Movie & dinner night: “Dirt” the movie 2nd Feb

Adelaide Sustainability Centre invites you to a free movie night at the Joinery with a shared community dinner. This will be of particular interest to Fair Food Adelaide folk.

Film Night & Shared Community Dinner

DIRT! The Movie–narrated by Jamie Lee Curtis–brings to life the environmental, economic, social and political impact that the soil has. It shares the stories of experts from all over the world who study and are able to harness the beauty and power of a respectful and mutually beneficial relationship with soil.

But more than the film and the lessons that it teaches, DIRT! The Movie is a call to action. “When humans arrived 2 million years ago, everything changed for dirt. And from that moment on, the fate of dirt and humans has been intimately linked.”

How can you affect that relationship for the better?

Entry by Donation
6pm Shared Community Dinner, bring a plate of food to share
7pm Film Screening

The Adelaide Sustainability Centre is supported by the Adelaide Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resource Management Board and Conservation Council of South Australia.

Facebook event page

SA drink container deposits turn 40!

Friends of the Earth’s campaigning was instrumental in getting legislation introduced in 1977 to require a refund of the deposit on the price of drink cans and bottles.

Campaigners marched from Adelaide Uni to the steps of Parliament House to roll thousands of cans down the steps.

Refer to the following article.

From the article:

Sustainability Minister Ian Hunter said “About 580 million drink containers are recycled in the state every year.”

“The Government said the state’s waste and recycling sector employs almost 5,000 South Australians”

Congratulations to members of Friends of the Earth active during the 70s. We await the rest of Australia and the world to catch on.…

Make a quick submission to AVPMA about Roundup being found to be a potential carcinogen by the WHO

Please make a brief email submission to the APVMA Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority asking them to take notice of the World Health Organisations findings that glyphosate (Roundup) is a potential carcinogen. This is being organised by Friends of the Earth Melbourne.

Link to make an easy submission here

Roundup is widely used for weed control around the world, especially in home gardens and by councils. It is also used on GM crops and to help non GM crops around harvest time.

From the FOE Melbourne website:

Last year the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) – declared glyphosate – the main ingredient in the herbicide RoundUp – a probable carcinogen. We hoped that the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) – would intervene to protect our health. It hasn’t.

The APVMA has decided not to review its current approval for glyphosate because it claims to know better than the specialised cancer agency of the World Health Organisation. Why so? Because it has access to unpublished industry data that has never been subject to peer review and that regulators refuse to make public!

Who trusts the word of giant chemical companies over the World Health Organisation?

Monsanto has made enormous profits from virtually unrestricted use of glyphosate and now the truth has come out. Monsanto has lied to us again – and the APVMA must stop supporting an industry that is putting all of us at unnecessary risk.

Contact us if you need help with your submission adelaide.office@foe.org.au…

Report into development of an unconventional gas industry in S-E SA

The Natural Resources Committee has released its final report into develepment of an unconventional gas industry in the South East of SA (around Mt Gambier).

From the government Media Release: media-release-nrc-fracking-report-tabled-291116-1

“After review of all evidence and additional research, the committee has reached the positon that social licence does not yet exist for the development of an unconventional gas industry in the South East,” said Ms Steph Key (ALP member for Ashford). “This has been made starkly apparent by widespread opposition from the local community and it is the overarching finding of the inquiry.”

“This is not to say unconventional gas exploration and development should never occur in the region, but that in the committee’s view, obtaining social licence is a necessary precondition to such development occurring,” Ms Key said.

“Throughout the inquiry, all evidence the committee heard, both for and against unconventional gas development, has been in the context of myriad external forces including climate change considerations, production and export price, export demand, technological advances, renewable energy growth, and very notably, public opinion,” said Ms Key.

A link to the full report is found in the media release.…

Video of presentation of anti-nuclear postcards & petition to Jay Weatherill

The Australian Conservation Foundation have released a video documenting the handover of signed postcards and a petition against nuclear dumps to Premier Jay Weatherill in mid November. A group of Traditional Owners plus representatives from the ACF, the Conservation Council and Friends of the Earth met with the Premier to show him evidence that 35,000 Australians do not want a nuclear waste dump in SA.

Watch the video here:

South Australian Radioactive Waste Dump – Community says “No way, Jay!”

Thanks to Australian Conservation Foundation campaigner Dave Sweeney.…