Posts Tagged ‘Events’

BZE presents David Spratt: climate change and extreme weather

Posted in Events by Mark Ogge on January 31st, 2013

4 February , 2013
6:30 pmto8:00 pm


Monthly discussion group hosted by Beyond Zero Emissions focusing on energy solutions to climate change. Featuring David Spratt, co-author of the ground breaking Climate Code Red.


Time: 6:30- 8pm, Monday 4 February,  2013

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

Entry: Gold coin donation

Co-author of Climate Code Red, David Spratt will present the latest climate science and its links to increasing extreme weather events worldwide. Australia has experienced record high temperatures, heatwaves and bushfires already this year with the Bureau of Meteorology adding two new colours to its weather forecasting chart to take the highest temperature up from 50 to 54 degrees. In 2012 climate science observations saw a record summer Arctic sea ice melt, record Greenland ice sheet melt, record permafrost warming, as well as increasing floods, cyclones, droughts and heatwaves. With climate scientists predicting more extreme events, David also shows what we can expect at the 2 and 4 degree warming scenarios. David is also an experienced activist and will talk about the urgent action we can take to tackle the climate emergency.

Thank you to the University of Melbourne Energy Institute, our Zero Carbon Australia project partners for supporting us in bringing you this event.

For those outside Melbourne: LIVE streaming of this event in HD720 video is available.  For further reading follow the links to these articles: Climate Code Red,  Temperatures off the charts as Australia turns deep purpleThe 2013 climate change wake-up call,  Heat waves exacerbated by climate change.

Planning for Low Carbon Development

Posted in Events by Jessica Bird on January 30th, 2013

6 February , 2013
6:30 pmto8:00 pm

Photo by Al Jazeera English via Flickr CC.

The twin challenge of poverty eradication and emissions reductions.

In developing countries, where most of the world’s population lives, the daunting challenge for governments and policy makers is to reduce both poverty and greenhouse gas emissions. Professor Harald Winkler from the University of Cape Town’s Energy Research Centre will offer his perspective on how this challenge might be tackled in South Africa, a country that, like Australia, has a heavy dependence on coal-based electricity generation. Prof Winkler argues that taking more ambitious action to reduce emissions can result in socio-economic advantages, or ‘co-benefits’, which should be considered primary rather than secondary benefits.

Professor Winkler will be joined by panellists, Tony Wood and Malte Meinshausen, to discuss the Australian parallels to South Africa’s experience.

Date: Wednesday 6th February, 2013, 6.30pm – 8.00pm.

Venue: Carrillo Ganter Theatre, Sidney Myer Asia Centre,
Corner Swanston Street and Monash Road,
The University of Melbourne.

Hosted by the Grattan Institute.

Enviro Trivia Contest

Posted in Events by EcoCentre on June 18th, 2012

1 July , 2012
2:00 pmto4:00 pm

we'll give you something to puzzle over

Sunday 1 July, 2pm-4pm

Get your green thinking caps on for a cozy afternoon of environmental trivia at Port Phillip Eco Centre.

Reckon you could tell a tawny frogmouth apart from a barn owl? Do you know when the first earth day was held? or how many tonnes of pollution hazelwood power station produces annually? A tip: you’ll be needing all your senses for this quiz (and if you can recognise a few animal calls, that’ll help!)

Answer quiz questions covering natural history, geography, science and current affairs; win points in a round of charades (Could you act out ‘An Inconvenient Truth’??); plus have a go at other fun challenges to get your team over the line.

Round up your friends or come alone and join an impromptu team. The first team of five to RSVP will receive a special door prize.

There’ll be prizes/give aways for every round.  Hot drinks (inc. our house made chai) and appetizers available.

Entry: Gold coin donation.

RSVP to Paula: 3102/0417 501 383.

Port Phillip EcoCentre
Cnr Blessington & Herbert St., St Kilda (adjacent St Kilda Botanical Gardens)
Enquiries: paula – 0417 501 383 /

Inclusion Timebank launching in the Inner South-East

Posted in Movements by Inclusion Melbourne Volunteering on June 13th, 2012

Local disability organisation Inclusion Melbourne is moving forward with its cutting edge new initiative, the Inclusion Timebank. The Timebank is a new approach to volunteering, work, friendship and community building.

If you are a local of the inner South-East, international student, local student, senior citizen, person with support needs, professional, young person seeking work experience (or basically anyone really!), the Timebank allows you to share your skills (languages, tutoring, gardening, design, housework, art mentoring, anything really!) with other Timebank members and learn new skills or get help in return. For every hour of help you give someone, you receive a credit hour, which you can spend on help from someone else. No money ever changes hands. An hour for an hour. All recorded on our fantastic online portal:

Members sign up through Inclusion Melbourne’s Volunteer application process and are assisted by the Timebank coordinator to make their initial exchanges.

It sounds simple – almost like bartering or the well-known LETS system – however Timebanking has the potential to transform communities through:

  • Creating access into a pool of skills and services that would not usually be available due to financial or other limitations
  • Filling the gaps in services provided by government
  • Valuing everyone’s time as equal
  • Facilitating new friendships
  • Upskilling whole neighbourhoods
  • Joining people together to see needs met
  • Creating an environment of respectful reciprocity in a diverse body of people

The Inclusion Timebank is open to anyone who lives, works or ‘does life’ in the area around Armadale (including East St Kilda, Balaclava, Malvern, East Malvern, Toorak, Prahran, Windsor, South Yarra and Caulfield North).

There will be an information session and launch held at Inclusion Melbourne in Armadale at 5:30pm on Monday 25 of June, at 5.30pm. If you would like to book a place at an information session, learn more, or sign up, please call the Timebank Coordinator on 9509 4266 or email us at

Love the way you shop! Workshop

Posted in Events, Movements by EcoCentre on October 4th, 2011

9 October , 2011
2:00 pmto4:00 pm

Photo: Sibokk via flickr CC

Love the way you shop! Workshop on conscious shopping

Let’s discuss what the impacts on our consumer choices are and how to channel your $$ power to practices you support. We talk about: GMO, organic, supply chain, corporate power, health, community, budget restraint, embodied energy, carbon footprint….. …..and anything that puzzles or disturbs you.

The workshop is FREE! Just bring $5 you will spend on shopping – a hands-on exercise during the workshop!

  • Sunday, 9 October: 2pm – 4pm
  • Wednesday, 12 October: 6pm – 8pm
  • Thursday, 13 October: 6pm – 8pm


Seeking Program Partners: 13th Sustainable Living Festival

Posted in Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on September 15th, 2011


You are invited to join in the celebrations of the 13th annual Sustainable Living Festival. We want your ideas, imagination and insights into community education and mobilisation to help create the 2012 Festival program. This is the critical decade and we all know we need to help Australians achieve a new scale and speed of action for a safe climate and safe environment. The Festival’s role in helping to communicate this direction and showcase leading groups and solutions is a pivotal one in gaining community support for a mass transition to aid sustainability. The Festival’s program format is rapidly expanding to reach new audiences and develop fresh and more creative ways of engaging with people from all walks of life. We invite you to become a program partner today and help shape this direction and kick start the programming for Festival 2012.


FOR MORE INFORMATION Contact: Luke Taylor, Sustainable Living Foundation –

Apply: Online Event Application Form –


The Economics of Happiness: Screening

Posted in Events by Nelly on August 3rd, 2011

4 September , 2011
6:00 pmto8:30 pm

Join us for the screening of ‘The Economics of Happiness’. Both hard-hitting and inspiring, this film demonstrates that millions of people across the world are already trying to create a better world. Their common cause: rebuilding more democratic, community based, ecological and local economies – the foundation of an ‘economics of happiness’.

The evening will be presented by Vasili, of ‘Vasili’s Garden’, with the screening to be followed by a panel discussion with director and producer Helena Norberg-Hodge and representatives from Transition Town Maroondah and Transition Geelong.

When: Sunday September 04, 6 – 8:30 pm

Where: Karralyka Centre

Mines Rd, Ringwood East (Mel 50 A6)

Entry: Voluntary gold coin donation

RSVP: By Friday 26 August 2011 to or call 9298 4261

View the trailer at:

This event is supported by Maroondah City Council in partnership with Transition Town Maroondah.

The Australian Water Story: The World Bank Water Day Revisited

Posted in Events, Uncategorized by land-environment on June 24th, 2011

30 June , 2011
8:30 amto4:00 pm

Photo of Lynbrook Estate from Australian Ecosystems

Demonstrating international recognition of the strengths of water research, policy and implementation in Australia, the World Bank in Washington DC hosted ‘The Australian Water Story’ on January 31 this year. A great strength of this program was Victorian-based companies, government agencies and educational institutions which have never been showcased in Victoria.  In this day-long program, we recreate the presentations made by Victorians at the World Bank. We highlight new collaborations that have followed the World Bank visit and offer exciting opportunities for Victorian water conservation, agriculture and industry.

The event will be closed and summarised by Dr Sharon Nunes, global Vice President, Smarter Cities Strategy & Solutions of IBM. Dr Nunes will also give a public lecture at 6pm – Click through for details and reservations for the lecture ‘The Role of IT in Sustaining the World’s Water Resources‘.

Visit the website for more information and registrations or contact Skye Harrison, email:, phone: (03) 8344 5025

8:30am – 4pm, Thursday June 30, 2011
University of Melbourne, Harold Woodruff Theatre, Floor 1, Room 127, Microbiology Building 184, Map (reference J11)

Download the program.

Peter Harper: ‘Zero Carbon Britain 2030′ in Melbourne

Posted in Events, Research by Kate Archdeacon on March 18th, 2011

13 April , 2011
19 April , 2011

Zero Carbon by 2030 – Britain’s dream or reality?

Technology says we can. Science says we must. Is it time to say we will?

SPEAKER: Peter Harper, Centre for Alternative Technology (UK), Coordinator Zero Carbon Britain

Two public lectures by UK scientist Peter Harper, from the Centre of Alternative Technology (CAT), in Wales on ZeroCarbonBritain 2030 – a plan offering a positive realistic, policy framework to eliminate emissions from fossil fuels within 20 years. Zero Carbon Britain(ZCB) brought together leading UK’s thinkers, including policy makers, scientists, academics, industry and NGOs to provide political, economic and technological solutions to the urgent challenges raised by climate science.

Governments and businesses seem paralysed and unable to plan for a rapid transition to a low-carbon economy. ZCB shows what can be done by harnessing the voluntary contribution from experts working outside their institutions. The ZCB report,released in June 2010, provides a fully integrated vision of how Britain can respond to the challenges of climate change, resource depletion and global inequity, with the potential for a low-carbon future to enrich society as a whole.

During lectures in Melbourne and Sydney, Peter will explore how we can ‘Power Down’ demand in the built environment, transport, land use and institute behavioural change, then ‘Power Up’ the energy system with renewables. He’ll outline the key thinking behind the report, including why a low carbon economy is an investment in the future, and look at the ways sustainable community based and multi-lateral initiatives will concurrently inform a global energy infrastructure.

Wednesday 13 April, 6.30- 8pm, BMW Edge, Federation Square

Please register your attendance by Monday 11 April to

Presented by the British Council, VEIL (Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab), Banksia Environmental Foundation, Key Message and BMW Edge at Federation Square.

Harvesting Ideas for a Sustainable Future: World Cafe with SGA

Posted in Events, Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on February 21st, 2011

26 February , 2011
9:00 amto1:00 pm

Source: Sustainable Gardening Australia (SGA)

Graphic by Avril Orloff, reprinted by permission from The World Café Community Foundation at

Join Sustainable Gardening Australia (SGA) for an exceptional ‘world café’ style event so your voice can be heard. Help us to build on our momentum as a collective in creating a greener future through sustainable gardening. SGA is a non-government, not-for-profit organisation consisting of a small number of staff and many volunteers. Although we have relatively few resources, we are committed to producing strong environmental outcomes and have made significant achievements over the last 7 years.

Who should attend?

  • Home gardeners
  • Environmentalists
  • Community groups
  • Horticulturalists
  • Landscape and nursery industry professionals
  • Local government representatives
  • Anybody who wants to make a positive difference to the communities and world we live in

The world café concept creates conversations about questions that matter by bringing together people with diverse backgrounds and values. Each person’s opinions and ideas are respected and heard. For more about the world café process, we recommend this website –

Saturday 26th February, Melbourne University, Burnley Campus, 9.00am – 1.00pm
Visit the SGA website for more details or to register your attendance.