A Will for the Woods, screening at the Transitions Film Festival, with Q&A

This award winning documentary by Australian Filmmaker Amy Browne shares the profoundly intimate story of musician, psychiatrist, and folk dancer Clark Wang as he prepares for his own green burial. While battling lymphoma, Clark has discovered a burgeoning movement that uses burial to conserve and restore natural areas, forgoing typical funeral practices that stress the ecosystem.

Understandascope Convenor Anthony James hosts Q&A afterwards with the filmmaker, Amy Browne. All part of the Transitions Film Festival. Hope to see you there!

6.30pm, Wednesday 4 March 2015

Cinema Nova, Lygon St, Carlton

For more info, click here.

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Video & illustrations of our recent events are now available

SLF 2015 at Fed Square & Charles Eisenstein at the State Library

Pic: Chris Grose, Scout Films

The Understandascope’s two feature events to begin 2015 (see previous posts below for details) are now available for viewing, both on video and via illustration.

Last Thursday, 12 February, at Federation Square, and as part of the 2015 Sustainable Living Festival, an expert and diverse panel examined the place of the legal system in ‘Preventing Crimes Against Nature’.

Three weeks prior to that, a full house at the Village Roadshow Theatrette at the Victorian State Library joined in conversation with US writer and advocate, Charles Eisenstein, on how to transition to a more sustainable economic system.

To watch these events & browse the wonderful illustrations, click here.


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Preventing crimes against nature?

Ongoing biodiversity loss and mass extinction indicate that decades of legal protection for nature haven’t stopped us destroying it. How can we change the legal system to better protect nature and sustain life?

Doors open 6pm for a 6.30 start, till 8.30pm, Thursday 12 February 2015

Deakin Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne

Free entry, no bookings required (donations invited online or on the night to help cover venue costs)

Featuring special guest panel:

Professor Kate Auty, former Victorian Commisioner for Environmental Sustainability and Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow, University of Melbourne

Dr Alessandro Pelizzon, Lecturer at the School of Law and Justice, Southern Cross University

Nicola Rivers, Director of Advocacy and Research at Environmental Justice Australia

Ellen Sandell, Victorian MP for Melbourne

With a closing address by cartoonist, poet and artist, Michael Leunig

(pictured left to right)

       

 

This event will be hosted by Understandascope Convenor, Anthony James, and is part of the 2015 Sustainable Living Festival.

For more info on the event including our special guests, click here.

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In Conversation with Charles Eisenstein, in Melbourne for one night only – SOLD OUT

This event was sold out and the waiting list was full. For those who missed it or want to revisit it, video of the event is now available here or you can view the visual notes here.

If ongoing economic growth is unsustainable, but degrowth is unstable, how do we transition to a sustainable economy?

Charles Eisenstein is one of the world’s leading advocates on why and how we can transition to a sustainable economy. With thanks to our crowd funding supporters, the Understandascope presents Charles in Melbourne for one night only.

6.30-8pm, Thursday 22 January 2015

Village Roadshow Theatrette, State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston St, Melbourne

This event follows the Understandascope’s Sustainable Living Festival event of 2014, ‘If continuous growth is unsustainable, but ‘de-growth’ is unstable, what to do?’ featuring Dr. Richard Denniss, Executive Director of The Australia Institute. To download the podcast or video of last year’s event from the ABC’s Big Ideas, click here.

For more info on the event with Charles, click here.
To watch it the full video, click here.
To view the visual notes, click here.

 

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Debate needed on Upper House Reforms

In an article published on the ABC’s ‘The Drum’, Understandascope writer and advocate James Tonson has called for more debate on Upper House Reform.

“As Victoria’s diverse new Legislative Council take their seats on Tuesday it’s timely to reflect on how they got there… Since the election it has emerged that several months before the election the then Premier Denis Napthine proposed two options to Labor leader Daniel Andrews for reforming the upper house election process.”

James assesses these two options and suggests that they represent a choice about the kind of political system we want.  He calls on us to speak up now if we want to ensure the right to express our political preferences into the future.

 

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Help us bring Charles Eisenstein to Melbourne for a special event

Charles Eisenstein is one of the world’s leading advocates on why and, importantly, how we can transition to a sustainable economy. The Understandascope has invited Charles to Melbourne for one night only, to speak at a public forum on 22 January 2015, and we need your help to make it happen!

Please support our crowd funding campaign to help bring Charles to Melbourne. 

The Understandascope is gifting all our labour to organise the event, and Charles is gifting his time. We need your help to cover the remaining costs and offer Charles a gift in turn.

For more info on the event, Charles, booking tickets, and how you can support the crowd funding campaign, click here

This event follows the Understandascope’s Sustainable Living Festival event of 2014, ‘If continuous growth is unsustainable, but ‘de-growth’ is unstable, what to do?’ featuring Dr. Richard Denniss, Executive Director of The Australia Institute. To download the podcast or video from the ABC’s Big Ideas, click here.

Please get behind the campaign, and pick up your tickets in the process if you can make it on the night!

With thanks from all of us at the Understandascope.

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Claire Dunn in conversation with Anthony James

Claire Dunn, author of the brilliant My Year Without Matches, appears in conversation with Understandascope Convenor, Anthony James, on Thursday 25 September, from 6.30 at Embiggen Books, opposite the Wheeler Centre in the city. 

In the tradition of Wild and Tracks, My Year Without Matches is Claire’s story of how she left the city and found her soul. Disillusioned and burnt out by her job with The Wilderness Society, Claire quits a comfortable life to spend a year off the grid in a wilderness survival program.

For more info on the event, click here.

For more info on the Claire & the book, click here.

 

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Congratulations to FOE’s Cam Walker

Congratulations to Cam Walker from Friends of the Earth, the Inaugural Frank Fisher Award winner at Yarra’s Sustainability Awards. A fitting winner.

The Understandascope also presented Cam with a copy of Frank’s book, Response Ability, and Honorary membership of the Understandascope Society.

Cam is pictured on the far left, receiving the award from Understandascope Convenor, Anthony James, and Frank’s eldest son, Tim Fisher.

For more info on this & other awards, click here.

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Dave O’Neill presents the Inaugural Frank Fisher Award

Frank Fisher at his home away from home, Richmond Train Station
Join stand-up comedian, actor, writer and radio personality Dave O’Neil for the 2014 Yarra Sustainability Awards Night community celebration, including the presentation of the Inaugural Frank Fisher Award.

5.45 for 6-9pm, 11 September 2014

Collingwood Town Hall, 140 Hoddle Street, Abbotsford

The Frank Fisher Award has been established to recognise individuals who have made a significant contribution to several areas of sustainability in Yarra. The Award aims to build on the legacy of the late Professor Frank Fisher. It also aims to remember Frank’s constant querying of his own views and understanding, and his efforts to respond kindly yet provocatively to the range and web of understanding around him.

For more info & to RSVP, click here.

Our ongoing thanks to everyone at Council and in Yarra for making these awards happen … for all they represent.

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Launch of the 2nd edition of the NCS Journal

Available free for download now

The 2nd edition of the NCS Journal is now out! Freely available for download here now.

It features a selection of some of the most thought provoking papers by students from the past two years of Swinburne’s Graduate Certificate in Sustainability. And is edited by the Convenor of the Understandascope, Anthony James, with Terrie Hamilton-Smith and a wonderful team of assistant editors.

Topics range from fair trade coffee to bottled water, beauty to antibacterial products, food waste to iPads, self-storage facilities to residential aged care, and Russell Brand’s call for revolution to the not so trivial topic of toys.

This edition is dedicated to Frank Fisher, who first proposed the Journal as a way of showcasing some of the more effective and liberating approaches to our most persistent problems.

To download the papers, or for a look at brief summaries of the papers and their authors, click here

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