Latrobe Bendigo: July 4th- 8th 2012
From the 4-8th July 2012, La Trobe University Bendigo will be infused with the minds of up to 400 students and community members as it hosts Australia’s longest running environmental and social justice conference. SoS is, Students of Sustainability. In it’s 21st year the annual five-day conference will be brimming with workshops, open forums, skill shares, excursions, campaign updates and a sustainable film festival. With representatives from The Wilderness Society, Friends of the Earth, No Gas in the Kimberley, Anti-Nukes, Forest activists, sustainability leaders as well as Indigenous elders from around the nation. There will also be local plenary featuring local leaders in sustainability and environmental fields The forum plans to demonstrate how theory and practice can be used to make positive social and environmental change.
Year after year, SoS skips across the nation between universities, and spreads its unique change-making energy to the university and community that hosts it, attracting a diverse group of attendees from across the country. Together, presenters and participants draw upon a broad range of contemporary issues within the realm of sustainability to teach, learn, discuss, empower, activate and expand national networks of like-minded people looking towards being a part of a more ecologically and socially sustainable world. Excursions will be had to showcase local sustainability initiatives.
In the evening, bodies and minds will be warmed from winter with musical entertainment featuring music from the McAlpine Fusiliers, Kevin Gentil and the Commoners Revolt at the Golden Vine Hotel, Bike Polo competitions, chai sipping and a fundraiser evening on Saturday the 7th hosted by the Lizards Revenge Anti-Nukes collective which will also feature music from local act the sitar adventure as well as visitors Pataphysics, Kaso and UngusUngusUngus.
SoS is organised entirely by volunteers. This year, with the full support of the Bendigo Student Association (BSA) and La Trobe University, by students hailing from the La Trobe Environmental Action Forum (LEAF) and The Australian Student Environment Network (ASEN). The $150 registration fee includes full conference participation, 3 vegan meals per day, entertainment and on site camping. Single day tickets are $30 each.