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Melbourne - Movement for Life Training

Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 08:45 AM · 21 rsvps
Kathleen Syme Centre in Melbourne, Australia

We are excited to offer our new Community Organising Training course - Movement for Life -  to Wilderness Society volunteers and supporters. 

 

Saturday 25 March, 9am to 5pm
and Sunday 26 March, 9am to 3pm 

When was the last time you did something bold and different in the pursuit of growth and learning? Do you care about nature protection and do you have a yearning to be more effective in this space? Yes? Then this is for you!   

Our community organising program is all about immersing yourself in an incredible learning and development experience so that collectively we can better protect, promote and restore Wilderness across Australia.  

This two day introductory course will give you experience and skills in:

  • The theory and frameworks of community organising
  • Relational organising skills
  • Leadership and facilitation
  • Communications for change (telling your personal narrative)
  • Campaign planning
  • Activating your local community
  • Building grassroots teams & volunteer management 

This training will set you up well for hitting the ground running in 2017. We have an exciting year ahead and we are looking forward to winning our campaign together with you!

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This course is free. Please ensure you let us know if you have mobility issues or anything else we need to take into consideration.

See you there!


WCC campaign launch

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 06:00 PM · 38 rsvps
Corrimal Community Centre in Corrimal, Australia

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The need for leadership on dealing with climate change has never been greater. The community of Wollongong calls for our local government to join the movement of more than thirty local councils in Australia to take a strong stance for our future.  We want Wollongong City Council to take our funds out of any investment in fossil fuels and become a climate leader in their own operations in the next five years.  Join us on Tuesday 28 March at 6pm to launch our public campaign and find out how you can be involved.

Glen Klatovsky, Campaign Manager with the Wilderness Society, will speak on the divestment movement and our aim of building communities for the environment.

There will be finger food and soft drinks.  A donation of $5 to cover costs will be most welcome.


Community Engagement in Williamstown

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 12:30 PM · 1 rsvp
Williamstown in Melbourne, Australia

Right now, the State Government is looking closely at the Great forest National Park and a decision on the fate of the forests is imminent! The campaign needs you now more than ever.

Williamstown is an electorate of importance for the GFNP campaign so we are taking a trip out there to chat to the locals on our 'pop-up stall' and asking them to call or meet with their MP about the GFNP.

The Ethical Paper street team have been busy in Williamstown and now is a good time to go back and ask the businesses that signed the pledge to put a GFNP placard or sticker in their window. 

We will be meeting at Williamstown Town Hall just before 12pm (104 Ferguson St) then having lunch from 12 to 1pm and then campaigning 1 to 2pm. It will be a fun day - come join us! RSVP below. 

 


Wednesday Lunch

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 01:00 PM
Hobart Campaign Centre in Hobart, Australia

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If you're in and around Hobart and would like to know what's going on and how to help, join us weekly for a volunteer-cooked lunch and discussion on the latest developments in our campaigns and other conservation issues in Tasmania.  It's a great opportunity to get informed, connect with others and find out how you can help.


Melbourne - Community Calling for the Great Forest National Park

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 05:30 PM · 5 rsvps
The Wilderness Society office in Melbourne, Australia

Right now, the State Government is looking closely at the Great forest National Park and a decision on the fate of the forests is imminent! The campaign needs you now more than ever. 

Join us on Wednesday 29 March from 5.30 - 7.30pm to contact Wilderness Society supporters who live in electorates of key MPs, and invite them to call or meet with their MP about the GFNP.

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We're at a crucial point in the campaign and drawing on all elements to encourage our decision makers to create the Great Forest National Park in the Central Highlands, and the Emerald Link in East Gippsland. 

If you haven't participated in a community calling session before, this is an excellent opportunity to come and learn about the power of creating change through conversation, meet some of the team, and empower people to act. We'll provide full training and support.

We're aiming to push the Park over the line, and every conversation counts.

Can the industry’s current situation really be the fault of one tiny possum?
No, it can’t. For logging industry and unions to point the finger at a critically endangered species is mistaken at best, disingenuous at worst.

Why is the Great Forest National Park the better way forward?
Because it will save a species from extinction and create 760 new full-time jobs. The best solution for the long-term is to protect Victoria’s Mountain Ash forests in the Great Forest National Park.

What do Victorians think about the Great Forest National Park?
Well, 93% of Victorians want these forests protected for wildlife, tourism and recreation, and for a safe climate—and, in regional Victoria, support for industry reform is strong.

Can the government protect the possum and support workers?
Victorians want solutions that protect the environment and put industry on a truly sustainable footing, including to secure regional jobs - both in the industry and in the other significant sectors of tourism and agriculture.

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Melbourne - Volunteer Welcome Night

Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 05:30 PM · 3 rsvps
Wilderness Society Office in Melbourne, Australia

Volunteers are the lifeblood of our work and are crucial to our campaign success!

To get you started on your journey with volunteering at the Wilderness Society we would like to invite you to this 2.5 hour induction training session. All are welcome. 

We will cover:

  • Background of TWS and our campaigns 
  • The theory and frameworks of community organising

We look forward to seeing you at this session. 

Welcome to the team!

 


Launceston Welcome Event

Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 05:30 PM
Launceston Campaign Centre in Launceston, Australia

If you're in and around Launceston and keen to know what's going on and how you can help, you can join us every Thursday evening at the Launceston Campaign Centre.  Hear from our Campaigners and Organisers on our current campaigns and join in the discussion.

It's a great opportunity to get informed, add your ideas, get active and work with like-minded people who are passionate about conservation issues in Tasmania.

 


TWS Sydney North Restoring Earth screening

Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 06:30 PM · $10.00 AUD · 90 rsvps
The Dougherty Centre Auditorium in Chatswood, Australia

Join us for a screening of the grassroots documentary short film

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The documentary explores how the health of our native vegetation is related to the health of the foods we eat, and highlights the negative impact that land clearing is having on everyday Australians, their livelihoods, and our agricultural industry.

The film will be followed by a panel discussion focussing on the issues highlighted in the film, presented by some of the people featured in the film. The panel includes:

  • Pam Brook - Sustainable nut farmer, Brookfarm, Byron Bay
  • James Stanton-Cooke - BeardsOn
  • Phil DawsonOwner of 'Ruby Lane' sustainable and organic café 
  • Glen Klatovsky - NSW Campaigns Manager, The Wilderness Society

The event will be held in the Dougherty Community Centre in Chatswood, a short walk from Chatswood Station and across the road from the Westfield car park (3 hours free parking).

RSVP and purchase tickets below. Ticket price is $10.00 + processing fee.

Come along, be part of the sustainable food movement and make a real difference!


Melbourne - Community Calling for the Great Forest National Park

Friday, March 31, 2017 at 12:00 PM · 1 rsvp
The Wilderness Society office in Melbourne, Australia

Right now, the State Government is looking closely at the Great forest National Park and a decision on the fate of the forests is imminent! The campaign needs you now more than ever. 

Join us on Friday 31 March from 12 - 2pm to contact Wilderness Society supporters who live in electorates of key MPs, and invite them to call or meet with their MP about the GFNP.

We're at a crucial point in the campaign and drawing on all elements to encourage our decision makers to create the Great Forest National Park in the Central Highlands, and the Emerald Link in East Gippsland. 

 

If you haven't participated in a community calling session before, this is an excellent opportunity to come and learn about the power of creating change through conversation, meet some of the team, and empower people to act. We'll provide full training and support.

We're aiming to push the Park over the line, and every conversation counts.


Sydney Two-Day Community Organising Training April 2017

Saturday, April 01, 2017 at 08:30 AM · 17 rsvps
Wilderness Society, Sydney in Sydney, Australia

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Wilderness Society supporters are invited to attend our two-day Fundamentals of Community Organising training course. Training is free for Wilderness Society supporters and will teach you the core skills of community organising. You’ll have the opportunity after the training to work on Wilderness Society campaigns, join a local organising team and to take the skills you learn to work with your local community on issues you care about.

Background

Our training program is a key part of our new community organising strategy. Our many successes over the last 40 years have shown that the best way to protect nature for future generations is to demonstrate visible public support, not only for the protection of nature in Australia, but care for the climate globally.

We are returning to our people-power roots and investing in our greatest strength: our ability to inspire and empower people to create change. Community organising is the primary source of our power and will help us win campaigns, but it is much more than this. It involves empowering, training and supporting leaders to activate their communities, build effective teams and create solutions to achieve our shared vision of a society that is deeply connected to nature and seeks to protect our natural world.

The course

This course will provide you with the fundamentals of community organising including:

  • theory and frameworks,
  • relational organising skills,
  • using personal narrative,
  • cutting an issue and making a plan, and
  • core organising skills including running effective house parties.

Through this training, you will be well equipped to work with the Wilderness Society on our current campaigns and community organising program, as well as work with your local community or organisations to take effective action on the issues you really care about.

You can see the full agenda here: two-day community organising training agenda

This course is free for Wilderness Society supporters and catering will be provided. Please ensure you let us know if you have any dietary requirements, mobility issues or anything else we need to take into consideration.


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