately did not work out as you can see below and here: Click on the picture for old report NOW CRASHED <200K!

 

That is in stark contrast to the phenomenal rise of Solar PV power worldwide and in Australia:

I was familiar with this through my volunteering at the local Zero Emissions Community group for many years. Where it became crystal clear that Solar empowers us to be the change as opposed to waiting on the powers that be. The benefits and economics of Solar are irrefutable, and theres great ways to write off new solar PV installations, for both owners and renters.

YES if you rent long term or are a business tenant I can help you get savings from Solar too!

Put simply Solar is still a no brainer if you dont plan to sell and/or move. So once we decided it was more likely we'd not be selling it was go time to get Solar... again.

Currently there is a deluge of solar systems being sold in Australia. And even more misinformation. That means a lot to wade through if you dont know whats what. Such as the mistaken fear that the rebates are disappearing fast! The great thing is that by re-doing it myself now Im in an even better position to help others professionally through my clim8safe FREE solar brokering.

 

In a nutshell in 2020 most new solar should be able to pay itself off within 3-6 years (sometimes less) even when financed for ZERO dollars upfront.

 

Thats true for both business and home installs. Also true is that this is as good a time to get solar as any. And crucially to protect your investment and protect against wastage you want a 20+ year panel warranty and 10+ year inverter and installer warranty all from reputable longstanding companies. Avoid a sobstory in a few years due to disappearing suppliers and stuff going to landfill, Ask me how.

Yes theres a lot of other details in between but thats where clim8safe comes in. Making it simpler and easier for you by cutting to the chase. We quickly zero in on the best solution and why it is so. For further explanation please check back here later when we have actual personal data on our new system as proof! In the meantime heres what we are aiming at:

 

 

Enviro outcomes could be saving over 3.5 Tonnes of Coal fired pollution p/a, and all associated transport and logistics! 

Equivalent of planting over 200 trees. But please plant trees also anyway!

Comments very much appreciated, likewise liking both our xplor4 and clim8safe socials thankyou.

 

Mat Colefax in Noosa (our own 2020 solar system going on below)

 

 

About the author: Mat is super stoked to help businesses, homeowners AND tenants get the best solar system possible. Through volunteering for Zero Emissions, helping others and buying new solar himself he knows exactly how to help.

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New year New venture.

As the horrific reality of climate change charred Australia this summer. Its been foremost in my mind to do what we can now, and also to take steps towards longterm work that helps. In terms of what we can do now, apart from registering to help recovery efforts as we have, there is a bewildering amount of fire fundraising. Donating to bush regeneration and minimise wildlife extinctions as per this link being just one. Just click on the link to see the post. If you dont have fakebook try here.

Secondly I begin a climate action memo for our own family. So many resources out there such as this nice website  which we might model our memo on. Have you got one to share please comment or email!

Thirdly In terms of work that helps I begin building my clim8safe business idea. I aim to transform my career to leverage more of my time and energy on this. Brokering better solutions to save cost and carbon.

In other news weve been blessed by perfect outdoors weather here during our break, but cannot let that lull us into inaction. We were thrilled to camp out in the beautiful hinterland and also stay at Stradbrokes old eco resort, both of which I intend to writeup later. I was personally thrilled to leave the laptop behind for the duration.

Back onboard and back into it. Yes we will continue to xplor4, and consult to outdoors and adventuring enterprise. As always with climate in mind and now my new clim8safe goals too.

 

Mat Colefax.

About: Mat lives a low carbon life with his family of 5 on QLD's Sunshine Coast since 2 decades+. Often outdoors, he loves people power, pedal and paddle power, plus xploring of course. 

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Tis the Season..

Hello and Seasons Greetings from our little C'fax clan on the Sunshine Coast Australia. Its a season for celebrating and taking time with family and friends. Lots of sunny days and plenty of sweets and treats too. And it is also a season when many set their sights on the coming year/s ahead. For myself personally it will be big changes in my career and business direction. With my new re-focus being to help business, govt. and homeowners be clim8safe.

By bringing together carbon conscious cost saving solutions from solar and circular regen to transport and logistics we will save their money and in small steps save the environment at the same time!

Whats in it for you: A simple solution to set yourself ahead of the game. clim8safe.com

Is solar working for you, recycling/regen too?, what about your modes of transport and operations? By brokering the best integrated innovations along with smart finance options clim8safe will benefit business, govt. and households. It will protect clients from rising energy, transport and operations costs, as well insurability issues and more. Improving real profitability now and exponentially for the future. It shall save $$ and add to your asset value/revalue, all the while working toward zero carbon so satisfying eco aspirations. Intended to eventually act also as a consolidating enterprise for products and resourcing, clim8safe is a big task I really look forward to. As a lifelong eco advocate this is the best way I can give back now. 

Effectively clim8safe is the perfect culmination of my lifetime focus on ecological endeavours. Since my formative years in the world heritage listed tropics I've always taken great care to uphold environmental values in everything I do. Thats enriched my experience every step of the way so now I look forward to share and contribute to the sector professionally.

 

That said xplor4 definitely will still offer outdoors and trails expertise and I aim to expand that side of xplor4. I see clim8safe consulting as a natural extension to offer on top of other endeavours, and in its own right. Thankyou to my many mentorlike associates out there who have helped me zero in on this fresh purpose and passion. I am grateful for everyone and everything thats led me to the next evolution of lifes journey. Wish me well, and ask away about anything, I'd love to hear from you.

And of course in the mean time we wish the very best to you and yours for Christmas and New Years! May you be very very merry, maybe find a little xplor4 fun and froth. Or even enjoy emulating a sloth! Share it with those you love, like in our little vid below. Thanks to share it round. Seasons greetings.

 

 

Mat Colefax

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Queenslands 1st electric Bus

As xplor4 carbon conscious consultancy expands to transport and energy. We are aiming to assist the uptake of Electric transport, from e-bikes and cars right through to trucks and buses! Buses contribution to community and shared transport load should not be overlooked. The backstory to this stems from early experiences over 3 decades ago as a kid on old ice school buses. Suffering that pollution so long ago played a part in directing my life course as an eco advocate. So when I heard my hometown had planned Queenslands 1st fully commercial electric bus, on my birthday by crazy co-incidence! I jumped at the chance to get onboard and see whats the fuss about this EVbus.

 

 

The full size passenger bus travels a few hundred km's and climbs a few km's elevation every day but generally uses not even half of the battery! This means it can get most of its recharge in the remaining daylight from a solar installation. And if the energy agreement is right it could get the rest from renewables such as the Barron Valley Hydro and Mount Emerald windfarm. Even though at present this bus costs more to buy it is sure to be much more cost effective than ice buses due to a quadruple bottom line of zero fuel, very low service costs, increase of brand and trade value, and customer experience. In fact you could argue its in front from day 1.

It must be said that Capta, the company operating the bus have a large established fleet of well maintained regular buses. They are as efficient and comfortable as any ice buses. They are doing the right thing already. After just a month of operating this EVbus there is every expectation an accelerated program to change over to Electric buses could catch on in the industry. We are advocating and consulting to try and help that happen. For Capta to take this 1st step and invest in zero emissions buses its a real credit to them, and also to just how good the EVbus goes in the real world. If you ever get a chance it truly is a beautiful place to go zero and see it in action for yourself!

Our takeaway was that we loved riding on this bus compared to fossil fuel powered buses. And as a clim8safe consultancy we will definitely do our bit to see more EVbuses everywhere instead of ice (internal combustion engine). We have in our network suppliers at all sizes and scale to suit. Along with the renewable energy solutions for charging!

We would love to help with any initiative near you, email@xplor4.com

Mat Colefax.

 

 

About the author: Advocating change for the better, Mat volunteers at Zero Emissions Noosa as well as other community groups since 2 decades. Living low carbon with a family of five Mat likes getting around by pedal, paddle and renewable electric power. He now offers carbon conscious consulting to business, govt, and homeowners under the name clim8safe. He is also Australia's 1st kitesurfer.

 

 

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Carbon Conscious Cool stuff 01

How rad is this Audi buggy! Supercar Blondie is luivin the dream as always. And Audi gets a big thumbs up from us for this one. Bring it on!

 

Harley Davidson's new slogan 'the future is electric' is embodied in their sweet new 'lightweight e-dirtbike' Surely the cool thing here is that its Harley Davidson going green!

And for yet more 2 wheel good vibes, this pedal assisted UBco bike looks the goods. 20HP, 80kmh, 50kg!!! Their utility bikes are street legal and under 10K, not sure about this one but keen to learn more. If you are? comment below cheers.

image credit Andre Vasilenko.

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Earthtech Youth Challenge

Here’s a post about something close to our hearts. All my life I’ve always strived to protect the planet and all its awesome ecosystems. Living a low carbon lifestyle as well as volunteering my time to organisations that stand up for these values, such as UNESCO Biosphere boards and Zero Emissions groups etc. I gravitated towards the growing movement of people and places that protect their environment by embracing the best cleantech and design. As Earths population approaches 8B with exponential associated advances, a global environmental catastrophe looms large. The need for EPIC enterprise that can protect and even save the earth is now greater than ever.

We (many close contacts and me) recognize that epic enterprise in 'Earthtech's' exciting new social enterprise. Its something we can contribute to close to home but with global potential. I would urge you to check it out and share it round everywhere that you can. Who knows you may just give the next 'green tech superstar' their start and save the world! Click the pic below.

#earthtech images thanks to RebeccaColefaxPhotography

 

Yes theres more and more of this kind of thing out there which is great. And the recent climate strikes show the swell of youth wanting to do something. The difference with Earthtech Youth Challenge is it is shifting the focus from refusing (-) to renewing (+). It is massively scalable from local to global. And as a new social enterprise Earthtech merges NFP and capitalist competition to elevate the very best ideas. For it to be truly epic thats what it will take. All the best mentoring plus the big investor $. And what it will take right now is crew like you to view, share and support it. Please go and see https://earthtech.io/

Also please consider a donation of your time or your funds. Otherwise... Do you know anyone who could be on a team? Do you know anyone who could contribute mentoring and guidance? Please pass it around and at the same time we invite you to join the Earthtech (newsletter) tribe yourself. Theres nothing to lose if you do, but everything to lose if you dont.

On that note regardless where your stance is currently at on climate change. There is no argument against supporting youth to develop their best ideas with our best support. So show some heart, send this around your network today.

 

 

Bit of backstory:

Cofounded by Ant Moorhouse and Brian Keayes in Noosa, Earthtech team are all superstars in their respective fields and reach all around the globe. You will see some more about that on the Earthtech site. For our part Beck's B.Sc with triple majors - enviromental, marine science and GIS plus her considerable swathe of talent and experience in management, mapping and creative content compliments her burning desire to leave future generations a healthy environment. Beck worked in government and Cartography corporations, and is a successful small business owner, she has great skillsets and passion to contribute. As the Youth Challenge General Manager Beck breathes life into the whole Youth Challenge process, plus provides her phenomenal still photography skills too!


Mat doesnt just hug trees, he’s also hammering the pavement (and keyboard) to help wherever possible. Because Earthtech 'is just what we need right now right here'. Mat's always believed in going green. And always implemented that ethos in every way possible. Having consistently advocated and volunteered for green enterprise while building businesses, Mat sees radical green tech and disruption as an instrumental part of our societies solution. Putting his business and advocacy experience to good use as lead consultant at xplor4 Mat finds a good fit for the future in Earthtech. Beck and Mat raising their own young family in Noosa reinforces why we feel our youth are a fundamental motivation and driver for our future environment. We owe it to ourselves, our children, and our planet! Because there is no PLANet B.


For full disclosure xplor4 directors Mat and Beck Colefax absolutely are involved and invested in Earthtech. We believe that it aligns well with all our customers and clientele too. Please reach out for any info or to show your support. Thankyou.

 

MC

#earthtech images thanks to RebeccaColefaxPhotography

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Cooroy Mountain festival annual climb

Mount Cooroy on the northern Sunshine Coast has a special place in the xplor4 story. It was the backdrop for so much of our xplor'ing these last 2 decades, from a distance its iconic pyramid peak often stands out grandly. We have thousands of photos and memories from kitesurfing and paddling the ocean, rivers and lakes with Mt Cooroy visible in the background. As well as many other outdoors missions where far distant Mt Cooroy would provide a welcome reference for our navigation. We even personally purchased boulders from the mountain quarry for our own landscaping, as we liked so much the huge rocks of the seaway groynes and giant rockwalls all around Noosas beautiful waterways. In fact iconic Noosa main beach and Noosa Waters are help up by stone from the mountain quarry! Anyway only once a year Cooroy mountain is open to the public to climb and wonder!

 

 

The trail is super raw and rough just the way we like it, but not overgrown. And the views are simply awesome. Being a rare chance there is literally hundreds of likeminded outdoorsy crew climbing too. This gives it a special 'event' kind of ambience. And of course pot luck with the weather, luckily yesterday was awesome. So we share here some of the pics from this year, and invite you all to share yours or any questions. Enjoy, for the gallery click below, Share it round. Cheers.

 

 

 BUY SAGUARO TRAIL SHOE !

 

 

 

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Unique UX matrix

Do you deliver a product, experience or service? Do you manage an area, asset, or user group? Are you interested how people interact with your enterprise. 'User Experience' is our specialty and passion. We all want great outcomes, and we all benefit from great 'user experience' design. No matter what it is that you do, or what drives you, there is scope to explore and anticipate. Put yourself in the picture, let xplor4 put our unique UX matrix to work for you. email@xplor4.com 

 

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WIN a day out on our BIG SUP board

To celebrate the launch of the new Adventure Sunshine Coast website which we helped create content for. We are about to giveaway FREE a giant Standup Paddle adventure tour on one of the trails that is mapped on that ASC site.

To enter we are asking for comments, either via our review tab at right, or like and comment / post on our fb page.

 

Super simple so go on and get yourself in the draw. Winner to be announced very soon via our fb page (viewable without acc.)

 

Comments about the Adventure Sunshine Coast website are particularly relevant and regarded, so check it out by clicking below.

 

Yes the tour is transferable, anytime over the next year*. And YES you can always hire our big board anytime as well. Great for any group adventure, bonding, teambuild, familytime! Its a great gift idea, gift vouchers available from email@xplor4.com

Happy Easter, may you find what makes you smile!

 

*always at our discretion, as are the winners. Good luck go for it!

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