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Thursday 31st Dec 09

10.00am-11.30am Time for Transition Action with Sonya Wallace, Janet Millington, Emma-Kate Rose and Prof Andrew Wilford

 

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Transition Town initiatives offer hope, as we meet the challenges of peak oil and climate change. Towns, cities, islands globally are following the Transition model. Hear how local communities are taking action - their strategies and how you can be part of it too!

Janet Millington

Janet Millington; teacher, author, permaculture educator and communitarian in 2007 helped establish ‘Transition Sunshine Coast' - moving from oil dependency to local resilience and addressing climate and energy uncertainty. She recently co-authored the book Outdoor Classrooms: a handbook for school gardens.


Professor Andrew Wilford

Now an Associate Professor from Bond University's School of Sustainable Development Wilf was a senior manager at Boeing Australia and ran their F-111 program. This prior experience enabled him to deal with large scale complexity and engage with "Safe Climate Australia" and "Transition Town" movement.

Sonya Wallace

Sonya is a permaculture teacher/designer and co-founder of Transition Sunshine Coast - preparing communities for future climate and energy uncertainty. Creating resilient food, energy and transport systems and much more she travels Australia supporting councils and communities in doing the same.


1.30am-1.00pm Local Food with Dr. Linda Selvey, Mathew Dick, Ian Golding and Louise Orr and Host Susie Chapman.

 

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Localising food production and supply is the clear answer to many different questions. This forum draws experienced local food enthusiasts - Dr. Linda Selvey, Mathew Dick, Ian Golding, and Louise Orr - from many fields to discuss this exciting convergence.

Susie Chapman

Susie is the Community Partnerships Manager for the Sunshine Coast with SEQ Catchments, the regional body for natural resource management. She trained and worked as a nutritionist/dietitian in Australia and PNG for 10 years before becoming involved with natural resource management for the last 20 years. Susie is part of the Sunshine Coast story in localising food production and supply, an exciting opportunity to now bring sustainable farming practice and good nutrition together.

Dr Linda Selvey

Linda is CEO of Greenpeace Australia Pacific. Until recently, she was Executive Director of Population Health Queensland also a former chair of Queensland Conservation Council. She is interested in preventing chronic disease, through improving nutrition, and is also a supporter of QCC's ‘grow local' campaign.

Ian Golding

Ian was a pioneer of the Horticulture Industry in tropical Northern Australia and has been farming and marketing fruit and vegetables there for over 25 years. He has recently settled in Maleny to establish the collaborative business network called Beyond Organic.

Mathew Dick

Mathew is a passionate nutritionist with an interest in making it easier for all Queenslanders to eat well. He coordinates statewide food supply projects for Queensland Health and has over 15 years experience working on statewide, regional and local nutrition projects.

Louise Orr

Louise lives and works as a committed environmentalist. She is passionate about food and the challenges and risks presented in feeding the Earth's people. She is a committed local food advocate, who understands how cultural, ecological and economically healthy food systems create resilient, inclusive communities.


1.00pm Business's Role in the Future with Dr Mike Smith, Ken Hickson and Ulrike Schuermann

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Business is moving towards good corporate citizenship: going climate neutral by using innovative, low carbon products and technologies and addressing long-term social challenges through collaborations with civil society organisations. Listen to initiatives, beyond the rhetoric, which achieve real, measurable change. Unbeliever? Have your faith revived in corporate integrity.

Ulrike Schuermann

Ulrike runs Momentum International Partnership, a sustainability and corporate social responsibility firm specialising in strategy, education and people engagement. She works with civil society and business and is passionate about bringing people together to create solutions to social and environmental challenges.

Ken Hickson

Ken had 47 years working as a journalist in newspapers, magazines, radio and television, as a consultant to organisations throughout the Asia Pacific and is a Governor of WWF Australia. He is the author and publisher of The ABC of Carbon and also produces the weekly e-newsletter abc carbon express.

Dr. Michael H Smith

Michael Smith is Research Director of The Natural Edge Project, a solutions-orientated Sustainability Think Tank based at Griffith University and ANU. Michael and his TNEP colleagues have developed a wide range of climate change and sustainability books, manuals and online training packages.


2.00pm Transition Decade for a Safe Climate with Professor Andrew Wilford, Giselle Wilkinson and Luke Taylor

 

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This campaign for a 10 year social and structural transition enables the restoration of a safe climate. The Transition Decade (Launch: Jan 1st 2010) responds to a need for urgent action within a meaningful timeframe. It aims to provide a framework to empower communities; a cohesive approach to the climate situation.

Giselle Wilkinson

Giselle is President of the Sustainable Living Foundation which she co-founded in 1999, also a foundation member of Safe Climate Australia recently launched by Al Gore. Author The Conscious Cook, innovator of social change she is currently undertaking a doctorate focusing on collaborative strategies for rapidly mobilising whole communities.

Luke Taylor

Luke Taylor is co-director of the Sustainable Living Foundation (SLF). SLF seeks to help foster the rapid adoption of ways of living that will make it possible to sustain the community of life locally and globally. Luke has been the Director of Australia's foremost sustainability event the Sustainable Living Festival for the past 8 years.

Professor Andrew Wilford

Now an Associate Professor from Bond University's School of Sustainable Development Wilf was a senior manager at Boeing Australia and ran their F-111 program. This prior experience enabled him to deal with large scale complexity and engage with "Safe Climate Australia" and "Transition Town" movement.

3.00pm-4.30-pm Green Inventors Introduced by Prof Ian Lowe

 

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At this time of great environmental challenges, we need innovators showing creative pathways to sustainable technologies and eco-friendly economic models. Maryella Hatfield maker of the film "The Futuremakers" brings together some leading minds with solutions to show what's possible, what's happening, what's succeeding. With Dr Patrick Glynn, Dean Cameron and Ben Kele, Doone Wyborn and Mark Thompson.


Maryella Hatfield

Maryella Hatfield is the director and co-producer of The Future Makers documentary, exploring some of the world leading technologies in renewable energy coming from Australia. In her travels researching the film, she encountered many fabulous innovators. ‘The Green Inventors' forum explores some of them.

Ben Kele

Ben Kele is a water scientist with Midell Water and CQ University. Midell Water has designed, built, and is operating the wastewater treatment and water recycling system used at the Woodfordia site. Ben will be discussing the Woodfordia wastewater treatment facility.

Dr Patrick Glynn

Patrick has a master's degree in technology management and a PhD. in electrical engineering. Patrick received a research excellence award from ACARP in 2007 and has seven patents in the areas of desalination, high temperature thermal energy storage and closed cycle heat engines.

 
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