Lightning Talks: Sustainability solutions explored

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At the beginning of this month we held Lightning Talks on Adapt or Die: the truth about Climate Change and Waste Wars as part of Sustainability Week.

So what are Lightning Talks?

Lightning Talks are similar to TED Talks, in that speakers (our academics) are given a limited time (10 minutes) to give voice to a topical issue. The difference? Instead of watching online, you’re invited to join in the conversation and share your opinions too.

If you attended, we’re sure you loved the events! If not, you totally missed out! Never fear though, we’ll catch you up on what went down.

Adapt or Die: the truth about climate change

  • Prof Cordia Chu AM spoke about the need to future-proof ourselves against Climate Change by acting now to find solutions. Society must adapt and work in partnership, and complex scientific research needs to be adapted in order to find useful and useable solutions that are, most importantly, used. 
  • Dr Wade Hadwen spoke about water scarcity, highlighting the need to address this issue now – as the problem is only going to get worse.
  • Prof Catherine Pickering talked about how we can use native plants to offset the impact of climate change. You can download the groNATIVE app to help select the best native plants for your needs, and search plants by biodiversity, your garden style of plant characteristics.
  • Dr Leah Barclay introduced us to EcoAcoustics – the sounds of waterways, which enable us to gauge environmental changes over time by sound. She has been using underwater microphones to map the sounds of fish and aquatic insects. From this, people can put microphones under water and identify the sounds, therefore animals, in the water.

Waste Wars

  • Assoc Prof Frederic Leusch opened the discussion with statistics of how single-use plastics are contributing to waste, and some graphic images of how they harm and kill animals in the ocean. Plastic bags, straws and countless other rubbish items are among what we dump into the ocean and local waterways. He provided us with practical actions to take to help with our problem with plastic waste – say no to straws, avoid buying bottled water, bring your own coffee cup, plus much more!
  • Assoc Prof Matthew Burke spoke about how transport infrastructure affects sustainability. Currently in Brisbane, we’re investing our money on projects to widen roads to add capacity for more cars. Instead, we should be focusing on developing our public transport infrastructure. We also need to push programs to encourage walking, cycling and active transport.
  • Dr Eleni Kalantidou spoke about our love of material things – buying stuff, shopping. Western society spends and purchases too readily. We need to change the way we perceive things by being more responsible about our purchase decisions – we have a responsibility every time we buy something we know we’re going to discard quickly.
  • Dr Kathy Knox and her team worked with the community of Redlands to tackle the food waste issue. After surveying the community about the kind of food they had in their household, they invited professional chefs to create recipes which would incorporate food items that are often left over and discarded, showing the Redlands community practical ways to reduce food waste. They held live cooking demonstrations of these recipes in the Stockland shopping centre and distributed recipe cards to the community.
  • Clare Poppi spoke about how modern jewellery is often inexpensive costume items serving little purpose, and therefore can be a waste. Clare creates one of a kind pieces which incorporate nature into the design, are sustainable and easily degradable. She brought along samples of her work for us.

Want to hear more? You can watch both lightning talks online on our Facebook page:


Library Shelfies on display at your campus library

In case you missed it, we held a #libraryshelfie competition during July and August.

We had a bunch of creative entries on Insta. Then we got you to vote on your faves to determine the winner.

The competition’s done and dusted, but we loved your shelfies so much we wanted to keep them around for a bit!

Yeah, we posted them online. But we decided that wasn’t enough. Nope – we decided to bring the online, offline, and have a gallery of entries IRL.

Come along to your nearest Griffith University campus library and view the #libraryshelfie gallery. Which one’s your favourite?

The gallery will be on display until Friday 14 September.

Oh, and don’t forget to follow @GriffithLibrary on Instagram! 


Attend our interactive ghosting workshop this Sustainability Week

Here, at Griffith Library, we love events. Any events. All events.

So, of course, we’re celebrating Sustainability Week!

Besides hosting Lightning Talks on Adapt or Die and Waste Wars, our QCA library will also be hosting a fun and interactive workshop.

Ghosting – a workshop with artist Pamela See

Participants will work with Pamela to create hand-cut strawboard templates using motifs representing a selection of redundant technologies.

The cut-outs you make will be put on display in the library during Sustainability Week.

Sounds interesting, right? But you may be thinking ‘so, uh, what exactly is ghosting?’ (we were!).

Ghosting is a tradition associated with Chinese ancestral worship. People would create, and then burn, paper ethnologies during Ghost Month as a form of transmortem communication.

Come along to the workshop to learn more about Ghosting and make your own cut-outs!

  • Time: 12 – 1.30 pm (drop in at any time during this period)
  • Date: Wednesday 5 September
  • Location: The Pod, QCA Library


Attend our free Lightning Talks on Waste Wars

The War on Waste on ABC continues to captivate viewers. Why? Because it’s happening in our own backyard.

If you haven’t seen the TV series yet, don’t fret—Griffith’s doing one better. We’re having Lightning Talks on the topic.

Lightning Talks are similar to TED Talks, in that speakers are given a limited time (10 minutes) to give voice on a topical issue. The difference? Instead of watching online, you’re invited to join in the conversation and share your opinions too.

Our library is excited to host the next series of Lightning Talks during Sustainability Week.

Did you know that in Australia, air pollution causes about 3,000 premature deaths a year, a figure that’s three times the national toll road (Dean & Green, 2017)? This seems overwhelming, but fortunately for us we have some world class researchers that are tackling these sorts of key sustainability issues here at Griffith.

Come listen to them battle it out on the podium about the war with eWaste, plastic bags and pollution.

When:
12 – 1 pm, Thursday 6 September 2018

Where:
The Library foyer (N53, level 1), Nathan campus

Speakers:

Register your interest on our Griffith University Library Facebook events page.


#WearItPurpleGriffithUni

We invite everyone to wear purple this Friday as part of the visible support to our rainbow youth.  For those involved with the LGBTIQ+ community, we wear purple as a show of solidarity for our youth as they learn more about their identity.

Wear it Purple was founded in 2010 due to the very real response from youth around the world struggling and finding support in their communities and families. Sadly, several rainbow youths have taken their lives due to the pressure placed on them for who they are. Often the best way we can support others in this situation is with our visual cues: wearing purple, awareness ribbons and bracelets, rainbow lanyards, etc. This shows those out there they have support for who they are and who they want to become.

#WearItPurple because we empower people together


Sustainability Week events

Griffith University was the first Australian University to offer environmental science, waaay back in the ‘70s, and our commitment to the environment hasn’t wavered since.

3 – 7 September is Sustainability Week. So, of course, Griffith is celebrating!

You’ll find an exciting array of workshops, activities and stalls at the Sustainability Fair on the Gold Coast campus, and Enviro Events at Nathan, Logan, Mt Gravatt and South Bank campuses.

Learn how you can incorporate Sustainability into your everyday life. Whether you are an eco-warrior, or just like to make sure you use the recycling bin when possible, there will be plenty on offer to entice.

So grab a coffee in your keep-cup and walk on down to the event space to enjoy.

Tuesday 4 September Wednesday 5 September Thursday 6 September
Gold Coast Sustainability Fair
10 – 2
Outside library (G10)
Logan Enviro Event
12 – 2
Community Court
Mt Gravatt Enviro Event
11.30 – 2
Community Courtyard
Nathan Enviro Event
10 – 2
Arrivals Plaza, Johnson Path & Campus Heart
South Bank Enviro Event
12 – 2
Undercroft (near S03)

The library is also throwing Lightning Talks on Waste Wars and Adapt or Die. Stay tuned on the Library Blog for further info!

Find a list of all Sustainability Week activities on the Sustainability Week webpage.


Adapt or Die: the truth about climate change – find out more at our Lightning Talks

Who loves polar bears? 🙋 Did you know that polar bears are actually starving to death, and that their global population will be reduced by two thirds by 2050, because of climate change (National Geographic, 2018)?

There is no debating the truth about climate change—scientific evidence for warming of the climate system is unequivocal (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change).

The question is: where do we focus our efforts and how quickly can we adapt?

Find out from our library’s Lightning Talks. Lightning Talks allow you to gain insightful knowledge in bite-sized presentations which you can be a part of.

They are similar to TED Talks, in that speakers (our academics) are given a limited time (10 minutes) to give voice on a topical issue. The difference? Instead of watching online, you’re invited to join in the conversation and share your opinions too.

Our library is excited to host the next series of Lightning Talks during Sustainability Week, where we’ll have an opportunity to listen our academics’ action for survival in a world of climate change.

What have our researchers discovered? What does that mean for life in the Human era? Expect to be challenged!

When:
12 – 1 pm, Tuesday 4 September 2018

Where:
The Shard (outside the library (G10) entrance), Gold Coast campus

Speakers:

Register your interest on our Griffith University Library Facebook events page.