Good evening fellow Thoughtful Fooders and welcome to another bulletin. Already the first month of 2009 is behind us. I think it's completely true what they say about a year taking about 18 months when you're little. Then they get progressively shorter as you age until suddenly a year passes in what seems like should have been six months. Why is that? Does time suddenly become more valuable? Do we try to cram so much more into our days or is it that as brain cells die, so does our memory and we can only recall half of what has happened. It can't hurt to make more of an effort to note all the smaller details of our days and appreciate them. Maybe that way I can draw out the time to my next exam!
It's a rather quiet week on the news front but there is some details on a lecture that sounds rather interesting, so read on...
Reminder: Thoughtful Foods Training Weekend
14th and 15th February
Venue - still to be confirmed (probably at, or close to, Thoughtful Foods).
No minimum knowledge or experience required. Contact Alice to express your interest in attending.
Thursdays at 2pm outside the co-op.
FRUIT & VEG
Envelopes/orders need to be under the door by Wednesday morning. If you don't have an official envelope, that ok. Just make sure you include your name, member number, date the order is for, and the size/cost of the box you'd like (and the money of course). If you have any queries please email email@example.com
Orders can be placed in the shop on Thursday for next week.
UTSpeaks: Eating the Earth: How should we eat to ensure a sustainable future?
What do obesity, factory farming, fair trade, peak oil, peak phosphorus and climate change have in common? Why might our "pee" one day be worth its weight in gold?
With three expert speakers, this lecture puts our daily dinner table and supermarket choices under the spotlight. It questions the kind of human diet our planet can sustain and looks at how we could reduce demand on global resources, while maintaining a balanced diet and ethical food industry. Finally you'll hear about the great global phosphorus crisis. Vital to plant and animal growth, the value of this element is sky-rocketing as supply from a few mines world-wide decreases. Our days of peeing phosphorus down the drain and food production processes demanding an excess of phosphorus may soon be costly habits of the past.
Professor Stuart White
Stuart White is the Director of the Institute for Sustainable Futures at UTS. He has researched, written and lectured widely on the issue of sustainable futures over the last 25 years, with an emphasis on resource use and improved decision-making.
Special Guest - Dr Rosemary Stanton, OAM
Dr Rosemary Stanton is Australia's best-known nutritionist with a background in biochemistry, nutrition, dietetics and public health. She was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for her services to community health through education in nutrition and dietetics. Her major aim is to change Australians' poor eating habits so that people have healthier diets, and eat more enjoyable foods, which create minimal environmental damage.
Dana Cordell is a PhD scholar jointly at UTS's Institute for Sustainable Futures and Sweden's Linköping University. Her current trans-disciplinary research on the global phosphorus situation in the context of food security led to her co-founding the Global Phosphorus Research Initiative.
When Wednesday 18 February 2009
6.00pm drinks – 6.30pm lecture start concluding 7.50pm
Where UTS University Hall, UTS Science Building, 745 Harris Street Ultimo (diagonally opposite ABC headquarters)
Transport UTS is only ten minutes walk from Central Station, Eddy Avenue and Railway Square bus stops.
Call 131 500 for routes and times. Parking is available for those with a disability or special need to drive: Peter Johnson Building, Basement Car Park, 702-730 Harris St. Ultimo.
Soldiers of Peace
Hosted by GetUP - Bondi Open Air Cinema
Sit by the beach watching a film under the stars, then add chilled music from Zimbabwe, cold drinks and comfy bean-bag recliners.
Join us at the Bondi Open Air Cinema next Wednesday and you will also see an inspirational new film about peace and meet hundreds of GetUp members; plus all the proceeds will help GetUp create social change on issues you care about!
Creating change doesn't always have to be hard work - click here to purchase your tickets now!
When: Wednesday February 4. Night begins at 7pm, movie starts at dusk
Where: Pavilion at Bondi Beach
What: Premiere of award-winning new film "Soldiers of Peace" - an uplifting story about the power of community movements
The award winning 'Soldiers of Peace' is an uplifting story of how, thanks to engaged citizens such as yourself, we are fast approaching 'the outbreak of peace'. Narrated by Michael Douglas and featuring a host of well-known personalities, the film shows that by working together to combat global problems we can create a world flushed with peace not war.
Let's take a moment together to draw inspiration from this film about incredible social movements, who like us, are engaging everyday people in creating a better world. Bring friends and family, grab a picnic and head down to Bondi Openair Cinema on Wednesday.
We'll see you there!
Oliver, for the GetUp Member Engagement Team
Reminder: Climate Summit - Tuesday 3 February
Join hundreds of other Australians who are coming together to form a human chain around Parliament House on Tuesday 3 February, to show their disappointment in the Government's weak 2020 carbon pollution reduction target. Don't forget to bring water, sun protection, a packed lunch, friends and family - and to WEAR RED to show this is an emergency! If you can, bring long red banners to snake around Parliament House too.