november d3sj & other meetings

From: geoffrey
Sent on: Wednesday, November 4, 2009 9:47 PM


Hi Folks,
The EcoCentre is hosting our final Community Forum for 2009 on Thursday, November 5th, "Climate Change, Renewable Energy Targets and Energy Efficiency".  Come along to find out what is happening in the Energy Sector to combat climate change.  The General Manager of Energy Generation at Origin, Peter Israel will speak on Australia's renewable energy targets. Peter is also a climate change ambassador, having trained with Al Gore on the Climate Project. This is a great opportunity to find out what's happening in the Energy Sector.
There will also be an opportunity for those who would like to, to bring in your electricity bill and Anne Armansin, Origin's Retail Energy Advisor will show you how you can reduce it.  Remember to RSVP.  We look forward to seeing you there. 6pm, Griffith EcoCentre, Nathan Campus
Lisa Malcolm
EcoCentre Environment and Community Network Coordinator
Griffith University
Fax: 3735 7638
Email: [address removed]


Brisbane's GreenHeart Fair: creating and inspiring Australia's most sustainable city

Would you like to see Brisbane become Australia's most sustainable city? Then come along to the GreenHeart Fair at Mt Gravatt Showgrounds on Sunday 8th November. To maintain Brisbane's liveability we all need to take steps to lead a more sustainable lifestyle, which means reducing our water and energy use, recycling more and minimising our impact on the natural environment. This bold and exciting initiative is happening in your own backyard and we want you to be part of it.

  • FREE event for the whole family
  • Sustainable-living exhibits, presentations and workshops
  • Live performance by Troy Cassar-Daley
  • Children's entertainment and activities
  • Delicious, healthy local and international food and drink
  • Free native plants for your garden provided by Brisbane City Council
  • Free book swap and competitions with great prizes to be won

GreenHeart Fair, a Brisbane City Council initiative
Sunday 8th November[masked]am-3pm
Mt Gravatt Showgrounds, 1644 Logan Rd, Mt Gravatt

Presented by CitySmart


thanks to Leanne McKnoulty for the above info


D3SJ* meeting 11 November 2009:

Introducing "Friends of the Earth"

Every day, more community groups are being formed to express our shared concerns regarding resource depletion, climate change and environmental devastation. Isolated and divided we will remain ineffective. It is therefore imperative we come together to meet, talk, understand each other and ultimately speak with a united voice to the powers that be.

This month, Friends of the Earth or FoE will tell us about themselves. The plan is to have a 30 minute formal presentation to answer: What is FoE? How do they operate? Who do they work with? What is their vision? How do they intend to achieve their vision? This will also include an explanation of their two businesses - reverse garbage and bicycle revolution - which support their activities and provide ethical employment in sustainable resource use.

The next 15 minutes will be an activity to explore the different ways members of the audience view societal change occuring. This will be interactive where the audience is fully involved and will discuss the various ways to facilitate change. This will then lead on to greater discussion on change and how we can make it happen.

Date & time: Wednesday 11 November 2009

5.30pm - biscuits, coffee/tea

6.00pm - presentations & discussion

7.15pm - meeting concludes - enthusiastic participants are encouraged to continue discussion over dinner at another venue

Venue: Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology Boardrooms, 134 Whitmore St (Swann Rd end), Taringa. Go to reception (off upper car park) & signs will direct from there.

Parking is available on site (upper car park- anywhere there is a space or lower car parks in the non reserved spaces).There's also plenty of nearby on-street parking (with no meters/time limit) at that time of day.

Who should attend: Any intelligent person interested in the common good.

Cost: FREE!

* Doctors and Scientists for Sustainability and Social Justice:

We invite participation from all members of the public who agree with the medical and scientific principles that we should use evidence, reason and fairness as the primary means to address the issues facing society

please visit for more information



BrisScience in partnership with the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) on the occasion of ATSE?s 32nd National Symposium - Future-proofing Australia: Rising to the Challenge of Climate Change 
Australia?s energy requirements are growing every year, with Queensland?s consumption increasing more quickly than anywhere else. But what will feed this growth over the next ten or fifty years? With climate change at crisis point, low emission technologies and renewable energy will be essential for Australia?s energy future.
There is healthy debate, however, amongst environmentalists, engineers, governments, and residents as to what those technologies should be. Should we be building wind generators, installing solar panels or investing in carbon capture and storage? Will geothermal and wave power be viable? What about nuclear energy? Most importantly, what are the costs, benefits and risks of the upcoming technologies, and how will they affect you, the consumer?
Join Dr Joel Gilmore and a team of expert panelists as they discuss the merits and implications of a range of current and future technologies ? from wind to solar to clean coal, and more ? in this special BrisScience session in partnership with ATSE.
Panelists include:
    * John Loughhead, Executive Director, UK Energy Research Centre
    * Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg ? Director, Global Change Institute, UQ
    * Professor Kelly Thambimuthu, FTSE ? Director, Centre for Coal Energy Technology (CCETech), UQ
    * Peter Meurs ? Managing Director, Worley Parsons

Venue: State Library of Queensland, Auditorium 1
Date: Tuesday 17 November, 2009 @ 6.30 pm (Doors open at 6 pm)
Questions? Contact Lynelle ([address removed])





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