The NSW Government is currently accepting submissions about Santos’ plans for more coal seam gas exploration drilling in the Pilliga forest in northern NSW. The beautiful Pilliga is the largest inland forest in NSW, and Santos has publicly stated that they are aiming to drill 400 wells across the area, which is also the recharge zone for the Great Artesian Basin. Lock the Gate Alliance is strongly opposing these plans, and their website has several suggested submission points that highlight the dangers of CSG in the region, including the threats to biodiversity, water, air quality, Aboriginal Heritage, and the impacts of the resulting greenhouse gas emissions and biased economic assessment that has been conducted. Submissions are due by 9th December, so when you have a moment to spare make sure to have your say about Santos' threat to this beautiful forest.
Speaking Change is a residential workshop with a difference. Run by SEE-Change Canberra with the support of Nicholas Hammond – best known for his role in the original movie version of The Sound of Music – Speaking Change offers participants the opportunity to learn some of the skills of the acting profession in order to become better public speakers and advocates for change.
The purpose of the workshop will be to craft truly engaging and inspirational talks on a subject of importance to you. A journeyman actor and writer, Nicholas will coach participants through techniques relating to such aspects of public speaking as relaxation, posture, breath, gesture, presentation and other skills necessary for effective communication.
Registration Closes 18th November. Workshop costs include catering and accommodation at the Silver Wattle Quakers Centre in Bungendore. SEE-Change is an inclusive organisation: if upfront payment is an issue then an alternative may be negotiated.
Are you interested in a professional service to help you make your home more energy efficient and sustainable?
Dr. Doug McKenzie-Mohr will be delivering introductory and advanced community-based social marketing training throughout Australia this coming February and March.
Hold on to your hats everyone! The coming weeks are chock full of sustainability activity. Before I share some of the highlights with you, I'd like to draw your attention to the fact that recruitment has started for our new Executive Officer. Could it be you? Please take a look at the job description and selection criteria here, and be sure to share it with any of your friends who you know would like to make a difference.
National Day of Climate Action: 17th of November Australia’s politicians have severely underestimated how much Australians care about climate change. GetUp! are working with local groups around the country to coordinate over 100 events for a National Day of Action. More detail about the Canberra event - including volunteering opportunities - is available here.
Not to Late to Join the Locavores! The Locavore’s Dinner is on this Saturday 2 November at 6pm at the beautiful Ivy Lake View Cafe, Old Canberra House, Lennox Crossing. There are still a few tickets left. Amazing local sourced organic produce, organic wines, music by Dollface, Costa Georgiadis joining in - all in the beautiful setting of The Ivy Lake View Cafe. Book now.
The 31st of October is our Annual General Meeting, which will be my last as EO of SEE-Change. It has been a delight to be EO of this vibrant and dynamic organisation and I will be staying around as part of the inner north group. We will begin the selection process for our next EO after our new committee has been elected at the AGM.
Start the weekend in a friendly fashion: catch up with Friends of Jerrabomberra Wetlands monthly reed and tree planting at 10.00 am on Saturday 19th, then relax in the evening at Common Ground's Earthbeat Concert at Belconnen Arts Centre, featuring the amazing Shortis and Simpson and the witty and musically excellent, Ecopella choir. The entertainment kicks off at 8pm, MC'd by the talented Robin Davidson. The event will be catered with delicious vegan snacks from 7.30 and at interval. RSVP via facebook or eventbrite.
And on Sunday, you should seriously consider snapping up some bargains and/or making some wardrobe space at the Canberra Environment Centre's Spring Swap and Suitcase Sale from 10 am to 1 pm.
It's Anti-Poverty Week: to mark the event, our intern Eva Meuller has written an insightful summary on the links between sustainability and poverty: read more here.
Next week we'd urge you to get along to the launch of 350.org's Fossil Free ACT campaign, outside the Legislative Assembly in Civic Square at 12.30 pm on Thursday the 24th of October.