Photograph | Kooma Green School: Janet Rice
Green Schools are short courses for anyone interested in green politics. Usually held over a weekend, they cover ideas, issues and skills, introduce green politics and offer a good way to meet others with similar interests. The premise is that politics, like any other discipline, is a mix of skills and knowledge that can be learned and that change must be underpinned by broad-based community understanding.
The next Green School is at Murra Murra in south-western Queensland from 18-20 May 2013 on the land of the Kooma Nation. Come along, meet the Traditional Owners, explore the mulga country in the headwaters of the Murray Darling Basin and join in talks and discussions about topical issues.
Here’s the program: Kooma Green School Program1
Ideas, presentations, workshops, discussions: participants enjoyed the fun part of politics at the Brisbane Green School in November 2011
David Claudie papers: We’re tired of talking — David Claudie
Recognising the first Australians. You me unity is the national conversation about updating our constitution to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and culture for the benefit of all Australians.
Climate change (workshops 2, 8, 14, 20). Read the text of the Multi-Party Climate Change Committee’s Clean Energy Agreement.
Philanthropy (workshop 11) Article on Philanthropy by Elizabeth Cham
From 2004, seven Green Schools were held in various parts of southern Australia; and in 2007 and 2009 Green Schools were organised jointly with the Kooma Traditional Owners Association at Murra Murra in southern Queensland.
The traditional land of the Kooma people is in south-west Queensland, centred on Nebine Ck in the headwaters of the Murray Darling Basin about 100 km east of Cunnamulla. In 2000, two former grazing properties, Murra Murra and Bendee Downs, were handed back to the Kooma people. Ten years on, they have made enormous progress in realising their vision for their country.
Sydney 6 July 2005
The forum aimed to establish the current state of play and opportunities for collaboration towards the aim of providing Pacific communities with sustainable renewable energy services. Participants included the main Pacific organizations concerned with energy, business, researchers, ngos and political representatives. AusAID was invited to speak but declined. Proceedings were published in 2006; printed copies are available on request (a donation towards costs would be appreciated).