June 2016 Newsletter

Hello from Sustainable Living Tasmania
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Events galore
People working together

We love strengthening the sustainability movement and empowering Tasmanians to create happy, healthy and sustainable communities. One way we do this is by promoting community events and initiatives on our website and Facebook pages. Check out the events available over the coming months covering bee keeping, growing mushrooms, fermenting food, humanely dealing with your roosters, carbon neutrality, crowd funded community solar and holistic management decision making. Don't forget to post your own sustainability related events and initiatives on our events page and Facebook community group.

SLT staff and volunteers

Thanks to everyone who has donated to help us drive the sustainable living movement in Tasmania. We will do our utmost to transform your donation into a bright future powered by sustainable means and happy, healthy and equitable communities. Together we can inspire the rest of the world into action! Thanks also to our wonderful volunteers who help us write submissions, assist with events and keep our library running. A special thanks to Patsy Jones who, after 20 years of involvement with SLT, has decided to hand over the baton.

Call out for speakers
Festival Promotion

We are well under way to planning our Sustainable Living Festival for 2016 - the Future Could Be Awesome. We'd love to hear from people with game-changing ideas for the panel discussions and we are also calling for exhibitors. With around 10,000 people attending the festival annually, it is a prime opportunity for businesses, not-for-profit and volunteer groups to get in front of green consumers and like-minded people from around the State. Showcase at the biggest sustainability event in Tasmania and meet your target audience.

Carbon neutrality
Photo of Jane Hutchinson

The subject of this year's Richard Jones Memorial Lecture is Lofty Ambitions, Great Expectations and Achieving Carbon Neutrality, presented, by Jane Hutchinson. Jane is the 2016 Tasmanian of the Year and the Chief Executive Officer of the Tasmanian Land Conservancy. She will talk about carbon neutrality as one thread in the rich fabric of environmental sustainability. Is it attainable and is it the answer to the ecological challenges of the future? Business, governments and communities keen to grapple with climate solutions are looking to carbon neutrality as a solution, come along to the lecture to find out more.

Film night
Film Preview

On July 17 we will be screening the award-winning film Salam Neighbor, a thought- provoking, yet heart warming look at the struggles of living as a refugee and the importance of community. In an effort to better understand refugee life, two film makers spent one month living alongside displaced families in the Za’atari refugee camp and made a film to show the World. Thanks to everyone who donated money to support the Sustainable Living Tasmania Ration Challenge team. We raised almost $3000 and the Challenge itself raised almost $2 million dollars.

Bright green sparks
Picture of a bright green spark

If you could change one thing to make the world a better place, what would it be? People all over Tasmania are actively choosing and acting on ideas to help us all live more gently on Earth. We call these people Bright Green Sparks and they are found all over Tasmania. We've put together some YouTube clips highlighting just a few. Together, we are all part of a jigsaw puzzle, helping add our input to the sustainable living movement.

Our Environment
2016 Election

Do our political parties care as much as you do? See how they compare in ACF's official election scorecard and pledge to vote for a sustainable future.Do political parties have a plan for the things you care about?