The Livewell Project has been created to help you reduce your carbon footprint while maintaining or enhancing your wellbeing. And through Livewell you can help others to do the same, and help build a self-sustaining movement.
Livewell began in the City of Yarra in inner Melbourne as an action research project of the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Low Carbon Living (a national consortium of universities, the CSIRO, businesses and government bodies). It was undertaken through Curtin University and supported by Yarra Council and Yarra Energy Foundation.
In 2015 ten Livewell Groups were started across the Yarra municipality, and groups met monthly to help one another to reduce their carbon emissions. It was never intended that these groups would necessarily be permanent, but some are still operating.
A series of workshops were also run in 2015, on a range of subjects that Livewell participants had expressed interest in, including how to reduce home energy use, how to reduce and recycle waste, divesting from high carbon investments, and how to have conversations about climate change.
Now we are going national
With the continued support of the CRC for Low Carbon Living and Curtin University we’ve now produced and made available online our Guide to running a ‘Livewell Group’, so that anyone, with the help of this Guide, can start up a group from among people you know – a group in which you can help each other build low carbon wellbeing.
There are many ways to do this, and you can choose what suits you. You can draft-proof your house, change your lights or start a food garden. You can change you mode of transport, put solar panels on your roof, switch to green power or start a sharing project with your neighbours. These are but a few examples of the very many options you have, and you can learn more about them in the Guide and on this site.
These kinds of measures can save you money, make your home more comfortable, give you exercise, connect you with people in your community, provide an absorbing activity – in other words, enhance your wellbeing, your health and happiness, while reducing your carbon footprint. That’s why it’s called the Livewell Project. It’s about building sustainable wellbeing.