Local Lives Global Matters conference Castlemaine
Jaara Jaara elder Rick Nelson's smoking ceremony set the tone:
|Peak hour in Castlemaine|
This shift from material to spiritual aspirations was a key theme at the conference, one that was also promoted by one of my heroes, David Holmgren, an originator of Permaculture.
Although I had read some of David's works, I had never heard him speak before, so I was totally unprepared for his droll and engaging style. He believes that inevitably and imminently the world will be facing an energy descent (which he was keen to emphasize is not necessarily the same as 'collapse'). He suggests that in anticipation we need to be building resilience and community so that we can continue to live well through the hard times ahead.
|Farmer George Ryan with Anitra Neilsen from RMIT|
Anitra Neilson, who presented with George Ryan, a beleaguered and impassioned local farmer, has written a book with the intriguing title 'Life Without Money'. In it she outlines strategies for living more equitably in a world already consuming way beyond its capacity. I look forward to reading her book.
There might not have been much money changing hands yesterday - the most glorious vegetarian lunch cost a mere $8 and we were encouraged to return for seconds - but there was a tremendous amount of riches on offer. Sadly I could only attend the conference for a single day, and so can only offer some tastings, but if you are free tomorrow (Sunday) and fancy a trip to a glorious country town followed by inspiring workshops, contact the organisers.
Local Lives Global Matters is one event that truly delivers on its promo: 'a conference for future's sake'.