Plastic? Fantastic? Fifty and Five

Recently I was asked to speak about Plastic Free July. My specific brief was to talk about 50 bits of plastic I can live without and five bits of plastic I cannot. I thought I would share my speech . . . Lots of fives . . . and funnily enough this will be the […]

The answer – from a six year old

You know some days every good sustainability crusader wonders if it is all worth it. Deep down we kind of get that the human species will die off eventually. What is the point of all the work, the behaviour change programs, the rallies and petitions? And some days I draw a weird sort of  comfort from […]

Musing With My Mouth Full

Musing With My Mouth Full   Tim Darby.   January 2011 As I sit down to write this I’m chewing on a delicious slice of sourdough bread, still warm having been pulled from the oven just minutes ago. Mmmmm, so am I going to talk about sourdough and recipes?  Well yes ….and, then again, no, not really. […]

The “Official” Post Fiesta Report

The goals of the Hulbert Street Sustainability Fiesta are to : 1) Celebrate Sustainable Living in Hulbert Street and to 2) Inspire others to take on sustainable actions  So How did we go?From Colin Ashton Graham (our official evaluator!) The Fiesta was a success on a number of levels: About 5,500 people attended and over […]

Hulbert Street Sustainability Fiesta 2010

By Tim Darby How do you feel about sequels?  As an avid reader, when I find that a book I’ve enjoyed has a second book to follow, I get really excited. I start day dreaming about long winter evenings reading, wrapped in a cocoon of warm fluffy doonas and steamy hot chocolate being transported to […]

What did you expect?

What did you expect?  or Despair , Transformation and Creativity in an Age of Environmental Collapse By Tim Darby  OK. I admit it. For most of the last month I’ve been feeling really miserable. What do you expect? I’m working on a community based program (Living Smart) getting  people to think about the environmental impact […]

Economic Development and Your Speedos

Flicking through a local paper a while ago I came across an ad calling for five community representatives to be involved in an economic development working group to “deliver an economic development strategy … to grow Fremantle’s economy with a focus on increasing employment … and the number of businesses in Fremantle.” After due consideration I don’t think I […]

Living Smarties Preserving Night February Meeting

A report on the last Living Smartie night – Vacola preserving, freezing, jams and drying Written by Susie and Jess (and a big thanks to them from Shani!) Amy the happy pearl stringed house-wife, shared her inspiring experience and extensive knowledge of Vacola preserving. She talked about  why she preserved. –   Because she gardens, economics, creative satisfaction, […]

Living Smarties Bee Night November Meeting

Wow! A small but inspired group of people enjoyed extracting their own honey after hearing from Peter about bees. Everyone enjoyed hearing the wide range of information that Peter shared with us, and he was able to answer all sorts of questions – discussions ranged from the similarities between bees and human gender politics and […]

Hulbert Street Sustainability Fiesta – The Final Report

In 2008 Tim Darby and Shani Graham from The Painted Fish hosted the first Hulbert Street Sustainability Fiesta. The Fiesta featured the opening of The Painted Fish South Beach Eco Village with the Australian Open Garden Scheme, in conjunction with a series of stalls, demonstrations and activities with a sustainable focus, flavoured with food and […]