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In April we ran two Orientation Workshops, and those of you who were there told us what you wanted to learn more about. We’ve now scheduled a series of workshops to cover topics that were popular at those workshops, starting on Thursday 2 July at 7 pm.

This is the beginning of our First Thursday Workshop series that will be held on the first Thursday of each month at the Mark St Hall, 1 Mark St North Fitzroy. (If you’ve attended a Boite world music event, it’s in the same building.) Refreshments provided, the event is free but we accept donations. The first three events are:

Reducing Your Home Energy Use

Thursday 2 July, 7-9 pm.

Presented by Positive Charge, a social enterprise run by Moreland Energy Foundation.

Learn a range of practical ways to reduce energy consumption, suitable for people on different budgets and for owners and renters. Also some attention to solar panels.

Please RSVP here: bit.ly/livewellworkshops

A Bonus event for July!

Professor Peter Newman: Sustainable Cities – The Good News!

We all know the bad news: the bleak predictions of what climate change will do to our world if we don’t change radically; the pathetic, head-in-the-sand Federal Government response, beholden as they are to fossil fuel interests; and more…

Now hear the good news about developments in Australia and round the world that are leading to real carbon reductions: shifts from cars to 21st century public transport systems, cycling and walking; from urban sprawl to more compact, ‘biophilic’ cities planned for people; from polluting fossil fuels to clean renewables.

Thursday 9 July, 6.30 – 7.45 pm, also at Mark St Hall, 1 Mark St North Fitzroy.

Please RSVP here: bit.ly/peternewman

Having Conversations about Climate Change

Thursday 6 August, 7-9 pm

You can engage people you know in reducing their carbon, but we all know this can be difficult. How do you have conversations about climate change and the possibilities for low carbon, high quality living without preaching or being seen as too earnest? How do deal with common responses like “It’s up to the government” or “I’ve got too many things other things to worry about at the moment”? This interactive session will explore such questions and help you to feel more confident about having powerful, productive conversations on climate change and carbon reduction.

Decarbonising Your Money

Thursday 3 September, 7-9 pm

The money you have in the bank, in super or in investments has a life of its own. What is it doing while you are at work, visiting friends or walking the dog? Is it funding fossil fuel exploration or high carbon industries? Or the shift towards a zero carbon way of life? The choice is yours. You can divest from the former and invest in the latter, and this session will tell you how you can do this while maintaining decent returns on your investments.

Future First Thursday Workshop topics may include: Reducing Carbon for Renters and Apartment Dwellers, Living Waste-Free (or as close as you can to it), and Low Carbon Eating: A buying, growing and cooking guide.

So we hope to see you at Mark St some time!

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