Extinction Rebellion, Global Hunger Strike.

‘Day 9 of the Extinction Rebellion #globalhungerstrike which I’m doing on the steps of Victoria Parliament. Today on behalf of XR, on behalf of the millennials and Gen Zs, on behalf of the grandmothers and grandfathers who care about their grandkids’ future and on behalf of the mums and dads who care about their children’s future, I’m calling on all members of the Victorian Parliament to come together and Declare a Climate Emergency. We must make this crucial statement so we can get on with fixing the problem and create a safer future for our children.

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‘Why on earth would someone do this? Because we are facing a catastrophic future & our Governments are not acting. People around the globe are participating in hunger strikes as a last resort. Nothing has worked. An enormous sacrifice for our planet & for all of us.’

Here are some of Daniel’s reasons for committing to the hunger strike –

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Lash78, update.

When Sheridan and Lauren Harvey set off from Geelong to Airlie Beach, little did they know they were on their way to becoming national winners. The sensational local sisters’ duo ‘Lash 78’ was one of 11 finalists in the Airlie Beach Festival of Music’s Australia-wide ‘Passport to Airlie’ competition, battling it out in a grand finale over the festival weekend. This event has become Australia’s largest live, original music movement.

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Although the girls had already supported the likes of Thirsty Merc, Darryl Braithwaite and Shannon Noll, they never expected to represent Victoria, let alone claim a national win.

Assisted by the festival with accommodation and spending money, the siblings jumped in the car with their honourary roadie, unofficial taxi driver and dad, Tim, for the 2,476-kilometre drive.

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Fight for the Bight, National Day of Action.

Fight for the Bight this Saturday, by joining the paddle out at Cosy Corner,Torquay Front Beach at 11am. It’s part of Saturday’s National Day of Action and follows a rolling series of protest paddle outs earlier in the year that drew tens of thousands of people to beaches right across the country. Communities all around Australia will take to the beaches this Saturday to protest a proposed deep-water oil project in the Great Australian Bight. The rallies are held in opposition to Norwegian fossil fuel giant Equinor’s plans to drill one of the world’s deepest and most remote oil wells out in our Bight. We don’t want oil spills destroying this precious habitat.

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Local, Damien Cole of the Surfrider Foundation Australia led the initial round of paddle out protests in March and is coordinating Saturday’s National Day of Action. He tells us more, “What we saw with the paddle outs wasn’t ‘radical activism’; it was the people of the Australian coast drawing a line in the sand and saying No. These are coastal communities whose way of life is being threatened by a large fossil fuel company. The paddle outs had everyone from young kids to people in their seventies, surfers and non-surfers alike, and there was an incredible feeling out in the water. What we’ll see on Saturday is as much a celebration of Australian life by the beach as it as a protest against Equinor.”

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UR the Cure, Pamela.

At just 24 years of age, Pamela received the shock of her life, she had blood cancer. Her only chance for a cure was through a stem cell transplant… however the donor list was still in its infancy and she was unable to find a stem cell match. She was forced to have a cord blood transplant, which is a much riskier operation. Thankfully, it was a success and Pamela Bousejean has been cancer-free since 2012.

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Upon her recovery she discovered there were many similar stories of patients struggling to find their stem cell match due to their cultural background. Pamela is from a Lebanese family, and was more likely to find a match with someone who shares a similar cultural heritage. She discovered that there aren’t enough people of culturally diverse backgrounds registered as potential donors on the stem cell registry, ie Asian, Italian, Greek, Lebanese, Indigenous etc.

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Humans in Geelong Expo 2019, video.

Check out this funky, fun video of our Humans in Geelong Expo 2019 created by video whizz Felix Wilkins. It captures the colour, compassion and creativity of the day. The Expo is a free community event, the uplifting start to Mental Health Month, held on the first Sunday in October. Everyone is welcome and there is something for everyone. Thousands attended to be inspired by 50 amazing exhibitors, artists, authors, social entrepreneurs and community groups. 12 thought-provoking speakers and 12 culturally diverse, uplifting performances.

Fun in the courtyard included free face-painting, henna, Geelong Crusaders Re-enactment Society, The Orange Sky Laundry van. St Leonards Men’s Shed made free take-home bird boxes with the kids while Urban Upcycle ran Crafts for Kids. Over 40 people joined in with ‘The Dance’, our next major project.

The Expo was sponsored by the City of Greater Geelong, Villawood Properties, Deakin University, Snap Printing Geelong and a Multicultural Festivals and Events Grant. #humansingeelong #inspire #connect #strengthen #community #clevercreative #geelong #greatergeelong

Chaotica, Jack Bayley.

Every day, in the quiet of the dawn, 96-year-old Geelong artist Jack Bayley can be found making art, as he has done for decades. “Some people call me pigheaded, but I can’t help myself,” Jack says. “It is the passion for doing this that keeps me awake at night and the feedback I get from others is that it ‘just looks right’.”

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Jack trained locally and has experimented with a wide range of styles, including abstract and realist landscapes, portraits and still life in pencil, charcoal, acrylic, oil and water colour.

The medium Jack uses now is acrylic on paper, with a technique that took several years to develop during his 80s when he took up art with a vengeance after moving into town from Ocean Grove with his wife Shirley. Jack is on a mission to share the result of his metaphysical discovery. He wants others to share his joy and sees his work as a calling.

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Caitlin Ramsay, AYCC.

“My journey into climate activism has been rather steady, it was only this year that I committed to volunteering with the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, (AYCC), but I have always had an interest and concern for the environment since I was in primary school. At that time the news reports of melting ice caps and animals facing extinction was something I tried not to think about purely because it terrified me.” We hear from AYCC Geelong’s Caitlin Ramsay, who recently presented HERSTORY at the Geelong Library.

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“As I got older, I started to understand how politics works in Australia. About the tight grip the fossil fuel industry has on our major parties and the economic and political systems we live under that create capital gain for a few but exacerbate poverty and inequality for many others.

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