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Elemental: Film Screening & Discussion

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on May 31st, 2013

15 June , 2013
6:30 pmto10:00 pm

ErielDeranger_During_the_TarSands_HealingWalk

Elemental tells the story of three individuals united by their deep connection with nature and driven to confront some of the most pressing ecological challenges of our time.

The film follows Rajendra Singh, an Indian government official gone rogue, on a 40-day pilgrimage down India’s once pristine Ganges river, now polluted and dying. Facing community opposition and personal doubts, Singh works to shut down factories, halt construction of dams, and rouse the Indian public to treat their sacred “Mother Ganga” with respect.

Across the globe in northern Canada, Eriel Deranger mounts her own “David and Goliath” struggle against the world’s largest industrial development, the Tar Sands, an oil deposit larger than the state of Florida. A young mother and native Denè, Deranger struggles with family challenges while campaigning tirelessly against the Tar Sands and its proposed 2,000-mile Keystone XL Pipeline, which are destroying Indigenous communities and threatening an entire continent.

And in Australia, inventor and entrepreneur Jay Harman searches for investors willing to risk millions on his conviction that nature’s own systems hold the key to our world’s ecological problems. Harman finds his inspiration in the natural world’s profound architecture and creates a revolutionary device that he believes can slow down global warming, but will it work?

Separated by continents yet sharing an unwavering commitment to protecting nature, the characters in this story are complex, flawed, postmodern heroes for whom stemming the tide of environmental destruction fades in and out of view – part mirage, part miracle.

Saturday, 15 June 2013 from 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM (EST)

The first Melbourne screening of the amazing environmental film ‘ELEMENTAL’ from the Global Oneness Project will be followed by a panel discussion fueled by audience questions – Panel will be (Adam Bandt Greens MP- confirmed), Prof. Stuart Hill(confirmed), and one other TBC – Economist/Environmentalist.

>> Bookings and further information on the Eventbrite page.


Are you a Solar Citizen?

Posted in Movements by Kate Archdeacon on May 22nd, 2013

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Photo: Duncan Rawlinson via flickr CC

From the Solar Citizens website:

Australia is one of the sunniest continents on earth, so producing power from the sun just makes sense.
This has been recognised by millions of Australians who have chosen to take energy generation into their own hands.
One million rooftop power stations are now lighting up homes around the country. And many more households are looking to solar as a way to manage their energy bills, creating cleaner energy along the way.

To date ordinary Australians have invested $8 billion of their own money in solar – a massive investment in clean energy generation in the grid.
The solar revolution IS happening at an astounding pace – the price of solar is plummeting, making solar more affordable than ever, and rates of uptake continue to rise rapidly.
But despite the many reasons to go solar, some big energy companies don’t want to see Australians take back control of their own energy needs. They want to make connecting to solar harder, not easier.

Solar Citizens is a new community project to bring together existing and future solar owners to ensure the rights of solar owners are protected and to help see Australia put a panel on every rooftop.

Solar Citizens will work to ensure:

  • Every Australian is able to take up the benefits of solar in their home or in their community
  • Solar homeowners are paid a fair price for the power they contribute to the grid
  • Solar homeowners are able to connect to the grid
  • Solar homeowners are not subject to unreasonable charges or tariffs

If you want to ensure your rights as a solar owner are protected or if you believe in a solar future for all Australians join Solar Citizens today.

Solar Citizens is an initiative of 100% Renewable – a community organisation to help Australia move towards a renewable energy future. The project is non-partisan and independent of any political organisation or party.

>> www.solarcitizens.org.au


Scott Kinnear (organic & sustainable food activist / business owner) at Melbourne Sustainability Drinks

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on May 31st, 2012

6 June , 2012
6:00 pmto8:00 pm

Director of the recently established Safe Food Foundation & Institute, Scott Kinnear is passionate about nurturing sustainable change through reducing the impacts of food production on social systems, economies, health and the environment.

Scott was the former and founding Chair of the Organic Federation of Australia, former director of Biological Farmers of Australia, former Chair of the Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies (CERES) and was a founding director of Hepburn Wind.

Scott originally trained in Agricultural Science and for the last twenty years has been heavily active in the organic food movement. Scott founded and runs Organic Wholefoods, which has two stores in Melbourne.

June 6, 6:00 – 8:00pm

Slate Bar & Restaurant
Mezzanine, 9 Goldsbrough Lane
Melbourne VIC 3000

>>Go to the website to RSVP


Ashes To Honey: Screening for Fukushima anniversary

Posted in Events by TransitionTownPortPhillip on March 8th, 2012

12 March , 2012
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

Join Japanese For Peace & Transition Port Phillip for a special “Appetite For Insight” screening, to mark the anniversary of the Fukushima disaster on 11:03:11

Monday 12 March

doors open 7pm for 7.30pm screening

Guest speakers from Japanese For Peace

“Ashes To Honey” follows the journey of an island community in Japan protesting the development of a nuclear power station and looks to Sweden for inspiration as to how the world can meet its future energy needs sustainably.

$11 online tickets or $12 on the door (subject to availability)

SLOWdown Restaurant, 54 Acland St (opp. Mc Donalds) St Kilda

For further info please contact transitiontownportphillip@gmail.com


Day of Action To End Uranium Mining: Fukushima 1 Year On

Posted in Events by TransitionTownPortPhillip on March 7th, 2012

11 March , 2012
1:00 pmto3:00 pm

Sunday 11 March @ 1pm

State Library (front lawn)

Melbourne based Japanese for Peace is hosting a memorial event to mark the anniversary of the Tohoku Major Earthquake in Japan and the beginning of the ongoing nuclear disaster in Fukushima.

We will also appeal to the Australian community that Australian uranium has been fuelling Fukushima, and we must stop the mining and export of this unsustainable and dangerous resource so that Australia will not fuel any more future nuclear disasters.

All concerned people are invited to participate and express our solidarity with people in Japan who are still suffering from the ongoing nuclear disaster.

The event includes a number of speakers and performers, such as a Japanese wadaiko drum group and an indigenous acoustic singer. The rally will be followed by a march through the CBD area led by a Japanese drum group.

Please bring along banners, boards, music instruments or anything to express your creativity. The event will be broadcast live via the internet to show our action to people in Japan who are also organising nation wide events later on the same day.

For further details of this event, please email: info@jfp.org.au
Tel: 0413-849-984


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.


Exhibition Launch: Land is Life

Posted in Events by bencampbell on August 25th, 2011

4 September , 2011
1:00 pmto4:00 pm

Exhibition Launch: Land is Life, a free photographic exhibition by Oxfam Australia

Award winning photographer Rodney Dekker travelled with Oxfam to the Pacific Islands nations of Tuvalu and Kiribati, recording images and interviews with people whose daily lives and livelihoods are being affected by climate change.  This striking series of images shows aspects of daily life and culture, the impact of rising sea levels on local food crops and fresh water supplies and how people are adapting to climate change. The photos also tell of a spirit of determination and innovation as they prepare for their futures.

Additional to the photographs, we will be exhibiting climate change related art created by local artists. There will also be live music and finger food at the event. The exhibition will be officially launched by Federal Member for Kooyong, Josh Frydenberg.  Following the launch event, Land is Life will be held at Kew Library from Monday 5th September to Wednesday 5th October.

You can preview some of the photographs here: http://www.oxfam.org.au/act/events/land-is-life

Date: Sunday 4th September 2011
Time: 1.00pm to 4.00pm
Location: QPO, 186 High Street, Kew
RSVP: By Monday 31st August to Ben Campbell – benc@oxfam.org.au or 0416 305 004

 


Writing in the Eye of the Storm: Engaged Knowledge

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on May 12th, 2011

19 May , 2011
5:30 pmto7:30 pm

In this lecture Diane Bell explores three case studies than span three decades: Aboriginal women and land rights (1970s); violence against women (1980s); the Hindmarsh Island Bridge controversy (1990s). Each case, she argues, entailed a form of ‘engaged knowledge’, each had her writing in the ‘eye of the storm’. The fourth in which she is now engaged, the fight for the River Murray, has echoes of the previous three. Why continue to be embroiled in matters that are tagged ‘controversial’? What constitutes ‘objectivity’ in such situation? What lessons might be learned from a career of speaking truth to power?

Professor Diane Bell: writer, anthropologist, activist. Look for her on line – www.hurrysavethemurray.com. Diane is Professor Emerita of Anthropology at the George Washington University, DC, USA, Writer and Editor in Residence at Flinders University, Visiting Professor at Adelaide University and campaigns with the River, Lakes and Coorong Action Group.

RSVP 15 May: jeharrison@slv.vic.gov.au

Thursday 19 May, The Queen’s Hall, State Library of Victoria
5.30 pm drinks for 6 pm start

Presented by the Centre for Australian Indigenous Studies (CAIS) at Monash University.