Reasons for Optimism and Hope for a Sustainable Future – Public Forum

As part of the North West Environment Centre’s Healthy Planet Expo and the 12th Australasian Permaculture Convergence the RESEED Centre presents a Public Forum on Reasons for Optimism and Hope for a Sustainable Future.

Where: RESEED Centre, 30 King Edward St, Penguin

When: Sunday 8th March 2015

Time: 7.30pm – Gold coin donation.

There is much action at the local, regional, national and international level regarding positive change to combat political inertia towards our social and environmental crises. What are these forms of action, what could we replicate and/or built on, and what new actions have promise of initiating change?

Four speakers will highlight reasons for optimism and hope, rather than dwell on what has and is going wrong, negatives and gloom and doom.

Nicole Foss, The Automatic Earth, NZ
Nicole Foss will speak about the inevitability of another economic credit crunch. She explains why we find ourselves in a state of crisis and the importance of permaculture in designing a more optimistic, sustainable future.

Dr Ben Habib, La Trobe University, Vic
Ben will talk about holistic strategies, ‘subsistence sovereignty’ and our capacity to change economic/political relationships through decentralisation and re-localisation.

Robin Krabbe, University of Tasmania
Robin’s interest is in sustainable health and well being – the process of satisfying balanced basic needs (people care) simultaneously assists with planetary care and fair share. Robin will discuss how community initiatives have the potential for increasing sustainable health and wellbeing and hence the three permaculture ethics, particularly community food and community currency projects.

Ian Lillington, Growing Abundance, Castlemaine, Vic
Ian has long experience in creating and developing local community action around food security and sustainability through permaculture design and ethics. . He will shares some of the learnings and insights he has gained form his work from in Castlemaine.

Each speaker will speak for 10-15 minutes, and followed by Q&A. If you are interested in being part of the solution, this event is not to be missed!