With John Lloyd overseas, Peter Maddock from the Benalla Sustainable Future group and the Swanpool Cinema was invited to our most recent session. Peter brought with him ‘Two Raging Grannies’ ‘a documentary about two raging grannies which challenges the idea that we must continue to shop, consume, amass and keep the economy growing’. This engaging film creatively draws upon the dilemma facing two older people who felt they needed to support the economy while at the same time were concerned about having too much ‘stuff’. Cameras followed them as they sought to develop understanding of the nature of economic growth and the different positions taken regarding ‘the Limits to Growth’. We found ourselves identifying with their dilemma; benefitted from hearing the perspectives of the economists they interviewed; and celebrated with them at the end of the documentary as they found a way to demonstrate their concerns using megaphones at their local university campus. We also identified with other challenges faced during their adventures, including health and mobility problems! We’d certainly recommend this touching and thought-provoking film to older people interested in the topic of a sustainable future.
True sustainability is only achieved when our society achieves this in three spheres of our activity: Social, Economic and Environmental. Sustainability in each of these three spheres is far from being achieved. This has become the concern of governments and ordinary people world-wide and has resulted in many questions about the sustainability of our present lifestyle. This course aims to explore topics such as global warming and climate change, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, clean energy options, the challenge of population growth, sustainable agricultural practices, water use, sustainable use of resources, sustainable and energy efficient building design and various economic and lifestyle issues. Our sessions during the year will examine different aspects of these major topics with a focus on looking towards a sustainable future. No prior knowledge of these topics is required just a general interest in the issues around climate change and sustainability. With discussion of these topics throughout the year you will find that you become better informed about these issues.
1st and 3rd Friday
10 am to 12 midday
U3A Meeting Room 1
Convenors and contact details
0474 936 460
Renewable Energy Benalla - website
Economists for Equity and the Environment
The Future Economy
Population Matters-For A Sustainable Future
Strathbogie Voices Seminars on Climate Change in Euroa (YouTube)
Frank Dunin's paper 'Fire reduces water harvest from Melbourne's water supply catchments'.
Frank Dunin's response 'Chemistry Lesson for Scott Morrison'
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Photographs - U3A members; Benalla Art Gallery website; Weebly 'Free' images;Travel Victoria and State Library of Victoria