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Transitions Film Festival 2013

Posted in Events, Movements by Jessica Bird on February 14th, 2013

15 February , 2013 10:00 amto23 February , 2013 10:00 pm


TRANSITIONS FILM FESTIVAL, 15 to 23 February 2013
“See the change you want to be in the world”

Featuring an amazing line-up of films including Matt Damon and Gus Van Sant’s feature narrative Promised Land, The Sundance Institute’s A Fierce Green Fire and the highly anticipated Chasing Ice, the Transitions Film Festival runs from February 15-23rd at Federation Square, ACMI and Cinema Nova. The program also features introductions and panel discussions with international filmmakers and Australia’s sustainability leaders. Key guests include Bob Brown (former leader of The Australian Greens), Drew Hutton (Lock The Gate), John Wiseman (Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute), Anna Rose (AYCC) and Velcrow Ripper via satellite (Director of Occupy Love).

Transitions Film Festival is dedicated to showcasing powerful, inspiring and ground-breaking films from around the world that highlight the awe-inspiring global transformations that are taking place every day. Covering topics such as social entrepreneurship, energy politics, climate change, social justice and technological innovation, the festival hopes to inspire the transition to a sustainable world. To encourage low emissions transport, audience members riding bikes to Cinema Nova screenings will receive cyclist’s concession prices.

Important Dates:
Federation Square Free Screenings: 15-16 February 2013
Cinema Nova Program: 17 -23 February 2013
ACMI Shorts: 18 February 2013

>>> For more information and to view the program visit the Transitions Film Festival website.

Ashes To Honey: Screening for Fukushima anniversary

Posted in Events by TransitionTownPortPhillip on March 8th, 2012

12 March , 2012
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

Join Japanese For Peace & Transition Port Phillip for a special “Appetite For Insight” screening, to mark the anniversary of the Fukushima disaster on 11:03:11

Monday 12 March

doors open 7pm for 7.30pm screening

Guest speakers from Japanese For Peace

“Ashes To Honey” follows the journey of an island community in Japan protesting the development of a nuclear power station and looks to Sweden for inspiration as to how the world can meet its future energy needs sustainably.

$11 online tickets or $12 on the door (subject to availability)

SLOWdown Restaurant, 54 Acland St (opp. Mc Donalds) St Kilda

For further info please contact

Transitions Film Festival: Gala Launch and program

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on February 10th, 2012

11 February , 2012 7:00 pmto19 February , 2012 10:00 pm


The Transitions Film Festival is a visionary film program dedicated to showcasing ground-breaking documentaries about our global culture in transition towards a sustainable future.

The festival takes place as part of the Sustainable Living Festival with the support of the United Nations Association of Australia (Victoria), the City of Melbourne, The Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, Red Energy, Hepburn Wind, Prosper Australia and

The program features an inspirational line-up of world-changing documentaries and culminates with a free state-wide synchronised screening of Yann Arthus-Betrand’s spectacular film ‘Home’.

Screenings include live introductions by international filmmakers and NGO’s as well as an interactive short film forum hosted by the United Nations Association of Australia.

For more information about the program and session times click HERE or visit

The Economics of Happiness: Foodie film screening

Posted in Events by TransitionTownPortPhillip on November 10th, 2011

14 November , 2011
8:00 pmto9:30 pm

“Going local” is a powerful strategy to repair our fractured world – our ecosystems, our societies and ourselves… Join us on Monday 14 November, 7.30 for 8pm screening of “The Economics of Happiness”, a film exploring the emerging paradigm of re-localisation, a new way of thinking about economics, growth & prosperity.

Special guest speaker, Nick Ray, founder of the Ethical Consumer Guide.

Tickets $11 online  or $12 on the door (subject to availability) includes nibblies made from locally sourced produce & a glass of wine.
SLOWdown Cafe Bar Restaurant, 56 Acland St, St Kilda (opposite McDonalds).

Appetite for Insight foodie films are proudly presented in partnership with SLOWdown eco-friendly restaurant & Transition Town Port Phillip, supported by Port Phillip Urban Fresh Food Network & Veg Out Community Gardens.

Fractures and Transformations: Political reflection and action in a shifting world

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on June 10th, 2011

15 June , 2011
7:30 pmto9:00 pm
Arena Discussion Forum
Fractures and transformations: political reflection and action in a shifting world
Wednesday 15 June, 7.30 pm

Climate change, catastrophe and transformation – The necessity and possibility of a post carbon future

  • John Wiseman, Melbourne Sustainable Society institute, University of Melbourne
  • Fiona Armstrong, Convenor, Climate Change and Health Alliance

Many of us share a growing awareness that we are on the threshold of social, ecological and political transformations as encompassing as the scientific and institutional shifts of the Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution. The escalating risks of climate change, peak oil, nuclear technology and economic meltdown are only some of the most obvious consequences of a world dominated by neo-liberal institutions and underpinned by a dangerously seductive faith in the capacity of technological innovation to drive boundless economic growth and consumerism. In this public forum John Wiseman and Fiona Armstrong will lead a discussion about the importance of a rapid transition to a just and sustainable post carbon society and economy – at the speed and scale needed to prevent runaway climate change.

When: Wednesday 15 June, commencing 7.30 pm
Where: Arena Project Space, 2 Kerr St Fitzroy (b/n Brunswick & Nicholson Sts)

Further information: 9416 0232 or
All welcome: gold coin donation at door

Discussion Group: Sustainable Design in Denmark

Posted in Events by Mark Ogge on April 12th, 2011

18 April , 2011
6:30 pmto8:00 pm

Source: Beyond Zero Emissions

A monthly discussion group hosted by Beyond Zero Emissions focusing on energy solutions to climate change.

Birgitte Hoffmann is Associate Professor at the Technical University of Denmark’s Department of Management Engineering. Birgitte will join us in person for a special mid-month discussion group on sustainable transitions within water management, energy production and consumption, sustainable urban development and the social and political aspects of achieving a 50% wind energy target in Denmark. She has published reports on energy efficient buildings, urbanising facilities management, built environments, teaching and implementing sustainable design and regularly presents at conferences.

Note: This discussion group will replace the May discussion group previously scheduled for 2 May

Time: 6:30- 8pm Monday 18 April 2011
Entry: Gold coin donation

Fritz Loewe Theatre (entry via level 2)
McCoy Building, University of Melbourne
Cnr Elgin & Swanston Streets, Carlton

Further reading:…

Thank you to the University of Melbourne Energy Research Institute, our Zero Carbon Australia project partners for joinig us in bringing you this event.


Australian Stationary Energy Plan: 100% Renewable Energy in 10 Years

Posted in Events, Research by Mark Ogge on July 9th, 2010

Please join us for the launch of the Stationary Energy Plan, the culmination of over 12 months and thousands of hours of pro bono work by engineers, scientists and postgraduate students.  The plan is a collaboration between the climate solutions think tank Beyond Zero Emissions, and the University of Melbourne Energy Institute.  This plan is unique in Australia.  It has been put together in a collaborative way involving over 50 technical experts.

It is a detailed and costed blueprint for transitioning our stationary energy sector to 100% renewable energy in ten years. The technologies utilised in this plan are commercially available now.

This free public lecture will cover the details of the plan as well as the state of renewable energy in Australia more broadly. A panel discussion will follow the presentations.

Wednesday 14 July, 6-8pm
Basement Theatre, The Spot
198 Berkeley St, Carlton

John Daley (CEO, Grattan Institute)
Keith Lovegrove (Solar Thermal Group Leader, ANU)
Lane Crockett (General Manager, Pacific Hydro)
Matthew Wright (Director Beyond Zero Emissions)

The full report will be made available for the first time on 14 July, free to download from the Beyond Zero Emissions website or hard copy for purchase.  A flyer for the lecture is available here.

For further information contact the Melbourne Energy Institute:
T: +61 3 8344 3519
F: +61 3 8344 7761

We hope you can join us for this important event.  No RSVP required.

Transition Management: Institute for Social Research

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on May 27th, 2010


Professor Derk Loorbach, Dutch Research Institute for Transitions, Erasmus University, Rotterdam and Visiting Distinguished Researcher at the Institute for Social Research at Swinburne University of Technology

The issue

Australia has ‘inherited’ from the 20th century highly liveable but unsustainable cities, and a very cheap but unsustainable energy system. These and other challenges have been catalogued in Transitions: Pathways Towards Sustainable Urban Development in Australia (2008, Springer and CSIRO Publishers). Visions of where our urban, water, energy, transport and housing systems could be by 2050 have been advanced, but the process of transformation is proving to be intractable.

Towards a solution

Professor Derk Loorbach is a pioneer in Transition Management (TM) and author of a 2007 book with that title. At the Dutch Research Institute for Transitions (DRIFT) at Erasmus University, he and his colleagues have led several major TM initiatives, including a national energy transition program, urban transitions in Rotterdam Harbour and city, among many others. Professor Loorbach will outline the TM process invented at DRIFT, together with case studies, and reflect on its potential for application in Australia.

Running sheet for the event

Professor Peter Newton from ISR at Swinburne University of Technology will briefly outline AHURI’s Greyfield Regeneration project he is leading with Monash and RMIT Universities before introducing Professor Loorbach.Following Professor Loorbach’s presentation there will be a brief wrap-up by ARUP who will introduce the Melbourne Transformation Cluster initiative. The session concludes with light refreshments, drinks and informal networking.


5.30pm – 7.00pm Thursday 10 June 2010 (presentation followed by drinks and light refreshments)


Level 5, 215 Spring Street Melbourne (ARUP)


Before Monday 7 June 2010 Email: Telephone: 03 9214 5978 (seating is limited)

T10 – the Transition Decade: Launch

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on February 10th, 2010

Source: Ethical Consumer Group

Why come to the launch?

At both the state and national levels, local leadership has failed to deliver even very small cuts in carbon emissions. Not surprisingly at the international level, the recent Copenhagen negotiations have produced no meaningful outcome either. We have to face it, conventional political change methods have not worked.  We have run out of time for half-measures. It is now imperative that a safe climate is restored as fast as humanly possible. This will require zero emissions, and more, at emergency speed. It seems that what is essential to accomplish is impossible to achieve. Clearly a breakthrough is needed.

Limited seats – register now

The Transition Decade campaign aims to guide effective action to achieve safe climate goals. The launch will present a strategy to harness the power of collaboration. An alliance of committed groups has been formed to drive a collaborative framework through a decade of structural and social change. The launch will create the opportunity to take the size and effectiveness of this alliance to a whole new level.

Sunday 14 February at 12pm in the Melbourne Town Hall.

>presenting the case for a safe climate

>promoting a shared time frame for action

>demonstrating the power of collaboration

>presenting a new strategy for restoring a safe climate

PROFESSOR DAVID DE KRETSER, A.C, The Governor of Victoria

ROB GELL (Master of Ceremonies) National President of Greening Australia Ltd

PROFESSOR WILL STEFFEN Executive Director of the ANU Climate Institute

PROFESSOR ROB ADAMS AM Director Design & Urban Environment, City of Melbourne

SENATOR CHRISTINE MILNE Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens

UNCLE BOB RANDALL Yankunytjatjara Elder and Traditional Owner of Uluru

MARK OGGE Beyond Zero Emissions

CAM WALKER National Liaison Officer for Friends of the Earth Australia

PHILIP SUTTON Convener of The Climate Emergency Network

GISELLE WILKINSON President of the Sustainable Living Foundation

KELLY O’SHANASSY Chief Executive Environment Victoria

JOE HERBERTSON Safe Climate Australia

This event is proudly supported by Melbourne Conversations, City of Melbourne.

EcoDrinks “Transition: Action in the Workplace”

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on June 10th, 2009

An invitation to the next EcoDrinks event: “Transition: Action in the Workplace”: extending the transition theme to action in the workplace

When: 6pm 12 June
New International Bookshop, underground at Trades Hall (cnr Victoria & Lygon Sts, Carlton)
Drinks and Nibbles: gold coin donation

Further information on the transition movement:
Interview with Rob Hopkins, Transition Network Co-Founder
Transition Culture blog: “How might our response to peak oil and climate change look more like a party than a protest march? ”
Transition Towns Wiki