As the festive season approaches, YCAN members have been turning their minds to sustainable gift giving:
Kerry: Avoid buying wrapping paper. Who Gives a Crap loo paper wrapping is great for gifts. Also colourful magazines, or brown paper bags – especially for kids who just tear the wrapping apart anyway!
Ewan: No wrapping paper required for Oxfam’s Unwrapped gifts. On behalf of your gift recipient, you purchase such things as a goat, a well, a veggie garden to help people lift themselves out of poverty.
Kevin: When buying gifts for children, instead of four gifts make it three and give a donation to a cause they can relate to.
Adeline: If you can’t get around gift giving, gift cards for services, e.g. massages, a dinner, etc. are a good option.
FREE workshop event – Saturday 17 November, 2 – 5pm
100 Hodgkinson St, Clifton Hill
YCAN in conjunction with the Community Church of St Mark is holding an afternoon of all things sustainable. Think you’ve done everything you can to reduce your footprint? This free event might still be able to teach you a thing or two.
These workshops bring you the latest developments in strategies for sustainable living on the practical, everyday level, and up to date information of bigger picture issues.
Program below. RSVP to Ian 0422 952 554 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Green Family Life Festival is a community event that aims to inspire families to live more sustainably, follow the seasons, celebrate their garden and care for the planet.
Come along and stroll the marketplace to find great products and ideas to encourage sustainability. Watch demonstrations for take-home ideas such as making your own balance bike, composting, creating an edible garden and keeping chickens in your backyard. Take a sustainable house tour to learn more about retro-fitting your home or sit back and enjoy organic food and wine and live music from charming folk band Anna Smyrk and the Appetites.
The day will also be jam-packed with fun and games for the kids including face painting, singing and dancing with Mini Maestros, sustainable story time, cargo bike rides and tree planting. Plus there will be competitions with great prizes including an art and craft competition using recycled materials, and for the handy man or woman at heart a ‘flat pack assembly competition’ sponsored by Ikea and compered by Deputy Leader of the Greens Adam Bandt!
A fun and informative, family-friendly event with loads to see, do, explore and take home. Entry is $5 per family but well worth it. Join in the celebrations and add a splash of green to your family life. For the full program click here or call 9428 9901.
Richmond Community Learning Centre
92-94 Lord St, Richmond
$5 entry per family
Local environmental sustainability champions, Melbourne Girls College, will offer a free community event inviting people to ‘Rewrite the Future’ at the College on Saturday 1st September 2012.
The forum, held annually since 2010, features expert speakers on global challenges such as climate change and involves a cafe conversations style workshop for people to discuss the issue and share their priorities for action. The September forum ‘Global Challenges: Local Solutions’ will feature climate scientists (Professor David Karoly), climate campaigners (AYCC founder Anna Rose) and climate superheroes!
Melbourne Girls College sustainability coordinator and science teacher Andrew Vance said the event has proved very popular with the local community. “People love the opportunity to engage with experts in their local community about how we can develop local solutions to global challenges. There’s a chance to meet other people who are involved in inspiring projects and to visit the local solutions expo.”
The event will feature live music, prizes will be awarded for environmental pledges, and there is an opportunity to be involved in a community tree planting event.
Local organisations wishing to participate in the ‘local solutions gallery’ should contact Andrew Vance on 0438 201 725.
Delicious food and beverages will be available from the famous caterers at MGC Parents’ Association with some proceeds going to a MGC charity project.
Sat 1 September, 12.30pm – 4.30pm
Melbourne Girls College, Yarra Boulevard, Richmond
FREE event but a donation towards the running of the event would be appreciated
Bookings required, click here
The Princes Hill Community Centre is running a series of free Tuesday evening talks on Sustainable Environmental Practices – how we can change our lifestyles to reduce our global footprint.
The building code regulations for energy ratings are changing, and in the future it may be necessary to declare the rating of a house when it is sold. Rising energy bills and increasing awareness of the need to reduce environmental impact of our lifestyles makes this talk a must!
YCAN’s very own Local Action Group volunteer Ande Bunbury (Ande Bunbury Architects) and Andreas Sederof (Sunpower Designs Pty Ltd) will show examples and speak about projects they have been involved in and energy efficient elements they integrate into their designs. There will be the opportunity for Q & A.
Tuesday 24 July
Don Chipp Theatrette, Visy Park, Royal Parade, Parkville
7pm for 7.15pm start
Light refreshments provided
For more information and to register click here
Two local sustainability events coming up on 29 April and 7 May – details are below.