On Sunday October 14, people from a diversity of religious backgrounds came together at Christian Brothers High School in Lewisham to spend an afternoon exploring the ecological, social and economic issues associated with Australia’s mining boom.
When I first made the transition to a plant-based diet, wise long-term vegetarians advised me of the importance of eating a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts and legumes. One of the things that first attracted me to vegetarianism was the simplicity of meal preparation – but I needed to ensure that I didn’t just eat the same thing every day.
Various community gardens in Newtown, Alexandria and Waterloo have been approached by the City of Sydney’s Manager for Urban Ecology, Katie Oxenham, about participating in a native bee hive trial.
On September 21, at Sydney’s Customs House, under the overall theme of “Sustainable peace for a sustainable future” a significant panel of people discussed “Stronger futures for Australia’s Indigenous people”. The panel was chaired by Kuranda Seyit who is a Councillor for the Sydney Peace Foundation.
Ever wondered what effect raising a child from birth as a vegan or vegetarian would have upon their outlook and behaviour? Well, here are some theories.
October is Buy Nothing New Month, a month-long challenge to buy nothing new with the exception of essentials like food, hygiene and medicine. The campaign started in Melbourne in 2010 and is spreading throughout Australia and to the Netherlands and the USA. It is supported by the Brotherhood of St Laurence, Sacred Heart Mission, the Ian Potter Foundation and Maddocks legal firm.
A cool sounding Italian name used to be the sign of a truly good coffee, but today’s discerning coffee drinkers tend to ask questions like “Is this organic” or “Is this Fairtrade?” Most of those cool Italian brands answer “no” to both questions, and they face competition from boutique coffee labels that say “yes”. According to Alex, the G Cafe owner at Lawson Square, Redfern, about 10-15 per cent of customers care if the coffee is organic, but fewer know or care about Fairtrade.
SURRY HILLS: A public meeting to oppose uranium mining in NSW was held on Thursday August 16 at the Tom Mann Theatre in Chalmers Street. The meeting was chaired by Rita Mallia, NSW President, CFMEU (Construction and General Division). Speakers included Luke Foley MLC (Shadow Minister for the Environment), Jamie Parker MP (Greens NSW spokesperson on uranium), Arthur Rorris (South Coast Labour Council Secretary) and Peter Watts (Arabana Cultural Advisor, Australian Nuclear Free Alliance co-chair).
ST PETERS: On a sunny Saturday in July the City of Sydney held an open information day for its newest community project, the City Farm. Hundreds of people turned out for the City Farm Community Day in Sydney Park on July 28 where visitors embraced the fruit and plant giveaways, and gardening demonstrations from Angus Stewart of ABC’s Gardening Australia.
Decades of incompatibility between religion and science were struck down at the Perceptions on Climate Change forum held in June at the Uniting Church’s Centre for Ministry in…