Creating an Edible Adelaide

Last year the Urban Sustainability team of the Adelaide & Mt Lofty Natural Resource Management Board convened a session on urban agriculture. They have recently published a Edible Adelaide report detailing the outcomes from this session including a map of local food initiatives. Moving forward the Urban Sustainability team is looking to work with and support community groups to further develop our urban food network. For more information see the Edible Adelaide site.

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The power of stories to inspire change

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There is something so powerful about a well told story to move people in a way that reams of dry facts never will. On my travels last year I had the opportunity to attend a live session of The Moth in New York, where the audience members are also the story tellers. These live true story-sharing events draw in a wide cross section of the community and a similarly diverse range of stories.

It was for me a splendid example of how we all have stories to share and so can entertain each other without having to resort to mass produced, corporate-controlled forms of story telling. It gives power back to the common folk to share what is important to them. The sharing goes both ways. In a world were too many of us are isolated and disregarded, the story  teller is empowered to share a part of their life to a receptive audience. It also enriches the audience by giving us a glimpse of another person’s experiences and in this way widens our view of the world. Continue reading

Is your money making the world a better place?

Is your money making the world a better place – or is it supporting the continuation of fossil fuel and other industries that contribute to climate change?

Did you know that banks lend our money to large coal, oil and gas companies and projects, and super funds and insurance companies invest customers’ money in these industries.

Come along to our free public meeting:
When: Wednesday, 5 October 2016 from 6pm to 8.30pm
Where: The Joinery111 Franklin Street, Adelaide SA 5000
Please register online to attend!

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You will learn how to exert influence and make a positive change for sustainability by making sure your money is working for good. Divesting your money from fossil fuels is a powerful thing to do. It is the opposite of investment – it’s taking your money away from damaging industries and businesses that threaten our future.

Our speaker is Jack Bertolus from Market Forces, a Melbourne-based organisation that works with the community to prevent investment in projects that harm the environment and drive global warming.

A simple meal will be provided from 6pm, prior to the talk – we suggest a donation of $5 per person to help cover costs.

This is a DIVESTMENT DAY event. Saturday 8 October 2016 is Divestment Day. Meet at 11am in Hindmarsh Square to join with others to deliver a message to banks about their obligations regarding compliance the Paris Agreement to keep global warming to below two degrees.

Royal Commission into the Nuclear Fuel ‘Cycle’

In February 2015 SA Premier Jay Weatherill announced a Royal Commission into the Nuclear Fuel ‘Cycle’.  The title of’Cycle’ is misleading as the process is actually a chain leading to the final destination as nuclear waste.  This investigation is separate from the federal proposal for a national nuclear waste dump for Australia’s waste.

The Royal Commission handed down its final report in May 2016 recommending SA accept the world’s high level nuclear waste for final disposal for profit. Independent economic analysis throws into doubt the economics of the proposal. There is a very real risk that SA won’t make a profit and may end up either going into debt to dig the underground dump, or be left storing high level waste above ground near the coast indefinitely.

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