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 +== Re-Power Australia - 2 June 2009 ==
 +A Talk by Matthew Wright
 +How can we match the Al Gore challenge by re-powering Australia with renewable energy in 10 years?. Matt will explain the exciting innovations and technologies that are already available and ready to be used in the path to de-carbonising Australia.
 +* When: Tuesday 2 June 2009 at 7:30pm
 +* Where: The Craig Family Centre, 7 Samarinda Ave, Aushburton
 +* To register:
 +Brought to you by Families Facing Climate Change.
 +== National Climate Emergency Rally - Melbourne Rally, June 13 2009 ==
 +Get active to stop runaway climate change!
 +* Where: State Library, Melbourne.
 +* When: 13 June from 13:00 to 16:00
== Human sign event, Sunday 17 May, St Kilda Beach== == Human sign event, Sunday 17 May, St Kilda Beach==

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See Current events for upcoming activities.


Re-Power Australia - 2 June 2009

A Talk by Matthew Wright

How can we match the Al Gore challenge by re-powering Australia with renewable energy in 10 years?. Matt will explain the exciting innovations and technologies that are already available and ready to be used in the path to de-carbonising Australia.

Brought to you by Families Facing Climate Change.

National Climate Emergency Rally - Melbourne Rally, June 13 2009

Get active to stop runaway climate change!

  • Where: State Library, Melbourne.
  • When: 13 June from 13:00 to 16:00

Human sign event, Sunday 17 May, St Kilda Beach

Greenlivingpedia is working with to promote this event.

Earth Hour, 8:30pm Saturday 28 March 2009

  • 8:30PM local time, wherever you live on planet earth. Saturday 28 March 2009
  • Earth Hour 2009 aims to reach more than one billion people in 1000 cities around the world, inviting communities, business and governments to switch off.
  • 2,712 cities, towns and municipalities in 83 countries have already committed to VOTE EARTH for Earth Hour 2009, as part of the worlds first global election between Earth and global warming.

Green Home, Green Garden

Open on Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 March

West Brunswick Sustainable House

  • The first grid-connected solar house in Victoria, the home and permaculture garden of a green makeover specialist. Information on sustainability; book signings.

WestWyck (Brunswick West)

  • Breathing a new way of living into a former primary school, this ecovillage exemplifies water conservation and sustainable living.
  • Tours of building.

Henderson House & Garden (Montmorency)

  • Low maintenance bush-style garden surrounding 15-year-old passive solar house with many sustainable features.
  • Talks on achievable sustainable features at 10am, 11.30am, 2pm & 3.30pm.

Pfleiderer garden (Reservoir)

  • Delightfully disorderly permaculture garden surrounding sustainable house and featuring compost, worm farms and rare poultry.
  • House open 11am-3pm

Open on Saturday 4 & Sunday 5 April

Knoxfield Sustainable House (Knoxfield)

  • Japanese-influenced garden wrapping a purpose-designed passive solar house self-sufficient in water.
  • Hourly tours of house

The Glade (Mooroolbark)

  • Mature fruit trees frame vegetables and ornamental plants around an early 1990s passive solar house with sustainable features.
  • Regular guided tours of house

Sanci garden (Surrey Hills)

  • Sunlight is maximised in clever renovation and retrofit of sustainable features in formerly dark 1930s duplex.
  • Hourly talks on sustainable qualities of house

Smart Street garden (Hawthorn)

  • Please note: this garden is open on Sunday 5 April ONLY
  • Creative architect-designed renovation of narrow Victorian terrace using sustainable materials.
  • House open for viewing

Green building online summit/conference 22 April, online

  • Hosted by: BrightTALK
  • Audience: Global
  • Date: 22 April 2009

Time: 08:00 - 17:00 Location: Free Online at

Green building is transitioning to mainstream as businesses, individuals, and builders realize the long term benefits of efficient and environmentally sustainable facilities. At this free online summit, experts from the business, architecture, legal, and engineering communities will converge to illustrate best practices, case studies, and tips through interactive webcasts.

Register to attend any or all sessions free of charge and invite anyone you think would be interested.

As an audience member you will be able to ask the presenters live questions and each webcast will be a combination of slides and live audio.

Climate Emergency Network general meeting 10.30am -5pm, Saturday 14 March

Invitation to Climate Action Groups to attend (member and non-member groups)

Submissions on Exposure Draft of the RENEWABLE ENERGY (ELECTRICITY) AMENDMENT BILL 2009

Submission deadline: 20/2/09 (extended)

  • Exclude burning native forest woodchips biomass under the MRET
  • No special consideration for polluting industries
  • Specify 100% renewable energy by 2020

Sample submission: Submission on draft Renewable Energy Amendment Bill 2009

Inquiry into the choice of emissions trading as the central policy to reduce Australia's carbon pollution

NOTE: This inquiry was cancelled by the government because it had "become politicised".

Submission deadline: 20/3/09

On 12 February the Treasurer, the Hon Wayne Swan MP, asked the Committee to inquire into and report on the choice of emissions trading as the central policy to reduce Australia's carbon pollution.

The Committee invites interested persons and organisations to make submissions addressing the terms of reference by Friday 20 March 2009. Please refer to our brochure called preparing a submission for more information.

Australian climate action summit - February 2009 in Canberra

2009 will be the year the Australian climate movement turned the tide of history!

People from climate change groups across Australia will create and launch a cohesive and strategic national climate campaign, form a national grassroots network, and send a powerful message on the eve of the second year of the Rudd Government that sets the agenda for urgent climate action.

More details

Suits for Forests action, Tuesday December 2, 2008 Victorian Parliament steps

Second protest against logging of Brown Mountain old growth forest - at the last parliamentary sitting week for 2008.

  • 12:30pm, Parliament steps, Bourke St and Spring St.
  • Wear a suit or skirt/dress and bring your mobile phone if you have one.

Our Forests | Our Water | Our Climate, Sunday November 23, Warbuton 2008

Rally in Warburton to Protect Our Water Catchments from Woodchipping

  • 11.45am Story Reserve, at the rotunda
  • Next to Swing Bridge
  • Warburton Hwy, Warburton
  • Melways Ref Map 290 A4

Just over 1 hour from Melbourne/15minutes from Warburton logging is scheduled in our pristine Cement & Armstrong Creek Water Catchments. Join the Warburton Community, the Yarra Ranges Shire Council and Environmental Groups to walk through Warburton to demonstrate opposition to the logging of our water catchments.

Cement Creek & Armstrong Creek Water Catchments are on the doorstep of regional communities, including Warburton Marysville & Healesville. Their destruction will directly impact upon these communities. Come join your Yarra Ranges/Melbourne/Warburton community and celebrate the role native forests play in providing Melbourne & regional communities with a clean water supply, regulating our global climate & providing habitat for biodiversity.

Walk against warming for renewable energy and a safe climate future - November 15, 2008 =

Thousands of Australians will walk together with their families, their workmates and their communities for renewable energy and a safe climate future for our children. Walk Against Warming is an urgent demand for real action on climate change and justice for developing nations affected by global warming.

Info: Environment Victoria 03 9341 8112

Surrey Hills Sustainability Expo - Sunday, November 8 2008

  • Location: Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre and Bedford Avenue (opp Surrey Hills Station)
  • Time: 11:00am - 4:00pm
  • How can you get involved? - Contact Jacqui Edge on 8344 6389 or 0411 387 511

To celebrate this year, the Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre is organising a dynamic afternoon of fun and activity centred around the words on everyone's lips - sustainability! Rod Quantoc, Vox Bandicoot, the Governor of Victoria, the Surrey Hill Billies and Tim's Bookshop Band will be amongst locals and small businesses holding workshops and demonstrating ways to leave a Lighter Footprint. There will be a rich mix of food, fun, demonstrations, debates, performances, and competitions for kids to demystify and make sustainable living accessible."

More information:

Bright sustainable garden and lifestyle expo - Saturday, October 25 2008

  • Time: 9.00am to 1.00pm
  • Where: Burke Street, Bright

The Bright Sustainable Expo is part of the highly successful Bright Spring Festival. The Expo will feature exhibits on local flora and fauna, water conservation, worm farming and a range of sustainable building materials, products and designers. A key noter speaker and guest speakers will be an extra attraction.

Melbourne Save Water Save Energy Expo, October 17-19, 2008

Open Sustainability Network Conference Saturday, October 18 2008

  • Begins: Saturday, October 18 at 08:00 AM
  • Ends: Sunday, October 19 at 04:00 PM
  • Organizer: Open Sustainability Network
  • Location: San Francisco State University, 1650 Holloway Ave, San Francisco, CA - 94132

The first ever conference of the Open Sustainability Network!

This is a BarCamp style conference about free content and knowledge sharing in sustainability, international development, appropriate technology and solutions to poverty. It is open to all those interested in these issues.

Climate Emergency Network general meeting, Saturday 13 September 2008

  • 1.15pm Saturday 13 September, Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers Str, Abbotsford
  • Includes 3.30 - 5pm: Forum on organising at the local level and with local government
  • All welcome. Info:

National Sustainable House Day, Australia - 13th & 14th September 2008

A variety of sustainable houses across Australia are open for tours

  • Visit times: 10am to 4pm
  • $5 per person per house or $10 a family, funds raised go towards running the event.
  • Details: Sustainable House Day

Talk: Peak oil and climate change, Monday August 4 2008

Phil Hart studied Materials Engineering at Monash University in Melbourne before spending five years with Shell UK Exploration and Production. He worked on two new North Sea oil and gas field development projects before joining the Brent field maintenance team as a corrosion engineer. In late 2006, Phil returned to Melbourne and is a member of the Australian Association for the Study of Peak Oil. He has provided briefings and presentations to all levels of Government and other business and community audiences.Phil's presents a coherent and robust explanation of why peak oil is near at hand and delivers a sober assessment of some of the alternatives to oil.

Climate emergency rally & human sign - 1PM Saturday July 5, Melbourne, Australia

  • When: 1PM Saturday July 5
  • Where: City Square corner Swanston & Collins St Melbourne


YES to renewable energy, public transport & urgent action to stop global warming

We are calling for Victorians to join the Climate Emergency Rally on July 5. We want to send a wake-up call to state and federal governments that they are heading in the wrong direction. New coal, new freeways and desalination plants increase our use of and reliance on fossil fuels dramatically at a time when we must be cutting our use even more dramatically. We are calling on governments to implement sustainable alternatives to these irresponsible and expensive projects.

We call on all community groups and individuals to join us to send this important message to the government. We are going to form a 140-metre-long human sign to spell the words "Climate Emergency". Please organise your group to send endorsement, tell everyone you know, and come on the day wearing something red to symbolise emergency"

More details:

Dwell on Design - Los Angeles June 5-8, 2008

Conference, June 5-6 (Register ONLINE BEFORE MAY 24)

What happens when Dwell editors drive the agenda? A roster of more than 50 incredibly talented and diverse speakers ranging from legislators to practitioners to activists, discussing everything from urban gardening to a mandated LEED program for LA. The conference follows two parallel tracks but we encourage you to veer from the linear and sign up for any panel that sparks your interest.

Exhibition, June 6-8 (Register ONLINE BEFORE MAY 15 - save 50%)

Everything you ever wanted to know about modern design in one very big place: 200+ exhibitors, an entire neighborhood of full-scale pre-fab strcutures completely landscaped and furnished by Dwell. Plus you'll get hands-on, actionable advice and information from architects, designers and other trade professionals.

Home Tours, June 7-8 (Register Now! SPACE IS LIMITED)

Get out of the ivory tower and into some real homes. We’ve set aside Saturday for single-family dwellings on the Westside and Sunday for urban dwellings downtown.

Why Attend?

  • One-on-One with the most innovative minds in design.
  • Meet the people who are moving and shaking the industry.
  • Experience 55,000 square feet of ideas with over 200 exhibits.
  • Chat up Dwell editors.
  • Visit a pre-fab community complete with furniture and landscaping.
  • Leave inspired and motivated to be at home in the modern world!

More information Facebook

Going Green Expo - Melbourne June 5, 2008

Held on World Environment Day is an initiative I created with an intention to move the current and rapidly exploding mainstream wave of consciousness and interest in environmental issues and all things green into action! Going Green Expo will suprise you with new products and solutions to stop your environmental rot and replace traditional consumer nasties with environmental friendlies that can now save you money and don't cost the earth!

More information

Slowday at home, Sunday 20 April 2008

An interactive day of talks, stalls and workshops where visitors can learn [or remember!] ways to live happily and sustainably at home. Activities will be presented by people (locals, parents) who love what they do. We aim to move and inspire you to pledge your own Slow Day at home regularly. More details:

  • When: Sunday 20 April 2008, 11.00am to 3.00pm.
  • Where: CERES Community Environment Park, 8 Lee St East Brunswick, Melbourne Australia
  • Entry: gold coin donation at the Village Green near the Cafe."

Earth Hour - March 18 2008

See the difference you can make - Earth Hour 2008 . At 8pm March 29, 2008 millions of people in some of the world’s major capital cities, including Copenhagen, Toronto, Chicago, Melbourne, Brisbane and Tel Aviv will unite and switch off for Earth Hour. Details:

Green Roofs For Climate Change: Lecture Tour With Manfred Kohler, Thursday March 6

  • Who: Professor Manfred Kohler, chairman of the World Green Roof Infrastructure Network will give a lecture at the Melbourne Town Hall tomorrow.
  • Where: MELBOURNE: 8.30am—12.30pm Thursday 6 March Melbourne Town Hall, Swanston Room
  • Details:

Earth Heart - Moora Moora Sustainable Living Festival - 1 March 2008

  • When: Saturday 1st March, 2008
  • Where: Mount Toolebewong, near Healesville, 80km from Melbourne

Maribyrnong Water and Energy Conservation Forum - 2 March 2008

  • When: Sunday 2nd March, 2008
  • Where: Maribyrnong Library, Paisley St, Footscray

Darebin Community & Kite Festival - 2 March 2008

  • When: Sunday 2nd March 2008
  • Where: All Nations Park, Northcote

Sustainable Living Festival

  • Where: Federation Square, Melbourne
  • When: 15-17 Feb 2008

The Sustainable Living Festival showcases a huge range of exhibitors, talks, workshops, art, films and performances celebrating and inspiring sustainable communities. Come and explore the Festival's three-day program in the heart of the city of Melbourne and be a part of the celebrations. Sustainable Living Festival

Climate movement convergence, Melbourne

  • When: Saturday February 9, 2008 9am start – 5pm (registration from 8.45am)
  • Where: Northcote High School
  • Directions: St Georges Road, Northcote, 3070 (just north of Merri creek). Take tram line 112 towards West Preston, stop 26
  • Costs: low income $15/ waged people $25 (no one excluded through lack of funds)
  • Online registration:

The climate movement convergence seeks to bring together the remarkably diverse climate change community we have here in Victoria, including local climate action groups, peak green groups, thinkers and strategists, social activists and other sectors concerned about climate change, and progressive businesses.

We aim to provide an inspiring day of workshops, open space for discussions, an overview of the latest climate science, ideas on building a strong and vibrant movement, and the opportunity to ponder what opportunities are now present with a change in federal government.

The program covers:

  • analysis of opportunities for change under the Rudd ALP government
  • a download of recent climate science
  • an overview of current theories and models for taking action on climate change
  • inspirational examples of what climate change groups, businesses, development organisations, social justice groups, unions and others are already doing to tackle climate change
  • workshops – there are two workshop sessions - one on campaign themes, and one based on geographical regions. Anyone can propose a workshop.

Full program:

The convergence is being organised by the Sustainable Living Foundation (SLF), Friends of the Earth (FoE), the Greenleap Strategic Institute and Sustainable Business Practises and is supported by a range of climate groups including Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE), Carbon Equity, Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance, Environment Victoria, Futureye, Greenpeace, Moreland Energy Foundation, Western Region Environment Centre and Zero Emissions Now (ZEN).

Walk Against Warming Rally

Australia's community day of action on climate change

  • Date: Sunday, November 11, 2007
  • Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Location: State Library, Swanston Street, Melbourne, Australia

Save Water Save Energy Expo

Friday 19 - Sunday 21 October 2007, Melbourne Exhibition Centre (Jeff's Shed). Website Open 10am - 7pm daily Adults: $15, Student/Concession: $13, Children under 14 free.

Australia's largest showcase of products and services which save water and energy. Green building products, solar hws & heating, rain tanks, grey water systems, energy efficient appliances and lighting, water savers, and much more. See, try and buy everything for your home, workplace and garden to cut your water and energy bills. Learn from the free seminars, get advice from the experts, and buy using the various government rebates.

Bright Sustainable Home, Garden & Lifestyle Show

Saturday 20 October 2007 – 10am to 2pm, Burke Street, Bright, Victoria, Australia

The Bright Sustainable Home, Garden & Lifestyle Show is part of the highly successful Bright Spring Festival. The show will feature exhibits on:

  • local flora and fauna
  • water conservation
  • worm farming
  • a range of sustainable building materials, products and designers.

Guest speakers will be presenting on a variety of topics.

The Benalla botanica Horticultural Conference

October 26-28 2007, Benalla, Victoria, Australia

The Benalla botanica Horticultural Conference will look at how to make the change from water hungry gardening in a creative way - the theme is Gardens in a Changing Climate. There will be presentations from several guest speakers.

Greenlivingpedia media launch

Fraser Brindley from Melbourne City Council will be launching Greenlivingpedia at 10am at the CH2 building in Little Collins Street Melbourne, just near Swanton Street.

  • Date & time: 10am Monday 15th October 2007
  • Where: CH2 Building, corner of Little Collins Street and Swanston St (next to Town Hall).

Sustainable House Day 2007 8th & 9th September

This ANZSES community event enable you to visit sustainable houses in Autralia and New Zealand. Saturday and Sunday in some areas, check house locations for details at

Solar House tours (ATA)

Saturday 28 July 2007 from 11am to 4pm. Take a peek inside some truly sustainable homes in the ReNew 100 Open House Day free event. Thirteen houses across Australia, five in Melbourne. More details

Human Sign - Sandringham Beach, Sunday 22nd April 2007

Sandringham Beach - we want your body!!! 3,000 volunteers needed to create a "Human Sign" to form the message "HALT CLIMATE CHANGE NOW!"

10am SANDRINGHAM BEACH (Life Saving Club).

  • We encourage people to ride their bikes or use public transport for this event. Sandringham is accessible by train on the Sandringham Line (Sunday supersaver ticket just $2.50) Trains leave Flinders Street at 8:52 and 9:32 am
  • BYO Water, sunscreen, hats, umbrellas. We will do this rain or shine. The Bayside Sustainability Expo to follow immediately after. Sporting clubs, businesses and school groups can come in uniform and be grouped together.
  • For more information, contact Coni Forcey at (03) 9598-3272 or visit the Bayside Climate Change Action Group website. Supported by Environment Victoria and Greenpeace.
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