ARRCC: Melbourne Launch of Climate Action Kits

March 26, 2014  |  Event  |  Comments Off  |  Share
Action-Kit-cover-(blog) Melbourne Launch of the Climate Change Action Kit

Guest speaker: Dr Moss Cass, Australia’s first minister for the environment.

Where: Melbourne Multicultural Hub – 506 Elizabeth St, Melbourne

When: Tuesday 8 April, 18.00pm: Vegetarian refreshments will be served.

Click here to RSVP

Whether or not you can come to the launch, you may want to look at the kit at: www.arrcc.org.au/climate-action-kit

The Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) has produced a Climate Action Kit. The kit is an up-to-date, online, comprehensive resource with creative ideas to empower communities to respond to climate change. From eco-theology and liturgical resources to easy-to-understand science and improving energy efficiency, from ideas for nurturing a sense of connection with Creation to advocacy, this kit will support you in Greening your Church. Come along to a launch with a difference! Hear about the kit, experience it, get a taste for how it could work for your community, and be inspired by it.

 

 

 

OASES: Monthly Breakfast

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OASES April Breakfast

April 5th: 9am – 11:30am

Join OASES as they explore fascinating insights and experiences in conversation over a delicious breakfast, with a panel of special guests exploring how we can better establish relationships with Indigenous communities.

Cost: $25/$15 including delicious buffet breakfast (with vegetarian & gluten free options).

Click here for more info about this event.

 

 

Reverse Garbage: April Workshops

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Adult (13+ years) Eco-Art Workshop

Organisation: Reverse Garbage Co-op Ltd, Brisbane

Event: No Sew Bag Making Eco-Art Workshop (13+ years)

Event link: www.reversegarbage.com.au

Date: Saturday 26 April 2014

Time: 10:00am – 11:30am

Location: 20 Burke Street, Woolloongabba, Q 4102

Cost and RSVP: $25 per person (includes materials, tools and facilitator), bookings essential

Contact: 07 3891 9744

About the Event: Create a case for your phone, tablet or laptop without sewing anything more than a button! Yes that’s right, without sewing! We will be using salvaged materials such as vinyl banners, leather, pin board felt and fabric to create our cases. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to create something beautiful and practical with industrial discards.


Wacky Wednesday Pre-school Eco-Art Workshops

Organisation: Reverse Garbage Co-op Ltd, Brisbane

Event:  Easter Craft Pre-school Eco-Art Workshop (3-5 years)

Event link: www.reversegarbage.com.au

Date: Wednesday 2 April 2014

Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm

Location: 20 Burke Street, Woolloongabba, Q 4102

Cost and RSVP: $20 per child with a guardian (includes materials, tools and facilitator), bookings essential

Contact: 07 3891 9744

About the Event: Hop into Reverse Garbage and make some gorgeous eco crafts for Easter. A basket made from salvaged materials to hold your chocolate eggs or a furry bunny would be just egg-cellent!

 

Easter School Holiday Eco-Art Workshops 

Organisation: Reverse Garbage Co-op Ltd, Brisbane

Event:  Easter School Holiday Eco-Art Workshops (6-12 years)

Event link: www.reversegarbage.com.au

Date: Monday 7 April – Wednesday 9 April & Tuesday 15 April – Thursday 17 April 2014

Time: 10:00am – 11:30am and 2:30pm – 4:00pm

Location: 20 Burke Street, Woolloongabba, Q 4102

Cost and RSVP: $20 per child (includes materials, tools and facilitator), bookings essential

Contact: 07 3891 9744

About the Event: Have fun using salvaged materials to create wonderful works of art, toys and eco-Easter crafts at Reverse Garbage. Choose from a range of exciting themes, including Make an Easter Basket,  Make an Explorer Bag, Easter Bilbies & Furry Friends, Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, Robots, Spaceships & Aliens, Puppet Making and more!

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SecondBite Foodmate Program

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secondbite SecondBite has partnered with the City of Melbourne, Doutta Galla Community Health and Melbourne City Mission to deliver their 8-week FoodMate program – a cooking and nutrition program to develop ‘food independence’ amongst young people experiencing homelessness. Moving food is not enough for SecondBite.

The causes of food insecurity need to be addressed to make a lasting difference, and that’s why they’ve created the FoodMate program.To achieve food independence, FoodMate by SecondBite aims to:

1. Increase Food Access – SecondBite delivers fresh rescued food hampers of fruit, vegetables, bread, milk and eggs to the host agency. Case-workers take these hampers, complete with recipe ideas and nutrition education activity sheets, directly to the homes of their clients who are participating in FoodMate.
2. Facilitate Nutrition Education – Case workers integrate SecondBite’s nutrition education and skill-development activities into the 8-week program. There’s a new theme each week – food budgeting, healthy cooking, shopping, label reading, food safety and food storage.
3. Promote Community Inclusion – Post-program pathways are developed throughout the 8-week program by making vital connections to local food and community programs to ensure ongoing support and capacity building beyond FoodMate.

Click here for more information.

News from ARRCC

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ARRCC Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) recently held a prayer vigil near the site of Whitehaven’s new coal mine at Maules Creek in Northern NSW. The religious leaders and lay people blessed the work of protesters and prayed with them. They then joined in the civil disobedience action, ending in three arrests. To clarify, ARRCC as an organisation respects the law, but we recognise that individuals can rightly be moved by personal conviction to responsibly engage in civil disobedience of an unjust law. Thank you to all those who have expressed support and admiration. This has started some discussion about the place of civil disobedience.

Check out their website for more news

News from Familia Moja

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Familia-Moja A busy start to 2014

It has been a very busy first three months at Familia Moja. Firstly we celebrated Christmas and New Years in our own home for the very first time. Our Christmas feast included goat and quails and by night the little ones watched The Fantastic Mr Fox and the older girls swooned over Leonardo DiCaprio in Romeo & Juliet. For NYE we had a music video dance party in the home. In January we started the new school year; with 25 children in primary, 11 in secondary, 1 in a special needs and 2 of children have ‘exited’ the home and will be supported in our outreach program as they commence vocational training. We had a many visitors during this time, a big thank you to each of you who visited the home, bringing gifts and helping us start the year well. A special thank you to Josh Kusch who spent two months with us and was of great assistance in the hectic re-enrolment period of the year.

Vegetable Garden

Our vegetable garden was thriving with the December rains but is now looking a little worse for wear after a hot January and February.
We are busy looking at avenues to save/recycle water, because if we can provide regular water to the vegetable garden we will be able to source all of our own vegetables from the home. Please forward any ideas you would like to share or organisations that fund food sustainability to jess@familiamoja.org

Baking our way to a self sustainable future

Familia Moja is proud to announce that we will be starting our very own bakery very soon! We have extended the building at the front of our land into a 2 room bakery plus a room to be used as a shop. This month we purchased the ovens, mixer, slicer, baking trays and all other equipment to start the bakery very soon. Next month we will conduct interviews to employ a qualified baker and baker assistant.

We are confident that our bakery will:
• cover over 75% of the orphanage running costs,
• reduce the monthly budget,
• enrich the diet of the children in our care,
• great work experience for the children as potential trainee bakers and working in the shop,
• employ additional local staff and;
• provide a valuable service to the wider community.

A big thank you to everyone who supported us to take this next steps towards self sufficiency. A special thank you to Isobel Knowles, Coopers Investors, The Nobuntu Foundation, The African Leaf Foundation, Chuffed and Everyday Coffee for their support.

Click here to find out more:

 

Friends of the Earth: The Change Course

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FOE-Blog-Pic The Change Course

Practical skills for advocacy and campaigning. Brought to you by Friends of the Earth, CounterAct and Melbourne Campaigners Network. This 6 week course is designed to give a broad overview of skills needed to be an effective campaigner.  From community organising, to social media and fundraising , we will give you a great set of tools to take away, increasing your skills, and developing better capacity in the area you work.

Click here to download the application form

Course runs from March 23 – April 26

Applications close 3rd March

 

IWDA: Movie Night and Cocktail Party

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IDWA-blog Join the International Women’s Development Agency (IWDA) for an evening of celebration and conversation to celebrate International Women’s Day. Featuring a screening of Side by Side – Women, Peace and Security (Serge Ou, 33 mins, 2012), the evening will also present keynote speakers including the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women, Senator the Hon. Michaelia Cash, and Sam Mostyn, President of the Australian Council for International Development, non-executive board director and AFL Commissioner.

Following the formalities is a cocktail party with entertainment by ARIA award-winner, Kavisha Mazzella, who will lead a 50 strong choir of women as they perform the Women’s Anthem.

Proceeds from the evening will be donated to IWDA to fund programmes supporting women’s rights and gender equality in Asia and the Pacific.

Date: 3rd March
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: ACMI
Tickets: Full $50, ACMI member $40

Book your ticket now

Reverse Garbage: March Workshops

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Reverse-Garbage-blog Adult (13+ years) Eco-Art Workshop

Organisation: Reverse Garbage Co-op Ltd, Brisbane

Event: Introduction to Jewellery Making with Salvaged Materials Eco-Art Workshop (13+ years)

Event link: www.reversegarbage.com.au

Date: Saturday 22 March 2014

Time: 10:00am – 11:30am

Location: 20 Burke Street, Woolloongabba, Q 4102

Cost and RSVP: $25 per person (includes materials, tools and facilitator), bookings essential

Contact: 07 3891 9744

About the Event: Let our experienced facilitator demonstrate the basic techniques to jewellery making AND do it Reverse Garbage style using salvaged materials! Each participant will be able to make a pair of earrings and a necklace or bracelet. Techniques covered include clasp making, using jump rings and the use of tools.


Wacky Wednesday Pre-school Eco-Art Workshops

Organisation: Reverse Garbage Co-op Ltd, Brisbane

Event:  Under the Sea Collage Pre-school Eco-Art Workshop (3-5 years)

Event link: www.reversegarbage.com.au

Date: Wednesday 5 March 2014

Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm

Location: 20 Burke Street, Woolloongabba, Q 4102

Cost and RSVP: $20 per child with a guardian (includes materials, tools and facilitator), bookings essential

Contact: 07 3891 9744

About the Event: Children and parents can create weird and wonderful creatures that live under the sea. Think deep sea divers, lantern fish and buried treasure.

OASES: Community Resurgence Night

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OASES-blog Community Resurgence Night

March 20th: 6pm in the Main Library

Join OASES for dinner and conversation at their customarily informal monthly ‘pot luck’ dinners. Discussion will include the latest news at the School, details about their projects, and themes in the latest edition of Resurgence & Ecologist magazine.

Bring a plate , drink or donation

Click here for more info about this event.