Events

MONTHLY GENERAL MEETINGS
Lighter Footprints general meetings are held on the last Wednesday of the month. The meetings are open to anyone who's interested. Newcomers are particularly welcome. We usually have a speaker for the first hour of the meeting. Light refreshments are provided from 7pm.
  • 7pm for 7.30pm start
  • Canterbury Guide Hall, 1 Faversham Road, Canterbury, 3126 (on the corner of Shierlaw and Faversham Road. Opposite the Christadelphian Church - see map below)
  • Gold coin donation sought, to cover costs of hall hire
For more details about any of our events, see below, or you can either email us (click here) or call 03 9836 092503 9836 0925


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EVENT INFORMATION


Next Meeting Wed July 26, 2017  


7 pm for 7.30 pm
Guide Hall - Faversham Rd
Canterbury


Speaker - Tim Forcey - "My Efficient Electric Home" 



"Tim Forcey is an independent energy advisor with over 35 years of experience.  With the University of Melbourne, Tim has researched and written about the benefits of Australians operating their homes without the use of fossil fuels. Tim has consulted on home energy and comfort improvements in over 500 Melbourne homes. His lively and useful Facebook Group "My Efficient Electric Home" now has more than 1,300 members. Tim has been interviewed for Australian television, radio, and print and online media with some articles viewed more than 250,000 times globally.”


Mr Forcey recently completed research with the University of Melbourne Energy Institute that found that gas demand in Eastern Australia could fall by as much as half in the next decade, one reason being that electric appliances are now much more cost-efficient than their gas counterparts.
As was widely reported in The AGE and elsewhere, the paper also found that switching from gas could create huge money saving opportunities for home owners, renters, and even small businesses.  A large Victoria household could be saving up to $658 a year, simply by turning on existing reverse-cycle air conditioners for winter heating.


The humble air conditioner may well be the disruptive technology, sitting under our nose, that could heat our homes for less while protecting our local environment and communities from the dangers of unconventional gas mining. Come and hear how your home, business or institution can save money and be part of this fuel-switch revolution.



And in our second half, there will be more about our actions and plans and ways for you to join in.

Please join us from 7 pm for 'meet and greet' with food and drinks, and a 7.30 pm start. 
We ask for a small donation to help cover costs.
Any issues to discuss, call Carolyn  0411 115 186





Next Meeting: Wednesday May 31, 2017 7 pm for 7.30 pm
Guide Hall - Faversham Rd, Canterbury

Speaker  -  Adrian Morphett, Earth Systems

 "What is Biochar? Is it part of the solution to climate change?"


Adrian Morphett

Given the slow pace of emissions reductions, the drawing down of carbon and carbon sequestration are becoming increasingly important to our efforts to combat climate change. Dr Adrian Morphett is an environmental engineer with over 17 years experience in the energy and carbon sector. He will explain what biochar is and how it acts as a stable carbon store.


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"Approaches to Communicating Climate Change"


Wednesday 25th June 2016
7 for 7.30 pm
Guide Hall - 1 Faversham Rd 
Canterbury

Our speaker is Daniel Voronoff 


Everyone welcome 
Food and drinks available 
Gold coin donation. 
More Information 0411 115 186


Wednesday 28th May, 2016

Renewable Energy - a view from the inside 


Our speaker is Peter Dreher, 
"Bringing Renewable Energy Online : Facts and Fiction."
 Peter is a corporate and projects partner at HWL Ebsworth with a specialisation in energy.
We are fortunate to have someone who knows the inside story about renewable energy projects - at a global and national level, and what helps to get them up - or not.  
 
As an Energy Projects lawyer, Peter will present on the RET and renewable energy projects, including what it takes to bring a renewable energy project into existence and the role of the RET. Peter has advised in more than 25 renewable energy projects, principally in wind energy with some solar. He advised in the first project-financed wind farm (Challicum Hills) and has worked for developers, owners and suppliers in projects in Australia, New Zealand and Thailand. His most recent project was the Taralga Wind Farm Project in which he acted for the owners (CBD Energy and Santander Bank).
Peter currently advises solar developers and acted for the supplier in the Alice Springs Airport Solar Project, and has also advised in respect of hydro electricity developments.
Having also practised as a lawyer in England and Germany, Peter’s legal work has an international flavour, with a number of European –owned clients (particularly from German speaking countries). 
Apart from his role as a Partner at HWL Ebsworth, Peter is the Executive Officer of the Australian German Association, a board member of the Australian Wind Alliance (VicWind) and a director of Melbourne Boomers


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 Wednesday 30 April, 7.00 for 7.30

Walking more lightly on the earth


Distinguished electrical engineer and renewable energy enthusiast Dr Peter Seligman, who played a key role in developing the bionic ear, with be our guest speaker.

Dr Seligman will focus on the most effective and efficient ways for households and individuals to lighten their carbon footprint.

WHO: Guest Speaker: Dr Peter Seligman, Melbourne Energy Institute, author of “Australian Sustainable Energy – by the numbers”.

  WHAT: “Cutting household emissions, energy use and                               bills”.
Peter's presentation can be found here.

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Wednesday 26 March - 7 for 7.30 pm
After the hottest decade on record, we are bracing for more extreme weather. It doesn't have to be this way.
 It's time to manage climate change risk


 “Protecting Victorians from climate change - how do we do it?”

ROB GELL, AM, 
well-known TV identity, climate and energy expert:

View his presentation here:



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Thursday 19 December 2013,  4:00 - 6:00pm
"Smart Utopia" Public seminar and book launch

Where: RMIT Storey Hall
                Building 16, Level 7,
                342 Swanston Street

Speaker: Yolande Stengers - Vice Chancellor's Reseasrch Fello and co-leader of                             the Beyond Behaviour Change
Respondents: Rose Read - Project Manager, Northern Alliance for Greenhouse Action

                           Sarah Pink - Professor of Design and Media Ethnography at RMIT
                           Alan Pears AM - Researcher and Teacher at RMIT Sustainability                              and  Urban Planning Group

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Wednesday 11 December 2013,  7:00pm
Lighter Footprints End of Year Celebration

Aachi's Indian Restaurant
158 High Street
KEW 


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Tuesday 10 December 2013,  1:00 - 1:45pm 
QUIT COAL event
No Coal Exports Rally on the steps of Parliament House


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Friday 6 December 2013,  5:00 - 8:00pm
Kris Krindle at Maling Road Canterbury

Looking for more hands to man our stall


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Thursday 5 December 2013,  6:30 - 8:00pm
QUIT COAL event
Film night "Fractured Country" new documentary from Lock the Gate

Where: Friends of the Earth
                312 Smith Street Collingwood
RSVP:     k.smyrk@hotmail.com

Entry by donation


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Wednesday 27 November 2013,  7:30 - 9:15pm with refreshments from 7pm
Lighter Footprints monthly general meeting 


Agenda
7:00pm: Refreshments, meet and greet
7:30pm: Welcome and introduction to John MacDonald


John is an Economist and Research scientist.
He will talk on Economics and the Environment and will also present a TED Talk :

8:15pm: Break for refreshments
8:30pm: Reconvene for reports from State/National Action Group, Local Group, and Energy Group. Also admin issues and any other business.
Carolyn will provide some feedback from our recent survey and actions from our October Planning Session.
9:30pm: Close meeting and clean up.

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Wednesday 24 April 2013,  7:30 - 9:15pm with refreshments from 7pm
Lighter Footprints monthly general meeting 


Agenda
7:00pm: Refreshments, meet and greet
7:30pm: Welcome and introduction to David Chiavaroli.

David is a solar energy practitioner and will speak on the topic, "Current Economics and Future Prospects".  This is an opportunity to hear directly from someone who knows the answers to all the questions you have wanted to ask about solar PVs. His recent presentation to the Alternative Technology Association was a great hit.


8:15pm: Break for refreshments
8:30pm: Reconvene for reports from State/National Action Group, Local Group, and Energy Group. Also admin issues and any other business.
9:30pm: Close meeting and clean up.

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Saturday 23 March 2013, 9:30am - 3:30pm, Kew Community Festival stall
Victoria Park, High street, Kew 3101 

LF members have volunteered to work on the stall and will promote the signing of letters to politicians and attempt to enlist more people to the LF mailing list.

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Wednesday 27 March 2013,  7:30 - 9:15pm with refreshments from 7pm
Lighter Footprints monthly general meeting 


Agenda
7:00pm: Refreshments, meet and greet
7:30pm: Welcome and introduction to Victoria McKenzie-McHarg.

Victoria is Safe Climate and Smart Transport Campaigner at Environment Victoria and has recently returned from a 3 months study trip to the US and will have some insights on how the climate change movement is working there. She will also discuss what this means for us in our engagement with the community at the local level and with the wider climate change movement.
Victoria is a leader in the field of climate campaigning and we are very fortunate to be able to secure her for our speaker slot.

8:15pm: Break for refreshments
8:30pm: Reconvene for reports from State/National Action Group, Local Group, and Energy Group. Also admin issues and any other business.
9:30pm: Close meeting and clean up.

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Saturday 23 March 2013, 9:30am - 3:30pm, Kew Community Festival stall
Victoria Park, High street, Kew 3101 

LF members have volunteered to work on the stall and will promote the signing of letters to politicians and attempt to enlist more people to the LF mailing list.

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Wednesday 27 February 2013,  7:30 - 9:15pm with refreshments from 7pm
Lighter Footprints monthly general meeting

Agenda
7:00pm: Refreshments, meet and greet.
7:30pm: Welcome and introduction to Leigh Ewbank.
Leigh Ewbank is from Yes 2 Renewables.
Yes 2 Renewables is a campaign for community action on climate change and green jobs. It is the only campaign specifically targeting renewable energy policy in Victoria - the most polluting state in the most polluting developed nation on a per-capita basis.

8:15pm: Break for refreshments
8:30pm: Reconvene for reports from Strategic Planning day, State/National Action Group, Local Group, and Energy Group.  Also admin issues and any other business.
9:15: Close meeting and clean up.

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Wednesday 28 November 2012 at 7pm
Lighter Footprints monthly general meeting

Carol Ride will talk on the topic  - " We are just human - a discussion of some of the impediments to
engaging with climate change"

Carol is a psychologist, psychotherapist and climate activist. Co-convenor of DCAN and Convenor of Psychology for a Safe Climate.
We will spend an hour and half on this topic as it involves some engagement during the session. The last part of the meeting will address reports of action groups and plans for our strategic planning meeting in February (planned for Feb 10 )