Beauty and the Bike – Free Outdoor Movie

It has been a hard few financial years and the effects are being felt all around the world which includes the most isolated city of them all, little old Perth. Luckily there are fantastic organisation like Western Earth Carers around who are providing amazing opportunities for free, sustainable fun with a message behind it all as well.

On Wednesday 18th January 2012 there will be a free outdoor screening of the insightful documentary Beauty and the Bike. From 6:30pm you are invited down to the lawn outside the WMRC Offices (to see a map click here) to set up your picnic rug and have some nibbles with family and friends before the movie commences at 7:30pm.

Image from documentary, Beauty and the Bike

The documentary follows two groups of young women for a year – one group from Darlington (England) and another from Bremen (Germany). In Darlington it is extremely rare to see young girls on bikes yet in Bremen it is the primary mode of transport for the local teenagers. Why? Well the two groups decide they are going to find out why. They visit each area to look into the habits and attitudes that lead one group to shun the lifestyle and another to embrace it. I am sure that the conclusions they come to will be poignant and reflect some very common ‘modern’ attitudes towards sustainability and technology (and whether they can go hand in hand).

Government transport policy is clear, coherent and powerful… The bicycle is heading the way of the horse and cart

– John Adams, Emeritus Professor of Geography, 1993

Below is a short from the gorgeous 55 minute documentary;

This documentary is loaded with so many awesome messages, questions and ideas. Not only does it involve teenagers in the debate about alternative sustainable modes of transport but it also encourages everyone to look into their own lives, question how eco-friendly they really are and then look at  what changes they could make to move to greener pastures.

All in all I am really looking forward to this great evening and will make sure to upload some photos of the evening. I might even ride my bike down…

My darling bike (Penelope Cruise)

The Quick Details

When:                    Wednesday 18th January, 2012

6:30pm – 7:30pm; Picnic               7:30pm – 9pm; Screening

Where:                   The lawn outside the WMRC Offices (to see a map click here)

What to bring:   Picnic rug or chair, picnic, friends and family

Cost:                         FREE

A Calendar With A Cause

Well, we are at the beginning of the year. It is time to get organised and plan our dreams or maybe just dream about our plans. But before rushing out and just grabbing whatever glossy calendar grabs your attention first you should know about the People and Planet Calendar. Not only does this calendar have some of the most beautiful images I have seen it but it is also working towards a socially just and sustainable world.

"The Golden Fibre" - Bangladesh - by Jashim Salam

The People and Planet project was formed by a very forward-thinking Australian by the name of Michael Cebon (who also happens to be the brains behind Ethical Jobs). He knew that gorgeous calendars are great for fund-raising however it was a financially prohibitive idea for him to foot alone. So he formed a cooperative with a group of 25 Australian charities. 7 years on and 49 charities later and Michael still has stars in his eyes – and so he should.

(If you would like to see a list of all the charities involved please click here . I was happy to see a few of my favourites in there such as Australian Marine Conservation Society, Animal Rights Advocates inc., Oxfam Shop and Environs Kimberley).

The 49 Australian not-for-profits involved

The photographs (all selected through the People & Planet International Photo Competition) are heart-warming, funny and absolutely beautiful. For example the cover shot is of Arafat, a little Bangladeshi boy that lives in a slum and works in a cigarette factory. He is clutching his beloved cricket bat and smiling broadly and it is explained in the blurb that he dreams of winning the Cricket World Cup as part of the Bangladesh National Team.

"All Rounder" - Bangladesh - by Kazi Riasat Alve

The calendars are printed on Monza Satin recycled paper which is 55% recycled and 45% FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified. It is also 100% Carbon Offset.

Please help Michael reach his goal of raising $70,000 this year and treat yourself to some gorgeous images that give the hope of a better world.

To buy online click here – they also have diaries available! (Or just pop into an Oxfam store like I did).

There is also a great interview with Michael on one of my favourite blogs about boho vintage ramblings and sustainable adventurings –  Hunchy Piper.

"Catch 22" - Malaysia - By Kim Chong Keat