Friday, May 28, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
"Many of us are likely to experience the effects of global climate disruption during our lifetime as well as be impacted by the economic consequences of dwindling resources consumed by our current way of life. What can we do? Well, there is exciting, grass roots, social/political/ecological movement gaining momentum around the world that you can participate in.
The Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream Symposium aims to help create an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, and socially just human presence on the planet by helping people learn more about the world, to come to grips with the very assumptions that underlie the way we see the world and what each of us can do, individually and cooperatively – to move the world in a new direction. It connects us into a global group of people who are informed and optimistic about creating a new possibility for our modern world and who are galvanised to take action for healthy and sustainable future. We do this not only for ourselves; we do it for present and future generations—for the benefit of all children, of all species."
SUNDAY MAY 30th
From 10am to 4.30pm
At the Brisbane Bridge Centre, 104 Frederick St, Annerley
(the old Annerley Bowls club in the Yeronga Memorial Park)
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The cost is $20 per person, half price for full time students, unemployed and pensioners – and no one will be turned away – we simply ask that you make a small donation. Maximum cost per family is $50.
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Wednesday, May 26, 2010
However, many folks from the local transition movement have successfully lobbied to have it shown.
This movie received 4 1/2 stars from Margaret Pomeranz and 4 stars from David Stratton on ABC's At The Movies.
It would be wonderful to have a full house on the opening night, so put June 24th in your diary to be at the Palace Centro.
There is a growing concern in the general population about the quality of our food and the viability of our farmers. This movie provides a firm basis for those concerns.
Says Margaret Pomeranz in her review
"It's a shocking indictment of an industry which has been taken over by greedy, litigious, multi-national corporations who not only want to put small farmers and food suppliers out of business, they want to keep quiet about the dangerous practices they use in the slaughtering of animals for food and other farming practices"
You can read the rest of her review here
See you at the movies....
Monday, May 24, 2010
There are a lot of books written about climate change but this is surely one of the best.
I have just finished reading "The Long Thaw - How Humans Are Changing the Next 100,000 Years of Earth's Climate" by David Archer, Professor of Geophysical Sciences at the University of Chicago.
Concise (at under 200 pages), compelling and understandable to a non scientist, Archer lays out how our release of fossil fuel C02 today will affect the climate for tens if not hundreds of thousands of years.
Most discussion of climate change (and indeed IPCC predictions) tend to go only until 2100. Archer seeks to remedy this and in doing so takes us on a journey back through time to see how past climate changes played out, before showing how this knowledge allows us to predict what will happen in the future.
I've linked to the book on Amazon but you can also get it out from a BCC library. For those who are really keen David has put a whole course of lectures on youtube.
Note: Being a short focused book it doesn't cover all AWG topics. If you want to learn about the basics of the greenhouse effect, read in depth about climate change and the biosphere or about potential solutions then check out David Archer's - Understanding the Forecast, The Weather Makers by Tim Flannery and Our Choice - A plan to solve the climate crisis by Al Gore respectively.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
To many of us oceans seem huge, mysterious and immune to human activities, but like any other ecosystem or natural resource it can be depleted and is currently facing a "perfect storm" of overfishing, pollution, warming and ocean acidification.
We can try protecting parts of it, fixing up certain areas, but the thing we really need to fix says Jackson "is ourselves"
Hat tip: Hot Topic
So it's not as though we don't have solutions, what we require is a change in mindset.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Sunday, May 16, 2010
You can vote directly (sign-up required) and even better, after doing that, find my announcement at Twitter and retweet. But hurry, there's only a few hours left. Voting closes at 11:59pm Saturday 15 May (US time zone).
Here’s an example in case you aren’t familiar with Peter Sinclair’s sterling work:
He also has a series Renewable Energy Solution of the Month, of which here is an example:
Follow-upI don’t know how many readers of this article voted but someone must have because this project won. I wonder if we can get green-oriented business to sponsor a similar project fund?
Saturday, May 15, 2010
The website by André Angelantoni, who also runs online courses on post peak living, contain several videos where André outlines the history of oil, rebuts what he sees as myths around the future supply of oil and also considers the enormous impact passing peak oil could have on our way of life and possible actions we can take.
Importantly our responses to peak oil and climate change are closely linked. A rapid response to climate change and a shift of the economy off fossil fuels would substantially blunt the impact of peak oil. However, since the world is not rapidly responding to either climate change or peak oil, André articulates that he believes we have left it too late to avoid substantial impacts on our economy and living standards.
Of course, even if he is correct, that doesn't mean we are helpless. Noticeably André has been promoting the Transition Movement as a positive way to build community resilience to a post peak world. A reminder to everyone involved in TTKD to keep up their efforts.
The videos Post Peak Living have created are informative and also challenge us to consider impacts of declining oil availability that normally we might not think about. If you have time, follow the link and have a look.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Food Connect makes it easy to support local farmers, cut down on "food miles", eat food that's fresh (not stored for months in a refrigerated warehouse), expand your fruit and veges horizons with their wide range of produce and much of the food is organic to boot.
Food connect does it by establishing relationships with local farmers and then, every week, brings their fresh produce to the city where it is packed into boxes and sent to each suburb for subscribers to collect. Food connect also guarantees farmers a fair price for their produce, while maintaining affordability for their subscribers.
Food connect are more than just food suppliers though, they also work hard to decrease the city/country divide by running farm tours and profiling many of the farmers they work with. They have a great website where you can learn all about them, their philosophy, sign up and manage your account.
So, if you want to spend less at the supermarket and more on fresh, local food, making the change is just a click away.
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Combining explanations of what is happening to Antarctic glaciers, icesheets and oceans with images of the ethereal beauty of the frozen (melting?) continent, this special is highly recommended.
Like much ABC content, you can watch the show via the net on the ABC website.
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Repeated 2 – 4pm, Wed 26 May 2010
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- Dr Andrew Simpson, senior research fellow, Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute. He has over 10 years experience in the hybrid/electric vehicle, electric power and renewable energy industries in Australia and North America, including two years most-recently at Tesla Motors in California.
- Russell Austerberry, Australian Electric Vehicles Association, Brisbane.
- Paul Martin, electric bicycles enthusiast
- Allan Dow, www.elationebikes.com.au - tbc
Looks interesting and worth going.
While not much seems to be happening here – other than digging Australia deeper and deeper in to dependence on coal exports – alternative energy research is alive and well in the rest of the world. In the US and Europe, massive investment in new ideas is continuing, and China is spending in a big way too – even if they are also spending a lot on coal-based power.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
In cutting through the waffle and examining the numbers Catherine shows how the places you can make the biggest savings might not be where you'd expect. And also answers the question, will building a new energy efficient home save energy in the long term or should I have kept my old place?
You'll have to watch it to find out.......
In the discussion on the TED site, Catherine also responds to questions about whether building the house cost more:
"The five main areas I identified as saving embodied energy turned out to be either cost neutral or cost savings over traditional. Deconstruction cost more in labor, but there were salvageable materials whose value offset the labor. High flyash concrete was cost neutral, the cellulose insulation was cheaper than either foam or fiberglass, the wood windows were cheaper than the vinyl (although maintenance will make that advantage disappear), and the wooden and concrete floor could be cost neutral to carpet, but I chose reclaimed wood for its beauty"
So I guess the answer is not really, if you do it right.
Monday, May 3, 2010
Sunday, May 2, 2010
UQ Climate for Change is running several cool events for Climate Reality week. A nationwide event organised by the Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC), this week aims to remind everyone that we cannot escape the realities of climate change by ignoring the problem, we need to take action.On Friday May 7th, John Cook, author of the website Skeptical Science will be giving a lunch time talk at the University of Queensland about "The reality of climate change" and true scientific skepticism (map).
After John's talk there will be a panel discussion also featuring:Prof Ove Hoegh-Guldberg - Director, Global Change Institute, UQ and expert on coral reefs and climate change
Jessie Wells - Oxfam Australia
Megan Evans - UQ Climate for Change
Click on the poster below for all the details
As mentioned by Philip in the comments, there is a free Skeptical Science iPhone App. All the science straight to your phone (very handy for dealing with your climate skeptic cousin when you see them at your next family get together).