Archive for Environment
This training has been hailed by leaders of permaculture and those conscious of peak oil
Transition Towns is a movement, and not just any movement, but one which, in avoiding the civilisational collapse threatened by the twin crises of peak oil and climate change, could prove to be the most important social force humanity has seen.
Marl Lynas, author of Six Degrees
Growing numbers with their microscopes trained on peak oil are convinced that we have very little time to engineer resilience into our communities before the energy crisis descends. This issue should be of urgent concern to every person who cares about their children, and all who hope there is a viable future for human civilization post-petroleum.
Jeremy Leggett, author of The Carbon War and Half Gone
The Transition concept is one of the big ideas of our time. Peak Oil and Climate Change can so often leave one feeling depressed and disempowered. What I love about the transition approach is that it is inspirational, harnessing hope instead of guilt, and optimism instead of fear.
Patrick Holden, Director of the Soil Association
Transition Towns show how we get from the present commuter chaos of cities and towns, that is killing our planet, and the people in them, to viable ecologically sustainable urban and rural systems. The Transition Towns model is based on ground-breaking work in the towns of Kinsale, Ireland and Totnes, England, engaging whole communities in a transformative process that accepts the crucial need to change course, and has succeeded in doing so.
Jerry Mander, founding director of the International Forum on Globalisation and author of In the Absence of the Sacred.
Transition Towns is a fresh and empowering approach that will help us transition into a materially leaner but inwardly richer human experience. Initiating Transition Culture, wherever you are, will energise and regenerate your commitment to place, community and simple living.
Stephan Harding, coordinator of Masters of Holistic Science at Schumacher College
Oil depletion and climate disruption converge to make a deliberate cooperative transition away from fossil fuels the centerpiece of our human survival strategy for the remainder of the 21st Century. Our national governments are slow to act on this imperative, as there are too many powerful interests vested in maintaining the status quo. Economic relocalisation will be one of the inevitable impacts of the end of cheap transportation fuels. We must produce more of our necessities closer to home, we must make our immediate community the source and focus of our entire energy transition strategy. Transition Towns is the ‘How to’ guide to making this happen, and its fun, more like a party than a protest march.
Richard Heinberg, author of The Party’s Over, Powerdown and Peak Everything
"Only a crisis—actual or perceived—produces real change. When the crisis occurs, the actions that are taken depend on the ideas that are lying around. That, I believe, is our basic function: to develop alternatives to existing policies, to keep them alive and available until the politically impossible becomes politically inevitable."
Milton Friedman, guru of free market economics and disaster capitalism
In the past few months, one development after another has upended the old consensus about cars, about energy, and about the economic future. There’s an urgency in the air right now (a fright, really) that stems from our economic crisis and our ecological peril. It requires going beyond the admirable solutions of the past, and doing so rapidly.
Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy and cofounder of 350.org, a global grassroots campaign demanding significant action on climate change.
It is no coincidence that so many resource peaks are occurring together. For the past 200 years, cheap and abundant energy from fossil fuels has driven technological invention, increases in total and per-capita resource extraction and consumption (including food production), and population growth. Our starting point for future planning, then, must be the realization that we are living today at the end of the period of greatest material abundance in human history – an abundance based on temporary sources of cheap energy that made all else possible. Now that the most important of those sources are entering their inevitable sunset phase, we are at the beginning of a period of overall economic contraction.
Post-Carbon Institute – Manifesto
‘Not only does the Transition Towns model educate and inspire you on the path to sustainability, it also shows you how to get there. It has already had an impact even before it’s release here. Towns from Katoomba in the Blue Mountains of Australia to Nelson on the coast of New Zealand are amongst the many communities already influenced by Rob Hopkins’s work.’
Paul Klymenko, Planet Ark
‘The Transition Towns model clearly sets out the unprecedented and looming challenges climate change and peak oil pose for our civilization, and makes it clear that a concerted community response is our only option. And yet, the approach is profoundly positive – even joyous – because it reinforces how working together as communities and facing these challenges head-on will give us the capacity not just to survive but to actively build a future that is better than our alienated and oil-fuelled present. … Transition Towns is your invitation to join a clear-eyed, community-based, worldwide movement of grounded visionaries who choose hope and action over denial and apathy.’
Nick Heap and David Suzuki, The David Suzuki Foundation
‘The Transition Towns process is one of the most exciting outcomes of permaculture thinking and action in the world today.. It promises to be the guide for peak oil and permaculture activists everywhere who are taking action in the their local communities.’
David Holmgren, co-originator of the permaculture concept and author of Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability and Future Scenarios
URGENT COMMUNITY DISCUSSION
ONGOING TREE REMOVAL
Why are trees still being removed?
Where are the trees & tree matter (mulch) going?
All interested residents are invited to an urgent open community discussion session hosted by
Kinglake Landcare Group & KANDO
and talk about any related concerns, pose questions and decide what to do about this matter.
When: Wednesday 29 July 2009 @ 7.30 p.m.
Where: Kinglake Uniting Church, Kinglake West
Enquiries: Please contact KANDO Secretary, Nigel Polak –
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Mobile: 0407 866 691
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.
Venue: The Little Yarra Steiner School, Little Yarra Road, Yarra Junction (Melway 288 H11)
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
Venue: BMW Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne City
Info and RSVP: email@example.com
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. firstname.lastname@example.org ; 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.
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.
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.