Just a quick update to let you know that GHG is back in action post end of exams! We began with a leisurely lunch at Lentil as Anything to celebrate the end of GHG’s first semester, and last week held an awesome working bee to plan for the coming semester and to get a few things done.
At the working bee, the main projects we planned for next semester were: a vegie bbq in the first week back, a carbon footprint competition for health students, and production of recycled lecture pads. Check out the notes from the working bee for more details. During the working bee, we also drafted a submission to the Royal Commission on the Black Saturday bushfires, highlighting the connection between climate change, bushfires and health.
We’re holding another working bee on Friday 17 July at 11am to make recycled lecture pads and to create a banner and mascot for GHG from chickenwire and old newspapers! Should be fun – more details to come via email. If you’re not on the list, email email@example.com for info.
Also, on 11 May – way back when in the time before exams – GHG screened ‘End of Suburbia’, a documentary about the dependence of suburban life on fossil fuels, especially oil. For those who missed it, or who want to delve into this area a bit more deeply, check out the interview between George Monbiot and Fatih Birol, the International Energy Authority’s chief economist, in which Birol reveals for the first time a ‘ startling and worrying prediction for the date of peak oil’.
GHG is gearing up for a busy few weeks, with members organising an evening seminar entitled ‘Climate Change, Bushfires, and Health’, 6:30-8:00pm Monday 4 May, Sunderland Theatre, University of Melbourne (for more information, see Events).
The following week, GHG is screening ‘End of Suburbia’, a documentary about the impact of peak oil on suburban lifestyles. Stay tuned for date, location and time!
In addition, GHG is preparing a Dreamlarge Knowledge Transfer grant application to run environmental awareness activities, and some members will be visiting their local members of parliament as part of a Doctors for the Environment initiative to educate politicians about the health impacts of climate change.
If you want to get involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out when our next meeting is.
Interested in what we’re planning for this semester? Read our minutes for 6th April 2009 here: ghgminutes6april09
If you’d like to read what we’ve been discussing and planning then check out our minutes for the meeting on 9th March 09-03-16-umghg-minutes-and-attachments1 and the 27th February ghg-minutes-27102092
The next GHG meeting will be on Tuesday 31st March at Newman College, University of Melbourne.
We will meet by the Sunderland Theatre at 4:15pm and walk over to Newman together. If you will be arriving later please see imminent email on how to get there and who to call.
The same evening at 6:30pm will be a VSAP Global Health short course lecture on Food, Water and Climate Change by A/Prof Bebe Loff & Prof David Karolyon (a famous Australian climatologist) which you are all very welcome to attend!
Thanks to everyone who attended our first meeting. Lots of great project ideas emerged – check out the minutes (GHG Minutes 19 Feb 09) if you’re interested. Thanks also to those who expressed interest in attending the inaugural meeting but couldn’t make it.
We’re having another meeting soon (1pm, Friday 27 February), as there’s still a lot of things that we need to discuss in order to get the group up and running. Here’s a draft agenda (GHG Draft Agenda 27/02/09), so see what you think and email comments/additions to email@example.com.
Thanks for visiting us online. If you’d like to be on the UoM Green Health Group email list, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.