Last weekend I spend a day with my daughter Jaz and her class mates attending Minerama.
My unexpected surprise was seeing the mineralised fossils on display by Fossil Encounters. Below is a picture of some 450 million years old Starfish.
450 million years old fossilised starfish
Jaz & Elijah fossicking near Glen Innes
You may be asking yourself, what’s the link with sustainability? For me our appreciation and understanding of our common history is key to sustainability now and into the future. Humanity’s place in history is far from secure. Just like the many mineralised and now extinct dinosaurs you can see on Fossil Encounters website.
While I went on this trip to enjoy my daughter’s fossicking for sapphires, I instead discoverd a profound perspective on time… and of the fleeting and precious nature of life.
The official website for C4CE’s Community Energy Congress is now live!
The website is a hub for all news and important information on the Congress. You can find the latest on keynote speakers, our growing program of talks and workshop sessions, and more about the people behind the Congress, the National Community Energy Strategy, and the Coalition for Community Energy (C4CE).
We’re also thrilled to announce our keynote speakers for the Congress: Ivor Frischknect | Australian Renewable Energy Agency; Simon Holmes a Court; HepburnWind & Embark; David Green | Clean Energy Council.
Visit the website to learn more about our keynotes and other speakers.
The inaugural Congress marks the first time that those working and interested in community-owned renewable energy in Australia will come together. The Congress will benefit individual projects and communities at the same time as building the sector.
The week of the Congress is a busy week in Canberra for a number of events. Be sure to book your accomodation and travel requirements early!
Starfish is a Congress Partner and Founding Member of the Coalition for Community Energy. See more details of our role and work here.
If we are to project into a future that considers ways of being that include all life forms we have to change direction NOW. There is no way south of Hobart that could endorse our current environmental approach. I’m struggling with the idea that as a race we are pretty much crapping where we eat. We are the only remaining species of the hominids and I now find myself trying to explain to my 6 year old son that Lions (Yes, those big scary things that live in Africa) are soon to become completely extinct in the wild … at least in West Africa.
Undoubtedly humans have an enormous ability to transform this planet … we just need to start doing it constructively not destructively. It also seems that, at least here in Australia, that the positive change required will need to come from the bottom up.
There’s many more, but these are some groups looking toward a positive, community driven, bottom-up transformation:
Starfish is incredibly pleased to announce that funding has been confirmed to establish the Coalition for Community Energy (C4CE). This work includes the development of an innovative collaborative governance model to better enable the collective impact of the 60 plus organisations and groups across the country working on community energy initiatives. The project will also deliver an operational which will address C4CE’s current initiatives (such as the campaign to establish a national grant fund), funding and systems for internal and external communications and collaboration.
Starfish has developed nearly a dozen collaborative governance models, drawing upon pioneering fields like Collective Impact, Constellation Governance, Adaptive Governance and Multi-Stakeholder Governance. These each work to improve the scale and impact of work through agreement and collaboration on common initiatives and objectives.
The $45,995 funding for this work has been generously provided by the McKinnon Family Foundation, Yajilarra Trust, The Earth Welfare Foundation, Ross Knowles Foundation and Diversicon. Starfish would also like to acknowledge the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network for their support in coordinating this collective funding approach.
These are a couple of of young guys from the Post Landfill Action Network (PLAN – www.postlandfill.org). It’s always inspiring to see young people having a crack … and a good crack at that.
This guy is a bit of a legend … Alex Fried - 2013 Brower Youth Award Winner.
Have a look at how he’s progressing … go you good thing.
The community energy group Pingala sees a future where solar power will play a vital role in providing Sydney’s energy requirements. Tom Nokolds, the secretary of Pingala, says the organisation has plans to develop “many solar farms … owned by the community … right here in Sydney”.
Nokolds feels that the Community Energy Congress in Canberra will be an opportunity to share experiences and skills amongst the growing community owned segment of the Australian energy sector.
Find out more at pingala.org.au.
According to the Regional Australia Institute, ‘returners’ make up a significant pattern in internal migration that often fails to be recognised as a positive – and popular – life choice for many Australians.
Between 2010 and 2011, Australia’s regional population grew by 10,597 people, with more than 135,000 leaving a capital city to move interstate or into a regional area. Of these: