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- Help needed: Door-knocking in Penrith next weekend
- Event: Defend our Water
- Event: Environment & Spirituality, what’s the connection?
- Event: A price on carbon: beyond the media hype
- Meeting: Local branch of Alternative Technology Association
The KACAN committee meets monthly (2nd Tue of the month) and you are very welcome to attend a meeting, make suggestions and take part in discussion. Our sister group Transition Blue Mountains has other events you may wish to put in your diary. Please feel free to get in touch for meeting details or any other matter.
1. Door-knocking in Penrith
10am Sun 21 August
100% Renewable and the Say Yes campaign together with Sheryl Vine from the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union invite you and your friends to get out and talk to community members, friends and neighbors about the carbon price next weekend.
This year, our politicians need to stop saying no or maybe, they need to say YES. We know they listen to their communities, but we’re concerned the benefits of a price on pollution haven’t been communicated clearly – that’s why we need to get out and talk to our friends and neighbours.
Already over 20 people have said they will join so come along on Sunday August 21st and have an impact on the future of action on climate and renewable energy in Australia. Plus, there’ll be a barbecue afterwards!
RSVP here or on the Facebook event page
We’ll provide all training and materials. You just need to bring a smile, bottle of water, sunscreen or umbrella, smart casual attire, and comfy shoes.
2. Event: Defend our Water Tour by Lock the Gate
Members of the Lock the Gate Alliance are travelling round the state to inform people about coal seam gas and its implications for local communities. There are two public meetings:
7pm Monday 15 August at the Conservation Hut, Fletcher St, Wentworth Falls
7pm Tuesday 16 August at Springwood Community Centre
3. Event: Environment & Spirituality – What’s the Connection?
2pm – 4.30pm, Sat 20 August, Mavis Wood Hall, Mid Mountains Neighbourhood Centre, New Street, Lawson
Entry: gold coin (includes refreshments)
Come along to a forum that examines the connections and responsibilities between spiritual traditions and environmental issues. Consider the question – what changes do we need to make as individuals and as a community to achieve understanding, cooperation and action? Hosted by the Blue Mountains Interfaith Group, comprising the Christian, Buddhist, Sufi, Quakers and Brahma Kumaris traditions.
- Aunty Lyn Stanger – Welcome to country. Discussing Indigenous spiritual connections to land.
- Professor Mark Diesendorf – UNSW Institute of Environmental Studies. Discussing scientific and ethical perspectives.
- John Seed – Founder and Director the Rainforest Information Centre. Discussing spirituality and practical environmentalism.
Don’t miss it – there will be an open discussion and cups of tea. For more information, contact Alison Croft 4757 4394 or Jessica Yuille 4757 3686.
4. Event: A Price on Carbon: beyond the media hype
3pm – 5pm Saturday 27 August at the Masonic Hall, Station St, Katoomba
Neil Perry, Margaret Moussa and Edward Mariyani-Squire, economists from University of Western Sydney share their perspectives on some of the broader issues and concepts involved in the carbon pricing debate in Australia, including:
- What are the economic assumptions behind pricing carbon?
- Claims made by government, media & interest groups – true or false?
- A price on carbon – reducing emissions or redistributing income (or both)?
- Is industry compensation necessary?
There will be an opportunity to ask questions and engage in in-depth discussion with these independent experts. Entry by donation. Enquiries ph. Clare 4782 4897 or email@example.com
5. Meeting: Local branch of the Alternative Technology Association (ATA)
7pm, last Wednesday of the month at Varuna, 141 Cascade St, Katoomba
There will be a variety of guest speakers and film screenings on all matters related to sustainable technologies. Watch out for any special events in Community Happenings in the Blue Mountains Gazette. All welcome – come along and contribute ideas! Tea/coffee supplied – donations requested to cover meeting expenses. More info: Garry (firstname.lastname@example.org) or about the ATA, visit: www.ata.org.au