My partner and I like to get out and about, but we are also conscious of our carbon footprint. For this reason we like to have fun in a sustainable way by supporting events and projects that are working towards solutions to world problems. It's awesome because we get to meet really nice and interesting people and learn a lot in the process. Here are some great ways you can have fun and make a difference to your future in Brisbane.
Much more than just movies - every second Saturday of the month, people from all walks of life get together at the Brisbane Square Library Theatrette to watch meaningful movies, heated debates, presentations of future cities, new technologies and have philosophical discussions. We connect with leaders in sustainability from all over the world... including Douglas Mallette, a former Systems Engineer for the Space Shuttle Program who started Cybernated Farm Systems, a project dedicated to using technology to help humanity quell the global hunger problem.
Located on the Queensland, NSW border, Organic Farm Share not only provide fresh organic food, but a beautiful place to camp, a great big area to let the kids run around with TRULY free-range chickens, a lake to swim in, a tour around the farm and other members of the community to connect with who also camp out for their monthly working bee. Through this we met Alf Orpen, a sustainability entrepreneur and director of this innovative new idea, which provides organic food to people living within a 200km radius of the farm.
Don and Tyler Tolman, internationally renowned speakers who have saved the lives of severely sick people through whole foods nutrition and fasting, visit Brisbane on occasion to promote their work and share their knowledge. I was fortunate enough to make an appointment with Tyler one weekend to discuss ways I can improve my health and happiness. After an iridology examination he was able to tell me which foods to eat more and less of, which exercises to do and when and also give some clever tips on how to spend time more in the sun without using toxic sunscreen. Tyler's father Don Tolman will visit Brisbane next month. Register here.
The staff at QUT get experts in every field to put together awesome free lectures that are open to the public. The Grand Challenge lectures focus on issues from feeding the world's booming population to managing scarce natural resources and reducing our carbon footprint. My partner and I never miss these as they are a real eye-opener, highly interesting and exciting, and are followed up with free food and an open atmosphere where you can meet and greet the speakers. Register free for the next one, Environmental Management in the Anthropocene.
So if you're looking for something you can do on the weekend that will leave you inspired, excited and informed about the future, I highly recommend checking these events out.