A word to the banks…

Bill McKibben's Do the Math tour

Bill McKibben’s Do the Math tour

So that’s the issue. Is it true that ANZ Bank continues to invest in fossil fuel exploration and extraction? Is it true that ANZ Bank and its investors continue to make profits from destroying the planet’s ecosystem?

Isn’t that criminal

Brian Loffler, writing an open letter to the CEO of the ANZ bank on Divestment From Fossil Fuels

on the New Internationalist blog.…

“Do the Math” meeting streamed to Adelaide

Bill McKibben's Do the Math tour

Bill McKibben’s Do the Maths tour

FoE Adelaide simulcast the Canberra “Do the Math”
meeting with Bill McKibben from 7pm on June 5th
at the BH209 Lecture Theatre,
The Barbara Hanrahan building,
City West Campus,
University of SA,

Thanks to 350.org.au for making the feed available
and the School of Information Technology and Mathematical Sciences,
Division of IT, Engineering and the Environment at UniSA for providing the venue.

We had an audience of 39 for the talk, followed by a short panel with activists from various groups working on Climate Change.

Representatives from DEA, CORENA, CLEAN, FoE and New Internationalist

Representatives from DEA, CORENA, CLEAN, FoE and New Internationalist

Live feed on the left hand screen

Live feed on the left hand screen

BZE had their scale model of the Solar Thermal plant for Pt Augusta on display, and we handed out leaflets from FoE, 350.org et alia.…

Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign

There’s a meeting for those interested in a fossil fuels divestment campaign next Wednesday, May 8th, at 6pm in the community room at Christie Walk (entry via 101 Sturt St).

If you’re interested, please come. If you can’t come, you can leave an  expression of interest by leaving a comment below

Chart from The Australia Institute reportBackground

As Bill McKibben noted in his Rolling Stone Article last year — “Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math”, the fossil fuel companies currently have six times as many conventional reserves as they could safely burn  if we are to stay below 2 degrees global warming.

For the past year he has been touring the US, urging institutions to divest themselves of shares in these companies.

Now this movement has come to Australia.

FoE affiliate Market Forces is looking at three key areas:

(a) divestment of fossil fuel shares;

(b) disentanglement of super from fossil fuel companies;

(c) removal of government subsidies for fossil fuels.

In the US, the GoFossilFree campaign is encouraging unis, towns and citizens to divest themselves. [3]

The Renew Economy website has reported on divestment and the recent

report on potentially stranded assets from The Australia Institute:

“The report, Unburnable Carbon: Australia’s carbon bubble, warns that much of  the nation’s coal reserves will become worthless as the world hits carbon  emission limits, and that there is little fossil fuel companies can do

little to avoid this.”  Download the report

Farming the City

FARMING THE CITY

An exploration into building sustainable food production in Adelaide with visionary farmer Michael Ableman

BEYOND ORGANIC: FILM SCREENING AND DISCUSSION WITH MICHAEL ABLEMAN

The award-winning ‘Beyond Organic: The Vision of Fairview Gardens’ tells the story of an urban farm in the middle of some of the most expensive real estate in the US. Managed by Michael Ableman for 20 years, this 12-acre organic farm has become a model of sustainable food production and community involvement. Free entry.

7.00-9.00pm, Tuesday 17 April 2012

Woodville Town Hall, 74 Woodville Road, Woodville

URBAN AGRICULTURE: A WORKSHOP ON GROWING FOR MARKET AND COMMUNITY

Drawing on his experiences as both a rural and urban farmer, Michael Ableman will lead a free, full-day workshop and discussion on the challenges, myths, strategies, structures, and methods for creating vibrant food production enterprises in and around our cities.

9.00am-5.00pm, Wednesday 18 April 2012

Henley Town Hall, 378 Seaview Road, Henley Beach

This event now has only a few seats remaining. To book your place, please email adelaide.office@foe.org.au, with a contact number, and indicate whether you’d like to pay for a catered lunch and snacks ($20).

MICHAEL ABLEMAN is a farmer, author, and photographer. He is the founder and executive director emeritus of The Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens, one of the oldest and most diverse organic farms in southern California. Ableman is currently directing SOLEfood, an urban agriculture enterprise established in Vancouver, British Columbia, to provide employment to individuals experiencing poverty and addiction. He is the author and photographer of numerous books. He lives and farms at the historic 120 acre Foxglove Farm, where he also directs the Center For Arts, Ecology, and Agriculture.

Presented by Friends of the Earth Adelaide, the City of Charles Sturt, Slow Food Adelaide & Barossa, the Permaculture Association of SA, Grange Organic & Sustainable Market and Transition Adelaide West