community Adaptation Project Officer, REd Cross / Aldinga Resident
I am a new resident to Aldinga and I love the area, especially the natural spots like Aldinga Scrub. My new house is a small strawbale home, which my partner and I built ourselves with experienced tradespeople too. We wanted to build a house with thick walls and double glazed windows to keep the extreme heat out in summer.
I work in environmental education and engagement and so am lucky to see lots of great examples of adapting to a changing climate. I have learnt from others and have planted a lot of natives on the west of our house to protect us from the driving rains and storms from the coast, as well as the hot afternoon sun.
I also work with emergency services so am preparing for extreme weather events which will increase in frequency and severity with climate change. I’m preparing by having things like my irreplaceable items, food, water, and medication ready to go if need be.