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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


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.

Deliberative Democracy and Sustainable Transport: Lecture

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on March 12th, 2013

18 April , 2013
12:00 pmto1:00 pm

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Photo: Royal Enfield via flickr CC


Peter Newman has been driving policy changes towards sustainable transport in Perth, Sydney and Melbourne over the past 30 years. Much of his success is due to working from the bottom up as well as the top down. This lecture will outline new projects in India where deliberative democracy has been planned into the structure of a street design exercise in Pune, and a train and station upgrade in Bangalore. Working with Janette Hartz-Karp from CUSP, Peter will report on the results of this work.

This event is co-hosted by the Faculty of Architecture, Building & Planning, the Melbourne Social Equity Institute, and the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute

Thursday 18 April 2013, 12pm – 1pm

Venue: Executive Lounge, Level 1, Alan Gilbert Building, 161 Barry St, Carlton, Melbourne.

Free event, but please register:

About the speaker:

Peter Newman is Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University and Director of Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute (CUSP) in Fremantle. He is on the Board of Infrastructure Australia and is a Lead Author for Transport on the IPCC. His books include Green Urbanism in Asia (2013), Resilient Cities: Responding to Peak Oil and Climate Change (2009), Green Urbanism Down Under (2009) and Sustainability and Cities: Overcoming Automobile Dependence with Je Kenworthy, which was launched at the White House in 1999.

CERES Global working with Women’s groups in India

Posted in Movements, Visions by ceres on August 14th, 2012

Women cooking pirchandikulum

Each year CERES Global spends 6 weeks in India and invites interested people to join us on a socio-environmental and cultural journey focused on mutual learning and exchange. As a past participant explains, “I took away a sense of humanity of possibility, a beautiful sense of how big the world is”.

CERES Global works with communities and organisations in India to generate solutions that are community driven and meet the needs identified by members of the community. Project sustainability is a key aspect of successfully engaging with communities and projects are designed and implemented with these principles in mind.

We will be holding a number of information sessions for people interested in learning more about our trips and how they can get involved:

Information sessions
6.30pm 23rd August
6.30pm 20th September
6.30pm 18th October
6.30pm 8th November

All information sessions are held in the CERES Eco house, crn Roberts and Stewart Streets, East Brunswick, VIC (enter via the Lee street gates). Please RSVP to the contacts below

For more information contact Sophie on – (03) 9389 0183 or
Or visit our website

Our projects in India, often involve working with women’s groups. A past participant explains her experience:

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Inclusive Cities: transforming the lives of Delhi’s urban poor

Posted in Events, Research by Kate Archdeacon on September 30th, 2011

11 October , 2011
12:00 pmto1:00 pm
Source: Brotherhood of St Laurence

Photo: Asha

Over 23 years of working with the urban poor in India, the non-government organisation Asha has developed a community development model that emphasises pro-poor growth and the inclusion of slum dwellers in the rest of society. Join Dr Kiran Martin, Director of Asha, and Visiting Fellow at the Nossal Institute for Global Health, University of Melbourne, at this special lunchtime seminar.

Around one third of inhabitants of the world’s cities – nearly one billion people – live in urban slums. Over 3 million people in India’s capital New Delhi, stay in slum areas. India’s slum populations are growing at much higher rates than urban populations overall, a trend mirrored across the developing world. This state of affairs is unsustainable for India and the world. People in slums display poor developmental indicators across the board, from poor health to low literacy rates to lack of access to financial services. Over 23 years of working with the urban poor, the NGO Asha has developed an urban community development model that emphasises pro-poor growth and the inclusion of slum dwellers in the rest of society. Having seen success in poverty alleviation through programmes in health, education, empowerment, financial inclusion and environmental improvement, this seminar focuses on how Asha has achieved results in heterogeneous slum communities through the practical application of such universal values as equality, individual dignity and social justice.

12.00 pm  – 1.00 pm, Tuesday 11 October 2011

Fr Tucker’s room, Brotherhood of St Laurence, 67 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Click through to register your attendance or to read more about Dr Martin.

CERES Global India Cultural Exchange Information Session

Posted in Events by ceres on September 14th, 2011

21 September , 2011
6:30 pmto8:00 pm
20 October , 2011
6:30 pmto8:00 pm

When:         Wednesday 21st September 2011 & Thursday 20th October 2011
Time:         6.30 – 8.00pm
Where:       CERES Eco House
Address:   Lee St, East Brunswick, 3058

Learn about how CERES connects with grassroots community development organisations that focus on women’s empowerment, education, health, and climate action, and how you can be involved through a CERES Global culture exchange program.

CERES Global India Information Sessions: Cultural Exchange Program

Posted in Events by ceres on July 12th, 2011

19 July , 2011
6:30 pmto8:30 pm

This year marks CERES Global’s 7th year of connecting with grassroots organisations in rural India to create better understanding between the two countries and to contribute to a more sustainable and equitable world. CERES Global participants absorb local life and culture, while learning from and working with local communities passionate about tackling climate change in locally appropriate ways. Come and learn more about our upcoming India program at an Information Session.

CERES Global – India Cultural & Skills Exchange Program – Information Sessions
Tues 19th July 6.30–8 pm
Thurs 25th August 6.30–8pm
Wed 21st Sept 6.30–8pm
Thurs 20th October 6.30–8pm

All Sessions are at the CERES EcoHouse (just inside the Lee Street gates)

CERES Global: India Travel Program 2011 Update

Posted in Events by ceres on September 30th, 2010

14 October , 2010
7:00 pmto9:00 pm
4 November , 2010
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

With our series of community engagement information sessions wrapped up it’s time to start planning our January trip to India. We have a group of enthusiastic people ready to embark on an exciting journey into rural India to share their skills and experience with local NGOs to help support grass roots projects. CERES Global has been working with local people and NGOs for the last six years to support the implementation of a variety of sustainable projects in rural India to benefit the environment and the local community. This January we will be working across all five community engagement areas (Climate Action; Environmental Education; Schools and Kindergardens; Health; and Empowering Women). Some of the work we will be doing will involve:

- documenting the lives of women who belong to a women’s group outside Pitchandikulum in South India;
– developing and trialling a health education program for young women in the tribal village of Pal in Central India;
– visiting a progressive kindergarten group that doubles as an environmental education and women’s support group in a remote community in the foothills of the Himalayas.

There are still places available so if you are interested in finding out more about these projects or have an interest in another area of community engagement (Climate Action; Environmental Education; Schools and Kindergardens; Health; and Empowering Women) come along to one of our Information Sessions:

When: Thursday 14th October, Thursday 4th November

Where: Eco House, CERES Community Environment Park, Lee St, East Brunswick

Time: 7pm – 9pm

Indian snacks and chai will be provided from 6.30pm.

Please RSVP to Vanessa at or on 9389 0183. For more information please contact Vanessa or go to our website for more information

CERES Global: India 2011

Posted in Events by ceres on August 26th, 2010

CERES Global is a unique cultural exchange program where participants can experience the richness of other cultures while gaining insight into different ways of sustainable living. CERES Global Trips to India, Indonesia and East Arnhemland provide people with the opportunity to experience and share in the impressive environmental and community development work carried out by village communities.  This summer we’re heading to incredible India. For the last six year CERES Global India trips have spent time with Women’s Self Help Groups all over India. From the tropical south to the foothills of the Himalayas CERES Global volunteers have been involved in helping women develop small business enterprises to empowering women through training programs.

Information Sessions for 2011 CERES Global India Travel Program:

CERES Global is currently looking for women with an interest in women’s empowerment and training to join our next trip. If you would like to find out more please come along to our next Information Session to see and hear about the projects we’ve supported over the last six years, meet past travellers, enjoy some Indian food and drink, and find out how you can be involved.

Contact Vanessa at or on 0425 856 666.

Sustainable Healthcare Clinic in India: Screening

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on March 23rd, 2010

Source: Climate Action Calendar

Active Melbourne Film Series 2010: Independent Documentaries addressing environmental and social justice issues.

In 2008, two volunteer acupuncturists visited a remote village in Northern India. They were amazed at what they encountered, immediately inundated with patients who had never received medical treatment before due to isolation, poverty and desolation, they carried out their work in a dilapidated hut. The need for a healthcare clinic in the area was all too evident.

After seeing the benefits of the temporary clinic, these two acupuncturists created a dream and a promise to bring acupuncture and healthcare permanently to the village. From this dream came the creation of Traditional Healthcare clinics, designed on the principles of permaculture and sustainability, with educational rooms, renewable energy and water conservation.

“Come and join us for a viewing of a 20-minute short of our three part series on The Making of a Sustainable Healthcare Clinic in India.”

Thursday 25 March 2010 @ 6pm

Hayden Raysmith Room
Level 4 Ross House, 247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Entry by donation
Drinks and snacks available
All proceeds go to: Traditional Healthcare