Melbourne Climate March – Sunday 21 Sept, 11am

9/21/2014 11:00 am, State Library, Sunday

State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Melbourne, VIC

Australia is trashing it’s climate policies and it’s global reputation, but world leaders are about to gather in New York for a pivotal Climate Summit. Meanwhile, in Melbourne, thousands will take to the streets to show our leaders that Australia’s want climate action. We want Tony Abbott to put climate back on the G20 agenda, we want our renewable energy and we don’t want more coal.

There will be music, thousands of green hearts, face painting for kids, opportunities to get involved in a variety of campaigns and even FREE ICE CREAM! But it will take all of us to make this a reality. Join the Melbourne People’s Climate March and be part of thousands of other events across the globe. Together we can truly change the course of history.


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Invitation to visit Ted Trainer’s Educational Farm

Invitation to Visit Ted Trainer’s Education Farm

Jonathan Rutherford is organising a tour of Ted Trainer’s educational site Pig-face Point, in Sydney. Information about what you can expect to see and do on the tour can be found here. As well as being an enjoyable and thought provoking outing, this will be a great opportunity to have a chat with one of the most long-standing and influential advocates of the radical simplicity message. Ted will be able to give us some inspiration, ideas and advice on how we best to ‘do it ourselves’. There may be opportunities for car pooling etc for those who wish to come.

Ted Trainer has also recently contributed a chapter to a new book Simple Living in History: Pioneers of the Deep Future which some of you might be interested in. The book includes 26 chapters on individuals, cultures, and movements who have embraced forms of ‘simple living’ throughout history. For more information, see here
Details on the Farm Visit below:

Where: Pigface Point, Syndey, NSW
When: Sunday November 09th, 2pm – 5pm.
Cost: Free Entry
RSVP: or 0408023691 by no later than Tuesday 30 September.


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Divestment Campaign: City of Moreland

Dear Friends,

I just signed the campaign: “Divest City of Moreland’s banking”

It would mean the world to me if you could also add your name to this fossil fuel divestment campaign. (If you haven’t heard of divestment before, see here).

The divestment movement is catching on like wildfire, and with good reason: If it is wrong to wreck the climate, then it is wrong to profit from that wreckage. We believe that educational and religious institutions, city and state governments, and other institutions that serve the public good should divest from fossil fuels.

Every name that is added builds momentum around the divestment effort and makes it more likely for us to win. Will you join me by taking action on this campaign?

After you’ve signed the petition please also take a moment to share it with others. It’s super easy – all you need to do is forward this email.

Thank you!



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Strong Local Communities for a World of Change

Transition Coburg has always worked very closely with the Robinson’s Reserve Neighbourhood House (104a Reynard Street, Coburg). Greg, the house co-ordinator, has just been in touch about a new, evening program they are running called ‘Strong Local Communities for a World of Change’. The program will facilitate small group discussions about questions such as: What social, environmental and political changes can we expect in coming years and decades? Can we prepare for change we don’t control? How have other communities responded to big changes in the past? Absolutely no expertise or experience necessary. This is about local people having a discussion about their own neighbourhood and communities.

The program aims to provide a safe and respectful space for discussion and learning about how to create just, sustainable and resilient local communities, now and into the future.

To be held at the Robinson’s Reserve Neighbourhood House, this program starts on Wednesday, 23 July, and goes for ten weeks, each session being held on Wednesday evenings from 7pm-9.30 pm. The cost is $9 per session (conc. $5), but note that the whole course must be paid for, rather than treating this as a drop in discussion, in order to foster a close group dynamic. For more information and for registration, call 9386 7128 or visit  

This is definitely a project to support.

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Earthbag Dome Building Workshop

In recent months I’ve posted a few times about the ‘simpler way’ demonstration site that I’m helping develop out near Moe, Victoria, Australia. In time we hope this property will become an education centre and hopefully a small ecovillage. Last December, we ran our first workshop and we built this beautiful Earthship. In February this year we ran a second workshop and built this beautiful cob cabin. Now, I’m very happy to announce we’ve just launched our next workshop, which is going to take place this spring, from 11 October to 17 October. During this week-long workshop we’ll be building an ‘earthbag dome’, similar to the one in the pictures. This workshop is being facilitated by Hayden from Curvatecture and Campbell from Agari Permaculture Farm.

Having been a part of both previous workshops, I can say that they were both life changing experiences. We all learnt an incredible amount about natural building practices and made what promise to be life long friendships. This next one promises to be just as thrilling an adventure.

For those wanting to attend – you know you want to! – there is more information on the workshop and applications available here. It’s going to be mad good fun as we learn how to build for the future.


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Survive and Thrive in Melbourne – Holmgren and Foss

Greetings all, it’s been a while between emails, but hopefully the event below provides some new energy for transition initiatives and related groups in Melbourne and beyond.

On Tuesday 15 July, David Holmgren and Nicole Foss will be presenting on the theme ‘Survive and Thrive in Melbourne: Strategies for a Changing Economy’. I’ll be going – should be both challenging and inspiring. Come along.

Details: 15 July, 7pm-10pm, Northcote Uniting Church.

Tickets: $20 (online) $25 (at door).

For more details on the talk and the link to ticket purchases, see here.

Also, Esther Alloun and I (Samuel Alexander) recently published a paper called: “The Transition Movement: Questions of Diversity, Affluence, and Power”. For those interested, it is available here.

More soon,



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Local and Organic Food in Coburg

Hi Folks,

Two brief notes today:

(1) Transition Coburg is having a gathering on 23rd February at 2pm at the Robinson’s Reserve Neighbourhood House, 104a Reynard Street, Coburg. It’s an opportunity to meet up, exchange ideas and visions, and see if we can’t get some more local projects underway. We are not a large group, but we dream large dreams. We’d love to hear from you. Come along. Everyone’s welcome.

(2) Don’t forget that all Coburgians (and others close by) have access to local and organic food from at least two sources: (a) Local Organics (b) The Coburg Farmers Market (which takes place on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month a North Coburg Primary, 8am-1pm)).

Please support these essential enterprises for a post-carbon world.

Hope to see some of you on Sunday, 23rd at 2pm.

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What could Coburg become?

Imagine a Coburg where we all grow most of our own food and share surpluses with neighbours, or spend our Saturdays at the farmer’s market, browsing the stalls of fresh, local, food; imagine a Coburg where our houses are well insulated, we collect all the rainwater we can, and our roofs are covered with solar panels; imagine a Coburg where we bike to work or take public transport, and in the evenings teach ourselves and each other how to sew, or cook, or fix things, or build things, or learn a musical instrument, or just walk our beautiful streets in a community of friends. Imagine a Coburg where we all live simply but happily, sharing what we have and building a new, less impactful way of life from the grassroots up.

This Coburg is possible if we decide we want it, but Tony Abbott isn’t going to help us. If any transition to a post-carbon society is going to occur, it is going to have to be driven by us – local people getting active in our local communities. That is what Transition Coburg and related groups are trying to do: get active, building a flourishing, post-carbon society, here and now.

Some things that Transition Coburg has already achieved are listed here, but there is so much more to do. In 2014, perhaps could we set up a new community garden? Run a workshop on making cider? Help each other retrofit the suburbs and turn Coburg into food forest? Run a series of educational film nights and potluck lunches? Got more ideas? What would you like to see?

Transition Coburg is having a gathering on 23rd February at 2pm at the Robinson’s Reserve Neighbourhood House, 104a Reynard Street, Coburg. We are not a large group, but we dream large dreams. We’d love to hear from you.

Please come along. No time like the present.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from Transition Coburg!

Three quick notes. First, David Holmgren, co-originator of the permaculture concept, has recently published a new essay entitled, “Crash on Demand,” available here. It’s well worth a read, and highly relevant to the strategy of ‘transition’.

Secondly, photos from the Earthship build are available here.

Finally, the gathering tentatively planned for 4 January won’t be going ahead – but more soon with alternative plans, after the dust of the festive seasons settles.

happy holidays,



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Greening Moreland Forum – this Saturday 30 Nov

Hi everyone,

Share your ideas, link with others, inspire action!

There is a ‘Greening Moreland Forum’ this Saturday, 30 November, from 9.45-1pm (followed by a free lunch), at the Coburg Town Hall. This is the second year this is being run, and last year it was a very stimulating few hours. This forum provides a space for residents, community groups, organisations and businesses to gather together and discuss their ideas and activities about ‘greening Moreland’. It’s also a great place to network and generally meet a great bunch of friendly folks. A perfect occasion for transitioners to gather. And a free lunch!

I’ll be heading down. Anyone interested in coming along? This is a great opportunity for new folks to get involved in Transition Coburg too, so let me know if you’re interested in attending. Happy to meet up before hand.

More details here.



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