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Transition The GrovePO Box 471

Ferny Hills DC  QLD  4055


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We'd love to have your participation in the upcoming events, and please be part of spreading the word about them to your local friends. If you are planning to bring a friend, please RSVP to 0439 480 918 for catering purposes.

Transition The Grove Community Gathering/BBQ

48 Corrofin St, Ferny Grove. 5:30pm on Sunday 22nd November (3rd Sunday)

Salads & desserts provided. Please bring your own choice of protein to bbq, and drinks to share. If hot and you'd like a swim, bring bathers.

Discussion topic for the evening:Our consumption: an eternal summer?

Choose one(1) of the following to prepare to share your consumption experiences for up to 5 minutes with the group.

Visual-Spatial/Images/Pictures: Create a visual story of your consumption of an item such as food, clothing or transport. Include the light and dark sides in your visual story. Where does the story lead?

Interpersonal People Networking: Share about how you consume to manage your interpersonal work or social life. What driving is involved? How much going out to coffee shops or restaurants and parties and clubs? What do you spend money on for gifts? How does people networking drive your consumption?

"Natur"alist: How do you 'consume' nature? Think broadly to include the source of products you consume. When/where do you immerse yourself in nature?

Intrapersonal/Introspective: When you spend time 'alone with yourself', what is consumed? What sorts of workshops and retreats do you go to? What personal collections do you have? How does pampering yourself involve consumption?

Spiritual: Does your experience of the sacred mesh or clash with your consumption behaviour? Is consumerism your God? In what ways are your church/beliefs linked with the marketplace and consumption? In what ways do you share in community consumption/shared ownership?

Body/Kinaesthetic/Hands on/Practical/Physical/Energetic:  How does your body drive your consumption? Share about your consumption of sporting gear, gym or fitness class memberships, tools, hobby equipment, gardening (plants/soil/additives)

Sound/Music/Song/Rhythm: Tell us about how you organize your consumption of music. What concerts and festivals do you go to? Do you download music? Do you play an instrument? Have you taken music lessons?

Logic/Mathematics/Numbers/Data: Share with us the numerical story of your electricity and water consumption for the last year, using your bills as a data source. Explain trends and peaks and troughs. Why are you above or below average?

Verbal/Linguistic/Reading/Writing:  How do you consume books and ideas? Where do you go to share conversations about ideas with people? What books and magazines do you buy? What is your relationship with libraries? Describe your Internet usage, and plan. What would be your typical monthly data download?

We will aim to divide the time for sharing evenly between the people attending, then finish the evening with a general reflection on where our consumption patterns are leading us in the future. How sustainable are they? Are they 'worth' the carbon they generate?

Please let us know if you are unable to attend (0439 480 918) to help us plan for future meetings to take your needs into account.


For your diary: December Transition The Grove Community Gathering will be our annual Traditional Christmas Dinner at Wally Wight's. Sunday 20th December in the evening.  Start planning now to find or create an almost no cost fully recycled or home made present to contribute to the 'Secret Santa' for the evening! Let Wally know your favorite Christmas party game. Please also think about any special guests we should invite.


Other upcoming events

Climate Doorknock in the seat of Dickson. 14th November.

BrisLETS Community Trading Day, Sunday 15th November 11am, 12 Walton St, Dutton Park

Sustainable Population Australia's AGM, Monday 16th November, 5:30pm at Toowong Library. Guest speaker: Dr Paul Williams of Griffith University on Australia's Population Policy.

Politics in the Pub - topic: Suicide prevention. Wednesday 18th November 6-8pm, Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm. The next Politics in the Pub invites the community to discuss suicide, one of Australia's more pressing public health concerns yet one that's not often subject to public debate. Our expert panel will include speakers from Suicide Prevention Australia, Exit International, Mates in Construction, Roses in the Ocean and The Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention. FREE, everyone welcome.

This Changes Everything Screening, Wednesday November 25th, 7pm, New Farm Cinemas. Read more

People's Climate March. 28th November 9:30am Queens Park in the city.

Buy Nothing Day 29th November

What's been happening?

  • Transition Towns gathering hosted by Transition Kenmore of representatives from across Brisbane to discuss where we are at.  Read More
  • QLD Productivity Commission public hearing on QLD Electricity Pricing Inquiry and Solar Solar Fair Price Inquiry.
    Queenslanders are taking charge of their own electricity supply and increasingly installing solar pv and reducing their electricity consumption by being more energy efficient. This has reduced the guaranteed profits of Ergon/Energex and they are circling with huge demands for billions more funds in the next 5 years. Bad planning forecasts resulted in a massive overbuild of electricity network infrastructure. While the QLD Government could write down the value of this asset, it is more likely they'll allow prices to rise, because the QLD Government gets a lot of money from the high prices. We in Transition Towns see the greatest potential in high-tech, community-shared-ownership, and household energy efficiency solutions as the best option, even if fixed electricity charges are still imposed and raised ever higher.  We will make a submission about the large potential for high-tech and energy efficient solutions based on our experiments and experience.

Some take-home messages:

  • UQ Global Change Institute - Climate risks in Australia's fresh food system: Are we cultivating climate change resilience Jane Muller (UQ & Growcom). Excellent presentation. Read More
  • Beef prices to rise. Beef farmers are getting good export prices for their beef, and the domestic market is expected to fall short on supplies. We are told that this will be managed by allowing the price of beef to rise in the domestic market. This is expected to happen shortly.  The whole topic of food security in Australia is being handled by the food industry and Australian Government as one of maximizing exports. There appears to be almost no attention being paid to security of domestic supply, at the same time that farms, cattle properties and food processing plants are being sold to overseas buyers.
  • Transition to a Sustainable Economy, Griffith University (South Bank) - 2 days. I attended day-1 and came away disturbed by the presentations. The view that I am forming is that many of the 'social' sciences are weaving climate change into their stories, without sufficiently deep understanding of the actual climate science being done by research disciplines such as physics, oceanography, biology and the like. In a sense they are taking climate science on board as something they 'believe in', and they pay strong lip-service to 'trusting the climate scientists'. Read More

It all raised the question for me: How do we get access to the climate science in the academic journals?  There is almost no climate science published in the popular media, and what little appears is often distorted. Public libraries do not hold academic climate science journals and there is no easy access in that direction. If you are employed in a university or are an enrolled student there you will have access to them online.

Well, an answer is Google ScholarUsing it, you can build up a set of search terms, journal titles, societies, key climate researchers, centres, conferences, climate research funding bodies, frameworks/conventions/agreements, not-for-profits. It doesn't take a great deal of effort to become infinitely better informed about the world of climate science than you started. Reading through the abstracts of papers is most informative. I'll seek to provide more of this in future newsletters.

To finish off, here are a few quotes from the forum which did seem well worth following up:

  • Q. What are the rules that lock us in in our economic lives? The biggest barrier to rapid innovation is the established rules in the system. Focus on the rules, not the technology. What rules and laws and customs need to change for us to progress in resilience?
  • We can be extremely well-informed yet do nothing. We are easily overwhelmed by a sense of powerlessness. We need to promote our civic obligation to do something about the urgent problems facing us.
  • Learn about helpful behaviour in emergencies.
  • Intention to act is always affected by uncertainty. Where there is uncertainty, it is most effective to emphasize positives, (don't highlight losses). Let people know what others (ex. neighbours) are doing. Change the focus to solutions. Compared to fire preparedness messaging.
  • We need a new climate change story/narrative.
  • Q. What is it we are addressing when we speak of climate change
  • Q. As far as you know, do you personally think the world's climate is changing?
  • We need a much more ethnographic approach tuning in to what people are actually doing, and to the stories they've constructed around the climate.
  • Change how the person sees themselves. It changes everything.
  • The disease is industrial ecocide. Climate change is a symptom.

From the news. Ideas you can implement locally for greater resilience

  • Nietzsche said all truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.
  • Bacon, ham and sausages hit the headlines this week with the World Health Organization reporting unequivocally that bacon and ham cause bowel cancer. 1 sausage and 2 slices of bacon a day increases the chance of developing colorectal cancer by 18%. The 5 highest cancer-causing substances commonly consumed, by ranking, are alcohol, asbestos, arsenic cigarettes, and processed meats.
  • There is NO safe drinking (of alcohol) limit if you want to avoid dementia. (National Institute of Health Care Excellence). Even drinking within the government's 'safe' limits can increase the risk of Alzheimer's disease, disability and frailty. One third of Alzheimer's cases can be linked to lifestyle factors such as exercise, obesity, smoking and alcohol consumption.
  • Cockspur Fish HookEver wondered about what the Aborigines used for fishhooks and needles in the absence of BCF?  The spines off the cockspur thorn do very well. They grow in Huxtable Park.
  • The processes Aborigines used to make rope and twine out of bark often involved beating the bark then soaking it in water for days or weeks. Trees and plants with suitable bark become identified and valued.
  • What education is valuable? Students are ending up with huge debts and many have no qualifications to show for it.  A large number of students don't even realise they're signing up for debts. They are offered 'free' inducements such as laptops to enrol in courses that many will be quite unable to complete. [We'll make Education for a Resilient Future a topic for a future TTG Community Gathering.]

From the Management Committee: 

  • We've worked hard on bringing a range of topics for community gatherings this year, and for sharing around the responsibility for leading the gatherings. This has worked well. Some of the events are worth repeating on an annual basis, and we'd like to start putting together an annual calendar. Examples include: 
    • Walk by Enoggera Reservoir (with possible swim or cycle) and visit to Downfall Creek Wildlife Centre
    • Mt Nebo Bunyas and Butterflies rainforest walk and picnic at Jolly's Lookout
    • Hillbrook Sustainability Day (every 2 years)
    • Transition The Grove Resilience Award
    • BrisLETS links
    • Health activity
    • The HOG community garden links
    • Kedron Brook Catchment Group and Northern Catchment Seminars links
    • Working across all the portfolios
  • Remember the Traditional Christmas Dinner at Wally Wight's in December.
  • We're planning a lot more conversations with the community (individuals and groups) seeking to understand what they are doing about climate change, and the stories they have constructed about it. We also hope to build more alliances where we find common goals.
  • The website needs ongoing attention to keep up-to-date.
  • Must get TTG active on Facebook.


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