Public Forum - See what's on next!
Each Term our House Program presents the very popular, informative and always engaging Public Forums. With knowledgeable speakers presenting topics that cover a wide range of public interest issues, guaranteed to get you thinking, talking and doing. A Light supper is provided and entry is by gold coin donation. Dates and details can be found in our term brochures.
Hope to see you our next Public Forum
Public Forum: WILD LAW - GIVING EARTH ITS RECOGNITION
A lawyer from the Australian Earth Laws Alliance will present the emerging theory of law called Earth jurisprudence, which stresses human interconnectedness and dependence with the natural world. This surely should be the foundation of our legal system and should replace our current human-centered system which treats the environment as a resource belonging to humans. Gold coin donation. Light supper provided.
Tuesday 30th August at 7.00pm
All warmly welcome.
Here’s a sample of topics covered in Past Public Forums
6, 7 or 8 STARS? HOW TO MAXIMISE YOUR HOME ENERGY RATING
- the forum focussed on building sustainability particularly from a regulatory point of view, such as minimum standards when building a new home as well as conducting an alteration &/or addition to an existing home.
HOW TO GROW RESILIENT
Dr Wijewickrama, sociologist and chiropractor – presented an overview of 40 years of scientific research about resilience and what we’ve learned about living well in a complex world.
What we’ve learned about living well in a complex world. How do some of us flourish, in spite of and even because of, levels of adversity that break others? Is resilience genetic or is it learned? How does resilience happen in organizations and communities?
VICTORIA’S WATER PLANS – UNSUSTAINABLE AND ILL-CONCEIVED
Stephen Cannon, civil engineer and water industry activist, discussed the promises to recycle and conserve water have been dumped in favour of, principally, an environmentally-destructive desalination plant. All should be aware of where +$20 billion of your taxes have been squandered, and why!
ALL ABOUT ETHICAL SHOPPING
“With every dollar you spend you have an impact on the planet and its people” ...so runs the intro to Nick Ray’s invaluable booklet ’The Guide to Ethical Supermarket Shopping’
A Forum that guided us through practical means of applying environmental, humane, social and other values to our spending habits, illustrating the strategy as it applies to Food, Body care and Household cleaners.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT IN THE HILLS & BEYOND Problems and solutions
The evening was presented by public transport campaigners Samantha Dunn and Davey Heller. Asking: ‘If you are dissatisfied with Melbourne’s public transport and want to reduce your carbon footprint and petrol expenses, this forum was one not to be missed.
CAMPAIGNING FOR CHANGE – practical tips for running local campaigns
How can we motivate our community to change their behaviour? Explore the topic from the perspective of the psychology of behaviour change and the six core principles of persuasion. Whether environmental, social, political or other change.
FROM LITTLE THINGS, BIG THINGS GROW
Overwhelmed by the enormity of our environmental impact? Andrew Cooper, author of the sustainability classic - “The Little Things” shared his invaluable tips on how to leave a lighter footprint.