The School of Teacher Education, Bathurst, in partnership with BCCAN, will be conducting the second annual Sustainability Conference this year.
Themes are likely to focus on mistakes of the past with our loss of biodiversity, loss of habitat and wasted water to possibilities for the future with such initiatives as the Schools Garden project, sustainable farming and gardening techniques.
Taking place in Canberra from:
Saturday 31st January to Tuesday 3rd February, 2009
The first 2 days aim to create a strategic national campaign and a grassroots network.
On the Monday there will be practical workshops.
On the Tuesday there will be a call for action to deal with Climate Change.
Summit to be opened by NSW Minister for Climate Change and the Environment, Hon Carmel Tebbutt MP
Where: Redfern Town Hall, Redfern (Sydney)
When: Thursday 19 Feb 6 pm to 8.30 pm
Friday and Saturday 20 and 21 Feb 9am to 5 pm both days.
The Bathurst Harvest Festival will take place this year on the weekend of 17th, 18th and 19th April.
Further details to follow.
Biodynamic educators John Priestly and Hamish Mackay will lead an Introduction to Byodynamic Agriculture 1 day workshop in Bathurst on Sunday 1 February 2009.
Learn: how to put life back in your soil; use the biodynamic preparations; weed and pest management; how to work with the planting calendar; how to build humus and increase water retention.
Venue: 703 The Bridle Track, Duramana, NSW 2795.
Local Contact Harry Whalan 02 63 37 1185.
BCCAN to make presentation to coucillors on Care of Country concept.
Recently many of us attended a BCCAN food miles dinner. It was a very successful event on all accounts - terrific local food and wine and fully booked out.
Although the concept of "food miles" was still many decades away, the idea of putting together a menu based on local food was also tried - with apparent success - in Dawson City in the Yukon Territory in the 1920s.
Often the response to climate change seems encompassed by the economic and energy considerations of the 'real' economy. The attached link to a Lowy Institute Policy Brief reminds us of the potential impacts on the health of Australians through the spread south of Malaria. A sobering point mentioned in the piece is that an Australian model used to calculate the spread of the virus was based on a 1.5 degree C. warming. The model in this case moved the area of effect south to Gladstone QLD from its intermittent home in the Far North.