Our commitment to ecological justice includes advocacy and research work around the systemic change needed to achieve a ‘just transition’ towards a sustainable future.
We also know that all members of the community can play a role in supporting climate change reduction, environmental recovery and leading more sustainable lives.
That’s why we established our Ecological Justice Hub in Melbourne in 2018. The Hub is a hotbed of activity – on any given day you may stumble across people learning about growing mushrooms or zero waste harvesting, find others promoting beekeeping, wax-making and honey production, or women participating in the Hammertime program that supports the development of carpentry skills and pathways to the trades industry.
“Ecological justice is the term for the interrelation between social and environmental justice – and our hub aims to strengthen community connections, restore our regenerative relationship with nature and build ecological awareness,” says Stuart Muir Wilson, Program Coordinator at the Ecological Justice Hub.
Established in 2018, the Hub runs a range of workshops and training programs to help community members learn new skills and lead more sustainable lives.
This year will see the launch of two new courses Zero Waste: Sustainable Food Systems and Saving Money, Energy and the Environment, to explore the impact of climate change on our food, energy and water systems.
These events follow two ecological justice symposiums facilitated by the Hub in 2018 and 2019, and the current Our Waste discussion series (read more below).
The Hub is also expanding its waste to energy program, with a new composting system and a biogas digester to turn organic matter into valuable gas for heating and cooking.
“We are keen to help build meaningful community connections. The impact the Hub already makes to education, training, employment and skill development is continuing to evolve alongside the garden’s eco-systems,” says Stuart.