Posts Tagged ‘sustainable sharing’
Posted in Movements by Kate Archdeacon on August 19th, 2009
Source: Friends of the Earth Melbourne
Image: Andy Ciordia via Flickr
On Saturday August 22, Sustainable Gardening Australia (SGA) will be holding their first ever fruit and veg/seed swap at the Abbotsford Convent Slow Food Farmer’s Market. If you’ve had a bountiful crop this winter and ended up with more fruit and veg than you know what to do with, they’d love you to come along and take part. Not only is this a great opportunity to show off your skills, but to also chat with with like-minded individuals and to have fun. The aim is to get members like yourself talking and discussing the successes (and failures!) of your efforts in sustainable gardening while sharing your produce as well as your knowledge. It’s also a great opportunity to swap some seeds as Spring approaches.
There will be SGA volunteers heading along to give you the latest happenings on the PODs project – Productive, Organic and Diverse gardening groups. If you have a passion for gardening, want to connect with your community, meet like-minded people and make a genuine difference to the environment, why not get involved? This will be a fantastic opportunity to network and get your own POD up and running!
Date: 22nd Aug 09
Time: 8:00am – 1:00pm
Venue: The Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford VIC 3067
The GrowLocal site is a national online tool that connects people who grow their own food and wish swap surplus within a given radius. The site also serves as an information base with an established forum.
Started in 2007 by Lincoln Smith, the objective of the site is to encourage the localisation of food through the power of co-operation with a strong political message to go â€˜beyond the structures of a market orientated world view, to question the connection between rampant consumerism and self interest, and to the establish new social relations not based on traditional economic forces. Participants are asked to register free online and to provide their postcodes and select the radius for where they would like to exchange goods (5, 10, 25 or more kilometres).
For more information about GrowLocal visit http://www.growlocal.net.au/.
This is from “Social Innovations in Victorian Food Systems”, case studies by Ferne Edwards.
Ferne Edwards, the host and organiser of the Sustainable Cities Round Tables, VEIL, introduces the concept of sharing, from shared spaces, to shared commodities demonstrating new ways to attain sustainability. This Sustainable Cities Round Table was the 10th event and the first for 2009. Including all the speakers we have now had a total of 99 speakers! All of these can be viewed online at SustainableMelbourne.com. Speakers were chosen to represent three different kinds of sharing – shared spaces (public lighting by Ironbark Sustainability, co-houses); shared products and materials (The Clothing Exchange, Green Hanger, Grow Local, Herd Share); and shared services (Permblitz, Solar Yarra Program). These examples are innovative, funky and fun models that could be replicated elsewhere. The evening also represented a mix of sharing with new technologies, and old forms of sharing that have been retrofitted somewhat to suit present day needs. And of course, sustainable sharing relates to our approaches to consumption â€“ reducing our footprint by consuming less and sharing and living more.
The Sustainable Cities Round Tables are structured as follows: each presentation is for just 3 minutes â€“ kept to time by the egg timer on its throne here + by the sensational percussionist, Miss Arwen Johnston (missarwen@ yahoo.com.au), whos playing the vibrophone. Arwen will start to play gently when speakers go over time to gradually increase in volume â€“ just like at the Oscars! At the end of the presentations well ask you to comment on some of the ideas emerging from the talks + from the exhibition that were sitting amongst.
Dianne Moy, Coordinator of the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab, introduces the many systems that are currently in place to facilitate the sharing of common goods ranging from houses, bags to transport. Her presentation aptly titled, ‘New Forms of Sharing‘, highlights both commercial and non-commercial forms of sharing.
Iain Walker, Promoter, Banyule E Cohousing project and Sustainable Living Foundation Convenor Cohousing / Intentional Communities Group, promotes the idea of sharing houses, ie. co-housing, in order to address sustainability issues. His presentation is titled, ‘Co-housing a sustainable solution that works‘ which emphasizes the theme of sharing and the importance of that theme in achieving sustainability.
Paul Brown, Director of Ironbark Sustainability, highlights the dichotomous relationship between the incentives of big electrical companies and local government’s attempts to thwart climate change. Speaking from an engineering background, Paul provides a valuable insight into the background dealings with such issues as climate change. His talk is titled “Public Lights“.
Glenda Lindsay, volunteer of Yarra Neighhbourhood Orchard Edibles Swap, introduces another pilot project that she’s involved with: The Compost Mates Pilor Project. The project aims to tackle the problem of food wastage by collecting food wastes and to turn it into compost. Her talk is titled “Feed de Soil, dat Feed de Plant, dat Feed us too“.
Kate Luckins (formerly Pears), founder of The Clothing Exchange, was the first of the 3-minute presenters at the Sustainable Cities Round Table on Sustainable Sharing. The title of her presentation was “Releasing fashion waste from closeted detention; the tale of The Clothing Exchange“. You can view her presentation and slides below.
Adam Grubb, Co-ordinator of the Permablitz network, introduces to the Permablitz model. Based on a reciprocity model, Permablitz aims to address issues dealing with food crisis through the utilization of of individuals in creating their own source of food in the backyard. His talk is titled “Eating up the Suburbs.”
Christian Ferrante, Director of Green Hanger, introduces us to the idea of the ‘green’ coat hanger whereby its materials are entirely degradable and environmentally friendly. He targets the fashion retailer and dry cleaners and calls for the replacement of current plastic and metallic coat hangers. His talk is aptly titled “The Green Coat Hanger“.