Enviro Update

Upcoming events:

Thursday 23 July, 2pm-3.30pm

Demonstration Earthship – rebuilding the Little Yarra Steiner School Community House

Presented by the Little Yarra Steiner School Community Association

Michael Reynolds, ‘The Garbage Warrior,’ will come to Yarra Junction to discuss the possibility of building an Earthship as the school’s new Community House. Michael will spend some time looking at the school and at the proposed site. He will then speak with members of the school and the local community.

Parents and friends of the school, interested members of the broader local community and in particular people who have lost homes during the fires (or are involved in re-building in fire affected areas) are invited to come and meet him.

Should this rebuilding project go ahead it would not only immediately benefit the school community, but also provide opportunities for people in the broader local community to be involved in and support the building of a demonstration Earthship in our area.

Cost: free

Venue: The Little Yarra Steiner School, Little Yarra Road, Yarra Junction (Melway 288 H11)

Enquiries: kirstyc@netspace.net.au

Friday 24 July, 12noon-2pm (entry from 11.30am)

Design for fire forum

Presented by Melbourne Conversations and the Design Research Institute, RMIT University

How can design help communities deal with extreme fire events? Hear experts in architecture, engineering, environment, planning, social issues, art, technology and more as they explore this urgent issue.
Michael Reynolds, Garbage Warrior, Design Activist and Architect, New Mexico, USA
Justin Leonard, Project Leader Bush Fire Research CSIRO
Naomi Brown, CEO of Australasian Fire & Emergency Service Authorities Council
Roz Hansen, Managing Director, Hansen

Moderator: Alan Saunders, Broadcaster and Presenter, ABC Radio National
Cost: free

Venue: BMW Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne City

Info and RSVP: designforfire@stateofdesign.com.au

Wednesday 5 August, 7pm-8.30pm

Climate action event – a campaign manual for greenhouse solutions

Presented by Eltham Bookshop

Dr Mark Diesendort, author of Climate Action – A Campaign Manual for Greenhouse Solutions, will speak on his urgent message that if we don’t exert collective pressure through grassroots climate groups, environmental and social justice NGOs, and various other groups, our governments will surely fail us and the planet.

Cost: $5 (includes refreshments)

Venue: The Gathering Space, Our Lady Help of Christians, 1-13 Henry St, Eltham

Bookings: essential. elthambookshop@bigpond.com ; phone 9439 8700.

Please see attached flyer for more details.

Friday 7 August, 10.30am-12noon

Reusable nappy information session

Presented by Nillumbik Shire Council

Learn about the latest alternatives to disposable nappies.

Cost: free

Venue: Diamond Valley Library, Civic Drive, Greensborough (Melway 11 A10)

Bookings: Nillumbik Operations Centre on 9433 3500

Thursday 13 August, 7pm-9pm

Free film screening – Garbage Warrior

Presented by Nillumbik Shire Council

Join renegade architect Michael Reynolds in this inspirational documentary, as he battles antiquated legislation to create truly sustainable housing using car tyres, water bottles and beer cans.

Cost: free

Venue: Edendale Farm, Gastons Road, Eltham (Melway 22 A1)

Bookings: Georgia Ramsey, Environment and Strategic Planning, on 9433 3210

Please note: this documentary is rated M and contains coarse language.

Imperial Blue Butterfly DVD

This audiovisual presentation includes photographs of Imperial Blue Butterfly colonies in Warrandyte State Park, and nearby reserves along the Plenty River, accompanied by Christmas Hills guitarist Geoff Penny. The aim of the DVD is to present the beauty of the butterfly’s intricate life cycle in a way that is enjoyable as well as informative. The DVD is available through the Friends of Warrandyte State Park for $8 (plus $1.50 postage and handling) via the attached order form.


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