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 (donations invited online or on the night)
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
This event is sold out and the waiting list is now full. Video of the event is available 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.
“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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
MEFL (Moreland Energy Foundation) is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the second annual Frank Fisher Memorial Internship. The Internship was created in 2013 to provide an opportunity for a promising student or recent graduate to gain work experience in a dynamic independent community organisation working closely with the Moreland community offering a range of services and programs to ensure a sustainable future.
MEFL seeks an enthusiastic advanced year-level student or recent graduate of a sustainability-related tertiary qualification for this paid internship to work with MEFL staff to capture the impacts of our projects on-the-ground, and translate those into policy and advocacy priorities for MEFL.