Archive for November, 2011

A Sustainable Christmas Lunch

Posted in Events by samgreen on November 30th, 2011

7 December , 2011
12:30 pmto1:30 pm

Photo by via flickr CC

‘Tis the season to be jolly wasteful, but how do we separate nativity from naivety when it comes to sustainability?  Join us for a Christmas lunch of tasty treats that won’t leave the planet more stuffed than last year’s turkey!

Date: Wednesday 7 December 2011, 12.30-1.30pm

Location: Reception Room, Maribyrnong Council Offices, cnr Hyde & Napier Streets Footscray

Bookings essential – please book online at or contact Council’s Sustainability Officer on 03 9688 0357 for more information

Melbourne’s Urban Forest: Eco-City Forum

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on November 29th, 2011

30 November , 2011
6:30 pmto8:30 pm

Extract from the CoM Urban Forest Infographic

The City of Melbourne has released the first draft Urban Forest Strategy for community consultation. It responds to the large changes that are currently affecting our city’s tree population in the wake of climate change and urban growth. Within 20 years, Melbourne expects to lose 44 per cent of its trees. The draft Urban Forest Strategy seeks to manage this change and protect against future vulnerability and risk.

Have your say on how best to manage these changes in our municipality into the future by attending an Eco-City forum on the strategy.

Wednesday November 30, 6:30 to 8:30pm
Melbourne Town Hall

This is a free event.

Download the Urban Forest Infographic or the Draft Strategy

The Yes Men Fix the World: The Big Picture

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on November 28th, 2011

6 December , 2011
6:00 pmto8:00 pm

Next screening, THE YES MEN FIX THE WORLD, on Tuesday 6 December 2011 at 6pm at Ross House, 247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne.

THE YES MEN FIX THE WORLD is a screwball true story about two gonzo political activists who, posing as top executives of giant corporations, lie their way into big business conferences and pull off the world’s most outrageous pranks. From New Orleans to India to New York City, armed with little more than cheap thrift-store suits, the Yes Men squeeze raucous comedy out of all the ways that corporate greed is destroying the planet.

Read more on the Ross House website.

Green Energy Future Day 2011

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on November 24th, 2011

3 December , 2011
10:30 amto3:30 pm

Port Phillip Local Artisan Tour

Posted in Events by TransitionTownPortPhillip on November 23rd, 2011

3 December , 2011
11:00 amto4:00 pm

“SECOND-HAND-MADE Port Phillip” Local Artisan Tour St Kilda – Middle Park – Albert Park – South Melbourne

Sat 3 Dec, 11am–4pm

Be inspired, support local artisans & enjoy ethical Christmas shopping whilst exploring the diverse handmade delights of bayside Melbourne handmade toys – crafts – curios – home-wares – vintage threads – reclaimed treasures

Starting from South Melbourne, join us for a leisurely tour on foot and public transport, stopping for tea & treats along the way!

$10 – BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL – 0439 677 811

Hosted by Transition Port Phillip – inspiring connectedness, creativity & community resilience –  & The Sharehood – meet your neighbours, share with them

Growing Change: A journey inside Venezuela’s food revolution

Posted in Events, Uncategorized by EcoCentre on November 22nd, 2011

28 November , 2011
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

Join Port Phillip EcoCentre for this FREE screening of a film “Growing change” that investigates alternatives to the industrial and corporate controlled food system that have been developed by people of Venezuela. After the film have your say in a discussion! What can we learn from their experience? What can we do differently?

The documentary begins with an investigation of the 2008 global food crisis, looking at the long-term underlying causes. Will expanding large-scale, energy-intensive agriculture, be the solution or re problems? If we already produce enough food to feed the world why do so many people go hungry? After hearing about efforts in Venezuela to develop a more equitable and sustainable food and agriculture system, the filmmaker heads there to see if it’s working and find out what we might be able to learn from this giant experiment. It’s an inspirational story full of lively characters, thought provoking insights, stunning scenery and ideas to transform the food system.

Monday, 28 November at 7pm

Port Phillip EcoCentre 55A Blessington St, St Kilda

Any questions?  Write to us: or call (03) 9534 0670

For more info about the film:

Dr. Richard Di Natale: Vision for Australia

Posted in Events by Mark Ogge on November 22nd, 2011

5 December , 2011
6:30 pmto8:00 pm

Beyond Zero Emissions Discussion Group Guest:
Dr Richard Di Natale, Victoria’s first Greens Senator, elected in the 2010 federal election.

The son of Italian migrants, Richard grew up in Melbourne. Prior to entering parliament Richard was a general practitioner and public health specialist. He worked in Aboriginal health in the Northern Territory, on HIV prevention in India and in the drug and alcohol sector. His key health priorities include preventative health, public dental care and responding to the health impacts of climate change. He also actively supports the Landholders’ Right to Refuse Coal Seam Gas Bill 2011.  We welcome Richard to share his vision for Australia.

6:30pm,  Monday December 5

Entry: Gold coin donation

Fritz Loewe Theatre (entry via level 2)
McCoy Building
University of Melbourne
Cnr Elgin & Swanston Streets, Carlton

For more information about our guest, visit the Discussion Group on the Beyond Zero Emissions website.

FORUM: Climate Change, Culture + Cuisine

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on November 21st, 2011

28 November , 2011
6:00 pmto7:30 pm

Can we eat our way to a biodiverse future? The future of sustainable food lies in a complete rethink of how humans relate to the natural environment through collective engagement.

Carbon Arts and Arena Project Space invite you to join the Cross(x)Species Adventure Club and engage with New York based artist / engineer /activist Prof Natalie Jeremijenko, chef Mihir Desai and guest speakers to explore how we can use the creative potential of science , modernist cuisine and the imagination to connect food production to healthy ecologies.

Monday 28 November 2011 6.00 – 7.30 PM

Arena Project Space I 2 Kerr St Fitzroy, VIC, 3065

$10 Pay at the door, Concession rate available

Drinks by donation

Cross(x)Species Adventure Club challenges us to expand the idea of the food web, in order to imagine edible interventions that go beyond sustainability to actually augment ecological health. Like the web 2.0 of the food systems, the Cross(x)Species Adventure Club guides us towards participatory, DIY and multi-platform foodsystems. Become an u-farmer, sample edible cocktails with other creatures at the Melbourne Museum, learn how to make buffalo ice-cream from nano-crystals. Come re-imagine, re-incorporate and re-contextualise our collective food future through the course of a tasty communal adventure. Join us and invest in a biodiverse future!

Natalie Jeremijenko (born 1966) is an artist and engineer whose background includes studies in biochemistry, physics, neuroscience and precision engineering. She is an active member of the movement, and her work primarily explores the interface between society, the environment and technology. She is currently an Associate Professor at NYU in the Visual Art Department, and has affiliated faculty appointments in Computer Science and Environmental Studies.

Based in Melbourne, Carbon Arts is a new platform for projects and ideas experimentation in the arts and sustainability. We generate collaborative and creative solutions for a changing climate by working across the arts, science, technology and economics. At the heart of our practice is the belief that creativity is essential in making the transition to a sustainable future, and that the journey should be playful, fun and rewarding.

For more information on all events visit: Or phone Arena: 416 0232

Cultivating Green Art: Ideas & Solutions For Environmental Sustainability

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on November 18th, 2011

24 November , 2011
5:20 pmto7:30 pm

City of Melbourne, TippingPoint Australia and the Danish Arts Agency have combined to bring you some of Melbourne and Copenhagen’s most exciting cultural innovators as they discuss how they see the artists in their cities respond to the challenge of environmental sustainability. Contribute to the Café Conversations style evening and have interactive creative conversations on the issues they raise.


  • Karen Blincoe – Graphic Designer, Environmentalist and Director International Centre for Creativity Innovation and Sustainability, Denmark
  • Miyuki Jokiranta – Journalist and Managing Director, Seven Thousand Oaks, Melbourne
  • Martin Mulligan – Director RMIT Globalism Research Centre, Melbourne
  • Katrine Vejby – Journalist and Radio Producer, Founding Festival Director of co2penhagen, Denmark

Facilitator: Angharad Wynne-Jones – Director of TippingPoint Australia, Melbourne

Date: Thursday 24 November 2011

Time: 5.00pm for 5.20 start to 7.30pm. ­ NOTE EARLY TIME

Venue: Melbourne Town Hall, Supper Room, Swanston Street, Melbourne

FREE ENTRY ­ BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTAIL. Call 0421 642012 and leave a message or visit to register.

A joint presentation by TippingPoint Australia and Melbourne Conversations. Supported by the Danish Arts Agency and ³State of Green. Join the Future. Think Denmark, Sydney and Melbourne 20-24 November 2011.

Towards a just and sustainable post carbon economy: Public forum

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on November 17th, 2011

24 November , 2011
6:30 pmto8:00 pm

Roy Neel is currently Chief of Staff for former US Vice President Al Gore, overseeing his climate change advocacy programs, national and international political relationships and liaison with his clean energy business interests. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt University, where he teaches courses in the U. S. Presidency, White House operations, and Presidential Campaigns, and White House Transitions. In this free public lecture Roy Neel will draw on his experience of climate change and sustainability politics in the United States to reflect on the key road blocks standing in the way of effective action and on the importance of creative and courageous leadership in driving a rapid transition to a just and prosperous post carbon economy.

Free, but please REGISTER:

6.30-8.00pm, Thursday, 24 November 2011
Carrillo Gantner Theatre, Sidney Myer Asia Centre, Swanston St, University of Melbourne, Parkville

Enquiries: Taegen Edwards,