An afternoon with David and Nicole

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Date(s) - 29/06/14
2:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Cardiff North Public School


Promoting resilience through financial and urban strategies in an age of climate change and scarcity.

Permaculture Hunter, in association with Transition Newcastle, University of Newcastle’s Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment (TFI) are proud to host the Fair Share Festival event. We would like to thank Lake Macquarie City Council for providing generous support.

This event promises to be one of the best sustainability events held in the Hunter, with renowned experts:

David Holmgren, an ecological educator, environmental designer, and author. He is the co-originator of Permaculture, a design science of interrelated living systems to yield abundant food, fibre and energy.
Nicole Foss, a scientist and lawyer, with expertise in economics, the environment, energy and psychology. She is co-editor of The Automatic Earth which has been analysing the on-going credit crunch, our most pressing problem over the next few decades.


david_holmgren_talking_2013Now, the peak of conventional oil is already in the rear view mirror and the first stage of the second Great Depression is pulling apart economies and nations around the world. Australia’s mining boom has so far allowed it to dodge the worst, but the signs are not good.

David will show how getting out of debt, downsizing and rebooting our dormant household and community non-monetary economies are currently the best hedges that ordinary citizens can make.

He will show how the in-situ adaptation of Australia’s suburbs and small towns will be the best way for most Australians to survive any property bubble collapses, climate change impacts and geopolitical energy shocks.

Most importantly David’s presentation will show how it will be possible to combat the coming storms with grace, and to rebuild community to prepare against the worst expressions of fear and blame that naturally arise in times of hardship.

Nicole Foss will present a talk on Building Resilience in an Era of Limits to Growth.

nicole_foss_portrait_2014We are approaching many limits to growth over the next several decades, and are consequently facing many challenges. Energy, environment, resources and climate change will all affect the economic growth imperative on which human society has been focused. We must adapt our societies since our current path is unsustainable and cannot continue.

The first challenges are already being presented by the on-going global financial crisis and by the geopolitics of energy. Events in Europe, particularly in Cyprus, Detroit and latterly the Ukraine, represent a major wake up call that the financial crisis is about to resume in earnest and that energy issues are moving towards criticality in many places.

Nicole will show how we must anticipate and navigate a period of rapid economic contraction and increasing risk of resource conflict, punctuated by the emergence of geopolitical wildcards.

She will provide financial, social, and geopolitical global viewpoints, why they are acutely vulnerable. Nicole will show what we must do about them in the short term.

The critical factors for change will be highlighted, and how we must plan to restructure our societies from the bottom up. This will allow the transition period and our eventual recovery to rest on a solid foundation, which requires the resurgence of resilient communities.

Humanity stands on the edge of a precipice, and where we go from here is in our own hands. Whilst there is considerable danger, we need to grasp the opportunities to address some of the most challenging situations in human history in a constructive manner.Newcastle

 More info, contact John Shiel.


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