When: Monday 12 August 2019, 6:00pm for a 6:30pm start (from 6.00pm there is networking and refreshments with the talk starting at 6.30pm and finishing at 7.30pm).
Where: EnergyLab, 4-12 Buckland St, Chippendale NSW 2008 (click here and here for maps).
RSVP: This event is open to Renew members and the general public but online registration is essential. Click ‘’Register” from the following link or contact us directly to reserve a place.
Cost: A $5 donation would be appreciated to assist with venue costs.
Our next Renew meeting features something a bit different. Hear about an ordinary Sydney family’s story of how to swim against our ‘shop and toss’ culture, and the many and sometimes unexpected benefits of reducing single use plastics.
Anywhere you go on the planet today, plastic will be close by, even in Antarctica and at the North Pole. Plastics can serve many functions, but take centuries to break down, use precious energy and resources and can cause much harm. About a third of the plastic ever made has leaked into our natural environment. What can we do?
Speakers: Clara Williams Roldan and Louise Williams
Mother and daughter team, Louise and Clara, share their journey to lower plastic use. Long term members of Renew, the family were early adopters of solar power, water tanks and composting. However, it took a self-righteous teenager to challenge the mountains of packaging they discarded, a journey that sparked their book; Quitting Plastic.
Bio: Clara is the Director of Impact at the Documentary Australia Foundation, a unique organisation that ensures important stories are told and seen, supported by powerful social impact campaigns. Clara has worked on films across a range of issues areas, including Ka-Ching! Pokie Nation, Cast from the Storm and Backtrack Boys. With a background in history and law, Clara has also worked as a policy and legislation advisor in NSW Parliament in Aboriginal Affairs, Gambling, Health, Disability, Ageing and Forestry to help stakeholders and community groups achieve policy and legislative change.
Bio: Louise an award-winning author, writer, editor and consultant. A former foreign correspondent, columnist and foreign editor for Fairfax Media, Louise has won a Walkley Award for Excellence in Journalism, the Citibank Pan Asia Journalism Award (with Columbia University) and an Australia Council Fellowship for her work. Her lifelong interest in environmental protection underpins all her work. She has co-authored the book, Quitting Plastic and is a co-author/editor of the recent War on Waste Impact Report for ABC TV. She has consulted for UNSW-based CRC for Low Carbon Living and served on the Northern Beach Waste and Recovery Strategic Reference Group.
This event is open to Renew members and the general public but online registration is essential. Click ‘’Register” from the following link or contact us directly to reserve a place.
Directions and further details:
Our events are held at EnergyLab, the home for energy innovation in Australia. From 6.00pm there is networking and refreshments with the talk starting at 6:30pm and finishing at 7:30pm.
EnergyLab is at 4-12 Buckland St, Chippendale NSW and is about a 15-minute walk from either Redfern or Central Station. Entry to the premises is through a metal gate with access to a 2-storey sandstone building along a driveway towards the rear of the property.
Buckland St., Chippendale is well-serviced with buses including the 412, 413, 422, 423, 426, 428, 431, 433, 436, 438, 439, 440, 461, 470, 480, 483, L23, L28, M10, M30. Bicycles can be safely locked inside the premises. Parking is limited in the area although Broadway Shopping Centre offers a nearby option.
Tea, coffee and tasty snacks are available before and after the talk, with donations gratefully accepted. As we have paid an NGO rate for the EnergyLab space, a $5 minimum donation would be appreciated.
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