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Sustainable Transport at SLF

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on February 18th, 2010

A reminder: the Sustainable Living Festival is on this weekend.  See below for a selection (courtesy Going Solar Transport Newsletter) of talks and film screenings on sustainable transport at the Festival.

Transport for Sustainable Cities

Come and hear Professor Ross Garnaut, eminent economist and author of the Garnaut Climate Change Review and the Hon Greg Hunt, Shadow Minister for Climate Action speak on sustainable transport. Commentary by Kelvin Thomson MP, Federal member for Wills.

How Car Dependence Is Turning The Suburban Dream To Nightmare

Using never before published data, the Institute for Sensible Transport has mapped the level of oil vulnerability across Melbourne’s local government areas. Dramatic differences in income and travel distances were found, with the inner city earning more and driving less, while the outer suburbs drove over four times the distance, with considerably less income. Should the CSIRO prediction of $8 per litre be seen (or even half that), Melburnians will have great difficulty meeting their mobility needs.


AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE The worldwide economy is utterly dependant on oil, but resources will only last for some more decades at best. How to escape the impending crisis? On his travels through the US, Melbourne-born filmmaker Josh Ticknell explores the potential of biodiesel to replace oil and reduce the world’s addictive dependence on fossil fuels. This captivating demonstration of how everyone of us can help stopping climate change won the coveted Best Documentary Audience Award 2009 at the Sundance Film Festival, one of the world’s biggest festivals for independent films.

The Tao of Cycling

Cycling offers the most energy efficient and pollution-free form of transport known to humans. In Australia the smallest group of cyclists is the relaxed commuters, mainly women, cycling around their neighbourhood on various errands, shopping and going to work. This group dominate cycling in the Netherlands and other cycling countries, and have the greatest growth potential for Australian cycling. Diane Kraal and Alex Merory present their experience of relaxed commuting by bicycle: one beginner-cyclist commuter and the other experienced. This will be followed by an audience and panel discussion with Frank Fisher and Elliot Fishman.

Transition Towns – From Oil Dependency To Local Resilience

Light on talk and heavy on action, Transition Towns is an international movement that has swept the globe since its inception in 2005. Today there are 245 ‘official’ involved communities and over 1000 mulling it over! Central to the idea of Transition is that re-localising our basic needs and wants is inevitable given the realities of resource depletion (especially oil), water shortages and Climate Change. This presentation provides a context illustrating why we desperately need to Transition as well as drawing on global and local examples of Transition Towns. Described as “more like a party than a protest march” Transition Towns have been incredibly effective in attracting ‘non-greens’ and engaging wider audiences than traditional sustainability approaches.

CycleWise – Tips for Surviving and Thriving on the Roads

Designed for novice riders who’d like to ride more, ride to work, ride for transport but don’t feel confident on the roads. The talk covers: choosing the right bike and accessories, bike set-up and safety checks, cyclist rights and responsibilities, route planning, tips for avoiding car doors, being seen and safe at intersections, what to do if you have a crash and more. Also includes info about courses available, if people want to brush up their skills. There will be an opportunity for people to ask questions.

Zero Emissions Transport by 2020: How Do We Get There?

Fast trains, bicycle freeways, 100% electric vehicles. Find out from Beyond Zero Emissions how we can make our transport future a safe climate future.

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