Welcome to ‘Sustainable in Holdfast Bay’!

Veronique 2014 017 - CopyThis blog is a way to document sustainable projects, ideas and initiatives in our home and local community, and to connect with like-minded people. As a Climate Reality Australia leader I also write about climate action, impacts, adaptation and mitigation.

Stephen and I live on a suburban block in Holdfast Bay, South Australia. For us, living sustainably implies living within the means of our natural environment and ensuring that our way of life doesn’t harm other people and future generations. By taking responsibility for our actions, informing ourselves, changing old habits and learning new skills, we have reduced our household’s carbon emissions by 90% from the average Australian per capita emissions – one of the highest in the world. We managed to do this by:

  • Minimising consumption, re-using, repairing and buying second-hand
  • Reducing our home energy use by 78% from the average before installing 1.5 kw solar panels which supply all the electricity we need and then some
  • Reducing car use and enjoying local holidays and ‘staycations’
  • Eating mostly fresh, seasonal, local produce and less meat
  • Eliminating all our household waste to landfill

None of this was achieved overnight but we now have enough of everything we either need or want, healthy food, time to pursue hobbies and interests, time for others and for community volunteering.


By joining others who share our concerns and values, we are contributing to a global movement of people acting to safeguard our present and future well-being.

I would love to hear about what you do to live more sustainably and what it means to you. You can contact me by email.


12 Responses to About

  1. stephen says:

    Hi Veronique, great concept! You’re right to peg this to climate change. It’s the single, biggest issue of the day. Best, Stephen.

  2. Rachel and Jamie says:

    Welcome to the world of blogging Veronique and Stephen!

  3. Pingback: The solar is on! | A Kailyard in Adelaide!

  4. nepermhome says:

    I am doing a project for my own blog about people making the world a better place through various projects and lifestyles. I am emailing you because I think you fit in with my project. If you wouldn’t mind answering 4 questions for me, please email me at nepermhome@gmail.com and I’ll send you the interview. My blog is nepermhome.wordpress.com if you would like to check it out before you respond. Thanks for your time! Sarah

  5. adegrandis says:

    Thank you fro visiting my blog, as someone who tries to live lightly in resource terms I admire what you are doing – will be visiting your blog again for ideas and ins[piration

  6. Thanks so much for your lovely comment on my blog Veronique. What an inspiring story you have to reduce your carbon emissions by 90%. I’m only just starting on this learning journey so its great to know I can do and that you have.

  7. Sarhn says:

    Hi Veronique, I just added you to my Australian sustainability blogroll. Cheers and thank you for sharing. 🙂

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