Our first event was an informal pop-up movie night in late March at a lane near Kalgoorlie Street which was attended by about 30 people, including a dozen children. All participants brought their own chairs but the best spots on two mattresses in front of the screen were occupied quickly by the younger folks, who even made some popcorn for the event.
The movie Bag It was well received. In this touching and often flat-out-funny film, we followed “everyman” Jeb Berrier as he embarks on a global tour to unravel the complexities of our plastic world. What starts as a film about plastic bags evolves into a wholesale investigation into plastic and its effect on our waterways, oceans, and even our own bodies. We see how our crazy for plastic world has finally caught up to us and what we can do about it. Today. Right now.
The film was actually quite devastating but ended with an uplifting, inspiring touch. The film affirmed out commitment: we will create less waste and no longer accept the use of one way thin plastics.
At our last meeting we spoke about possible projects and plans for 2014 which can be summarised as follows to guide our future activities:
- Skill share – learning to do things from within the community, such as learn to sow and mend clothes, make bread and joghurt, sharing expertise in the group for Mt Hawthorn residents
- Urban food and produce share – sharing excess produce with neighbours, local trading of vegetables and fruit, growing food, sharing tips about soil improvement, seed sharing, information about permaculture, waste reduction, composting, green waste, establishing a community garden, aquaponic, bulk container farming, worm farms,
- Improve local environment – sustainable streetscapes, native verges, public verges as model gardens, improving space for local fauna, such as tadpoles, frogs
- Waste – reduction, upcycle, recycle, reduce rubbish, organic waste to fertiliser, to print and sistribute more stickers ‘ no advertising materials’
- Green community events – movie nights, games afternoons, involve the whole family, street parties, bringing local people together, fostering a sense of community, pop-up movie nights
- Urban Chook Network that connects chicken owners with food scrap producers.
Good ideas raised at this and previous meetings:
- to create a google map with Mt Hawthorn points of interest including fruit trees on street, labels for points of interests, use of liquid nails, possible basis for urban orienteering, eco-caching;
- to establish a community garden at Anzac Cottage;
- to hang baskets with excess produce off street trees. This would be a simple way to trade local produce between neighbours on an honours basis;
- to erect a notice board in Mt Hawthorn that contains information about TT Mt Hawthorn, upcoming events and background info. This aims to connect people without internet, such as the elderly; and
- to find out what other community groups are active in Mt Hawthorn.
- An easy way to improve your soil is by signing up to www.mulchnet.com and asking for mulch to be dropped off at your place free of charge.
- City of Vincent Sustainable Environment Strategy 2011-2016.
Transition Town Mount Hawthorn will pursue these ideas through action groups, grant applications and collaboration. Please get in touch if you are interested.
The next meeting is proposed for Sunday 13 April from 6pm at 36 Matlock Street in Mt Hawthorn.
Please rsvp to firstname.lastname@example.org.