YOUth LEADing the world Nov 27th, 28th & 29th 2012

3 day Youth Leadership Congress where Youth explore local and global issues of sustainability, measure and understand their own eco-footprint and work on action plans to make change in their lives, schools and communities.

Congresses are held simultaneously, digitally linked across multiple australian and global location. YLTW is now in its 4th year set to run in 50 locations.

Wodonga is lucky enough to be a part of this fantastic opportunity for Youth to focus on global sustainability.  See the flyer  here for details on how to register for this fantastic opportunity being held at The Cube, Wodonga.

Environmental Film Festival – Yackandandah

In 2006 An Inconvenient Truth brought to broad audiences pictures of the potential threats posed by climate change.  Al Gore provided a far reaching examination of likely impacts of a less stable global climate patterns.  It was a disturbing story but also proved one of the most successful campaigns at raising awareness of the problems with not acting immediately to address the human caused carbon emissions.  Moreover it offered hope that with commitment climate change could be limited.

 Sadly,  current research is suggesting this heightened awareness has given way to a drop in concern for climate change, perhaps replaced by global financial uncertainty in finances.  Obviously the global financial crisis has had a role in this refocus.

 The makers of An Inconvenient Truth have produced another film;  Last Call for the Oasis.  This film examines the global challenges we are facing with water – itself the precursor to life.  We of course are well familiar with water and it centrality to life given recent experiences with drought through the 2000’s, floods this year in the North East and the struggle to find an equitable management strategy for the Murray Darling.

 Along with 7 other selected movies Last Call at the Oasis is being shown at the Environmental Film Festival (…Melbourne) scheduled to take place in Yackandandah on the 5th and 6th of October – very soon.  Click   2012 Flyer  for details on where to get tickets.

 The festival provides a broad range of movies ranging from satire and a docu-drama through to case studies of emerging coal seam gas operations and even a solar car adventure.  Festival organizer recognise the potential of movies to both remind us of some of the challenges being with the biosphere but also some of the innovation that is occurring to respond to threats in creative and empowering ways.

 More details are available on the attached flyer.  Well worth a trip to Yackandandah, which itself a great little town largely recovered from its own environmental devastation – gold mining during the late 1800’s!

 Details also available on October calendar page on Ecoportal at; http://ecoportal.net.au/event

Wodonga environmental heroes in the running for National Landcare Award

Public encouraged to vote for Friends of Willow Park in People’s Choice Award

Local environmental heroes, Friends of Willow Park, are one of 88 finalists in the 2012 National Landcare Awards, which are taking place in Sydney on September 4th.

Friends of Willow Park was the winner of the Toshiba Community Group Award in the 2011 Victorian Landcare Awards and as a result, joins seven other finalists in that category from across the country, all vying for top honours at the biennial celebration in Sydney.

Wodonga locals can join in the celebrations by going online and voting for their local hero in the 2012 People’s Choice Award.  Voting is open until 6pm (EST) on Tuesday, September 4th, and the winner will be announced at the 2012 National Landcare Awards gala dinner that night.

Friends of Willow Park Inc (FOWP) has been a strong advocate for community inclusive planning since its inception in 2006. It successfully initiated a partnership with the City of Wodonga to develop and implement a community-led Master Plan which will guide the future of Willow Park over the next 25 years. FOWP engages with a diverse range of partners and members of the community, including the City of Wodonga, schools and local residents. Through activities such as monthly gardening, water quality monitoring, guest speaker evenings and a newsletter, FOWP has protected and conserved the park and shared knowledge and skills.

“We are thrilled to be a finalist in the 2012 National Landcare Awards. We are very proud of our efforts to grow and nurture local stewardship for our park and its corridors, as this is the key ingredient to preserving and improving our local environment,” said Julie Hind.

CEO of Landcare Australia, Heather Campbell, believes the National Landcare Awards to be an excellent way of showcasing the breadth and diversity of the amazing work being undertaken by Landcarers across the country, from sustainable agriculture to coastal restoration projects and everything in between.

“The National Landcare Awards are about celebrating all aspects of grass-roots environmentalism, irrespective of geography, age or gender,” she said.

“Wodonga can be proud to be represented by Friends of Willow Park at this level, and I hope that locals will show their support by voting in the People’s Choice Award.”

To find out more about the finalists, get involved, and have your say by voting in the 2012 National Landcare Awards People’s Choice Category, please visit www.landcareonline.com.au/nationalawards

See you at the Wodonga Sustainable Living Fair on Sunday August 5th, 2012

Preparations are under way for the 5th Wodonga Sustainable Living Fair at La Trobe University, Wodonga this coming Sunday. 

Wodonga Institute of TAFE have a stall and will have brochures available on the courses we are currently offering and ones we hope to run in 2013.

Business, Government and the wider community now consider sustainability issues to be an integral part of their operations.  Therefore, there is an increasing demand for employers and employees to actively engage in a low carbon economy.  The courses that Wodonga TAFE are able to offer will enable you to assist your organization to adopt sustainable business practices leading to increased productivity, reduced costs and improved environmental performance.  The skills and knowledge that you will gain will enable you to embed sustainability principles into your everyday work practices and provide you with an additional high-level qualification that will be an asset in your current workplace.

We look forward to seeing you there on Sunday 10am to 2pm.  See flyer for more details

Ecoportal – our own “Blessed Unrest”

Hi All,

Paul Hawken wrote a wonderful book called “Blessed Unrest”, which was about all the grass-roots efforts towards sustainability, globally.  You can read more about it here: Click here

 I hope you can take five minutes to watch a brief and very uplifting film about “Blessed Unrest” here (although you may need to download or view from the menu on the right of the screen): Click here

Paul’s website with a link to Wiser Earth is here:

I’m absolutely thrilled to let you all know that the Albury Wodonga region now has its own little blessed-unrest like website and you can find it here: http://www.ecoportal.net.au/  This is a wonderful initiative and I congratulate Karen Retra, Jenny Davies, Matthew Charles-Jones and Ben Habib who worked really hard to make this happen.  Well done also to Jaime Schmidt for her expertise in developing this site.

This is a fantastic resource for all of us.  You can find out about events these groups are running and if you would like your own grass-roots community group working in sustainability to have a presence on this site and to post your events just click on the relevant icons on the home page.  There are currently 23 groups on the site and this number is growing rapidly. 

 Wow!!  🙂

Congratulation to Our Community Groups.

 Sustainable living in Albury0Wodonga

 NEW website for Sustainability Communities. Ecoportal

Ecoportal is the result of a collaborative and committed effort by many representatives from various community groups working towards sustainability in and around Albury-Wodonga, North East Victoria and Southern New South Wales.

Ecoportal responds to a shared ambition to enhance the cross-fertilisation of ideas and to promote streamlining in the scheduling of community events.

Broadly speaking our website also seeks to;
• Offer a central place for the promotion of upcoming sustainability events;
• Provide links, information and contact details of local sustainability groups;
• Encourage the sharing of skills, knowledge and resources locally; and
• Add to opportunities to network with others.

Please see link on sidebar.