fbpx Jesuit Social Services - Ecological Justice Hub

Ecological Justice Hub

Gather, Learn, Grow, Regenerate

3 Saxon Street, Brunswick

The Ecological Justice Hub is a permaculture garden dedicated to both social and environmental justice, restoring our relationship with nature and each other. It helps build knowledge and skills through practical ‘hands on’ projects, to strengthen environmental protection and what this means in practice in our homes and in communities. These include:

  • Just Compost – turning local Brunswick and commercial waste resources into garden compost and soil conditioner.
  • Just Hammertime – hands-on courses using recycled materials, in carpentry and construction for women and LGBITQ+ individuals.
  • Just Habitat – manufacturing and designing small eco-friendly homes while creating employment and skill development opportunities
  • Just Energy – solar power and biogas systems for redistribution to people on low incomes.
  • Just Nourishment – A Tuesday volunteer program that builds permaculture gardens and distributes healthy meals using zero-waste cooking
  • Just Mushrooms – workshops to demonstrate the techniques of growing mushrooms and using mycelium culture to restore depleted soils.
  • Just Good Waste – developing systems of plastics recycling, appliance repairs and re-use and water harvesting
  • Just Honey – promoting local bee keeping, plant pollination, wax-making and honey production.

Throughout the Ecological Justice Hub programs, we promote and teach ecological justice, ensuring that justice and equity are central to ecological sustainability.

The Hub is presently the site of a 5000 litre biogas reactor, testing the feasibility of sourcing green waste feedstock from multi-apartment dwellings nearby and generating energy for cooking or electric power to be returned to the dwellings.

The Ecological Justice Hub promotes community-based energy, permaculture, waste conversion, composting, ecological house design, recycling and seasonal planting with food harvesting and cooking.

Each Tuesday, our volunteers work alongside our participants to prepare the garden for fruit and vegetable production. This fresh seasonal produce is delivered in food boxes to the Brunswick Uniting Church Olive Way Kitchen, which feeds people who are hungry and experiencing homelessness three days a week. We are always seeking new volunteers to assist us in this important work.

In 2018, the Hub built a demonstration tiny house, which included eco design features like solar panels, batteries, a composting toilet, high-grade heating insulation and flow through cooling ventilation.

We work collaboratively with other organisations within the City of Moreland to build a local network that rebalances injustices through practical social and ecological practices.

The Ecological Justice Hub has successfully tested a model of community advocacy, education and training, jobs pathways, and green living demonstration projects through:

  • the development of a range of education and skill training programs. these include permaculture and the Hammertime program for women wishing to develop carpentry skills and to enter into a trades career;
  • Staging several Ecological Justice Symposiums, bringing together organisations and stakeholders from across community, government, energy and education sectors to share ideas and the potential for collaborative action and partnerships, both in policy and practice.
  • The Our Waste series of discussion events, which challenge us to rethink our relationship with the things we buy and discard, the things we need and want, and the power of convenience.
  • Building ecological awareness and understanding for individuals, community, government and businesses through advocacy and community education;
  • Providing skills, training and employment support into green economy jobs for people experiencing barriers to employment;
  • Creating ‘green living’ demonstration projects which support recycling, horticulture, zero carbon power, energy efficiency, waste reuse, ecological construction methods, climate change reduction and environmental recovery.

To find out more about the Ecological Justice Hub and upcoming events, contact us via email at ecojusticehub@jss.org.au or our Instagram @ecojusticehubmelbourne