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Australia Day at Berrima 26 January 2010 – join CANWin’s Wheelbarrow Parade!

Dear members and friends of CANWin

Can you help us push the SUSTAINABILITY barrow for 2010?

We are inviting you, our members and friends, to help us make a bright spectacle at the Australia Day Parade in Berrima on Tuesday 26 January 2010 at 12pm as part of CANWin’s “Wheelbarrow Flotilla.”

Marching behind the rainbow CANWin banner, we have a vision of a gentle citizenry of CANWinners and friends pushing barrows full of all the good things each of us does in our community.  Can you imagine what a positive statement that will make?  Our entry in the 2009 Tulip Time Parade made a wonderful gentle and effective statement and to top it off won the prize for best float!

All you need is your wheelbarrow, decorated with whatever you feel is an appropriate way to show your passion.  As a starting point some suggested decorations/themes are biodiversity, transition, food gardens, grow and eat local, renewable energy, water saving, mulch, re-use/re-cycle, compost, bush tucker, slow food, preserves, seed saving, permaculture, transport, water tanks, solar cells.

To help organise, we need RSVPs as soon as possible so we can plan the event.  Be creative and think of others who would like to join in.   Forward this invitation to a few friends with a personal message AND we can swell our numbers.

Twenty wheelbarrows would be great, fifty would make an unforgettable impact!

If you can come please send an email to email hidden; JavaScript is required.  We are not sure of the exact marshalling point but we meet at 11am in Berrima.  Don’t forget include your name, contact number and email address.

We think CANWin can make this Australia Day Parade the best one ever and really hope you are equally inspired and can join us there.

Not in my backyard – Jane Castle from Total Environment Centre

Friday 18 September 2009 7:30pm
Wingecarribee Shire Council Civic Centre Theatrette, Elizabeth St, Moss Vale

September seminar Jane Castle

Tulip Time Parade 2009 CANWin’s Flotilla of wheelbarrows

Walk against warmingWheelbarrow flotilla

Dear members and friends of CANWin

Can you help us push the climate change barrow at the 2009 Tulip Time Street Parade on Saturday 26 September?

We are depending on you, our members and friends, to make a bright spectacle at the Parade with CANWin’s “Wheelbarrow Flotilla.”

Marching behind the rainbow CANWin banner, we have a vision of an gentle citizenry of CANWinners and friends pushing barrows full of all the good things each of us does in our community. Can you imagine what a positive statement that will make?

All you need is your wheelbarrow, decorated with whatever you feel is an appropriate way to show your passion. Some suggested decorations/themes are biodiversity, transition, climate change, food gardens, grow and eat local, renewable energy, water saving, mulch, compost, bush tucker, slow food, preserves, seed saving, permaculture, transport, water tanks, solar cells. Use this as starting point.

To help organise, we need RSVPs as soon as possible so we can plan the event. We meet at Banyette Street at 1pm and the March goes from 2pm to 3pm. Children are most welcome. Be creative and think of others who would like to join in. If you forward this invitation to a few friends with a personal message, I’m we can swell our numbers.

Twenty wheelbarrows would be great, fifty would make an unforgettable impact!

If you can come can you please reply to email hidden; JavaScript is required Can you include your name, a contact number and an email address.

We think CANWin can make this Tulip Time Parade the best one ever and really hope you are equally inspired and can join us there.

Sincerely

Maree Byrne
For the Management Committee
CANWin
Climate Action Now! Wingecarribee

Using the Web to spread the word

If you have friends, children, grandchildren who are comfortable with internet technology (we call them “digital natives”), there are growing resources on the internet that are of value for promoting action on climate change and adopting fairer and more sustainable lifestyles.

Below are two sites that have successfully created a wide appeal and are suitable for general consumption.

http://manpollo.org/ – a site that aggregates (or “mashes up” to use the correct term) a series of youtube videos using a risk management matrix for climate change. Created by a (science?) teacher using rational argument. Strong and simple, states that doing nothing to address climate change is unacceptable using the RM matrix. The creator has used Youtube to request “peer review” to validate assumptions and refine argument. There are seven hours (!) of video and they are chunked up nicely. I have watched the first nine minutes. The first video is well worth watching for opening the discussion about climate change action vs inaction. Aimed at inquiring minds (secondary students and up).

http://storyofstuff.com/ – clever animation showing the hidden cost of “stuff”. The cost to the environment and the third world. Very well packaged, weakness for analytical minds is that many “facts” are thrown to support the argument and they are not well cited. One “fact” is that computer manufacturers make a new chip every year that requires the entire computer to be thrown out rather than replaced. Having worked in ICT for 20 years I haven’t seen that chip! It is perhaps a comment on the rapid evolution of the tool rather than some planned obsolescence conspiracy on the part of the ICT PC manfacturers. Errors like this will diminish the value of the video, although the intent and thrust of the video is sincere. Aimed at impressionable rather than inquiring minds.

Are there more – have you seen short, sharp, punchy, succinct presentations? The internet is a great vehicle for moving information/knowledge/wisdom rapidly to a wide audience. These “useful” items are still small boats in a sea of self-indulgence and triviality, but they are there.

Andy