Join the dots on 350 day 2012 with the Climate Impacts Rally

Extreme weather events are happening with increasing regularity, around the world, however, people often don’t see this connection. On 350 day 2012, May 5, people all over the world will join together and Connect the Dots. Join DRREA in Belgrave for our Climate Impacts Rally.

All  across the world there are more and more extreme weather events happening with increasing regularity, however, as the world is so big, it’s hard for most people to see that all these events are connected. In an effort to highlight this connection this year 350 day 2012 on May 5, people all over the world will join together and Connect the Dots.

In places from drought-stricken Mongolia to flood-stricken Thailand, from fire-ravaged Australia to Himalayan communities threatened by glacial melt, people will hold rallies reminding everyone what has happened in their own neighborhoods.

At each of those rallies, from Kenya to Canada, from Vietnam to Vermont, someone will be holding a…dot. A huge black dot on a white banner, a “dot” of people holding hands, encircling a field where crops have dried up, a dot made of fabric and the picture taken from above — you get the idea. We’ll share those images the world around, to put a human face on climate change–we’ll hold up a mirror to the planet and force people to come face to face with the ravages of climate change.

 

 

As part of this day DRREA – Dandenong Ranges Renewable Energy Association will be holding a

‘Climate Impacts rally’

at Belgrave 10-11 am.

Meet outside Ranges Community Health Centre (next to Cameo Theatre).

The focus of rally will be highlighting the link between climate change and  the predicted increase in extreme fire weather days.

Our blunt message will be that climate change equals more Black Saturdays. The incidence of extreme and catastrophic fire weather days is predicted by the IPCC to increase as a result of climate change. We could be next! Increased public awareness of this and other climate impacts is critical to decisive action on climate change. Help bring this message to other hills residents.

BYO climate change=bushfires placards and wear fiery colours (red/orange) Be seen and be heard

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10-10-10 International Day of Climate Action in Emerald, Australia

On Sunday 10/10/2010 I attended a tree planting with Johns Hill Landcare Group and Emerald for Sustainability (EmFSus) in planting 350 trees at Pepi”s Land in Emerald, Victoria, Australia. This event was part of the 350.org National Day of Action and was mirrored by other people all over the world.

On Sunday 10/10/2010 I attended a tree planting with Johns Hill Landcare 350 trees planted, Emerald, VIC AustraliaGroup and Emerald for Sustainability (EmFSus) in planting 350 trees at Pepi”s Land in Emerald, Victoria, Australia. This event was part of the 350.org National Day of Action and was mirrored by other people all over the world.

Following on from the educational “350 day” in 2009 this year’s “Global work party” called for “real, tangible work” in 2010. It was heartening to see so many people unite, from all over the globe, and rise to the challenge and give their day to send a message to their political leaders that, people all over the world are speaking out for the environment. Continue reading “10-10-10 International Day of Climate Action in Emerald, Australia”

Transition Town philosophy in Donvale

They are known as radical homemakers – suburban warriors empowering themselves with long undervalued skills in a fight against consumerism.

Domestic blitz

ANNABEL ROSS

May 2, 2010

Keeping the home fires burning: Sam McGrath with some of the  home-grown produce she uses to feed her family or barter for other  things they need.
Keeping the home fires burning: Sam McGrath with some of the home-grown produce she uses to feed her family or barter for other things they need. Photo: Craig Sillitoe

They are known as radical homemakers – suburban warriors empowering themselves with long undervalued skills in a fight against consumerism.

SAM McGrath’s rented Donvale property buzzes with agricultural activity. Jap pumpkins spring from a vine trailing the front verandah. The concreted backyard is bordered with every kind of fruit tree from loquats to peaches, and at the rear a huge shed houses four chickens and two ducks. Two big wooden boxes in the centre of the yard act as compost bins, and vegetables and herbs grow in abundance. Continue reading “Transition Town philosophy in Donvale”

Healing or Stealing

A speech by Paul Hawken given earlier this year as a Commencement Day Address to Class of 2009 students at University of Portland

“When I was invited to give this speech, I was asked if I could give a simple short talk that was “direct, naked, taut, honest, passionate, lean, shivering, startling, and graceful.” No pressure there.

Let’s begin with the startling part. Class of 2009: you are going to have to figure out what it means to be a human being on earth at a time when every living system is declining, and the rate of decline is accelerating. Kind of a mind-boggling situation… but not one peer-reviewed paper published in the last thirty years can refute that statement. Basically, civilization needs a new operating system, you are the programmers, and we need it within a few decades.

This planet came with a set of instructions, but we seem to have misplaced them. Important rules like don’t poison the water, soil, or air, don’t let the earth get overcrowded, and don’t touch the thermostat have been broken. Buckminster Fuller said that spaceship earth was so ingeniously designed that no one has a clue that we are on one, flying through the universe at a million miles per hour, with no need for seatbelts, lots of room in coach, and really good food—but all that is changing. Continue reading “Healing or Stealing”