Kitchen Garden Week

Kitchen Garden Week 2011

24 September - 2 October, 2011

The inaugural Kitchen Garden Week is an annual celebration of The GPT Group’s partnership with the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation. Over the last 12 months these centres have been transformed with living indoor and outdoor kitchen gardens, designed to help promote the Foundation’s principles of pleasurable food education. Throughout the nine days' of activity, hundreds of children will actively participate in unique workshops on the delivery of cooking and gardening.

Where: Across six GPT retail centres in NSW and Victoria.
When: 24 September - 2 October, 2011.
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Adelaide Festival of Ideas

7 - 9 October, 2011

Held every two years, the theme of this years’ festival is ‘Planning for uncertainty’. Many respected speakers are scheduled, including Nobel Laureates. Most of the festival’s sessions are free, with some events streamed
live on the web. The Town Hall will host a special three-course lunch and session on food sustainability, inspired by fresh seasonal produce grown within 100 km of the Adelaide CBD. For a chance to win a double pass to the lunch, email describing in 40 words or less what you believe to be the key aspect of food security.

Where: Adelaide, South Australia.
When: 7 - 9 October, 2011.
Cost: Some events are free, check website for details.
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Buy Nothing New Month

Buy Nothing New Month

1 - 31 October, 2011

Buy Nothing New is not about going without, nor is it Buy Nothing New Never. It’s about taking October to reassess what we really need, think about where the stuff we buy comes from (finite resources), where it goes (landfill), and what our alternatives are. It is about conscientious consumption and by not spending on stuff we don’t need, increasing our savings for the things we do need. Obviously, you'll need to buy necessities such as groceries, medication and hygiene products - just steer clear of new items such as CDs, home décor, presents or luxury goods. Pledge to Buy Nothing New during October and challenge overconsumption.

Where: Australia-wide.
When: 1 - 31 October, 2011.
Cost: Free to participate, and you'll save time and money too!
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An Optimists Tour of the Future

An Optimists Tour of the Future

Monday, 12 September 2011

Set off into a hypothetical future to find extinct species resurrected, the energy crisis solved and Carbon dioxide stored safely away.


The Plan (+ the Planet)

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

There is a brilliant plan that will save humanity from climate change.


Grow your own medicine

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Create an organic medicine cabinet in your own backyard with this step-by-step guide to growing and using plant superfoods!


Japan Dolphins Day

1 September

The first of September is fast approaching. This date marks the start of dolphin hunting season in Taiji, Japan. In the words of Edmund Bourke: "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing". Join one of the many Dolphin Day events happening around the globe on 1 September at Japanese Embassies and Consulate offices. In Australia, there are events in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney.

Sydney Japanese Consulate, 34/52 Martin Place.
When: Meet at Hyde Park Fountain at 1pm and walk to Consulate.

Melbourne Consulate-General of Japan, 570 Bourke Street.
When: 12noon - 3pm.

Perth Harold Boas Gardens, Wellington Street.
When: 12noon - 3pm.

To see the list of events happening around the globe click here.
If you don’t see your town and want to start your own event, click here.

Behaviour Change for Sustainability

Behaviour Change for Sustainability National Congress

10 - 11 November

3 Pillars will once again be bringing together a diverse range of thinkers and practitioners to explore complex issues around behavior change, using a careful blend of traditional and innovative facilitation techniques to both inform and inspire. You're invited to play an active part in creating the most insightful and effective Congress possible - sharing what excites and challenges you in this crucial field. Presented in partnership with the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage.

Where: Sydney, Melbourne.
When: Thursday 10th & Friday 11th November, 2011.
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National Nude Food Day

19 October

Ditch the glad wrap and go natural au naturale for National Nude Food Day. National Nude Food Day has two goals: to minimise waste through cutting down on unnecessary packaging and to encourage healthy eating among Australians of all ages. Register your workplace, school or community group on the link below.

Where: Your lunchbox.
When: Wednesday 19 October, 2011
Click here for more information.

Carbon tax debate

Intelligence Squared debate: A Tax Won’t Fix Climate Change

15 September

Ever wanted better answers to a heated dinner party debate? Intelligence Squared is just the ticket. Examine the sticky subject of the carbon tax at Melbourne Town Hall, where expert panellists including environmentalist and author Tim Flannery (negative) and Chief Executive of Beyond Zero Emissions Matthew Wright (affirmative) will argue whether 'A Tax Won’t Fix Climate Change'.

Where: Melbourne Town Hall, corner of Swanston and Collins Streets, Melbourne, Victoria.
When: 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Thursday 15 September, 2011.
Cost: $20/$12 concession, bookings through
Click here to register or for more information.

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