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The Yes Men Fix the World: The Big Picture

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on November 28th, 2011

6 December , 2011
6:00 pmto8:00 pm

Next screening, THE YES MEN FIX THE WORLD, on Tuesday 6 December 2011 at 6pm at Ross House, 247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne.

THE YES MEN FIX THE WORLD is a screwball true story about two gonzo political activists who, posing as top executives of giant corporations, lie their way into big business conferences and pull off the world’s most outrageous pranks. From New Orleans to India to New York City, armed with little more than cheap thrift-store suits, the Yes Men squeeze raucous comedy out of all the ways that corporate greed is destroying the planet.

Read more on the Ross House website.

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.

Students Of Sustainability: Camping Conference

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on May 20th, 2011

6 July , 2011to10 July , 2011

Liveable & Just Toolkit: Regional Workshops

Posted in Events, Research by Kate Archdeacon on May 6th, 2011

12 May , 2011to17 June , 2011

Source: Victorian Local Governance Association via Mt Alexander Sustainability Group Inc (MASG)

The Liveable & Just Toolkit is the culmination of a project to explore how local governments across Victoria are responding to the social and equity impacts of climate change.

In June 2009 the Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA) and Melbourne University’s McCaughey Centre travelled across the state to hear directly from local governments about issues of priority, success stories, challenges, and lessons learned in addressing the social and equity impacts of climate change. Workshops covered crucial issues such as heatwaves and bushfires, rising costs of water, energy and transport, physical and mental health, and the heightened vulnerability of groups such as the mentally ill, homeless, aged, and infants.  In response to workshop outcomes and recommendations, the Liveable & Just Toolkit provides a practical framework to help integrate responses to the social and equity impacts of climate change across council activities. It also presents ideas and suggestions for local government to respond to climate change in ways that simultaneously promote social justice.

Toolkits available for download from the website:

The toolkit is designed for use by those in roles of varying seniority within the local government sphere and across a range of council activities including sustainability, health and wellbeing, economic and community development, and planning. The toolkit will also be highly relevant to community organisations working alongside or in direct partnership with local governments.

Visit the website for more information on the toolkit.

Regional Workshops: May-June 2011

The VLGA will deliver a series of workshops in regional Victoria in May and June, sponsored by mecu Ltd and hosted by local governments and regional cities. These will enable you to use the toolkit to build on existing organisational and community strengths in addressing a range of climate-related social and equity impacts.

Workshop dates and locations – all sessions run 9.30am-4pm

Bendigo: Thursday 12 May Capital Theatre, View St
Ballarat: Thursday 19 May Town Hall, Sturt St
Wodonga: Thursday 26 May Wodonga TAFE, 87 McKoy St, West Wodonga
Mildura: Friday 3 June Alfred Deakin Centre, 180 Deakin Ave (Cnr 12th St)
Latrobe: Friday 17 June Quality Inn Latrobe Convention Centre, Princes Hwy Traralgon

Visit the workshop website to register or find out more.

FareShare – Rescuing food, feeding people and helping the planet

Posted in Models, RDAG by Ferne Edwards on April 12th, 2009

FareShare (formerly One Umbrella) is a small not-for-profit community organization that rescues food that would normally go to waste to combat hunger in Melbourne. It was the first organization of its kind when it was founded in 2001 by a handful of people with support from the social justice not-for-profit and philanthropic sectors. In 2007-8, FareShare gave away over 180,000 meals and a further 190 tonnes of food.


The estimated benefits of FareShare’s food recovery activity in 2008-9 alone amounting to 400 tones of rescued food is the avoided emissions of 620 tones of greenhouse gases (or the annual equivalent of switching off 953 refrigerators for a year), a water savings equivalent to the annual consumption of 96 households and a saving in landfill disposal equivalent to the annual generation of 730 households (OFarrell 2008).

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Melbourne Social Forum and Festival

Posted in Events by Virginia on March 26th, 2009

The Melbourne Social Forum (MSF) is a progressive grassroots organisation that provides open space to discuss, share, and act on ideas for sustainable social and ecological justice. Our goal is to help create socially just and ecologically sustainable world through collaboration with community groups, activists, and the wider community. This year’s event explores ‘Positive responses to climate change‘.

Under this umbrella, vital contemporary themes consisting of human rights, sustainability and social and environmental justice will be discussed. The current social, ecological and economic challenges facing the world highlight the urgency for us to look for alternatives and solutions.

When: Friday 17 April
Where: TBA

The MSF launch will be followed by a two-day weekend festival at CERES Environmental Park in Brunswick featuring workshops, stalls, live music, performances by two local schools, films and art displays (Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th April).

For more information click here or email workshops@melbourne socialforum. org.

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Get involved with Friends of the Earth Melbourne I

Posted in Seeking by Ferne Edwards on May 20th, 2008

From Friends of the Earth Melbourne:
Helpers needed for FoE mail outs
Several times a year, copies of Chain Reaction (our national magazine) and the Melbourne newsletter are mailed out to all our members. This is one of the main ways we spread the word on issues of environmental and social justice. With a rapidly expanding support base, this is becoming quite a large operation! If you would like to become a part of the volunteer team which makes this happen, please email chris.clark All volunteers will receive the latest copy of the Chain Reaction magazine and a tasty lunch from our café downstairs.

Friends of Earth Melbourne