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Sustainable Living Festival 2012

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on February 9th, 2012

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19 February , 2012

The Sustainable Living Festival, Australia’s biggest sustainability event, rolls into Victoria again on 11 February 2012.  Packed with sustainability action – from global green leaders to vegan bodybuilders, great debates to speed dates, organic philosophy to organic feasting – there’s something for everyone with an interest in the future of our planet.

This year’s Festival theme is ‘Australia – the Lucky Country’. With our golden soil and wealth for toil, and our land abounding in nature’s gifts, Australians have every reason to feel lucky, right? As one of the sunniest places on earth, we are uniquely placed to harness our abundance of solar and wind energy better than any other country on the planet. We have a golden opportunity to use the sun’s power and nature’s wind to secure the Australian way of life well into the future.

To bring this message home and to tell us how it can be done, the Festival’s keynote speaker for 2012 is Hans-­Josef Fell, a man many call the father of renewable energy worldwide. Fell is the architect of Germany’s impressive renewable energy policy and is responsible for delivering Germany’s 2020 renewable energy targets 10 years ahead of schedule. His work has been adopted by over 70 countries and triggered major investments in solar power around the globe. The Festival’s flagship Big Weekend at Melbourne’s Federation Square (17–19 Feb) will be a swag full of fun. Events include:

  • Festival Great Debate – Economic Growth Will Save The Planet
  • The Climate Quiz hosted by Adam Hills – Find out the eco-­impact of knocking back a tinny
  • Dirty Girl Kitchen – Green granny gurus teach you a thing or two about food
  • Speed Date a Sustainable Designer – 10 minutes with a green architect or designer
  • Vegan Bodybuilding – Pecs, packs and prowess from the world’s best anti-­beef beefcakes
  • Off-­the-­Grid-­Gig – A pedal-­ and solar-­ powered party featuring musical luminaries like Lisa Mitchell
  • Pants for Poverty – Go for the Guinness World Record in a giant pair of fair-­trade pants.

Don’t miss the Big Weekend’s ever-­popular Green Market, where over 100 exhibitors showcase sustainable solutions from transport to garden gear to homewares. Get tips and tricks from Australia’s leading producers and suppliers, win giveaways and receive hefty discounts. Across the state, the two-­week EcoCity and State of Sustainability programs offer dozens of inspiring events, such as the Transition Film Festival and a surprise free music performance by an acclaimed international artist.

12th Annual Sustainable Living Festival

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on February 14th, 2011

12 February , 2011 10:00 amto27 February , 2011 6:00 pm

In 2011 the Sustainable Living Festival is on a mission, a safe climate mission. There’s already too much carbon in the atmosphere and that’s heating up our planet at a staggering rate. But what does that mean? Isn’t a hotter climate good for getting a tan and hang’n at the beach? NO way! Heating up the planet is causing crazy climate chaos; it’s melting our ice caps, causing floods and sea levels to rise. But so what! How does climate change affect us living here in Australia? Well major damage to our ecological systems threatens our way of life. The environment that we depend on relies on a stable climate that helps us to produce basic things like food and water supply, in fact, our whole economy depends on it. Your country needs you for this vital mission. So step up and let’s cut our emissions to restore a safe climate and sustainable future. The Festival is full of great ways to help you take the leap and get down to ground zero emissions. How carbon low can you go?

The Sustainable Living Festival 2011
February 12 – 27
Melbourne & Beyond!

Brought to you for the twelfth time by the Sustainable Living Foundation.
Download the Festival program.

Force of Nature: David Suzuki Film Screening

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on February 11th, 2011

20 February , 2011
8:00 pmto10:00 pm

Source: Victorian Climate Action Calendar

Image: dsf_canada via flickr CC

David Suzuki, iconic Canadian scientist, educator, broadcaster and activist delivers a ‘last lecture’ what he describes as “a distillation of my life and thoughts, my legacy, what I want to say before I die”. The film interweaves the lecture with scenes from the places and events in Suzuki’s life creating a biography of ideas forged by the major social, scientific and cultural events of the past 70 years. This Moonlight Cinema screening is a feature event of the Sustainable Living Festival.

Sunday February 20, from sundown.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne

Visit for booking details or visit the film website to see the trailer.

SLF Great Debate: Environmentalism Is Failing

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on February 7th, 2011

18 February , 2011
7:00 pmto9:30 pm

The Sustainable Living Festival presents the Great Debate
Environmentalism Is Failing: Or is it on the verge of creating a transition to a safe climate future?

Gear up for this one; it’s the Festival Great Debate. Hear some of Australia’s foremost environmentalists reflect on the successes and failures of the environment movement. Don’t miss this feature event as speakers present their case for a way forward for environmentalism in the 21st century. This event will be filmed for ABC TV.

  • David Suzuki: World-renowned scientist, broadcaster & activist
  • Clive Hamilton: Author and public intellectual
  • Ian Lowe: President of the Australian Conservation Foundation
  • Senator Christine Milne: Deputy Leader of Australian Greens
  • Anna Rose: Co-founder of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition
  • Philip Sutton: Author of Climate Code Red & Co-founder of Safe Climate Australia
  • Moderated by Julia Zemiro

Friday, February 18, 2011 from 7:00 PM – 9:30
BMW Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne

Tickets $25 Book through Eventbrite:

Sustainable Transport at SLF

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

A reminder: the Sustainable Living Festival is on this weekend.  See below for a selection (courtesy Going Solar Transport Newsletter) of talks and film screenings on sustainable transport at the Festival.

Transport for Sustainable Cities

Come and hear Professor Ross Garnaut, eminent economist and author of the Garnaut Climate Change Review and the Hon Greg Hunt, Shadow Minister for Climate Action speak on sustainable transport. Commentary by Kelvin Thomson MP, Federal member for Wills.

How Car Dependence Is Turning The Suburban Dream To Nightmare

Using never before published data, the Institute for Sensible Transport has mapped the level of oil vulnerability across Melbourne’s local government areas. Dramatic differences in income and travel distances were found, with the inner city earning more and driving less, while the outer suburbs drove over four times the distance, with considerably less income. Should the CSIRO prediction of $8 per litre be seen (or even half that), Melburnians will have great difficulty meeting their mobility needs.


AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE The worldwide economy is utterly dependant on oil, but resources will only last for some more decades at best. How to escape the impending crisis? On his travels through the US, Melbourne-born filmmaker Josh Ticknell explores the potential of biodiesel to replace oil and reduce the world’s addictive dependence on fossil fuels. This captivating demonstration of how everyone of us can help stopping climate change won the coveted Best Documentary Audience Award 2009 at the Sundance Film Festival, one of the world’s biggest festivals for independent films.

The Tao of Cycling

Cycling offers the most energy efficient and pollution-free form of transport known to humans. In Australia the smallest group of cyclists is the relaxed commuters, mainly women, cycling around their neighbourhood on various errands, shopping and going to work. This group dominate cycling in the Netherlands and other cycling countries, and have the greatest growth potential for Australian cycling. Diane Kraal and Alex Merory present their experience of relaxed commuting by bicycle: one beginner-cyclist commuter and the other experienced. This will be followed by an audience and panel discussion with Frank Fisher and Elliot Fishman.

Transition Towns – From Oil Dependency To Local Resilience

Light on talk and heavy on action, Transition Towns is an international movement that has swept the globe since its inception in 2005. Today there are 245 ‘official’ involved communities and over 1000 mulling it over! Central to the idea of Transition is that re-localising our basic needs and wants is inevitable given the realities of resource depletion (especially oil), water shortages and Climate Change. This presentation provides a context illustrating why we desperately need to Transition as well as drawing on global and local examples of Transition Towns. Described as “more like a party than a protest march” Transition Towns have been incredibly effective in attracting ‘non-greens’ and engaging wider audiences than traditional sustainability approaches.

CycleWise – Tips for Surviving and Thriving on the Roads

Designed for novice riders who’d like to ride more, ride to work, ride for transport but don’t feel confident on the roads. The talk covers: choosing the right bike and accessories, bike set-up and safety checks, cyclist rights and responsibilities, route planning, tips for avoiding car doors, being seen and safe at intersections, what to do if you have a crash and more. Also includes info about courses available, if people want to brush up their skills. There will be an opportunity for people to ask questions.

Zero Emissions Transport by 2020: How Do We Get There?

Fast trains, bicycle freeways, 100% electric vehicles. Find out from Beyond Zero Emissions how we can make our transport future a safe climate future.

Sustainable Living Festival this Friday to Sunday, 20-22 February

Posted in Events by Ferne Edwards on February 18th, 2009