Archive for November, 2008

Link to Food Matters paper by Prof John Whitelegg et al

Posted in Research by Ferne Edwards on November 27th, 2008

Another recent guest to Australia was Professor John Whitelegg from the Stockholm Environment Institute who spoke at the GAMUT “Low carbon transport for our cities workshop symposium“, the Sustainable Cities Round Table on Healthy Cities, and at the Growers and Eaters Forum. Mentioned in one of his presentations was his work in the document, “Food Matters: Towards a Strategy for the 21st Century“. To view this document visit http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/strategy/work_areas/food_policy.aspx.


Audio files available of Roberto Perez, Cuban permaculturalist

Posted in Models by Ferne Edwards on November 27th, 2008

Roberto Perez, Cuban permaculturalist (featured in the documentary The Power of Community), travelled to Australia recently to speak about Cuba, food and fossil fuels – see the post “Event – Organic Cuba: Abandoning Fossil Fuels – Public meeting featuring Roberto Perez – 5 April“. A popular guest, Perez gave an inspiring talk at London Food Link’s Big Autumn Do in September 2008. He focused on how Cuba responded to peak oil and its transition to a more sustainable model of agriculture which included thriving urban agriculture projects throughout Havana.

His presentation was recorded and can be listened below:

Part 1

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The Metropolitan Transport Forum’s Great New Transport Plan!

Posted in Models by Ferne Edwards on November 26th, 2008

The Metropolitan Transport Forum, as part of the pt4me2 project has produced a visionary transport plan for Melbourne. The Metropolitan Transport Forum (MTF) is an advocacy group comprising members from 19 Melbourne metropolitan local governments, associate members and others representing transport companies, and participants from the State Government and environment groups. MTF promotes and works for sustainable, equitable and efficient transport options across metropolitan Melbourne by providing a forum for debate, research and policy development, and by disseminating information to improve transport choices. This report is not a policy statement of individual members of the MTF, and the views presented are independent of its associate members. The pt4me2 is a project of the MTF, aimed at giving the community a better opportunity to have an informed say about public transport in Melbourne.

To download the document click here.


“5 priorities in transport/mobility for a healthier Melbourne” workshop responses

Posted in Sustainable Cities Round Tables by Ferne Edwards on November 25th, 2008

At the recent Sustainable Cities Round Table on Healthy Cities we asked the audience to name five priorities in transport / mobility that would make Melbourne a healthier and more sustainable city. Many people listed “Bike lockers, bike racks and more parking areas at suburban train stations”, “Dedicated spots for bikes on trains / buses”, and “priorising pedestrians” as their top points. Other more unusual responses included “frequent riders (like frequent flyers) to earn points” or “Rewards for people who cycle eg. A reduced cost for health insurance” or even “Teleportation – something to ponder”! The complete list of the responses are below.

Audience responses

Bike lockers, bike racks and more parking areas at suburban train stations.
Dedicated places for bikes on trains / buses
Proper bike routes
Rewarding walker / cyclists
Buses being run on renewable energy
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Paper on Hope, despair and transformation: Climate change and the promotion of mental health and wellbeing

Posted in Research by Ferne Edwards on November 25th, 2008

Following on from the recent Sustainable Cities Round Table on the topic of Healthy Cities, this research paper published in the International Journal of Mental Health Systems explores the relationship between climate change and mental health. This abstract was recently listed on Australian Policy Online. To access the full text click here.

Hope, despair and transformation: Climate change and the promotion of mental health and wellbeing
Jessica G Fritze, Grant A Blashki, Susie Burke and John Wiseman / International Journal of Mental Health Systems
The authors argue that:
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A nation building response to climate change and peak oil with Ian Dunlop via video conferencing link-up

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

When: Monday December 1, 6.30pm
Where: Top Floor, Kindness House 288 Brunswick St Fitzroy
Charge: By donation
Link: www.beyondzeroemissions.org/discussiongroup

Australian business is often perceived as being resistant to policies aimed at making serious reductions to greenhouse gas emissions, nowhere more so than in the fossil fuel and emissions intensive industries.

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Leigh Glover, GAMUT, to introduce Professor Whitelegg at the Sustainable Cities Round Table 12 Nov 2008

Posted in SCRT Videos, Sustainable Cities Round Tables by Devin Maeztri on November 24th, 2008

Leigh Glover from GAMUT (one of our event partners) introduced Professor John Whitelegg at the recent Sustainable Cities Round Tables on Healthy Cities. GAMUT and VEIL hosted a Low Carbon Urban Transport from November 10th to 13th 2008 where Professor Whitelegg was one of the keyspeakers.


Professor John Whitelegg, Sustainable Cities Round Table 12 Nov 2008

Posted in SCRT Videos, Sustainable Cities Round Tables by Devin Maeztri on November 24th, 2008


Professor John Whitelegg, Sustainable Cities Round Table 12 Nov 2008 from VEIL on Vimeo.

Professor John Whitelegg, international guest from the Stockholm Environment Institute works on projects such as the Implementing Research Group. Similar to Horst’s presentation on active living, Professor Whitelegg highlighted cycling as a sustainable tranport and a way in prioritising the key group for promoting sustainable transport in urban environment. Professor Whitelegg’s inspiring presentation can be seen from the video above.


Horst (Oz) Kayak Stretching the Audience at Sustainable Cities Round Table 12 Nov 2008

Posted in SCRT Videos, Sustainable Cities Round Tables by Devin Maeztri on November 24th, 2008

Horst (Oz), Post Graduate Researcher and Independent Academic, Engineering, The University of Melbourne succesfully made the audience have a little stretching (relating to his presentation on healthy living!) at Sustainable Cities Round Table. He believes that walking and cycling are not only the most sustainable mode of transport, but also the cheapest way to create healthy community. Please view his presentation above.


Lisa Gibbs speaking at Sustainable Cities Round Table 12 Nov 2008

Posted in SCRT Videos, Sustainable Cities Round Tables by Devin Maeztri on November 24th, 2008

Lisa Gibbs, Senior Research Fellow, Community Partnerships and Health Equity Research, The MacCaughey Centre, outlined a project cunducted at schools by The MacCaughey Centre, The University of Melbourne. Her presentation, which can be viewed above, was titled “Whats happening in the school communities?” To learn more about their project visit The MacCaughey Centre website.