Think Act Change: Is your life too plastic? Short film w/guest speakers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plastic (not so) fantastic. When did we find ourselves living in such a plastic world? And what are the implications of our lives being so plastic? How does it affect our environment, our lives, our health and ultimately the future of our planet?

At this months Think Act Change I'm excited to announce that we'll be having a screening of the short film "Bag It" followed by some amazingly inspiring guest speakers.

Bag It follows 'everyman' Jeb Berrier as he tries to make sense of our dependence on plastic bags. Jeb soon learns that the problem extends past landfills, to oceans, rivers and ultimately human health.

The film explores these issues and identifies how our daily reliance on plastic threatens not only waterways and marine life, but human health too.

This is going to be one awesome, eye-opening & inspiring evening that promises to leave you with a changed perspective on how you view plastic.

We will also have stalls from Take 3, Responsible Runners, Freshie and more on the night making this an interactive extravaganza where you'll come away with real practical solutions for living a happier, healthier, more plastic free life.

PLUS the wonderful Freshie have come on board as a sponsor & will have a gift for everyone in the audience on the night!

Speakers will include:

TIM SILVERWOOD - Environmentalist, Plastic Pollution Spokesperson, Surfer

In August 2011, Tim returned from an expedition to the North Pacific Gyre (or North Pacific Garbage Patch) with alarming insights into the frightening state of the worlds oceans and will talk about his expedition at the screening.

 

COSTA GEORGIADIS - TV Personality & all round awesome dude

Costa Georgiadis grew up around food. His grandfather, a market gardener seeded his DNA with a love of soil. His first steps were on his godfathers property in the Bylong Valley NSW. His grandfathers seeds germinated and grew though a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree at UNSW, Permaculture Design Studies, Catchment management Courses and then International travel and work in  Europe.

Costa loves  the language  of communication and more recently has been spreading this passion  with his show Costa’s Garden Odyssey on SBS. This vehicle has enabled him to share and communicate the wonderful work that is going on  in the world of regenerative agriculture, food production, and community building across the country. Costa sees the world as a  garden that nurtures us. He  gardens the soil and the soul.

MATT PERRY - Co-founder - Republic of Everyone

In addition to co-founding Republic of Everyone Matt has co-created three separate businesses. The Bravery is a PR & Social agency, The Garage Sale Trail is a national annual event and Grow It Local is a food movement.

In 2012 he attended Rio+20 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he co-founded and managed an event called Plasticity in partnership with the Ocean Recovery Alliance.  As the name suggests Plasticity aims to open up the debate on plastics and to interrogate plastic’s role in the context of a sustainable future.

 

DANE MURRAY - Social Entrepreneur & Product Designer


Dane is a designer of products and services that make it convenient for us to be more ecologically sustainable. As an Industrial Designer, Dane has designed plastic consumer products including children's toys, sports equipment and medical devices, with a focus on lifecycle responsibility. As a Social Entrepreneur, Dane is empowering consumers to make mindful choices, that reduce the social and environmental impact caused by the products we need to maintain our wellbeing. Dane's fun new social enterprise is a toothbrush subscription service called green-teeth!

 

ANDREW CAMPION - Founder & MD, Freshie

Freshie was founded by Andrew Campion, an economist with a diverse background in consulting, Dot.Coms and the music industry. As a consultant he has worked under Richard Neville (Oz magazine) in the area of strategic planning at the Neville Freeman agency. He rode the Dot.Com boom – and bust – at Aussie start-up ebooks.com. He founded the events and online marketing firm ‘on the fly’, and has been moonlighting as a DJ for the past two decades. Disturbed by the amount of unnecessary plastic choking our environment, Andrew set up the Freshie business, launching on World Water Day, 22 March 2011. His ambitions with Freshie are driven by the belief that as humans we can find commercial - and therefore sustainable - solutions to every the problem we face.

 

BOOM! Night full of awesome coming your way :)

 

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  • Linda van der T.

    Thanks for a great night, very inspiring. A few months ago I saw the documentary 'the Clean Bin Project', I all recommend you to watch this as well. It will give you heaps of inspiration to live with less plastic. Check this link: http://cleanbinproject.com/the-film/. See you all next time in July, Plastic Free July ;)

    June 14, 2013

  • Lamia

    Stop Coca-Cola trashing Australia http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7Uxaw6YoRw&feature=share

    Coca-Cola is blocking a recycling scheme. Take action, http://bit.ly/stoptrashingaus_yt, ask your MP to support a national 'Cash for Containers' scheme.

    In March, Coca-Cola won its court case to stop a popular and proven 10 cent recycling refund scheme in the Northern Territory -- a program that has already doubled recycling rates in the territory, and operated successfully in South Australia for over 30 years saving tens of millions of plastic containers from ending up in our beaches and oceans.

    This loose rubbish is estimated to affect up to 65% of Australian seabirds. Some mistake the plastic for food. When they swallow too much, their tiny stomachs become so full they're unable to ingest any food -- literally starving to death on a full stomach.

    1 · June 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      What is happening at their front door? Do you mean literally? I've always wanted to dump some empty bottles at Coke HQ but I'm not sure that would be ethical.

      1 · June 13, 2013

    • Grant

      Greenpeace did some creative protests. One involved, probably at considerable cost to Greenpeace, creating about a dozen Coke branded recycling bins and putting them all around the entrance to the building. They actually looked really good. The first time they protested there were about 6 protesters handing or leaflets being monitored by twice as many police officers

      June 14, 2013

  • Eva

    This young guy has a potential solution to clean up the 'plastic soup' at the gyres
    http://www.boyanslat.com/TEDx/
    https://www.facebook.com/TheOceanCleanup
    http://www.boyanslat.com/bio/index.html

    2 · June 12, 2013

    • Gai-Louise H.

      Love this. The challenge my son and I took from the night was how to clean up the ocean. I was really unhappy with the position put forward in the movie AND by the speakers that "We can't clean it up but.....". So I LOVE THIS GUY - there had to be a way and he is leading it. We will definitely be following him. Thanks so much Eva for this link.

      2 · June 13, 2013

  • Gai-Louise H.

    Is there another way to like these kids? I don't have an account to sign into.

    2 · June 12, 2013

    • Stephanie V.

      https://www.facebook.c...­ Hi Gai-Louise, a VERY good point - that would have been me a few months ago! So click the Facebook partyforacause page link and you can add your voice by voting in the polland vote plastic or fantastic! Thanks for bringing this up, I would totally have forgotten about that!

      1 · June 12, 2013

    • Gai-Louise H.

      Done. Thanks Steph.

      June 13, 2013

  • Stephanie V.

    https://www.facebook.com/partyforacause

    a VERY good point, some people do NOT have a Google account and cannot add their voice on youtube....so, I've created a FB poll where you can put your voice behind PLASTIC or FANTASTIC and S&E can add your voice to the tally! Yay!

    Click above & add your voice, thanks again for your support!
    Steph, Savannah, Elliott

    3 · June 12, 2013

  • Perrine

    Inspiring, instructive and actionable! That's a great recipe for making a real change. Thank you for this great evening!

    June 12, 2013

  • Summer M.

    Tim! Is there a way to see your film via YouTube or something? a link you can post? I'm unfortunately unable to make the event - so disappointed. Any other info is much appreciated.

    June 11, 2013

  • Dinh T.

    What an awesome event, I walked past a convenience store on the way home, and I saw some plastic water bottles in the store...certainly not buying those anymore after the Bag It wake up documentary...

    Also, thanks alot for the opportunity to shout out last night about my social enterprise: Eat the Globe :) We're donating a $1 to OXFAM for every food story posted on the site from now till end of Aug....please jump on and check it out:
    http://eattheglobe.com/tour-etg

    See you guys at the next TAC event!

    Dinh

    June 12, 2013

  • Bryony

    Hey, shout out to the photographers on the night. Is there any possibility of someone 'donating' a pic of the speakers for the TAFE magazine? Might be able to give them a plug....

    June 12, 2013

  • sabrina t.

    insightful, practical, inspiring!

    June 12, 2013

  • Jimmy

    Plastic is a First World problem, it is only a partial problem at the end of our supply chain. The rest of the world has bigger things to worry about other than plastic, such as "where is my next meal?"

    Below is a something that sums up what's wrong with our current system and what we can do to help change it.

    The Story of Stuff
    http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/the-story-of-stuff/

    In case you are 100% against plastic, here is an example in the world "without plastic!"

    Gruen Transfer - Selling Plastic Bags
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npf6qns0JhU

    P.S. One day, I hope to see a 3D printer that can print out my bowl, plate and cutlery which is made of "chocolate". After I finish my food, I get to reward myself with chocolate for desert!

    Rather than hating everything and everyone plastic, perhaps we should identify solutions, new methods and alternatives through advancement in science and responsible entrepreneurship!

    1 · June 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I think the political appetite is there, but the skill is not. Bob Hawke was able to get a prices and incomes accord. John Howard was able to bring in a GST. Labor didn't have the ability to sell a mining tax or an ETS.

      June 12, 2013

    • Grant

      Andrew you've hit the nail on the head. Part of the solution is mobilising those who understand and support the necessary changes into meaningful action. :-IMO, from reading the comments in this "thread" as well as the general comments that always get posted leading up to a TAC event, it seems attendees are in need of something or someone to tell them exactly how they can create change and be part of the solution (ie by being a more active "citizen")

      June 12, 2013

  • Gael L.

    I learnt a lot of things. Meeting all these people makes me confident about changing my way of using plastic. I'll definitely buy less products with plastic. I think that all the parents should watch the movie and change their use of plastic too if they care about their children.

    3 · June 12, 2013

  • Allister L.

    https://www.facebook.com/TheConsciousClub/posts/386079321492240 Something that may interest you guys. Cheers.

    June 12, 2013

  • Roslyn

    Educated informative and inspirational panel. Thanks !

    June 12, 2013

  • Lamia

    For people who loved the Bag It movie and want to know how to take these small changes at home, you can follow this very well structured blog
    zerowastehome.blogspot.com created by Bea Johnson. She, her husband and her 2 kids have been able to produce zero waste in the last 3 years.
    Their motto is refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle, rot and in that order :)

    4 · June 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    There should be biogradable products that help to breakdown and not do harm to speicies

    June 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for the film and presentation. Very good indeed. It is the way to help the growing population to sustain the environment. I like to see as much plastic for recycle plus cans and bottles. A good way to educate and to stop litter. I am so horified to see choking to marine and bird species. Action has to be taken to prevent this. It can't go on like this.

    1 · June 12, 2013

  • Stephanie V.

    Two kids who presented tonight will wake up tomorrow and rush to YouTube...where they have two likes so far only...make them see change is possible OVERNIGHT, they reckon 65 likes is what it takes to ask Maccas to change.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qH4u6Riqz-U

    Its smole and quick: Click. Like. Why not leave a comment, and if you can SHARe via twitter, Facebook wherever that wold be fab!

    June 11, 2013

    • Ben R.

      Stephanie - done! Great cause, I suspect they will end up with many more likes than 65 :-)

      1 · June 12, 2013

  • Lamia

    The interaction was made possible with the stalls, the panel and the shout out.
    I wish to see more interactions and connections in the future events.

    1 · June 12, 2013

  • Joanne J.

    Thank you for an informative evening. I will share the knowledge that I learned and encourage my family and friends to watch the copy of "Bag It" I purchased.

    1 · June 12, 2013

  • Marisol Miro Q.

    Great event, inspiring movie and awesome panel. Thanks for organising!

    2 · June 12, 2013

  • Ben W.

    unfortunately i can't come tonight. hope the event goes well.

    June 11, 2013

    • Stephanie V.

      A fab event tonight.....and why not support the youngest ever presenters who shared their YouTube video and their idea to reduce plastic and make the planet happy http://www.youtube.co...­ two minutes and then a like is all it takes! Their goal is 65 likes, so make yours count!

      June 11, 2013

  • Helen

    Very inspiring and educational movie and speakers. I met some wonderful people and realised there's more I would like to do to contribute to the planet's health.

    3 · June 11, 2013

  • Alison B.

    What level in 99 York St?

    June 11, 2013

    • Alison B.

      If your in the corporate side of 99 York at your not in the right place you need to walk towards the front doors and turn left to get to the bowling club entrance

      June 11, 2013

    • Sabz

      Thanks. Now watching the screen

      June 11, 2013

  • Summer M.

    Tim! Is there a way to see your film via YouTube or something? a link you can post? I'm unfortunately unable to make the event - so disappointed. Any other info is much appreciated.

    June 11, 2013

  • Summer M.

    Tim! Is there a way to see your film via YouTube or something? a link you can post? I'm unfortunately unable to make the event - so disappointed. Any other info is much appreciated.

    June 11, 2013

  • David P.

    I'm out of cash. Do you take plastic? lol

    June 11, 2013

  • Stephanie V.

    The clever way to address not just this issue of plastic but ALL consumption is to adopt the EP&L, namely the Environmental P&L that Jochen Zeitz, Puma CEO, was the first to create and invest huge resource to measure on the bottom line the environmental impact of everything the Puma group does. One exmple: no more cardboard boxes for shoes, as these get thrown away and add a huge impact to freight inefficiencies, now all Puma shoes are sold in a mesh bag instead, whcih actually can serve as a show storage bag. NICE SOLUTION! . If a company gets judged internally and by shareholders on Jochen's EP&L model over a P&L which is about ever shorter consumer cycles and ever growing consumption, then at least it's a metric better suited to sustainability. If Woolies and Coles measured the impact of throwaway grey plastic bags on THEIR bottom lines via an EP&L instead of a P&L, then they might think about a better alternative, as just one small example

    June 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry i might be late as i have a doctors appointment. I hope thats ok?

    June 11, 2013

  • John M.

    Looking forward to it, cheers

    June 10, 2013

  • Mosen

    Would love to see new people. Hopefully find couples of sharp people for my Ecommerce project.

    June 7, 2013

    • Mosen

      I've a conference with a friend coming from USA; sorry guys. Hopefully next time we meet. But let me know if you are interested to make extra money while having fun

      June 10, 2013

  • Ivan L.

    Had appointment setup for months ahead. Sure this to be an excellent gathering. PS Check out Sydney Clean Tech network this Thursday http://www.auscleantech.com.au/PDF/other/networks/Sydney%20Cleantech%20Network%20Flyer-JUN-13.pdf

    June 10, 2013

  • Belle H.

    So bummed to miss this... Have family unexpectedly in town for one night only :(

    June 10, 2013

  • Tanya P.

    My mum is leaving to go back home overseas the next day so I want to spend her final night here with her. I will come next time.

    June 10, 2013

  • Gemma G.

    I would love to come but it clashes with Social Media Women event. Next time!

    June 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is it ok if I join around 7 pm?

    June 5, 2013

    • Avis M.

      yes of course! you may miss part of the movie, but you'll still catch lots of awesome conversation and the end of the movie which is the best part ;)

      June 6, 2013

  • Ray S.

    One Person can make a difference a group of commited people with a purpose can make a world of changes.

    1 · June 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I like to see charge on plastic shopping or reusable bags and recycle bags, drinks containers

    2 · May 30, 2013

    • Grant

      Good idea, somewhat difficult to implement. Only way to track bag use would be to add it to receipt, and govt collect at financial year end. But it relies on store honesty as how do they audit tens of millions of shopping dockets?

      June 5, 2013

    • Grant

      Easiest way is set a tax directly on plastic shopping bag manufacturers, like cigarettes. Grocery stores inevitably pass the cost increase on to the consumer which had the desired effect and the government knows how much money they get.

      1 · June 5, 2013

  • Stephanie V.

    My 6 and 8 year old have an idea to reduce plastic consumptionby a global Goliath. They still believe in everything magical in the way kids do, includinb that it takes one person to make a difference, and ever person should try!

    1 · June 5, 2013

  • Linda V.

    Ten years after South Africa banned free plastic shopping bags, Australia still flounders about. It's time for action. Here are details of what other countries have done: http://plasticbags.planetark.org/gov/othercountries.cfm

    1 · June 5, 2013

    • Stephanie V.

      Plastic bags are banned on the island of Maui in Hawaii,where they brown bag shopping but basically, where you just get used to zero plastic.

      1 · June 5, 2013

  • Kate M.

    I can't attend but I thought you would be interested in the works that my cousin, visual artist Cecile Willams created for the 2010 Perth International Arts Festival from materials salvaged from Greta Beach Christmas Island.

    June 2, 2013

    • Kate M.

      A link to images on google can be found here: https://www.google.com...­

      1 · June 2, 2013

    • Kate M.

      These works are now owned by my dad (crazy farmer had a good harvest and decided to buy the whole collection). He is willing to lend them to professional arts organisations that are willing to pay the freight. The works have not yet been displayed in Sydney. If you would like to discuss please contact me.

      June 2, 2013

  • Mei L.

    :)

    1 · June 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    There is a lot to be said for a charge on plastic shopping bags and a refund on drink containers.

    3 · May 30, 2013

  • Tanya P.

    I the venue wheelchair accessible?

    May 15, 2013

    • Tanya P.

      Thanks Avis :)

      May 20, 2013

    • Avis M.

      Sorry for the delay, venue just came bk to me & YES completely accessible :) See you there!!

      May 28, 2013

  • Brooke M.

    Looking forward to it!

    1 · May 23, 2013

  • Tim S.

    This is going to be a hum-dinger...can't wait Avis! Thanks for Thinking Acting and Changing to bring this important issue to the people.

    5 · May 19, 2013

  • Summer M.

    It's always been a concern of mine but I've been living ignorantly. Looking forward to more information

    4 · May 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just joined. Sussing it all out. Whats the story for this one?

    May 11, 2013

    • Avis M.

      details will be announced soon.

      May 13, 2013

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