Sustainability Showcase is looking for interns to help develop our projects through 2015.
If you are looking for work experience to help get that non-profit dream job, or if you’re looking for opportunities to beef up your portfolio, or if you’re just keen to help out with a good cause and get some valuable work experience while you’re at it, this opportunity could be right up your alley.
SHIFT is ramping up in 2015 with hard-copy distribution via various outlets around Australia.
Becoming a SHIFT distributor means supporting advertising-free, independent media. SHIFT is dedicated to providing uncensored information, inspiration and empowerment to change-makers, while being beholden to no corporate, commercial, or political interests.
With Christmas just around the corner it can be hard for a sustainability-minded person to know how best to celebrate, particularly with loved ones who aren’t on the non-consumerist wavelength.
Relaxing with a glass of wine is an indulgence that just got sweeter, thanks to Goodwill Wine.
For every case of SHIFTy wine (12 bottles) purchased, Goodwill Wines will donate 50%+ of the proceeds to Sustanability Showcase, so you can really enjoy the sweet (or dry? or floral?) taste of your favourite tipple, knowing you are contributing to independent media while you tickle your tastebuds.
Issue #6 of SHIFT has landed!
In this issue of SHIFT we peer beneath the surface of the modern life we take for granted, taking aim at globalization, disconnection, and the fetishization of economic growth. Our competitive, compliant, consumerist culture is not likely coming with us into the future, according to the cultural creatives pushing the envelope on change.
We have a situation, then, where one half of the population says it is not happening, and the other half says it is happening but fighting it doesn’t have to change our way of life. Like a dysfunctional and enabling married couple, the bickering and finger-pointing, and anger ensures that nothing has to change and that no one has to actually look deeply at themselves, even as the wheels are falling off the family-life they have co-created. And so do Democrats and Republicans stay together in this unhappy and unproductive place of emotional self-protection and planetary ruin.
Unity is found in diversity, or so the popular saying goes.
In this way, unity does not imply conformity, and diversity does not imply fragmentation – instead, a more complex form of unity emerges based on the understanding that the different worldviews, skills and tactics that each element contributes enrich the movement. With this in mind, however, competing worldviews and narratives pose a potentially paralyzing distraction when it comes to unifying a movement, obscuring potential common ground as well as shared blind spots.
In building a movement, finding common ground is paramount. When strategy-building becomes complicated by incongruent worldviews, then common ground becomes shaky or elusive at times. A movement can progress with the aid of constructive criticism, but it is imperative that this criticism be accompanied by genuine effort to understand and learn from one another, and recognition of each party’s value to the movement.
Green is no longer unified, if it ever really was. Bright Green, Lite Green, Deep Green and Dark Green tribes form around divergent worldviews, theories of change, and an accepted range of tactics. Each tribe vies for attention to its message in a world of time-constrained news cycles and manufactured consumerism, and competes for the resources – in a finite pool of funding and volunteers – required to make good on its mission statements.
Can we find common ground for the movement to work together so that our collective power is more than the sum of our parts?
This article is part 4 of a four-part series titled Degrowth: Getting to the Root of the Climate Crisis, and is adapted from Kari McGregor’s presentation at the Australian Climate Action Summit, 20th September, 2014.
On Sept 21, thousands of people in mass events all across Australia called on the government for climate action NOW.
This will be followed on Sunday, Oct 26th by a series of small, family friendly, local neighbourhood events, officially approved as part of Children’s Week. The focus of this year’s Children’s Week is on Article 12 of the UN Rights of the Child, the right to a voice and to be heard. Future climate change is one of the most important issues for children of today.
On Monday 15th September, across nine countries, people will hand out their own money to complete strangers, asking recipients to pass half on. Part of the global social experiment ‘Free Money Day’, the scheduled events aim to inspire a more sharing economy as well as reflection on our obsession with financial accumulation.
The lack of political will to address climate change is nothing short of alarming, and the dismantling of climate policy a step backwards at a critical point. But a civil society movement is growing from the grass roots and up, and now is your chance to get involved. The 2014 Australian Climate Action Summit is right around the corner, and this year the plan is to do as Naomi Klein urges, and rise to our historical moment.
The Queensland Government has abandoned protection of its key tourist attraction today, says Greenpeace, giving the final approvals for the Carmichael coal mine which requires industrial development within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.
Nicole Foss presents an in-depth analysis on why we are facing limits to growth, and will provide useful strategies for households and local communities on how to prepare for fossil fuel shortage and economic contraction. In her talks, Nicole will explore a decision tree process, looking at the range of choices available to people at the individual, family and community levels. She’ll look at the alternatives – urban, rural, suburban retrofit, intentional communities and eco-villages plus the advantages and disadvantages of each choice.