Archive for February, 2008

Event – Clean Up Australia Day – Sunday 2 March

Posted in Events, Movements by Ferne Edwards on February 28th, 2008

Only a few days to go until Clean Up Australia Day! Every year hundreds of thousands of Australians help to clean up their local environment on Clean Up Australia Day. To find a site in your local area to volunteer on Sunday 2nd March visit

Event – The next Sustainable Cities Round Table – MOBILITY – Monday 17 March

Posted in Events, Models, Policies, Research, Sustainable Cities Round Tables, Visions by Ferne Edwards on February 27th, 2008 and the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab would like to invite you to the upcoming

Sustainable Cities Round Table
Monday 17 March
6 – 8:30pm (including drinks)
Yasuko Hiroaka Room, Sidney Myer Asia Centre, the University of Melbourne
RSVP ESSENTIAL – email by 12 March

The Sustainable Cities Round Tables showcase local environmental initiatives and encourage networking for people working in urban sustainability issues across the government, academic, industry and community sectors. The theme for the next event is ‘mobility’ – which includes looking at innovative new ways of sustainable transport, travel, movement and connection.

Confirmed speakers and topics include:
Daniel from the Conservo Biofuel service station
Dr John Grant, walkable cities expert
Bruce Herbes, 3D maps for pedestrians
David Fewchuk, Aurora solar cars
Bill from Human Powered Cycles
Stephen Ingrouille, ultra light rail and hovercrafts
Dianne Moy and Kathleen Turner, VEIL, connecting quarter schools
Paul McKay from Cyclovia; and
Marie Watt, artist both exhibiting and presenting her artwork about traffic

Please RSVP your name and organisation to fedwards by 12 March as seats are limited. Attendees are also welcome to bring along promotional materials of their sustainability initiatives.

The Sidney Myer Asia Centre is located on Swanston Street at the University of Melbourne Parkville campus. For a map of the campus click here. Please forward this invitation to others who be interested in attending.

'Melbourne Tram' by Fiona @ Monbulk

Local Action – Future Melbourne update

Posted in Policies, Research, Visions by Ferne Edwards on February 27th, 2008

The City of Melbourne’s Future Melbourne project has now been busily consulting with the Melbourne community for more than nine months now to determine what future they would like to see. Find more details of the most recent update of this process below. For more information visit the Future Melbourne EVillage website at

“Thank you!

eVillage Melbourne members have been exceptionally generous in sharing their ideas, time and enthusiasm in the development of a plan for the future of Melbourne. We thank you for your commitment and wonderful contributions to the Future Melbourne project.

Through your comments, and those of the rest of the Melbourne community, we are now developing, evaluating and refining the actual strategies that will help us realise our collective vision for Melbourne in 2020 and beyond.

Considering the options – its not too late

eVillage members have once again stepped up during the Future Melbourne ‘options phase, with more than 100 member posts across the 40 options up for consideration. But its not too late to have your say – log onto the eVillage before March to make sure your comments count.

The final stage is almost here

In March, the Future Melbourne project will move into its next phase, ‘Negotiating the Results. In this phase, the City of Melbourne will develop a draft Future Melbourne plan using all of the contributions received so far.

All eVillage members will be welcome to comment on the draft plan, to be developed online in a ‘TWiki format (similar to Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia).

This is a new and exciting approach for the City of Melbourne – and well be thrilled if you can join us for the final phase of the development of the Future Melbourne plan. Well let you know when and how to get involved.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch”

For more information about the Future Melbourne project visit the Future Melbourne EVillage website at

Local Action – GM Protest – Thursday 28 Feb 12 noon

Posted in Events, Movements by Ferne Edwards on February 26th, 2008

Please find information below from Gene Ethics.

We can still win a GM-free future!

Hullo Gene Ethics supporters:

Premier Brumby says Victoria’s GM canola ban will be allowed to lapse this Thursday, February 28. Victoria is a renegade, going it alone, as WA, SA, Tasmania and the ACT will continue to be GM-free. Bayer and Monsanto (licensee NuFarm) may begin to sell seed for the permanent and unrestricted commercial release of herbicide tolerant GM canola crops. But that is NOT the end of the story … We can stop this madness if we act together!!

To do list (urgent):

1. Protest to your state MPs and Premier Brumby at before Thursday February 28. Also, ring and write a personal note to your own MPs, in both the lower and upper house of state parliament. The government can just write a new date in the executive order behind GM ban. Tell them to do it! Why? See the Gene Ethics briefing on the ‘GM canola bans – unresolved threshold issues’ at

2. Rally on Parliament House steps, Spring Street Melbourne Thursday February 28 at Noon. See the attached flier for details.
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Event – Permaculture Solutions Sustainable Kitchen Skills Workshop – March 16th

Posted in Events by Ferne Edwards on February 25th, 2008

Permaculture Solutions is running another Sustainable Kitchen Skills Workshop on March 16 in St Kilda.

Come along and learn how to:
-Make and bake your own Sourdough and Essene bread
-Make your own yoghurt, kefir and cottage cheese
-Grow healthy and delicious sprouts on your kitchen windowsill
-Make your own sauerkraut and peanut butter

These intensive 7-hour workshops are dynamic, hands-on, interactive, and loads of fun. And seriously, well-made essene bread is just heaven.

Venue: Port Phillip EcoCentre, Blessington St, St Kilda (Near Acland St)
Date and Time: March 16, 9:30am – 4:30pm
Cost: $120 per person, which includes snacks, tea and coffee, a handout and all ingredients ($95 unwaged).
What to bring: An optional contribution to a shared lunch, paper and pen, a few jars or other containers to take home your own kefir and starter.

Call Carey – 9876-648 or Dan – 0422448933 to book or get more information.

'AI Skills Kitchen during Acworth YCA Field Trip' by AcworthYCA

Report – “Climate Code Red: The case for a sustainability emergency” by David Spratt and Philip Sutton

Posted in Movements, Policies, Research, Visions by Ferne Edwards on February 22nd, 2008

Find details below about the recently released report: “Climate Code Red: The case for a
sustainability emergency
“, by David Spratt and Philip Sutton, published by Friends of the Earth (Australia)

“Climate Code Red is a sober, balanced analysis of our challenge, unadorned by political spin, proposing a realistic framework to tackle the emergency. It should be essential reading for all political and corporate leaders, but particularly for the community.”

The document gives 5 keys to a safe-climate future:
1. Our goal is a safe-climate future – we have no right to bargain away species or human lives
2. We are facing rapid warming impacts: the danger is immediate, not just in the future
3. For a safe climate future, we must take action now to stop emissions and to cool the earth
4. Plan a large scale transition to a post-carbon economy and society
5. Recognise a climate and sustainability emergency, because we need to move at a pace far beyond business and politics as usual

“Our Climate policy is characterised by the habituation of low expectations and a culture of failure. There is an urgent need to understand global warming and the tipping points for dangerous impacts that we have already crossed as a sustainability emergency that takes us beyond the politics of failure-inducing compromise. We are now in a race between climate tipping points and political tipping points.”

The document is available for download at
Climate Code Red will be published as a paperback book in mid-2008.

Green Building Council of Australia launches Future Green Leaders

Posted in Seeking by Ferne Edwards on February 21st, 2008

The Green Building Council of Australia has launched a new initiative called Future Green Leaders which aims to educate university and TAFE students in its national rating tool, Green Star, and sustainability.

Its free to register and Future Green Leaders will have the opportunity to attend exclusive half day workshops on Green Star, visit Green Star certified buildings, attend networking events, as well as have access to other seminars and forums throughout the year.

Further information is available on the new Future Green Leaders website Find attached a copy of the press release issued during the national conference Green Cities.

If you would like further information on this new initiative, or would like copies of the brochure, please contact Emma Piper at emma.piper.

Future Green Leaders Australia

Event – Get ClimateWise Now! Workshops – tonight!

Posted in Events by Ferne Edwards on February 20th, 2008

Get ClimateWise Now! Workshops – How to reduce your carbon emissions

Climate change requires urgent action by all. In recognition of this Manningham City Council has taken the lead to initiate the carbon rationing action groups to pool community enthusiasm and resources to make a real practical difference now.

Residents of Manningham have the opportunity to learn how to make substantial reductions in their carbon emissions and create change by becoming involved in Carbon Rationing Action Groups (CRAG’s). The ‘Get ClimateWise Now!’ program is offering residents a series of eight workshops covering topics such as solar electricity, solar hot water and heating, domestic wind energy, electric transportation options, green building & retrofits, greens financing, food miles and serious recycling with discounts and exciting offers for carbon rationing participants.

Exciting new information on PV and solar hot water systems for CRAGers !

The fourth session involves an introduction into the 8 practical workshops that will occur plus 2 exciting speakers on:
– Solar hot water systems; the different types and there benefits
– Solar air heating systems.

Date and time: Thursday 21st February 2008, 6.45-9pm
Time & Venue: 6:45pm to 9:00pm – Council Chambers, 699 Doncaster Rd, Doncaster
Bookings: Kay Toussaint 9840 9348 or eepadmin
Cost: Free

Event – Helena Norberg-Hodge to speak this afternoon!

Posted in Events, Research by Ferne Edwards on February 20th, 2008

The Global Cities Institute invites researchers, RMIT staff and interested individuals to the Global Cities Institute Forum on Thursday February 21 with Helena Norberg-Hodge, leading analyst of the impact of the global economy on culture and agriculture.

Rebuilding Community: Resisting the Global Consumer Culture
Date: Thursday 21 February 2008
Time: 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Place: Seminar Room 4, Level 7, Building 16 (Storey Hall) City Campus

'Consumer Culture' by Redroom Studios

Resource & Event – Understanding Globalisation: A Short Course on International Trade, People & Global Justice – Book by 7 March

Posted in Events, Movements, Policies, Research by Ferne Edwards on February 15th, 2008

Global Trade Watch Presents: Understanding Globalisation: A Short Course on International Trade, People & Global Justice
Melbourne, Monday evenings from March 17 to May 19 2008

“Understanding Globalisation” is a 10-week course which examines the agreements, institutions and philosophies of the global economic system in an approachable, easy-to-follow way. Taking an Australian and global perspective, Understanding Globalisation brings together 19 Australian and international experts in politics, economics, law and development to support participants in exploring the complexities of globalisation.

Download an information booklet and application form from

Online registration is open now – click to register at – but places are limited, so register soon. Registration closes Friday March 7.