Archive for September, 2009
G’day g’day, how’s it going? While on my trip I dropped by Newcastle. Great place and I found a bunch of great projects and happenings going on around town (they’re still in the pipeline, keep an eye out).
However overhanging all of this was the fact that Newcastle has the world’s biggest coal loader, and is in the process of tripling it’s capacity. It’s a big industry for the area. I was able to arrange a tour of it, and it’s a massive set up. It doesn’t seem the smartest idea, but it’s real and it’s happening. I just came across this interview from ABC National’s By Design. It goes through the engineering side of things, interesting summary of what’s planned…
Posted in Happenings, Renewable Energy, Sustainable Design, Sustainable Living, tagged Australia, aycc, cat empire, climate change, emission reductions choice, fed square, federation square, kisschasey, world vision, youth climate change referendum, youth decide, youth leadership on September 8, 2009| Leave a Comment »
This week, something big is happening. Youth Decide will be happening all this week, at literally 100’s of events around the country!
What is it? Youth Decide is Australia’s first ever youth referendum on climate change. This is a chance for the generation that will be most effected, to have their say on how we should act now. From September 14-21, young people from all around Australia will be able to have their say.
Vote now via the website, or rock along to a voting event near you!
If you’re in Melbourne or surrounds, there’s a Youth Decide concert happening in Fed Square this Wednesday, 16 September. The line up has now been released with The Cat Empire and KissChasey announced to be playing. There are still a few more special guests to be announced, but at this stage you’ll have to rock up to find out. It all kicks off at 5pm. It’s going to be good though, so get on down if you’re in the area!
Get onto it, get into it, get it happening.
Posted in Happenings, Sustainable Living, tagged Australia, bike ride, cycle tour, cycling for sustainability, east coast, melbourne to sydney, Otesha, school education, summer idea, youth on sustainability on September 6, 2009| Leave a Comment »
Feeling adventurous and want to make a difference this summer? Otesha seeks participants for East Coast cycle tour to empower youth on sustainability
So, are you passionate about sustainability? Looking for something to do early in the year 2010? And what about bicycles? Have you ever dreamt about riding around Australia on two wheels? If so, then why not put those dreams into action and join The Otesha Project (Australia): Cycling for Sustainability’s forthcoming adventure. Otesha is currently seeking 20 empassioned people to participate in the next eight-week cycle tour: Melbourne to Sydney ( February 14 – April 9, 2010). Wow, what an opportunity!
Since 2000, The Otesha Project (Aus.) has pedalled across Australia educating youth and raising awareness about environmental sustainability and social justice issues. Otesha is a Swahili word for ‘reason to dream’ and is the underlining philosophy of the organisation. The Otesha crew combines theatre performance with interactive workshops to empower high school students to consider their life choices to create a positive future.
Current consumption behaviours in Australia have far reaching consequences that are both unsustainable and inequitable. The negative impacts of these practices usually affect the most disempowered people in society, including young people who now face an uncertain future. For Angela Jones- co-director- ’ Otesha is about empowering youth; those that participate in our programs (including cycle tours) and those that experience our presentation. It is about encouraging young people to make a difference wherever they can in their lives.’
Worried about your bicycle experience? Don’t have much knowledge about sustainable consumption issues? Never fear, that’s why an Otesha bicycle tour is here!
Following the 2008 Otesha NSW tour, tour member Rhiannon Cook, said ’ I’ll walk (or cycle) away feeling re-inspired about the potential we each have to make the world a better place, and blessed by the opportunity to live with such an amazing group do people’.
Interested in joining a tour? Apply NOW!
Otesha (Aust.) is seeking people from all walks of life – people with varying experiences, backgrounds and interests. Otesha is unique in that each tour member gets the opportunity to organise a region of the tour; learning skills to become strong advocates for living sustainably, develop skills in media communication, leadership, performance whilst living as an on-road sustainable community.
Posted in Sustainable Living, tagged architecture, biological nutrients, China, closed loop cycle, cradle to cradle, design, ford, Michael Braungart, nike, technical nutrients, TED, William McDonough on September 3, 2009| Leave a Comment »
I was put onto this talk by architect William McDonough last week. He’s speaking about Cradle to Cradle, a design method used by himself and German chemist, Michael Braungart. I read the book, named ‘Cradle to Cradle’ a few years ago, and it has stuck with me ever since.
Really inspiring stuff, check it out if you haven’t come across it already.
Posted in Happenings, tagged Amelia Young, Australia, Change for the Climate, Christine Milne, David Cameron, David Pratt, espeace, Jack Lomax, La Trobe University Bundoora, Melbourne, Prof Alberto Gomes, Rod Quantock on September 3, 2009| Leave a Comment »