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INTELLIGENT LIVING ARCHIVES

You’re the Voice:
the power of community solutions and action: May & Jun 2021

Events:

Expert Educators: Filmed 5 May 2021
– Jess Scully, author of “Glimpses of Utopia: real ideas for a fairer world”, and Deputy Lord Mayor Sydney City Council.

Climate Change: Mar & Apr 2021

Events:

Expert Educators: Filmed 3 Mar 2021
Craig Wilkins (CEO of Conservation SA) and Allegra Van-Sebille (Coordinator, School Strike 4 Climate SA Chapter). Approx 35 people attended in studio, 25 via livestream.

Movie Night:
– A Life On Our Planet by David Attenborough. Approx 35 people attended in studio

Ink & Ideas Book Discussion:
– “Hope in Hell; A decade to confront the climate emergency” by Jonathon Porritt. Approx 10 people attended.

Community Conversation:
– approx 20-25 people attended- organised ourselves to take action.

Priority Action:

Divesting your superannuation and banking from fossil fuel industry

  • With our community we created over 100 divestment actions. Approximating $30k per action that’s over $3M divested from polluting industries and invested into funds that actively support renewables.
  • Need some education as to why? Checkout www.acf.org.au/superpower to learn about the impact of superannuation funds in Australia. Look up www.marketforces.org.au to see how your super and bank compares.
  • Ready to make a change? It’s radically easy (5-10mins) to complete the switch of funds.

Political Activism

Guest Speakers: David Speirs MP (State MP for Environment) and Councillor Robert Simms (Adelaide City Council)

Actions WE Can Take

Personal Behaviour Change

  • Build a relationship with your local member of parliament (aim for 2-3 connections per year)
  • Sign up to organisations like Australian Conservation Fund, Wilderness Society, Greenpeace for updates and info
  • Check out “The Conversation” as a science and evidence-based source of news.

Community Behaviour Change

  • Have a difficult conversation with someone in your circle who you know shares different views to you. See if you can find common ground and build greater understanding.

Community Activism

  • Divest your money from banks, superannuation funds, or shares that invest in fossil fuels
  • Call out contradictions or green-washing by companies that you use or interact with (eg Santos sponsoring Tour Down Under)

Systems Activism

  • Contact your local MP with specific requests or concerns around policy (they are surprisingly accessible)

Indigenous Voices

Dr Chris Wilson is an archaeologist and Senior Lecturer in Archaeology & Indigenous Australian Studies at Flinders University.

Actions WE Can Take

Personal Behaviour Change

Education: Read Dark Emu, Watch Stan Grant

Community Behaviour Change

Offer acknowledgement of country

About the talk:

Chris walked us through his journey as the first Indigenous Australian to be awarded a PhD in Archeology, speaking to some of the support and mentoring he received, some of the cultural barriers that are present and to the current BLM movement.

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