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What is biosensitivity? Living respectfully in nature. To see what this means, Click here to watch a video made by volunteer Zenia Xie to learn more!

Coming Events

 Should non-Indigenous people have a connection to country?

The Frank Fenner Foundation, Public Health Association and the University of Canberra are sponsoring a panel discussion centered around the question "Should non-Indigenous people have a connection to country?". This will be held on the 13th of June. To read more click here for their flyer. 


NEWS

The TAKE2 program initiated the Victoria’s Climate Change Pledge. This is an Australian state government led voluntary climate change pledging initiative.Targeting business, local government, communities, universities, schools and individual to work towards a net zero emissions by 2050. Member organisations advocates for climate change all with demonstrable leadership in sustainability. This program aims to provide organisation with opportunities to take action on climate change. Help protect the future of our communities and environment.

To participate, sign up on the TAKE2 website and make the universal pledge. On there create a profile page for your organisation, displaying actions you plan to do as well as the actions you have already taken. Share and promote your profile page with employees, customers, suppliers and others. Being a TAKE2 member provides a great opportunity to demonstrate to your networks the dedication and action you are taking towards combating climate change and achieving Victoria’s goal of net zero emissions.

 


Frank Fenner Foundation Submission to the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government Housing Choices Engagement Project, providing feedback on the Housing Choices Discussion paper, November 2017

By international standards, the city of Canberra and the ACT more broadly, are examples of mostly well planned development. The initial Garden City concept understandably has changed over time; although there has been much well-considered planning and implementation, there has been some development which is not well supported by many citizens and apparently out of step with the initial vision.It is important to recognise that Canberra has some of the most far-sighted strategies for the future, including 100% electricity obtained from renewable sources, the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, the encouragement of innovative design and businesses, a longer term waste management goal and, generally, maintenance of a verdant and healthy local environment.

Frank Fenner Foundation (FFF) has submitted some thoughts around integrating an urban framework based on biosensitivity principles into future planning for the ACT. This involves the transition to a society that  prosperous, cohesive, just and in tune with and respectful of nature and other living beings, and where human activities are ecologically and economically sustainable and socially equitable, based on a deep understanding and acceptance of the human place in nature and within safe planetary boundaries.


FFF Chair Peter Tait was awarded the prestigious public health award, the Sidney Sax Medal, for efforts to promote and protect the public's health, including promoting planetary health. "By which I mean, living respectfully in tune with Nature", Peter said. "This really is a team award; totally unlocked for and unexpected. I stand on the shoulders, of Giants. Tony McMichael, Stephen Boyden, and many others, who have shaped my thinking for decades."

The FFF supported puppeteer Marianne in a successful grant application for 2018, and will continue working with her on our education projects next year. Here she is with some of her puppets. Exciting stuff!

 Open Society Fellowship
Are you interested in  new and radical forms of ownership, governance, entrepreneurship and financialization used  to fight pervasive economic inequality. Do you like to provoke productive controversy and debate. Are you an 'out of the  box' thinker.  Consider applying for a 2018 Open Society Fellowship applications at http://www.opportunitydesk.org/2018/02/15/open-society-fellowship-2018/FFF is interested in supporting any successful candidate who wants to focus in our space.


 The Ginninderry Engagement project – FFF’s flagship project
This year, the FFF engagement strategy will focus on the respected nature, a well Earth, human connectivity and cultural change themes of the biosensitive urban framework. Using this strategy, we will target formal school groups and broader communities to create resources and activities to facilitate people to find their own solutions to the environmental challenges they face. We hope to use the existing materials of the FFF and promote or modify them to reach a broader audience. Through a diverse set of means – from games, to research groups, to food blogs, the FFF engagement program hopes to develop something that inspires
everyone to work for a biosensitive future.

THE BIONARRATIVE: THE STORY THAT COULD CHANGE THE WORLD

The story of life on Earth, and of human civilisation as part of this story, is of overarching significance for every one of us, and for society as a whole. Yet it is known and understood by only a small section of the human community. If this story were embraced by the prevailing cultures of the world, the future prospects for humankind would be much brighter. We refer to this story as the bionarrative.
Why is understanding this story so important? Here, very briefly, are some of the reasons: http://www.fennerfoundation.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/StephenBoyden_BN1-Story-that-could-change-the-world-x.pdf.


Jeremy Leggett's latest missive

Jeremy Leggett  is a British social entrepreneur, scientist, historian futurist and author with a vision  for a  renaissance in civilisation triggered by renewable energy and its intrinsic social benefits. He founded the  Solarcentury, an international solar solutions company (1997–present), and is founder and Chair of SolarAid, a charity funded with 5% of Solarcentury’s annual profits that builds solar lighting markets in Africa (2006 – present).  He was winner of the first Hillary Laureate for International Leadership in Climate Change (2009),  has authored  four books on the climate-and-energy nexus.

The history and future of the global energy transition available on video
March 1 2018

The video of Jeremy's presentations to the recent conferences on 'Making Solar Bankable' can be seen here. Powerpoint versions of this presentation and 'How can investors help oil majors to commit to Paris' are available on his website, including source urls to maximise the usefulness to people who might wish to use them in some way to get the message/s out.