Upcoming Events

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

Birds in Backyards Winter Survey 2019 | June - July 2019

BirdLife Australia

June - July 2019
Your own backyard!
Birds in Backyard Winter survey

Why not take advantage of the next sunny winter's day and submit a Birds in Backyards seasonal survey?

Don't let the cold weather keep you from watching your amazing bird life. Make a cup of coffee, grab a warm blanket, find a nice sunny spot in your garden and do a Birds in Backyards Winter Survey. Once you have registered your free Birdata account, read the instructions or watch the video.

Download the Birdata app and take your smartphone or tablet outside with you and just record all the birds you see in your space in 20 mins.

Prize packs each survey include a set of delightfully backyard-themed BirdLife Australia bird pins, a Birds in Backyard fridge magnet, and a BirdLife Australia bird ID booklet.

Don't forget our major prize for the year - if you complete at least one survey per season (that’s Summer 2018/19, Autumn 2019, Winter 2019 & Spring 2019) you will go into the draw to win a fabulous custom flock by the talented crew at Eggpicnic (RRP AUD$275).

See full event details here.

Hosted by BirdLife Australia

Free Planning Law 101 Community Workshop | 22 June 2019

Environmental Defenders Office (EDO) Qld

Saturday, 22 June 2019, 9:00am to 4:00pm
Griffith University, South Bank Graduate Centre (S07), Seminar Room 2.16/2.18

The EDO Qld is hosting a free public workshop presented by Brisbane barrister Dr Chris McGrath providing an overview for effectively engaging with the Queensland planning system.

The workshop will include 5 short lectures and discussion on the following topics, as well as helpful activities:

  • A quick roadmap for Queensland’s planning and other environmental laws – how everything fits together
  • Not black magic: practical tips for statutory interpretation – how to avoid being overwhelmed by complexity
  • Navigating planning schemes – a helpful overview of where to look for what you need to know in a planning scheme
  • Development assessment – understanding the various stages of development assessment
  • Practical tips for taking action to protect the environment in court – what to know about your rights to go to court on planning matters

To RSVP and for further information, visit this page.

Hosted by EDO Qld

Coming Together: A Workshop For Toowoomba’s Environmental & Sustainability Community | 22 June 2019

Toowoomba for Climate Action

Saturday, 22 June 2019, 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Toowoomba City Library Level 3 Meeting Rooms, Cnr Victoria & Herries St

It’s been a rollercoaster year so far for locals passionate about the environment. We thought bringing members of Toowoomba’s Environmental & Sustainability Community together could be a great way to move forward and offer support to each other.

During this professionally facilitated workshop you will:

  • Meet and build relationships with likeminded people
  • Learn about your own and others’ gifts and talents
  • Explore the possibilities and opportunities these gifts provide
  • See how our community can work together to achieve our aims

Open to anyone interested in these issues and wanting to contribute, you don’t need to be an official member of a group (though you might find one you like!)

RSVP: By Monday 17 Junetba4climateaction@gmail.com.

See flyer here.

Hosted by Toowoomba for Climate Action

Supported by Darling Downs Environment Council

Have your say on air pollution standards | 3 July 2019

Environmental Defenders Office (EDO) Qld | Environmental Justice Australia (EJA)

Wednesday, 3 July 2019, 6:30pm to 8:30pm
QUT Gardens Point: O-block (Room O-3814)

Australia’s current air pollution standards are not strong enough to protect human health. There is no safe level of exposure to many pollutants and there are harmful effects from exposure at levels well below the national air standards. We have a rare opportunity to strengthen these weak air pollution standards.

Australian governments are currently reviewing the national air pollution standards for sulfur dioxide, oxides of nitrogen and ozone that were first adopted in 1998. Australian standards currently exceed the World Health Organisation’s recommended thresholds and by international comparison, lag significantly. Much stricter standards have been adopted in most other countries, including the US, EU, and China.

The forum is an opportunity for community members, health experts and local campaign groups to connect and participate in the review of Australian air pollution standards, and plan for how we can obtain the strictest possible standards for these pollutants.

We want to provide a platform for Australian governments and environment ministers to hear from as many people as possible about the health impacts of these pollutants and how to control the health burden they create. Strong threshold standards will improve future health outcomes for Australian communities.

Speakers include:

  • Professor Lidia Morawska, Director of the International Laboratory for Air Quality and Health, Queensland University of Technology
  • Dr David King, Doctors for the Environment Australia and Senior Lecturer, University of Queensland School of Medicine
  • Bronya Lipski, Environmental Justice Australia
  • Revel Pointon, Environmental Defenders Office Qld

To RSVP, click here.

This event is jointly hosted by Environmental Defenders Office Qld and Environmental Justice Australia. By registering for this event you may be contacted by the hosts in future.

Movies That Matter: After the Apology | 4 July 2019

Amnesty International Toowoomba Group

Thursday, 4 July 2019, 7:00pm to 9:30pm
St James Parish Centre, Cnr Mort St and Russell St, Toowoomba

The rate of Indigenous child removal has increased at an exponential rate since Prime Minister Kevin Rudd delivered the apology to the ‘stolen generations’ in 2008. Four Aboriginal grannies each face their own battle to challenge government policies to bring their grandkids home. Their grassroots actions spearhead a national conversation to curb the skyrocketing rates of child removal.

The film will be introduced by a guest speaker and followed by tea, coffee and nibbles. Gold coin donation on entry with proceeds to Whaddup, a Toowoomba program for Indigenous youth aged 10 to 17.

For enquiries, contact Bryce Alcock on 0408 060 474 or email aitoowoomba@gmail.com.

Download the event flyer here.

Hosted by the Amnesty International Toowoomba and the Anglican Church St James' Toowoomba

Wild Mountains Teachers Info Night - Plastic Free July + Earth Keepers | 19 July 2019

Wild Mountains Trust

Friday, 19 July 2019, 6:30am to 8:00pm
Griffith University EcoCentre, Griffith University, Nathan Campus, N68, 170 Kessels Rd, Brisbane, QLD

Come long to an information evening to find out all about Wild Mountains and our environmental education programs for school age children in particular the evening will focus on Plastic Free July and Earthkeepers.

Wild Mountains is an independent, community focussed organisation providing leadership in environmental education and conservation for over 20 years. We run a variety of programs out of our environmental education centre situated on a 76 hectare nature reserve, adjacent to the Border Ranges National Park. We have vision of a world where people lead fulfilling lives while sharing the earth’s resources with all of the life forms on this planet and without degrading our life support systems. We believe the best way to achieve that is through education.

For Plastic Free July we are visiting schools and/or provide resources for kids to learn all about the impacts of single use plastic. We have developed a 'passport' of steps and challanges for both children and adults to use to guide the actions they take. Last year we sucessfully worked with 5 schools and this year we would love to get this into more schools.

Light supper, tea and coffee to be served with support from Loop Growers.

For full event details and registration, click here.

Hosted by Wild Mountains Trust

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

Global Climate Strike | 20-17 September 2019

School Strikers

20-17 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

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)