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Sustainability seminars series

Each year Byron Shire Council partners with community groups to help them host a topical Sustainability Seminar. The evening seminar can be a film screening, key note address or panel discussion depending on the style of message you are trying to get out.

2016 Sustainability Seminar Program Items

Wednesday 23 November, 6:00pm - free film screening, cooking demonstration and taste testing

With the festive season just around the corner, it is time to reflect on our consumption habits and challenge the way (and where) we shop, prepare, eat and store our food. Join us for a free movie screening followed by discussion, a cooking demonstration and taste testing. Alison Drover, “locavore-frugavore”, sustainable food consultant, stylist/designer, writer, educator, speaker and organic food gardener will share ideas for nutritious low-waste Christmas recipes, storing, shopping and buying with a local emphasis. Linda Tohver, Education Coordinator from North East Waste and coordinator of the Love Food Hate Waste Program in the northern rivers, will highlight the main issues around the billions of dollars of food being wasted, and the local and global implications from a householder perspective.


Tuesday 6 September, 6:00pm - Vetiver in Action - Soil Conservation, Erosion Control & Wastewater Treatment

About Vetiver 
Vetiver is a unique miracle plant, with an extensive range of effective applications across a broad range of industries and in your own backyard. Traditionally used in South East Asia for land conservation and agricultural improvement, Vetiver has now found its home as a unique bioengineering tool, with the capacity to address some of the major environmental and development issues afflicting our world. 


Tuesday 5 July, 6:00pm - This Changes Everything

Watch a short film screening of Naomi Klein speaking at the Sydney Festival of Dangerous Ideas. Naomi is a social activist and filmmaker well known for her political analyses and criticism of corporate capitalism. Her most recent book 'This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate' was a New York Times non-fiction best seller, and she was awarded the 2016 Sydney Peace Prize for her activism on climate justice.

Dr Amanda Cahill, founder of the Centre for Social Change in Brisbane, will give a keynote speech and lead discussion on the topic of how capitalism is linked with climate change.


Tuesday 3 May, 6:00pm - Seed Share Launch

Tuesday 15 March, 6.00pm: Zero Emissions Byron
 – speakers, discussion & film screening - 'Transitioning Byron Shire to Zero Carbon'


Professor David Hood AM – leader of the QUT Sustainability Research & Teaching programs, and member of the Board of Directors of Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE) and a riveting presenter, will introduce the evening with an update on the latest findings in the world of climate change.

Australians are generally conservative in how we accept the need to make changes to the way we live. No one has yet explained to us here what compelling vision and deliverable plans exist to transition our economy, environment and lifestyles to a post carbon world - probably the biggest change in the history of civilisation, forced on us by climate change.

What are other countries already doing to transition to a zero carbon economy? Is there anything out there to inspire us? How could that happen here in Byron Shire?

In 2007, the EU Parliament announced that European countries were committed to make such a change. They called it the Third Industrial Revolution (‘3Rev’ for short). At COP21 the French government showcased the progress made by their Nord Pas de Calais region, three years after the architect of that vision – global thought leader and economist, Jeremy Rifkin - had introduced it to them. China, our largest trading partner, recently committed to follow the same path.

At Zero Emission Byron, we think you deserve to hear that vision and plan explained by its architect. So following Professor Hood, a film will be screened showing the introduction to that rural French community of the vision and methodology for their transition to a Zero Carbon Economy that motivated them to change the way they work and live.

Finally a Q&A panel, facilitated by Byron Shire journalist Mick O’Regan, will answer questions and discuss how the Zero Emissions Byron (ZEB) project is working along similar principles to reduce Byron Shire’s emissions to zero within 10 years.

Light refreshments available.