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Festival Launch
Friday 17th April, 6.30 pm - 9.30 pm Room 11.01 (11th Floor)
Victoria University City Campus, 300 Flinders St

The Festival opens with a public forum led by engaging and passionate speakers to open the mind, warm the spirit and give us hope of a better tomorrow with positive solutions to climate change. Entry $2

Learn more about our speakers,Tanya Ha, David Spratt, Kirsten Larsen and Moses Waqa.  We are delighted to have Adam Frogley attend to open our event wth an indigenous Welcome to Country and also Gilbert Rochecouste from Village Well, who will be our Master of Ceremony.

Please BYO water or cup to help us out on the night and arrive early for some home baked yummy cake.  There will also be lucky prize 'The Slow Guide to Melbourne' give-aways up for grabs.


 David Spratt - Co-author of Climate Code Red, co-founder of Carbon Equity

David SprattDavid Spratt is the co-author of "Climate Code Red: the case for emergency action" published by Scribe in July 2008. He is a founder of the activist research network CarbonEquity, and of the Melbourne Climate Action Centre. He was a keynote speaker at the first National Climate Action Summit held in Canberra  31 January- 3 February 2009. His work has appeared recently in The Age, Dissent, Chain Reaction, Crikey, Rolling Stone, the Adelaide Advertiser and New Matilda.




Climate transformations
The climate challenge can only be met by transformative action and leadership, leaving behind the incremental policy-making that currently dominates the "business-as-usual" and "politics-as-usual"  approaches to the greatest threat our species have ever faced. How can we think about a climate emergency and a rapid transition to a post-carbon society, and what will in mean for many of the cultural norms of the consumerist society? Do we need to be truly terrified to be able to respond effectively to global warming?


Tanya Ha - Television presenter, environmentalist and successful green lifestyle writer

Tanya HaTanya Ha is an environmental campaigner, author and regular 'green' commentator in the Australian media. She is the author of a range of environmental guide books, including the best-selling Greeniology. Her work communicates sustainable living through mainstream media, and has included starring in the award winning SBS series Eco House Challenge and the new WIN Tasmania lifestyle show Warm TV, as well as writing for many newspapers and magazines. She currently serves on the boards  of the green group Keep Australia Beautiful and the state government authority Sustainability Victoria and was one of the hundred participants selected for the Climate Change and Sustainability stream at the Australia 2020 Summit.


Change: for the better?

As Australians at a household level grapple with the call to change the way they live, work and consume, there's an expectation that the good times are over. Humans by nature can be resistant to change. But could there be positive aspects to the changes we need to make in order to wean ourselves off our current level of carbon consumption? Is it about living harder or living smarter? Has conspicuous consumption actually made us any happier? Can humanity live in a better balance with the natural environment and prosper and be happy?


Kirsten Laursen - Victoria Eco Innovation Lab's policy research manager

KirstenKirsten Larsen manages policy research at the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab at the University of Melbourne. Prior to this Kirsten worked in sustainability policy for the Victorian Government for 5 years, and was involved in the development of Our Environment Our Future – Victoria’s Sustainability Statement 2006. Kirsten has completed a Masters of Science in Strategic Foresight at Swinburne University and uses futures thinking and research in her current work on opportunities for secure and sustainable food systems. This work has included the release of Sustainable and Secure Food Systems for Victoria: What do we know? What do we need to know? in early 2008, which has led to involvement in a wide range of sustainable food projects across Victoria. For example, Kirsten has been an active participant in the Australian Conservation Foundation’s Future Food and Farming project Steering Committee and is a member of the VicHealth Healthy Eating Advisory Panel. 

Food Matters: Challenges and responses

Kirsten highlights that to avoid irreversible climate change we need to fundamentally and immediately transform what and how we eat.  Food production accounts more greenhouse emissions than direct electricity use in our houses, and accounts for most of our water use too.  Food prices are going up causing food security problems and the warming climate combined with less rainfall will pose new barriers to food production.  So what can or should we do? Do we understand the problem? Do we understand the solutions and how important are the actions individuals and communities are taking now?


Mosese Waqa - Pacific Islands Network

MoseseA geographer, economist and environmentalist by formal training, Mosese Waqa is a Pacific specialist actively involved in the field of conflict prevention and peace building for the last three years. Central to that activism is his efforts to find creative convergences between change agents in mainstream development, human rights, security with building a culture of peace in creating sustainable Pacific communities.

Mosese was contracted as the Regional Director for the Central Pacific region for the Adventist Development & Relief Agency, ADRA and has worked as a researcher and adviser with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).  He is currently a member of the International Steering Group of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC), and founding member of GPPAC's network in the Pacific, Pacific People Building Peace (PPBP).

Mosese still actively supports Pacific Islands NGOs and is an active member of the Melbourne based Pacific Islands Network, and the international environmental network for Initiatives of Change. He is also a member of the Pacific Working Group for the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID).

The importance of the Pacific

Using the backdrop of the Pacific Islands, Mosese will explore the regions importance as a real measure and clear demonstration of the impacts of climate change.  We will learn how the lessons learned from an honest engagement of climate change issues in Australia's own local neighbourhood can provide ground breaking solutions for Australia and the international community. We might question if the crisis facing us will change our society for the better, but what is certain is that how we respond to crisis will determine our destiny.


Event Program

Full program listing coming soon.  Join us at 6.30pm for a slice of cake.  If you can bring a cup or your own water with you, that would be great, otherwise we'll have some cups and water available.

Our event will kick off at 6.45 pm sharp with an indigenous Welcome to Country by Adam Frogley and then Gilbert Gilbert Rochecouste from Village Well who will then introduce our speakers who will talk for 15 to 20 minutes each before we open up for Q & A.  The event should wrap up at around  9 to 9.30

Victoria University Location: Melways Map 43 H9,  Google Map & Parking.  Short walk from Flinders Street Station. Please BYO water or cup to help us out.


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