In this issue of SHIFT we plumb the depths of our dominant global culture, examining it from various angles and exploring the worldviews and stories that underpin it. Some of the most prominent myths and narratives of our culture are unpacked while alternatives are entertained and practical applications are sketched out. Warning: calls to action and tips on culture-jamming may disarm the inner armchair critic – we’re on a journey beyond the comfort zone!
The Mineral and Energy Resources (Common Provisions) Bill 2014 proposes to significantly reduce legal rights for landholders and the general community. Have your say here.
Nicole Foss and David Holmgren are touring Australia in July with their strategies to survive and thrive in our rapidly changing economic landscape. Read on and find out more…
If you’re a wordsmith with a passion for sustainability and social justice, and you’re up for working at the cutting edge of public discourse with hard deadlines and editors who are not easily impressed, then you may just be who we’re looking for!
Are you going plastic-free this July? We certainly are! The challenge is quite simple: try to get through the month without using single-use plastic. “Single-use” includes plastic shopping bags, plastic cups, straws, plastic packaging… basically anything that’s intended only to be used once and then discarded.
Sally Stead introduces Australia’s new non-profit initiative to revolutionize our food culture: the Open Food Network.
Every piece of plastic, aside from the tiny portion that has been incinerated, still exists somewhere on our planet – much of it in the oceans. Plastic is everywhere in our lives, so I think it’s fair to say we’re addicted to the stuff. And when it comes to changing our habits it helps to lock in a month to more closely examine our relationship with this recent addition to the anthropocentric humanist enterprise of stuff-creation with which we pad our oversized nests.
The message of de-growth needs to resonate above the cacophony of consumer culture and seize its place in the public and political discourse if it is to reach beyond the choir of the already converted.
It’s not often we re-post material, as our preference is for original works, but this latest post by Charles Eisenstein on the climate movement is likely to become one of the most controversial offerings of the year, so please read!
“Spaceship Earth” was coined by Buckminster Fuller to describe our planet. We are living on what he likened to a very large spaceship. It is finite. It’s floating in space. And we must depend on it for everything we need to live. If we foul it up or run out of something we can’t run next door or call for take-out.
We haven’t been taking good enough care of our spaceship; it’s clear from the news and the scientific reports. It’s time we get our act together to avoid a crash. Fasten your seatbelt, watch the passenger safety briefing, share it widely, and then get busy taking good care of her! Learn more at the Growthbusters website.
Gawler Community House hopes to soon have a 10kW solar installation and LED security lights, all funded by community generosity. Already over $15,000 has been raised towards this $20,000 project via a joint initiative of the Transition Gawler group and CORENA (Citizens Own Renewable Energy Network Australia Inc).