Small Steps for the Planet
Short Talks + Forum
1 off special event in bairnsdale only
Sunday 23 June 2019 1pm to 4:30pm
TAFE Gippsland, BAIRNSDALE
You’ve started bringing your reusable bags to the shops and travel mug to the cafe. Now what? You know that you can do more to help the planet, but you’re just not sure about the what, why or how of it all. And does it really matter?
As the person who decides what your household buys and where you buy it from, what you do, where you go and how you get there + what you use, keep and discard, your daily decisions really do matter. After all, we vote for the world we want with where we spend our money.
Far from Sustainability being a topic of concern just for the ‘Greenies up trees’, it’s the power of the Consumer that will decide the outcome of our planet.
If you’re curious about how you can easily integrate sustainability practices and decisions into everyday family living, and you’d like to hear from real people making real changes in their lives now, we’re here to help.
Join us for an afternoon of short talks + a Panel Q & A as we delve into the areas of home, food, bodies, travel, business, community & raising kids in today’s world with benefits for people and the planet firmly in mind.
A shame free
discussion for men and women about household sustainability
by locals, for locals
Part 1: Short Talk Series
1pm to 3pm
After the popularity of the Short Talk Series at the recent Bairnsdale Women Against Waste event in April, we’re bringing you more speakers and more content to help you on your journey. Tania Goranitis and Carina Turner return to delve into their topic specialities, and are joined by 2 new speakers Laura Owen and Mick Donnelly who will share their knowledge and passion for theirs. Each speaker will present for 25 minutes, sharing practical ideas, knowledge and skills that you can immediately apply in your home and life.
Tania Goranitis on mindfully managing the stuff of our lives
Professional Home Organiser, De-clutter Expert and Founder of Women Against Waste, Tania’s personal journey towards loving life with less started when her own family completely de-cluttered and curated their home in 2014. Seeing the powerful positive changes it created for them, she went on to develop the wide-range of skills required for home optimisation, to enable her to coach others to utilise their home as a tool for self care.
Tania’s talk will focus on the importance conscious consumerism and optimisation of the home plus the practical basics of decluttering; including what to do with unwanted items to keep them out of landfill and of service to others.
Carina Turner ON simple swaps for home + business
While always appreciating our natural environment, Carina’s journey of near waste free living started when she was introduced to the online zero waste community. She has spent the last 2 years developing how it works in our community of East Gippsland. Living a Waste Wise lifestyle means that Carina and her family produce very little waste or recycling and have only had to put their bins out for rubbish collection twice in the last 2 years.
Carina’s talk will highlight how to simply reduce the amount of waste you produce in your day to day living and shopping. Carina shares simple swaps you can make that have a positive effect on our environment and in your finances, especially when you develop a community who are all doing it together.
Speaker 3: Laura Owen
on Sustainability + kids
With a background in Zoology and Nursing, Laura is a Mum of two with a love of the outdoors. Her experience travelling and working for Not For Profit organisations overseas combined with becoming a parent brought into sharp focus the importance of integrating sustainable practices into her family’s daily life. Often seen biking around Paynesville with her 2 kids on board, Laura recently co-founded Bush Buddies Outdoor Playgroup to make it easy for young kids to connect with the outdoors.
Laura will share how simple lifestyle choices and including kids into the practice of sustainability can create a more connected and happy household whilst saving money and freeing up time.
Speaker 4: Mick Donelly on permaculture
Born and bred into Bruthen farm life, Mick grew up in bayside Brisbane and worked for the Navy as an Marine Technician and then Chief Engineer in the superyacht industry. Recognising the huge inequality and damage caused by the system he was living and working in, Mick's Engineering mind looked for the root cause. Coming to identify the move away from traditional local food systems to today’s industrial food system as a key factor, he returned home to Bruthen to learn, practice and share permaculture on Donnellyville Farm.
Mick will give tips on growing food at home to enjoy and share within the community the way our grandparents did; but more efficiently, productively and chemical-free, whilst supporting native wildlife.
Part 2: forum Panel Q & A
3pm to 4:30pm
After an intermission 8 panellists with a wide and varied range of experience will tackle your questions. The best bit? You can submit your question when you book your ticket, which may be answered during the panel session. We’re still adding panellets, but here is who we’ve confirmed:
All speakers and the MC are donating their time and expertise for this event.
Your ticket price to attend?
It’s just a $5 donation to have an Australian Native tree or shrub planted on your behalf, right here in East Gippsland. We’re working with the Metung Community Garden volunteers to plant out the area.
Buy one, or buy many! It’s your choice.
Let’s see how many trees we can get planted with this event.