Peoples Climate March Perth

Despite the terrible weather, nearly 1500 people turned up in Perth for the Global People’s Climate March on the 21st of September 2014. If was a powerful and colourful show of support for action, not words on climate change. If you missed it, check out the great 2 min speech from the rally below, it was a highlight for me.

With fine weather over east there were record turn outs. And combined with the massive 400 000 people who marched in New York this was easily the largest climate march in history! See the front page coverage in the global media here. It even made the West Australian :)

Marches around Australia

Marches around Australia

So be proud and take heart that the movement is growing…. but as the speakers said, this is only the beginning, so sign up to 350 Perth to indicate what you are interested in and learn how to take action to divest, invest or lobby.

Rob Hopkins, the founder of Transition Towns, has written a wonderful piece on the London march – Reflections on the Peoples’ Climate March, London

“At the end of the Peoples’ Climate March in London, the last speaker, from Avaaz, asked the crowd to think of a place, or a person, that they really cherished, and to hold them in their thoughts during a minute’s silence.  To remember who it is that you are there for.  You could have heard a pin drop. It was an incredible moment.  Thousands of people in complete silence outside the Houses of Parliament.” Read the full piece here

And you can still invite some friends over and watch this powerful free movie online: Disruption – http://watchdisruption.com/ (It’s only 50 mins long).

Come join the Playborhood!

Do you remember playing out on the streets when you were a kid? We used to play out until dark. I don’t remember all of our games, but I know they didn’t involve any adults and they were a lot of fun! In fact it was a neighborhood kid who taught me how to ride a two wheeler bike. Were neighborhoods safer than they are now? Statistics would say they are even safer now than they’ve ever been, yet they feel more dangerous – increasingly neighbors don’t know each other, kids don’t know each other. It’s rare to see groups of children playing out on the street, or neighbors shooting the breeze over a cup tea. What happened?

Well, we know we have a culture of fear. Kids are rarely permitted to play out alone. Home improvements tend to focus on back yards, behind high fences or indoor playrooms. The media constantly tells us that children are using screens ‘too much’. How much is too much could be debated at length, but what I do know is that if we want to get kids outside more, outside has to be more appealing. It has to proximally close, going to the park is fun, but not always easy and immediate. It has to be social – the back yard is great, but there may not be other kids there. And it has to be exciting – let’s face it, most neighborhoods today are set up for cars and privacy, how much fun is there really out on the street?

But we can make our communities amazing, vibrant, welcoming places for kids again. And I believe that Guildford is the perfect community for this.

I’m interested in making my front yard a place where not only my daughter plays, but in which children in the neighborhood are welcome to play too. If others were keen to do this, we could have community of front yards where children can play freely and enjoy each others company.

Maybe you have a fantastic driveway for scooters and bikes, or a trampoline, or a great patch of grass you could chuck some toys out on. A chalk board out the front or a swing in your tree? A bench in the front yard for parents to sit, meet each other, chat and watch the kids play? Could a cubby go out the front rather than in the back yard?

If you are interested being part of an action group that creates a vibrant community for our children to play out, as we did when we were young, then please get in touch.

Contact Lianda on 0411 066 595 or lianda19@hotmail.com

October movie night – Happy

Transition Town Guildford October Movie night – The HAPPY Movie

Happy poster

The October movie night will be the movie Happy .

“HAPPY takes us on a journey from the swamps of Louisiana to the slums of Kolkata in search of what really makes people happy. Combining real life stories of people from around the world and powerful interviews with the leading scientists in happiness research, HAPPY explores the secrets behind our most valued emotion.” IMDB rating 7.2/10

RSVP here

As usual, the second Tuesday of the month – Tuesday 14th October

@The Stirling Arms Hotel, 117 James street, Guildford

6 pm onwards for food and drinks, 7 pm Movie starts

Entry by donation, please RSVP to assist the kitchen with numbers