First announcement: Sustainable Living Foundation, Friends of the Earth, & Greenleap Institute present
The 2009 sustainability convergence -
'Breakthrough: from recession to sustainability'
As we face a looming financial crisis, what are the threats and opportunities to social and environmental movements?
How do we break the 'business as usual' model? How do we 'bail out' the planet? This convergence seeks to bring together people from across Melbourne to start to develop a pathway through the recession to a sustainable economy. What would this look like and how we would we get there? What about livelihood and good work, what about community resilience? What about our place in the world? How do we respond effectively to the looming crisis of climate change? And what does this mean for the social and environmental movements in the short term?
This one day forum will look at the opportunities and threats connected to the economic downturn – political, financial, cultural. We will look at hope and fear (and how we can speak in frames not of opposition but of hope and determination) , sketch out pathways to a better future, and how we could get to a safe climate economy in 10 years.
We will also consider how we could make Melbourne a sustainable city – one that is compact, people friendly, based on public transport, renewable energy, biodiversity and food production
There will be a session for workshops – you are welcome to send proposals in before the conference or nominate speakers for the plenary sessions
Saturday 14 February
9am – 5pm
inner north (venue TBC)
cost: Low income - $15/ Waged - $25 (no one excluded through lack of funds)
further information: Cam at FoE: cam.walker@foe. org.au
This is the third sustainability convergence – details on the first two can be found here: http://www.sustaina bilityconvergenc e.org.au/
And in early 2009 we will have details up on this event on this website