Upcoming Events

We invite you to support the events listed below – both from HOPE and its environment colleagues.

Katie McChesney Momentum Trainings | Various dates in August

350.org | Young Campaigns

Sydney (15-16 August) / Brisbane (21-22 August) / Melbourne (24-45 August).
(Click links above for details on different locations)
Scholarship application / Small org $88 / Med org $198 / Large org $308

350.org Australia and Young Campaigns are excited to invite you to a unique training opportunity with Katie McChesney, co-founder of the Sunrise Movement (US).

Over two days, Katie will lead an introductory training to the Momentum organising model, as well as sharing lessons from the Green New Deal campaign in the US.

The Sunrise Movement have remade American climate politics using the Momentum model. Momentum fuses the strengths of structure-based organising and mass protest to provide the tools and frameworks to build massive, decentralised social movements.

Drawing on lessons and skills from contemporary and historic social movements, the curriculum of this two day training is designed to give campaigners and organisers the tools to build progressive popular movements to win.

[Places are limited. To apply for your place and to purchase tickets please click the relevant link above.]

What is Momentum?

Momentum is an organising model for transformational change. By combining and systematizing best practices from past movements, critical movement theory, and applicable skills, momentum encourage organisers to dream about big change, and give them the tools to make it happen.

Built on the foundation of nonviolent civil resistance developed by Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Momentum synthesizes the lessons of various 20th century movements to inform a new generation of organisers as they build popular movements capable of shifting the political terrain. You might have read a bit about it in the popular book by Mark and Paul Engler This is an Uprising.

Who is Katie McChesney?

Katie McChesney is co-founder of the Sunrise Movement, a youth led movement that is working to make climate change and economic injustice urgent priorities across America, end the corrupting influence of fossil fuel executives on our politics, and elect leaders who stand up for the health and wellbeing of all people.

The Sunrise Movement is leading the charge for a Green New Deal in America. Since their sit-in at Nancy Pelosi office launched the Green New Deal onto the national and global agenda, the Sunrise Movement have been training hundreds of new leaders, supporting new local hubs and building power for the long term to win transformational change in America.

Previously Katie was a leader in the fossil fuel divestment movement, spending 6 years at 350.org training and supporting divestment organisers across America.

Hosted by Katie McChesney of the Sunrise Movement

Beyond the code (with Dick Clarke) | 21 August 2019

Renew Toowoomba Branch

Beyond the code forum - Leading the way with building performance

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 5:30pm for a 6pm start
Toowoomba City Library, 155 Herries St, Toowoomba City QLD 4350
entry by donation

Renew Toowoomba Branch presents an evening forum with Dick Clarke. Dick will address questions like: What is the real meaning of building sustainably? How do we do it? How is our current Building Code limiting our ability to address climate change? What's needed to get us in accordance with the Paris Climate Agreement and beyond (because the 'Code' won't do it)? Where are we at in terms of building performance? What do we need and how do we bridge the shortfall? Dick will also cover encouraging international examples of getting it right.

Beyond the Code workshop - Practical ways to make buildings fit for the future

Thursday, 22 August 2019, 9:00am to 1:00pm
Toowoomba City Library, Level 3, 155 Herries St, Toowoomba City QLD 4350
$50 early bird tickets (before 5 pm on 12/8), $100 full price, available at Humantix

Renew Toowoomba Branch presents Beyond the Code, a one-day workshop on building sustainably for the future. Our presenter is Dick Clarke, principal of Envirotecture and the Director of Sustainability for the Building Designers Association of Australia. The four-hour workshop will take place on Thursday, August 22, from 9 am to 1 pm at the Toowoomba City Library. The workshop will include a morning tea.

Beyond the Code will cover virtually every aspect of building design with an eye to a more productive, more sustainable future. We will discuss thermal performance and energy, including peak electrical demand and the limited effects of regulation (NCC, BASIX etc.). We’ll also cover ‘old’ Passive Solar Design regarding orientation, zoning, thermal mass, shading, insulation, ventilation, glazing, problems with condensation, peak demand, and leakage.

Additionally, we’ll learn about the specifics, benefits, and applications of the verified ‘next big thing’ in sustainable building: Certified Passive House (Passivhaus). We’ll discuss how to build to Ph, the certification process, PhPP modelling, blower door tests, and the placement of EnerPHit as Ph for renovations.

We’ll also talk about building materials, with topics including embodied energy, operational costs, Life Cycle Analysis, the Avoid-Reuse-Recycle concept, timber and timber treatment, product search resources, hazardous materials and safe options, termite management, and indoor environmental quality and off-gassing. Our discussion of water will cover availability in a changing climate, water efficiency choices, water heating, wastewater treatment, water harvesting, stormwater design, and options for landscape restoration.

Finally, guests will learn how to upsell sustainability to clients, how to analyse client types and find their drivers, and the benefits of going beyond minimum compliance.


Ross Campbell on 07 4632 0439 or toowoomba@ata.org.au

Hosted by Renew Toowoomba Branch

Queensland Litter Symposium | 19-20 August 2019

Keep Queensland Beautiful

Monday to Tuesday, 19-20 August 2019
Griffith University, EcoCentre (Nathan Campus)

The inaugural Queensland Litter Symposium will be held on Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th August to coincide with Keep Australia Beautiful week.

Network 10’s Totally Wild, Ranger Stacey (MC), in partnership with Keep Queensland Beautiful and the Queensland Water and Landcarers’ welcomes you to join us to discuss Queensland’s dirty littering habit and discover “Managing litter at a local level”.

The two day “think tank” style event will discuss, review and showcase…

  • Research, auditing and evaluation
  • Exploring littering behaviour
  • Campaigns; local, national and international – the good, the bad and the ugly truth
  • Everyone has a role to play
  • Partnerships, engagement and collaboration
  • Education, awareness and communication
  • Litter infrastructure
  • Enforcement and,
  • When the community leads the way (case studies)

This is your chance to help shape the future, learn about the resources and frameworks you can draw on for help, and find some outstanding case studies that demonstrate how to put the theory into practice.

Tickets are limited: Members: $90.00 or Non-members: $120.00 (includes refreshments and lunch)

** Program will be available online this week **

RSVP by 31 July 2019 via email: symposium@litter.org.au

Online @ http://www.keepqueenslandbeautiful.org.au/symposium
or telephone: (07) 3040 2999

When you RSVP, you will be issued with a tax invoice.

For 50 years, Keep Australia Beautiful (Queensland) has played an integral role in litter prevention and waste management education; our iconic programs, such as Tidy Towns Clean Beaches, bring communities together to enhance and protect their natural environment, build community spirit and implement sustainable practices and programs.

See flyer here.

Hosted by: Keep Queensland Beautiful

Electric Vehicle Transition Conference | 26-27 August 2019

RenewEconomy | The Driven

Monday to Tuesday, 26-27 July 2019, 7:30pm
University of Technology, Sydney

The transition to electric vehicles is upon us. Some time very soon, and most certainly in the next several years, the uptake of EVs by Australian consumers and fleet operators will surge.

The opportunities of this EV transition are enormous, and will have major implications for government, industry and consumers. This will involve policy makers, government institutions, grid operators, network owners, power utilities, energy retailers, and fleet owners - not to mention the incumbent auto industry, the makers of EVs themselves, the providers of smart new software, batteries, charging networks, autonomous driving technology, and - of course - the consumer.

To explore these themes, RenewEconomy and its EV-focused website The Driven are co-hosting the inaugural Electric Vehicle Transition conference in Sydney on August 26 and 27, bringing together the leading players and thinkers in the sector.

We already have an impressive line up and will be adding to the cast in coming weeks before revealing the final program.

(See full event details/registration and agenda here.)

Hosted by various organisations with RenewEconomy and The Driven

The Moreton Bay Foundation Official Launch | 30 August 2019

The Moreton Bay Foundation Limited

Friday, 30 August 2019, 12:30pm (Official Launch), 6:00pm (Inaugural Dinner)
Brisbane City Hall (see event flyer for full details -- note: official launch and dinner are SEPARATE tickets)

We would like to invite you to our Launch Event. Please find attached information regarding both the Official Launch by his Excellency, the Governor of Queensland, and our Inaugural Dinner.

Tickets are essential, and can be obtained via Try Booking at https://moretonbayfoundation.org/launch/. While the afternoon event, including lunch and the Community Discussion, is free to attend, tickets are essential, so please book early.

For full details, see flyer here.

Find out more about The Moreton Bay Foundation Limited here.

Hosted by The Moreton Bay Foundation Limited

Long-term Feather Forecasting workshops (Southern Downs area) | 3-4 September 2019

Landcare Australia

Have you ever wanted reliable, long-term weather forecasts for your exact location?
Or wished you could make farming decisions with more confidence in what the weather will bring?
Well, now you can. Join us and Anthony to learn more.

Speaker: Anthony Violi, a weather authority for the past three decades, launched AV Weather in 2016 to give Australian growers the confidence to make weather-dependent decisions. More than 2300 growers now rely on Anthony’s expertise, with many making the most of his same-day communication and location-specific advice.

See below for dates and times for the free workshops:

Tuesday, 3 September 2019, 9:30am to 12:00pm
Kaimkillenbun Hall

Morning tea provided

Tuesday, 3 September 2019, 1:00pm to 3:30pm
Peranga Bowls Club

Afternoon tea provided

Wednesday, 4 September 2019, 9:30am to 12:00pm
Millmerran Hall

Morning tea provided

See the event flyer here.

Supported by various Landcare Australia organisations including: Landcare Millmerran, North East Downs Landcare Group Inc., Condamine Catchment Management Association and South Myall Landcare

Bimblebox 153 Birds | Various dates in September

Griffith University Queensland College of Art | Other organisations

3-14 September 2019 (view flyer here for exhibition timeline)
Webb Gallery, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, 226 Grey Street, Southbank, 4101

This exhibition is an installation of artist prints, poetry, prose and musicians’ birdcalls by over 450 people worldwide who have been inspired by the birdlife of the Bimblebox Nature Refuge.

It’s our story of our birds, how we experience them and sadly, how we could lose them. The Bimblebox Nature Refuge is in the Galilee Basin and is threatened by coal mining.

Download the flyer here.

See full events details here.

Curated by Jill Sampson
Audio compilation and mixing by Boyd.

The Dingo Dilemma (forum) | 7 September 2019

Royal Zoological Society of NSW

Saturday, 7 September 2019, 8:30am to 5:00pm
Taronga Institute of Science and Learning, Bradleys Head Road, Mosman

In 1999, the Royal Zoological Society of NSW ran a symposium on the dingo. The papers from the day were published by the Society in 2001 as A symposium on the dingo (edited by Chris Dickman and Dan Lunney). All the papers from that symposium are freely available on the website of the Royal Zoological Society of NSW. Now, 20 years after the initial symposium, we are taking the opportunity to bring together much of the large body of research and ideas that have advanced our understanding of the dingo since 1999.

There will be ample opportunity for discussion and debate from the audience in the plenary sessions that are a key point of the structure of the day – in fact, a good proportion of the day is devoted to debate across the room. These plenary sessions will be recorded and form part of the publication that will follow the day. The day will be lively: do come and listen, and participate in the plenary sessions.

For registration details, visit their website.

View the event flyer here.

Hosted by the Royal Zoological Society of NSW

Global Climate Strike | 20 September 2019

School Strikers

20 September 2019
Your school, a government office, anywhere you feel called.

Students are walking out of school and going on #ClimateStrike to call on governments to keep warming below the unacceptably dangerous level of 1.5 degrees Celsius and protect our future. See this video from Greta Thunberg, the 15-year old Swedish student who sparked the movement -- and then join the strike!

Heat waves, floods, and hurricanes are killing hundreds and devastating communities across the world. Climate change is already a deadly reality. Governments are meeting for the UN climate talks right now in Poland, and despite the latest stark warning from climate scientists that we have only 12 years to reverse course, politicians are ignoring their call. What use is it learning facts if adults ignore them? That’s why Greta and her fellow students are walking out of school to teach politicians a lesson in leadership. Read more here.

More information:

Visit the website here to gain a deeper understanding of the movement.

Hosted by School Strikers

Seeds for the Future: a one day Forum | 8 October 2019

Australian Network for Plant Conservation (ANPC) | Australian Association of Bush Regenerators (AABR)

Tuesday, 8 October 2019
Teachers Federation Conference Centre, Sydney

Where will the seeds for the future come from?

Planners, managers, practitioners, seed collectors and nursery operators are familiar with the need to collect seed from widely spaced parents to optimise genetic integrity in replanted areas – but do we have a similar problem of inbreeding with small remnants subjected to bush regeneration alone?

Given development pressures and declining space for connectivity, there is an increasing need for restorationists, plant producers and landscape architects to collaborate on ensuring natives of the correct provenance and genetics are conserved as well as planted within urban spaces.

Planning for the Seeds for the Future, a one-day forum is underway to address these issues. This forum brings together people from the bush regeneration, revegetation, nursery and landscape architecture and planning sectors to set the scene for future collaborations and introduces the innovative project ‘Healthy Seeds’ that is poised to offer practical solutions for all.

The day will be structured around nine morning presentations to provide the background and context and an afternoon panel discussion on the implications for practitioners and need for leadership strategies which span agency boundaries.

Visit the website here for more details.

Hosted by the Australian Network for Plant Conservation (ANPC) and the Australian Association of Bush Regenerators (AABR) with assistance of the NSW Government.

Building Earth Ethics in Australia: Pathways and Challenges (Conference) | 28-29 November 2019

Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA)

Thursday to Friday, 28-29 November 2019
ACU, 115 Victoria Parade , Fitzroy, Victoria 3065

Join us for a thought-provoking two-day conference that will bring people together from a range of fields - including earth ethics, environmental education, Indigenous knowledge systems, environmental psychology, deep ecology, arts, law, science, business, religion and eco-spirituality - to address our central questions:

  • How do we build Earth-centred ethics in Australia?
  • What barriers prevent people from developing and maintaining an Earth-centred world view?
  • How do we address these barriers?

The way we think about ourselves and understand our world informs the governance systems that guide our societies, so our ethical world view is a critical part of the roots for larger change. Earth Ethics orient people towards recognising the interconnected systems of life that we are part of, and in turn help us reflect, make decisions and act in a way that nurtures rather than destroys the living world.

The Conference aims to help people learn and share information about how Earth-centred ethics can be nurtured and built in a time of global ecological crisis and how human societies can continue to build hope and resilience as we face ever increasing environmental, psychological and spiritual challenges.

Key Dates

  • Call for Participation opens March 2019, closes on 10 July 2019
  • Registration opens March 2019
  • Conference is hosted Thursday 28th and Friday 29th November 2019
  • Conference Dinner will be held on the evening of Thursday 28th November 2019

To submit a proposal and/or to register, visit this page.

Hosted by the Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA)