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Transition Darebin hosts Nicole Foss (The Automatic Earth)

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on January 20th, 2012

19 February , 2012

Nicole Foss is one of those big picture people who understands and explains the links between the converging pressures affecting the globe (peak oil, climate change, financial crisis) and the implications for our everyday lives. Nicole explains why a period of deflation is likely and discusses household and community preparation strategies. Nicole is a systems analyst who lives in Canada and blogs under the name Stoneleigh with writing partner “Ilargi” at The Automatic Earth.

Transition Darebin is cohosting an all day workshop with Nicole and Steve Keen on Sun 19th February.

>>Flyer and Booking details

Check out the Transition Darebin post for information about other Nicole Foss events in Melbourne.

The Economics of Happiness: Foodie film screening

Posted in Events by TransitionTownPortPhillip on November 10th, 2011

14 November , 2011
8:00 pmto9:30 pm

“Going local” is a powerful strategy to repair our fractured world – our ecosystems, our societies and ourselves… Join us on Monday 14 November, 7.30 for 8pm screening of “The Economics of Happiness”, a film exploring the emerging paradigm of re-localisation, a new way of thinking about economics, growth & prosperity.

Special guest speaker, Nick Ray, founder of the Ethical Consumer Guide.

Tickets $11 online  or $12 on the door (subject to availability) includes nibblies made from locally sourced produce & a glass of wine.
SLOWdown Cafe Bar Restaurant, 56 Acland St, St Kilda (opposite McDonalds).

Appetite for Insight foodie films are proudly presented in partnership with SLOWdown eco-friendly restaurant & Transition Town Port Phillip, supported by Port Phillip Urban Fresh Food Network & Veg Out Community Gardens.

Appliance & Lighting Energy Calculator: Port Phillip Eco-Centre

Posted in Models, Research by Kate Archdeacon on June 8th, 2011

Source: Port Philip EcoCentre

The Port Phillip EcoCentre has developed a new energy calculator which will enable you to calculate how much energy you use in each room of your house for lighting and for appliances. It helps you identify opportunities for greater efficiency and shows you the results in $ and [CO2]. The potential savings in carbon and real AUD-moolah are staggering. Click here, download the spreadsheet, make a few minutes available to go round the house, counting lightbulbs and appliances, and you could save enough to pay for a holiday. Seriously.

Sustainable Energy At What Cost? Seminar

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on May 19th, 2011

25 May , 2011
6:30 pmto8:30 pm

Sustainable Energy At What Cost? Presented by The Grattan Institute

The debate on how to make the transition from the current carbon intensive energy system to one that is sustainable and low-carbon largely centers on cost. This seminar will explore various zero or low-carbon technologies, the cost of bringing them online and what people will end up paying for their electricity under the different scenarios. Experts from industry and academia will also investigate what carbon pricing signal will promote the best long term strategy, other complementary mechanisms we might need, and what impact these might have on the economy.

The Melbourne Energy Institute’s Renewable Energy Technology Cost Review, prepared for the Garnaut Review Update, will be launched at this seminar. This report looks at how innovation in wind and solar energy production will shape the future cost of zero-carbon technologies.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 from 6:30 – 8:30

Sidney Myer Asia Centre
Carrillo Gantner Theatre
The University of Melbourne


Mr Robyn Williams AM, Science Journalist, The Science Show, ABC


Mr Patrick Hearps, Energy Research Fellow, Melbourne Energy Institute
Mr Andrew Stock, Executive General Manager, Origin Energy Australia
Mr Terry Teoh, Power Project Development, Pacific Hydro


Prof Mary O’Kane, NSW Chief Scientist and Scientific Engineer and Chair, Australian Centre for Renewable Energy
Mr Ric Brazzale, Managing Director, Green Energy Trading
Dr Jenny Hayward, Research Scientist, Energy Technology, CSIRO
Mr Tristan Edis, Energy Research Fellow, Grattan Institute

Bookings and event link here.

“The Economics of Happiness”: Film Screening

Posted in Models, Research by Kate Archdeacon on April 15th, 2011

Both hard-hitting and inspirational, the film ‘The Economics of Happiness’ reveals some uncomfortable truths about today’s global economy, which is creating divisiveness, financial instability and environmental breakdown worldwide. But it also shows how people around the world are already engaged in exploring alternative visions of prosperity: uniting around a common cause to build more ecological, more human-scale, more local economies. The film features a chorus of voices from six continents, including Vandana Shiva, Zac Goldsmith, Bill McKibben, Khyentse Norbu Rinpoche, and Clive Hamilton.

Join us for a special, free screening of ‘The Economics of Happiness’ followed by an opportunity for discussion with producer and director, Helena Norberg-Hodge.

Please RSVP:

Tuesday 3 May 2011, 6.30pm-8.00pm
Basement Theatre, ‘The Spot’, Business & Economics 198 Berkeley Street (cnr Pelham St) [Building 110] The University of Melbourne, Carlton

This event is proudly cosponsored by the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF), the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute (MSSI), and the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab (VEIL).

Global warming: an economic perspective

Posted in Events by Ferne Edwards on August 11th, 2008

GLOBAL WARMING – An economic perspective
12 seminars with Dr Jim Crosthwaite
Date: 2 September to 18 November, Tuesdays
Time 6.30 to 8.30
Location: Trades Hall

For details about the course and the MSCP evening series, go to:

Global Warming: An Economic Perspective seeks to answer two questions – how can the phenomena of human-made climate change be understood from an economic perspective and what sorts of changes in economic mindset, policy and individual practice need to be brought about to help galvanise urgent action? The course is aimed at anyone who accepts the proposition that there is no economy without a living environment, but who nonetheless feels disoriented by the welter of political proposals on offer within mainstream and non-mainstream debate.

Climate change is happening at a very fast rate. Melting of ice sheets and retreat of glaciers suggests that irreversible thresholds are being rapidly approached. The problem must be addressed quickly and deeply. This can only happen if governments around the world show strong leadership, avoid capture by vested interests, and address the major equity issues that will arise.

Economics like other disciplines can offer much in terms of understanding how the climate change problem arose, how it will affect future growth and development, how it can be stabilised, how to choose between technical options for mitigation and adaptation, and how international collective action can be achieved. Controversy rages amongst economists on these issues, not least because mainstream neo-classical economics has a different world view, as well as theories and methods to other economic schools such as ecological economics and political economy.

'Global Warming Much?' by kazzxcore