Some of the Melbourne Permablitz Collective have been meeting to help organise a screening of this new documentary on 1 May, National Permaculture Day:
Join us for a screening of The Economics of Happiness, a documentary about the worldwide movement for localisation, followed by a panel discussion with producer and director Helena Norberg-Hodge.
Both hard-hitting and inspirational, The Economics of Happiness reveals some uncomfortable truths about today’s global economy, financial instability and environmental breakdown worldwide.
In stark contrast, it shows how people around the world are already engaged in exploring alternative visions of prosperity: uniting around a common cause to build more ecological, more human-scale, more local economies.
David Suzuki: “A powerful film that cuts deeply to the heart of the global crisis. Magnificent!”
For more information visit: theeconomicsofhappiness.org
This new Victorian study into future land in the city for food security looks very cogent, important as well as readable, so we thought it deserves a mention here on permablitz.net:
Food sensitive planning and urban design (FSPUD) recognises that access to healthy, sustainable and equitable food is an essential part of achieving liveable communities.
The resource lays out an ‘FSPUD matrix’ for exploring the integrated nature of planning objectives and the four main stages of a sustainable and resilient food system. It also contains 25 case studies, selected to highlight the range of possibilities that arise from considering food in planning decisions and urban design.
We look forward to seeing this when it comes out, which features some of the Melbourne permablitz mob amongst the well known names (in certain circles) of Vandana Shiva, Noam Chomsky, Michael Reynolds and David Holmgren.
Roland (a one time Melbournite) writes to tell us about this upcoming blitz in North Cairns. He says "This is partly driven by my friends' great turn out in Altona on the weekend just gone. Mara & Hiroko are stoked with the results." (We'll get a report and photos up from that one soon!)
The organisers hope this will lead to many more in Cairns, and if you're from that way you may like to get in contact with Permaculture Cairns. -AG
Why do it alone when together is more fun
Come & join us at Digger Street Artist Community Permablitz
Sunday April 17th, 8am-4pm. 105-107 Digger Street, North Cairns
Help us to extend & create together a magical food forest & garden
- a perma-sculpture out of plants
Conscious creation instead of unconscious destruction while fostering strong community spirit through creative expression & building community resilience & health through food security.
Bring your Green thumbs & lets Shape Form Plant Sprout Grow
BYO - garden forks, shovels, spades, gloves & hand tools
here's a great little video of a permablitz up in Boambee, NSW
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