Tipping Point Australia
On the 12th and 13th of November I had the good fortune of being part of the Brisbane leg of Tipping Point Australia, held right here at the Edge. Tipping Point was a two-day workshop and forum on the relationship between science, art and climate change. The highlight for me was a presentation by Ben Todd from Arcola Theatre in London. Ben’s in the process of creating the world’s first carbon-neutral theatre (he even has hydrogen fuel cells in the foyer bar of the theatre, doubling as a drinks shelf!); a really inspirational dude who approaches sustainability from an entrepreneurial perspective. For a more thorough wrap-up of the event, check out former Edger Sarah Jansen’s blog (which is also hosting a pretty heated discussion on climate change right now!).
Last Saturday I was invited to speak at the inaugural TEDx youth event in Brisbane called TEDxYouth@Brissie. This was a local, self-organised TED event coinciding with similar events happening all over the world as part of Universal Children’s Day. Wow..what a day. Some totally inspirational speakers and also a great atmosphere for meeting new people and sharing ideas. The topic of the event was ‘Be The Change’ and I spoke about embracing unexpected change and how an erupting volcano can sometimes be a blessing in disguise (see my first blog post). Some great photos from the day courtesy of Mark Lobo here.
Drop Seeds Not Bombs
Like all good ideas, this one started out as a bit of fun and is now starting to grow! (excuse the pun). We trialed our first batch of seed bombs a couple of weeks ago and got our Tipping Point friends to catapult them around town during the event. Somewhere along the way we thought it might be a good idea to keep track of where these babies land, watch ‘em grow and also put a bit more thought into the kind of native species that we’d like to see more of around our city. So, thanks to Ben at Greening Australia’s Brisbane Seed Bank, we’ve now got a whole bunch of seeds for local native wattles and shrubs. We ran our first seed bomb-making workshop on Thursday with the guys at ADAWS which was a lot of fun and these guys will be among the first to contribute to the shared map that we’re creating to chart the progress of the seeds.
We’re going to be running this as a public workshop in the next couple of weeks, so if you’re interested in helping promote our local natives and making our city greener (plus getting your hands dirty in the process)…stay tuned!
Phew! Time flies while you’re having fun. See you next time.