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International Green IT Awareness Week: Speakers wanted

Posted in Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on April 25th, 2013

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The 2013 Green IT Awareness Week Virtual Conference currently has a call out for speakers.

Technology has positively changed the lives of millions of people globally. However with everything “good”, comes some “bad”. But it isn’t hopeless. There are simple steps you can do to help reduce the impact of technology on the following:

Every modern information based technology runs on electricity.

Electricity use that is based on non-renewable sources such as coal fired plants, creates greenhouse gas emissions. Greenhouse gas emissions increase global warming and result in issues such as rising sea levels. For the individual, modifying your computers’ power management settings and turning your PC off when it isn’t in use can save both money and the environment. Switching to renewable energy sources are another great way to avoid greenhouse gas emissions associated with technology.

Every year millions and millions of computers and electronics are thrown into landfill.

For example, in Australia in 2008 over 16 million TVs and computers were thrown into landfill. Within computers and electronics are toxins and contaminants such as lead. They also contain precious non-renewable metals such as gold, silver and copper, which could otherwise be recycled.

You might not think water is a problem for technology however water is used in vast amounts to cool large data centres.

Data Centres are simply buildings specially built to host servers and computers. These server and computers might run your corporate network, or even your Hotmail and Google email accounts. Fresh water is a valuable resource – more valuable than oil in many countries around the world.

From the Green IT website:

What is International Green IT Awareness Week?

The International Green IT Awareness Week is a seven day, multi-time zone, global, online event held annually 1st-7th June. The main outcome of this week is to encourage individuals and organisations to demand more from themselves and their partners, holding each other to account for our impact on the environment.

International Green IT Awareness Week showcases a variety of programs, activities and initiatives hosted both by public and private sector organisations, and individuals globally. The Foundation for IT Sustainability (FFITS.ORG), the initiative organiser, also hosts a major virtual (online) conference during the week that is scheduled across global time zones.

There are speakers from across the globe including: green IT experts, IT industry heavy weights, celebrities, government officials, our board of advisors and our founder speaking through live video conferencing, webcasts, live Q&A sessions and recorded videos. They address critical issues including: the cultural change around green IT, showcasing case studies, discussing research, presenting on practical implementation and implementing best practices for both home and business technology users.

>> www.greenitweek.org


Latin Fiesta / Solidarity Party

Posted in Events by Ferne Edwards on August 19th, 2008

Protecting our planet, defending our communities! Supporting aboriginal communities struggles against NT intervention, its time to act!

Two fantastic Latin American bands
“Santa Pacha Bendita” – The best Colombian band in Melbourne, ballads, rumba and Latin rhythms.
“Da Chos”, Eight-piece Latin band – They will keep you dancing Salsa/Reggae and Merenge all night long.
Special guest: Walter Shaw

Date: Saturday August 23rd, 7pm
Location: Brunswick Town Hall, 233 Sydney Road, Brunswick
Entry: Tickets Pre-sell and bookings $20, Group of 4 $60. At door $25, Solidarity $30, included a glass of wine. Not BYO – Latin Canteen and food available
Bookings: 9481 2273 – 9419 8700 – 0400 914 944

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Friends of the Earth Knitting Circle

Posted in Models by Ferne Edwards on August 7th, 2008

What a fantastic idea! Love the idea of making some winter warmies whilst discussing politics! Please see an event below as listed on the Friends of the Earth Melbourne newsletter.

Friends of the Earth Knitting Circle
What is a knitting circle, I hear you ask. Well it can be whatever you want it to be. It is basically a group of people that get together to knit, chat and share skills (and drinking tea and eating cake is also encouraged!) Whether you’ve never knitted and are wanting to learn, or are an experienced knitter perhaps looking for some social interaction and are happy to share your skills and promote the DIY craft of knitting. All levels, genders and ages are welcome.

Date: Thursdays from 3pm and Saturdays
Time: from 11am – starts this week but you can join at any time.
Location: Meet at the big table in the FOE cafe.

Please bring your own materials if you have them, I will bring along some spare needles and yarn for beginners. If these times don’t suit you but you are keen, please email Sarah at bookshop @foe.org.au

See http://www.wellfedwellread.blogspot.com for more info.

Friends of the Earth Bookshop
312 Smith St, Collingwood, VIC 3066
Ph: 03 9417 4564
Fax: 03 9416 2081

Friends of Earth Knitting Circle