2020 National Sustainable Living Festival Launch



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At the start of this new decade, we are faced with a choice: shift our thinking, values and lifestyles to support coexistence within this planet, or continue on the current path of destruction. However, this shift will not happen without addressing the extractive cultures that brought us to this point, whilst centring and amplifying Indigenous ways of relating to and caring for Country. The 2020 National Sustainable Living Festival will begin where it should always begin, by listening to First Nations voices and the knowledge systems that sustained thriving relationships with country for tens of thousands of years.

Join us to kick off the Festival with a Welcome to Country followed by a conversation led by Seed Mob and Pacific Climate Warriors’ Kulin Nation (Melbourne) representatives on solidarity within the environmental movement, community and grassroots mobilisation, engaging cultural practices, associated challenges and focuses towards Custodianship. We’ll be treated to delicious rescued-food catering from the Inconvenience Store, as well as some musical entertainment.

This event is made possible by the Hugh D T Williamson Foundation through funding for MPavilion’s Design & Science series of events.

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Wominjeka (Welcome). We acknowledge the Yaluk-ut Weelam as the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet. Yaluk-ut Weelam means ‘people of the river camp’ and is connected with the coastal land at the head of Port Phillip Bay, extending from the Werribee River to Mordialloc. The Yaluk-ut Weelam are part of the Boon Wurrung, one of the five major language groups of the greater Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to the land, their ancestors and their elders—past, present and to the future.