Presentations, panel discussion, interactive workshops and forums

Presentation: Fast fashion, slow clothing (Jane Milburn)
10:30-11:30 Saturday 12 November (Main Hall)

Panel discussion: Food Waste
10:30-12:00 Saturday 12 November (Marquee 1)

Workshop: Change making – how to think outside the square (Bonnie McBain)
10:30-11:30 Saturday 12 November (Marquee 2)

Workshop: Creating time for a fair and sustainable life (Tricia Hogbin)
10:30-12:30 Saturday 12 November (Workshop 2)

Presentation: De-growth economy and well-being (Shann Turnbull)
11:30-12:30 Saturday 12 November (Main Hall)

Panel discussion: Parenting in a consumer world
11:30-1:00 Saturday 12 November (Marquee 2)

Other activity: Moon Fun interactive computer game
From 12:30 Saturday 12 November (Main Hall)

Presentation: Jobs, Growth…and sustainability? Exploring approaches to some difficult questions (Caroline Veldhuizen)
1.00-1:30  Saturday 12 November (Marquee 2)

Workshop: Eating without Consuming (the planet) (Kate Beveridge and Mark Brown)
1:00-3:00 Saturday 12 November (Workshop 2)

Presentation: Managing Waste
1:30-2:00 Saturday 12 November (Marquee 2)

Panel discussion: Building community for sustainability
1:30-3:00 Saturday 12 November (Marquee 1)

Workshop: No dig gardening
2:30-3:30 Saturday 12 November (School garden)

Presentation: Sustainable hairdressing
3:00-3:30 Saturday 12 November (Marquee 2)

Panel discussion: Urban Farming
3:30-5:00 Saturday 12 November (Marquee 2)

Entertainment: Festival Shindig
6:00 Saturday 12 November (Main Hall)

Public forum: Creating an Ecology Centre for Newcastle
11:00-1:00 Sunday 13 November (Main Hall)

Presentation: Fast fashion, slow clothing (Jane Milburn)

Fast fashion involves moving designs from the catwalk to the retailer very quickly and responding immediately to changing fashion trends. It used to take about six months for a product to get to market, but this has now been slashed to three week cycles. Cheap prices and planned obsolescence encourage overconsumption and waste. It all comes at a significant price for the environment and the underpaid, exploited people who make the garments.

Slow clothing is the opposite of fast fashion. It is about thoughtful, ethical, creative and sustainable ways to enjoy the garments we wear every day while minimising our material footprint on the world. Slow clothing manifests itself through 10 simple approaches –  think, natural, quality, local, care, few, make, adapt, revive and salvage.

Join Jane as she discusses the slow clothing movement in Australia, and how you can find alternatives to fast fashion.

Presenter: Jane Milburn
When: 10:30-11:30 Saturday 12 November (Main Hall)

Panel discussion: Food Waste & What Can We Do About It

Australians throw out $8-10 billion of food every year. As a nation we waste four million tonnes per annum of food which ends up in landfill. Learn more about food waste, local initiatives that are helping to challenge our food waste, and what you can do about it.

Panel: Gary Christensen, Mary O’Connor, Michael Osborne (moderator), Monique Maguire ,Simon Outhred
When: 10:30-12:00 Saturday 12 November (Marquee 1)

Workshop: Change making – how to think outside the square (Bonnie McBain)

Have you ever had a great idea of how your community could be even more amazing but you’ve never followed through with the idea? Have you ever taken part in a community project but left wondering why it didn’t go exactly as you’d planned? Being part of a change project can be daunting. This workshop will show you how to make community projects fun and successful using string, an elevator, marshmallows, and a healthy dose of creativity.

Presenter: Bonnie McBain
When: 10:3011:30 Saturday 12 November (Marquee 2)

Workshop: Creating time for a fair and sustainable life (Tricia Hogbin)

Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed by how busy you are? Would you like to reflect on how you might create a less cluttered, busy life? In this workshop Tricia will draw on her own experience and that of participants to explore how we can create time for a fair and sustainable life. She’s spent the past few years consciously making major changes to the way she lives. She believes that finding meaning in creativity and connections rather than stuff is a key to ensuring a fair and sustainable future. She believes we need to learn to be grateful for what we have rather than continually want for more.

Presenter: Tricia Hogbin
When:
10:30-12:30 Saturday 12 November (Workshop room 2)

Presentation: Jobs, Growth…and sustainability? Exploring approaches to some difficult questions (Caroline Veldhuizen)

Caroline will discuss some important issues that are often overlooked in debates about how to ensure that ‘growth’ creates the foundation for ongoing prosperity. Come and give your views and meet people who also want to exchange ideas about some of the big questions. Be part of breathing life into a vital, thoughtful democracy.

Input and discussion will be invited, in an interactive conversation about:

  1. What is the ‘good life’?
  2. What can governments really do – don’t we want them to make us richer?
  3. Is being ‘radical’ important to bringing about positive change?
  4. What does being radical mean – don’t we just marginalise ourselves?
  5. Can we maintain quality of life and be a ‘sustainable society’ at the same time?

Presenter: Caroline Veldhuizen
When:
1:00-1:30 Saturday 12 November (Marquee 2)

Presentation: De-growth economy and well-being (Shann Turnbull)

Is a universally prosperous, environmentally sustainable, global society achievable? What alternatives are there to traditional economic policies that are dependent on environmentally exploitive growth in the population and/or full employment to generate prosperity? Can market forces encourage production techniques that reduce their environmental impact? Shann will explore these and other questions.

Presenter: Shann Turnbull
When: 11:30-12:30 Saturday 12 November (Main Hall)

Panel discussion: Parenting in a consumer world

How can we raise adults who are not caught up in over-consumption and instant gratification? How can we help children be contributors, not just consumers, who care for the environment and the wellbeing of others? In this panel discussion, four parents will reflect on some of the challenges and successes they’ve had in parenting in a consumer world. The audience will also be encouraged to join in the discussion.

Panel: Graeme Stuart, Megan Sharkey, Paul Hodge and Sandy Ryan
When: 11:30-1:00 Saturday 12 November (Marquee 2)

Moon Fun interactive computer game

moon-fun-300x231Moon Fun is a video-game using old computer screens in which multiple players remotely control astronauts and spaceships on the surface of a strange and dangerous alien moon.
  • Beat gravity with a jetpack that will rocket you to the next level!
  • Pilot a two person spacecraft with a friend!  Quickly learn how long this will take to master!
  • See if you can learn how to pass the treacherous fire breathing space duck!
  • Navigate your intrepid spaceship through the final gauntlet of doom to the glorious victory tube!
  • Explode for a variety of reasons!  Oh noes!

Can you conquer this cruelly difficult intergalactic moon challenge?

When: From 12:30 Saturday 12 November (Main Hall)

Workshop: Eating without Consuming (the planet)

Are you eating the planet? The food on your plate might not be as good for the environment as it is for you.

Kate and Mark can teach you how to save money and produce tasty meals through obtaining locally produced, seasonal fresh food and cooking from scratch,  about the benefits of a simple menu plan for using food in season now, available locally. They’ll explain how packaging, processing, and travelling vast distances is part of our food’s hidden environmental cost.

Presenters: Kate Beveridge and Mark Brown
When:
1:00-3:00 Saturday 12 November (Workshop 2)

Presentation: Managing Waste

Samantha will discuss some of her projects helping to reduce waste. She recently worked with Biddabah Public School to make a bench out of 35,000 pieces of their non-recyclable plastic. She has also established Plastic Police Partnerships, which asks businesses to financially support a specific school or schools within its operating area to roll out the recycling project, with the aim the school will receive a piece of furniture made from its collected material.

Presenters: Samantha Cross
When:
1:30-2:00 Saturday 12 November (Marquee 2)

Panel discussion: Building community for sustainability

Transition Newcastle believes the strong communities are vital in responding to the environmental challenges we face and in transitioning to more sustainable alternatives. In this panel we will explore how some local groups seek to build community as part of their work.

Panel: Food Not Bombs, Hunter LETSThe Commons, Transition Streets, Graeme Stuart (moderator)
When: 1:30-3:00 Saturday 12 November (Marquee 1)

Workshop: No dig gardening

Join Brett Thompson and friends on this hands on practical workshop sowing the seeds of change, creating a no-dig garden from scratch, salvaging locally sourced materials to establish a productive food producing paradise turning bad news into good news and problems into solutions. Feel good about peak oil and climate change get out of the classroom, office, car or house and into the garden.

Presenter: Brett Thompson
When: 2:30-3:30 Saturday 12 November (School Garden)

Presentation: Sustainable hairdressing

Join Lou Day from Cheveux by Lou as she discusses  her attempts to make hairdressing more sustainable. Lou has formed partnerships with Jeval, one of the few brands to blend technology and ecology with the highest quality vegan botanical plant base products, and Sustainable Salons whose services ensure the least amount of damage to our environment through the recycling of 95% of salon waste.  

Presenter: Lou Day
When:
3:00-3:30 Saturday 12 November (Marquee 2)

Panel discussion – Urban Farming

Rather than living in food deserts, urban farming helps to bring farming to the city. Hear about a number of local initiatives helping promote local food production.

Panel: David Sivyer, Mark Brown, and Annie Rooke
When: 3:30-5:00 Saturday 12 November (Marquee 2)

Entertainment: Festival Shindig

festival-shindig-rAs part of the Festival, Hamilton Public School is organising the Festival Shindig on Saturday evening. They believe (and we totally agree) that healthy communities are a major part of a sustainable way of life, and plan for the music event to have a family friendly festival atmosphere with a focus on audience/community participation.

There will be a BBQ (for purchase) from 5:30 pm, Matthew Clarke will perform during the BBQ (from 6:00) and the rest of the music will start at 6:30. Performers include: East Coast Low, Lu Quade and Camilla, the Pretty Amazing Jono and Garry Petrisic (who is offering the Guitar Making from Junk Workshop). You are encouraged to bring instruments or your voice as there will also be some community music making including community singing led by Jacki Stuart.

When: 5:30 BBQ; 6:00 Music Saturday 12 November Main Hall

Public forum: Creating an Ecology Centre for Newcastle

The Newcastle Ecology Centre is an exciting new project that is working to build a community centre hub for environmentally and socially focused activities in Newcastle. The vision for the centre includes urban farms and community gardens, waste-recovery centres, permaculture education and design businesses, art & music event spaces and more.

This session will be a presentation of the ideas and work so far, as well as an interactive workshop to get feedback on the project and invite people to get involved.

This is a major undertaking that already has a lot of momentum behind it, but will require significant input from the community in order to ensure is shaped by the people it is looking to serve.

When: 11:00-1:00 Sunday 13 November (Main Hall)