Posts Tagged ‘peak oil’

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.

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

The end of suburbia: and the beginning of what?

Posted in Events by EcoCentre on January 13th, 2012

23 January , 2012
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

Join us for a FREE Film & Discussion Night. Monday 23 January 2012, 7pm @Port Phillip EcoCentre

The urban sprawl of Melbourne is reaching further and further, taking habitat for wildlife and prime land for growing food. It makes us more and more dependant on cars and doesn’t provide a space for a thriving neighbourhoods and engaged communities. With growing Australian population we all need a space to live but why instead of being more resourceful are Australian houses are getting bigger and bigger?

How do we deal with all these tensions? What is our outlook for the problem for the upcoming years?

Before solving all these issues let’s step back and watch a documentary: ‘The End of Suburbia’ (2004, Gregory Greene) that provides us with the historical background on how suburbs came to being in the USA and what are the challenges that face these places and their habitants.

After the screening join us for a snack and fun activities during which we will explore alternatives to a typical suburbian urban sprawl. Share your experience about the challenges of current housing realm.

Address: 55A Blessington St, St Kilda

Contact us:

To get the gist of what we will be talking about see this amazing short animation An Urban Sprawl Thinking Piece:

“Anima Mundi”: Film screening

Posted in Events by TransitionTownPortPhillip on August 19th, 2011

12 September , 2011
8:00 pmto10:00 pm

Will you survive the transition of human industrial civilization happening now due to peak oil and climate change? Can you see the forest for the trees, the earth for the dream, the universe for the seed?

Join us Monday 12 September @ 7.30pm for 8pm screening of “ANIMA MUNDI”,  a new & innovative Aussie documentary about Permaculture, Peak Oil, Climate Change & the Soul of the World. with guest speakers, Filmmaker Peter Charles Downey & Integrative Medicine expert, Dr Mark O’Meadhra

SLOWdown restaurant cafe bar, 56 Acland Street, St Kilda (opp McDonalds)

Tickets $10 online or $11 on the door (subject to availability). Includes locally sourced produce nibblies & glass of wine. Sustainable pre-screening menu  available beforehand.

Proudly presented in partnership with SLOWdown eco-friendly cafe bar & Transition Town Port Phillip, supported by Port Phillip Urban Fresh Food Network & Veg Out Community Gardens.

Relocalisation: Film Screening

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on June 18th, 2010

Source: Climate Action Calendar

Relocalisation:  How Peak Oil can lead to Permaculture

David Holmgren explains permaculture as a design system to relocalise our economies and communities in the face of the twin threats of Peak Oil and Climate Change.  In part I, David outlines the history of permaculture as a design concept and a global environmental movement in the context of the emerging energy descent brought on by the peaking and decline of global oil supply and the whole spectrum of environmental, economic and social crises. Relocalisation of our economies and communities is highlighted as the central organising strategy for creative grass roots adaptive response to the energy descent future, both to build resilience and capacity in the face of unprecedented threats, and grasp the creative opportunities from energy descent.  In part II, David uses his photos of examples of the diversity of permaculture design solutions from his own property Melliodora as well as the wider world of permaculture to show the scope and depth of permaculture design in the home, garden, farm, forest, community and ecomomy.

Manningham Carbon Rationing Action Group (CRAG) Discussion Group: Discussion led by Indy Lingham

Thu 24 June 6.45pm- 9 pm

Council Chambers
699 Doncaster Rd

Free Event; All welcome; Bookings Essential: 9840 4400 or

A Farm for the Future: Screening & Lunch

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on March 16th, 2010

Source: Wattleflower

You are invited to a South Indian Style brunch and Indian Buffet at Bawarchi Restaurant 20 Station Street, Moorabbin.

This will be followed by a showing of the film A Farm for the Future:

Wildlife film maker Rebecca Hosking investigates how to transform her family’s farm in Devon into a low energy farm for the future, and discovers that nature holds the key.

With her father close to retirement, Rebecca returns to her family’s wildlife-friendly farm in Devon, to become the next generation to farm the land. But last year’s high fuel prices were a wake-up call for Rebecca. Realising that all food production in the UK is completely dependent on abundant cheap fossil fuel, particularly oil, she sets out to discover just how secure this oil supply is.

Alarmed by the answers, she explores ways of farming without using fossil fuel. With the help of pioneering farmers and growers, Rebecca learns that it is actually nature that holds the key to farming in a low-energy future.

Bookings Essential:  Contact Della on 95795285 or Ann on 95891954 or Email

Cost is $18.00 per person.

Sunday March 28th at 12.00pm

Peak Oil Policy and Action Plan: Maribyrnong Council

Posted in Policies by Kate Archdeacon on October 19th, 2009

Source: Going Solar Transport Newsletter


Maribyrnong City Council has released a Peak Oil Contingency Plan that spells out the threats and shifts required by Council to achieve the same level of community service provision in times of reduced oil availability and subsequent escalated prices.  The Plan, prepared by the Institute for Sensible Transport, provides recommendations for boosting resilience to oil depletion, which include:

  • Introduce car pooling software, boost work from home options and encourage sustainable transport use and video conferencing facilities
  • Create opportunities for urban food production
  • Boost the proportion of Council budget dedicated to sustainable transport
  • Advocate to State and Federal Governments for improved public transport
  • Reduce demand for oil consumption across Council service areas.

Read more on the Council website.

Source: Going Solar Transport Newsletter

Seeking your feedback – A Green ‘New Deal’ for Victoria?

Posted in Models by Devin Maeztri on May 13th, 2009

A community response to the recession – a Green ‘New Deal’ for Victoria?

This is a proposal for a collaborative and integrated response to the triple crunch of recession, climate change, and peak oil.

A recent poll (1) suggests that while Australians appreciate the bonuses they are getting from the federal government, they are not convinced that they are the way to find our way out of economic recession. Instead they believe that we should be investing in infrastructure.

But there is also a deeper dimension at play here. We are not just facing one crisis. Australia, in common, with the rest of the global economy, is facing a triple crunch of recession, accelerating climate change, and growing energy costs and insecurity. These overlapping phenomena threaten to develop into a ‘perfect storm’, the like of which has not been seen since the Great Depression.

As jobs are lost at an increasing rate, decisive and visionary action by the state and federal governments is needed to guide us through this gathering storm and to take advantage of the opportunities that these unprecedented events present to us.
It is available at: A Green New Deal for Victoria and Friends of the Earth Melbourne
We would appreciate feedback by monday May 18 to allow us to incorporate it into the final report.
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Audio files available of Roberto Perez, Cuban permaculturalist

Posted in Models by Ferne Edwards on November 27th, 2008

Roberto Perez, Cuban permaculturalist (featured in the documentary The Power of Community), travelled to Australia recently to speak about Cuba, food and fossil fuels – see the post “Event – Organic Cuba: Abandoning Fossil Fuels – Public meeting featuring Roberto Perez – 5 April“. A popular guest, Perez gave an inspiring talk at London Food Link’s Big Autumn Do in September 2008. He focused on how Cuba responded to peak oil and its transition to a more sustainable model of agriculture which included thriving urban agriculture projects throughout Havana.

His presentation was recorded and can be listened below:

Part 1

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A nation building response to climate change and peak oil with Ian Dunlop via video conferencing link-up

Posted in Events by Ferne Edwards on November 25th, 2008

When: Monday December 1, 6.30pm
Where: Top Floor, Kindness House 288 Brunswick St Fitzroy
Charge: By donation

Australian business is often perceived as being resistant to policies aimed at making serious reductions to greenhouse gas emissions, nowhere more so than in the fossil fuel and emissions intensive industries.

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Beyond Zero Emissions Discussion Group Monday 1st December Ian Dunlop- A nation building response to climate change and peak oil

Posted in Events by Mark Ogge on November 13th, 2008

Topic: A nation building response to climate change and peak oil
Guest Speakers: Ian Dunlop * Via video conferencing link- up
When:Monday December 1, 6.30pm
Where: Top Floor, Kindness House 288 Brunswick St Fitzroy
Charge: By donation

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