Saturday, September 14, 2019

Spring beginnings: our sap is on the rise

The Hepburn Relocalisation Network was established over 10 years ago by Su Dennett and Maureen Corbett with the aim of encouraging local community members to take responsibility for their carbon output and ecological footprint by organising skill sharing workshops, public events, local food dinners, speakers and film nights. HRN's aim has always been to empower people through knowledge sharing, up-skilling, personal accountability and community collectivism.

While HRN supports any action that attempts to put an end to carbon intransigence on a governmental level, we do not encourage households to take a 'business as usual' approach while hoping the government takes action on our behalf. We are not victims unable to take responsibility for ourselves.

Our mother earth is suffering and it is everybody's responsibility to attend to her healing: to embed our hearts, actions and families in the local much more than the global, to reduce our carbon outputs by riding our bikes, walking, taking public transport more and only flying if we really have to, to divest from institutions that fund fossil fuels and destructive projects, to boycott companies that put profit before people and biotas.

We are endorsing the grass roots Extinction Rebellion movement and the Global Climate Strike while we continue to work at the household and community levels.

Extinction Rebellion Hepburn Shire information session

Extinction Rebellion (XR) is an international socio-political movement whose aim is to use civil disobedience and nonviolent resistance to protest against climate breakdown, biodiversity loss, and the risk of social and ecological collapse.

Citing inspiration from grassroots movements XR aims to rally support worldwide around a common sense of urgency to tackle climate breakdown.

Please join us for an XR info session + workshop:

Tuesday September 17 
Senior Citizen's Hall (behind the Daylesford Town Hall)

Please bring a plate of supper to share.
This is a free event.
You can RSVP here:

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Global Climate Strike

We celebrate, cherish, honour and respect this beautiful planet of ours. It's time to let our government know we will not tolerate pollution, destruction or disrespect of our world any longer. Let us unite in our voices and march for the sake of every living being now and to come.

Friday 20 September
2pm - 4pm
Treasury Gardens, Spring Street, Melbourne
Jen Bray has created a FB page called Daylesford will be there! Sep 20 Climate Rally 

We have a goal to see over 140 people from Daylesford attend this rally. This figure represents 3.5% of our population, which has been said to be the tipping point number for peaceful protests to start to make real impact on government decision making. In March 1.6 million Australians rallied for the climate. This Strike aims to take that figure to a whole other level.

Students have invited everyone to join them for the biggest ever global #ClimateStrike on Sep 20, three days before the UN Emergency Climate Summit in New York. 
Can you help us reach our target of 140 Daylesfordians (and district) at the Climate Rally on 20 Sep? 
Make a sign! Catch a train! Bring your friends! Have a fun day while we collectivise our voices for the sake of our planet.

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Daylesford Crafternoon - #ClimateStrike

HRN is hosting a crafternoon session to make banners and signs for the September 20 #GlobalClimateStrike!

Wednesday, 18 September 2019
3:30pm - 5:30pm
Daylesford Dharma School (prep class room)
90 Daylesford-Trentham Road, Daylesford

Join us for a creative, fun and purposeful afternoon in the prep classroom of the Dharma School.

BYO paint, brushes, cardboard and other banner materials you may need.

Entry by gold coin donation to the Dharma School's Plant a Tree fundraiser.

Thanks to Fe Porter for running this crafty session.

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Asking Hepburn Shire Council to be truthful

This Tuesday night at Hepburn Shire Council's ordinary meeting in Trentham, HRN co-facilitator Meg Ulman will be asking two questions:

1. The former NSW fire chief, Greg Mullins, recently said in relation to climate change, the horse has truly bolted. 50 fires were burning in NSW in the first week of spring and it's not even an El Nino year. 14,000 homes burnt in California last summer, 9,000 the year before. This new reality is upon us too. Hepburn Shire is rated as the second most fire prone region in the state. Does Hepburn Shire Council unanimously agree that there is a climate emergency?

2. For the sake of our children, future generations and for the sake of life itself, will Hepburn Shire Council stand with over 1,000 other councils around the world, representing over 222 million people, and formally declare a climate emergency?

If you would like to send letters in support of Hepburn Shire's climate emergency declaration, please email to let them know.

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