A celebration of good food and farming

Cyclovida & Seeds of Freedom: opening night of FoE's Feast of Film

Cyclovida & Seeds of Freedom: opening night of FoE’s Feast of Film

Friends of the Earth presents the sixth annual Feast of Film

A celebration of good food and farming.

Saturday August 23rd 2003, 4pm-7pm

Box Factory Community Centre, 59 Regent Street South, Adelaide

Tickets $10-$15, at the door

Soup, bread and cakes available at interval, by donation

For more information contact adelaide.office@foe.org.au

4pm doors open

4:30 films begin

5:30 – 6pm intermission

7pm close

All funds raised support local and international projects for just and sustainable food and farming.

Ciclovida (lifecycle) 76 min, Brazil

Ciclovida (lifecycle) follows a group of subsistence farmers as they traverse the South American continent by bicycle on a mission to rescue natural seeds.

The travellers document how agrofuels are taking over the countryside and displacing millions of small farmers and indigenous communities. Subsistence crops and forests are being replaced by green deserts of genetically modified monocultures where nothing else, plant or animal, can survive the toxic sprays.

Seeds of Freedom 30min

Seeds of Freedom charts the story of seed from its roots at the heart of traditional, diversity rich farming systems across the world, to being transformed into a powerful commodity, used to monopolise the global food system.The film highlights the extent to which the industrial agricultural system, and genetically modified (GM) seeds in particular, has impacted on the enormous agro-biodiversity evolved by farmers and communities around the world, since the beginning of agriculture.…

Potential Fossil Fuel Divestment training in Adelaide

Mike Pulsford, from 350.org,au, writes

I’ve been talking to Charlie Wood, 350.org’s national campaign director, about a possible date for a fossil fuel divestment training session in Adelaide. This session covers all the concepts, terms, strategies and arguments you need to run a divestment campaign with confidence, as well as an overview of the more detailed resources we’ve got for campaigners – primers, reports, templates and so on. It’s designed so that once you’ve done it, you can run the training yourself for others, and we’ll make all slides and materials available for this too.

She’s suggesting Sunday September 1. How many of you would be interested and able to make this date? We’d need at least 15 participants (though more is fine too – feel free to pass this email on to anyone who you think might be interested). Otherwise we can wait until later in the year.

The training itself goes for 3 hours; in Melbourne we had a share lunch and a brainstorming/campaign planning session afterwards, which made it a 5 hour event, but that’s optional (while very nice).

Let me know your thoughts, in any case!

Here in Melbourne we’ve made progress with the City of Melbourne, and one of the councillors has agreed to champion divestment to the rest of council, which is exciting. It looks from our initial research like they have no money invested in fossil fuels, so pledging to remain free of such investments should be pretty easy for them! We framed it as an invitation for them to lead on this nationally, which they seem to like the sound of. We’re also talking to Yarra Climate Action Now about collaborating on a campaign aimed at the City of Yarra.

The University of Melbourne campaign, run by the Environment Collective, is speeding ahead, with postering and actions and FOI requests and research and all the rest of it.…

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.…