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Event – Climate Movement Convergence – Saturday 9 February 2008

Posted in Events, Movements, Visions by Ferne Edwards on January 16th, 2008

The information below is from the Friends of the Earth website.

Over the past few years, we have seen the emergence of a new social change movement, driven by an inspiring new wave of grassroots community activism. Around the country there are literally dozens of new groups, campaigning for effective action on climate change.

As yet, this new movement has not been able to gather in the one place. The climate movement convergence seeks to create this space in a one day forum, aiming to bring together the remarkably diverse climate change community we have here in Victoria, including local climate action groups, peak green groups, thinkers and strategists, social activists and other sectors concerned about climate change, and progressive businesses.

We aim to provide an inspiring day of workshops, open space for discussions, an overview of the latest climate science, ideas on building a strong and vibrant movement, and the opportunity to ponder what opportunities are now present with a change in federal government.

The program covers:
* analysis of opportunities for change under the Rudd ALP government
* a download of recent climate science
* an overview of current theories and models for taking action on climate change
* inspirational examples of what climate change groups, businesses, development organisations, social justice groups,
unions and others are already doing to tackle climate change
* workshops – there are two workshop sessions – one on campaign themes, and one based on geographical regions.
Anyone can propose a workshop.

The full program is available at: http://www.foe.org.au/climate-justice/media/news-items/front-page-news-feed-1/climate-movement-convergence-victoria-february-9

To offer a workshop, please see the website or contact Cam: cam.walker @foe.org.au

We would welcome your involvement.

*Details*:
Saturday February 9, 9am start – 5pm (registration from 8.45am)
Northcote High School
St Georges Road, Northcote, 3070 (just north of Merri creek). Take tram line 112 towards West Preston, stop 26: full details at: http://tt.metlinkmelbourne.com.au/tt/TTB/20071216-092454/vic/03112Ettb.pdf
Costs: low income $15/ waged people $25 (no one excluded through lack of funds)
We are asking people to pre-register: details shortly on: _http://sustainabilityconvergence.org.au/_
Groups welcome to hold stalls ($10 fee).

On the day ….
Please note: we are not able to provide lunch, please either BYO (minimum waste!) or cafes/ food outlets are close by in North Fitzroy. If possible, please bring a cup for cuppas.
Please let us know if you require childcare (the conference organisers will provide this at no cost).

The convergence is being organised by the Sustainable Living Foundation (SLF), Friends of the Earth (FoE), the Greenleap Strategic Institute and Sustainable Business Practises and is supported by a range of climate groups including Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE), Carbon Equity, Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance, Environment Victoria, Futureye, Greenpeace, Moreland Energy Foundation, Western Region Environment Centre and Zero Emissions Now (ZEN).

There are weekly planning meetings, if you would like to get involved please contact Cam: cam.walker @foe.org.au

Climate Movement Convergence

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