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Safe Climate Australia: transition to a zero-carbon economy

Posted in Movements by Kate Archdeacon on June 11th, 2009

An introduction to Safe Climate Australia – a not-for-profit group dedicated to planning the transition to a zero-carbon economy.

Safe Climate Australia has been formed by a group of concerned climate scientists, community and business leaders with a shared understanding of the need for emergency action to restore a safe climate. Its aim is to deepen community understanding about both the scientific imperatives that demand action at great speed, and about how we can plan the rapid transition to a zero-carbon economy.

Safe Climate Australia will be officially launched at an event for 1,000 invited guests in Melbourne on July 13, with a keynote speech from Nobel Prize winner, Al Gore.

In the Media
The Sunday Age Article Gore weighs in for green group

Safe Climate Australia

PUBLIC LECTURE 11 May 5.30pm – “Because the world needs to know”: building an international climate movement: Bill McKibben

Posted in Events by Ferne Edwards on May 7th, 2009

When: 5.30pm-7pm, Monday 11 May
Where: Prince Philip Theatre, Ground Floor, Architecture Building (building 133), University of Melbourne. Map.
Admission FREE. Bookings are recommended – email: Enquiries: 8344 5073

Leading environmental writer and activist Bill McKibben will discuss the unique international campaigns and movements that have emerged in response to the implications of the latest findings in climate science. Even two years ago, scientists could offer only vague ideas of how much carbon in the atmosphere was _too_ much. But in the wake of the rapid melt of Arctic sea ice in 2007, it has become clear that this is a problem not only for the future, but very much for the present.  McKibben will outline the rapid changes going on in the popular and political response, proposing a path that is focused on action, creativity, and the rapid mobilisation of an international social movement to supplement the work of scientists and politicians on this issue.

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Media release: Melbourne Social Forum

Posted in Events by ChrisChinchilla on March 27th, 2009

Here’s the media release for the Melbourne Social Forum, we’re still on the look out for stalls, workshops et…


The world is changing rapidly, with major crises such as Climate Change and The Global Financial Meltdown polarising in peoples minds the need for action. The time for discussion and talk is long over, realistic and practical ideas are needed now to help us all through our daily lives.

In the Hot House is a weekend festival that aims to do just that, bringing together diverse areas of Melbournes community to lead discussion, engagement and (most importantly) action. To create and promote ideas that attendees can take home and put into effect immediately, making a real difference to their lives and the lives of those around them. Read the rest of this entry »

The 2009 Sustainability Convergence – ‘Breakthrough: From Recession to Sustainability’

Posted in Events by Ferne Edwards on January 30th, 2009

Proudly presented by the Sustainable Living Foundation, Friends of the Earth, Environment Victoria and the Greenleap Institute.

About: As we face a looming financial crisis, what are the threats and opportunities to social and environmental movements? How do we break the ‘business as usual’ model? How do we ‘bail out’ the planet? This convergence seeks to bring together people from across Melbourne to start to develop a pathway through the recession to a sustainable economy. What would this look like and how we would we get there? What about livelihood and good work, what about community resilience? What about our place in the world? How do we respond effectively to the looming crisis of climate change? And what does this mean for the social and environmental movements in the short term?

This one day forum will look at the opportunities and threats connected to the economic downturn – political, financial, cultural. We will look at hope and fear (and how we can speak in frames not of opposition but of hope and determination), sketch out pathways to a better future, and how we could get to a safe climate economy in 10 years. We will also consider how we could make Melbourne a sustainable city – one that is compact, people friendly, based on public transport, renewable energy, biodiversity and food production. There will be a session for workshops – you are welcome to send proposals in before the conference.

When: Saturday February 14, 9am – 5pm
Where: Northcote High School, St Georges road, Northcote. Take tram line 112 towards West Preston, stop 26
Cost: Low income – $15 Waged – $25 (no one excluded through lack of funds)
To register: Please pre-register so we have a sense of numbers (you can still just show up on the day). Email your details (name, address, organisation if relevant) to Cam (details below). If you felt like pre-paying, that would be welcome, please send a cheque made out to Friends of the Earth to sustainability convergence, c/- FoE, Box 222, Fitzroy, 3065.

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