EarthSong eNotes July 2017



Movement, change, light, growth and decay are the lifeblood of nature. 

--Andy Goldsworthy

Soft winter light brushes ancient granite boulders.  Solidity and strength mark the heart of this particular Earth community. Or so it seems. Before and beyond our lifetimes, the building up and breaking down of these tors become part of a larger cycle of creativity, an awareness still finding its place in our consciousness.  Nonetheless there is something reassuring about their presence here and now, an anchor point when so much appears to be in chaotic transition.  Touchstones can act as a reference point and impetus for our growing participation in Earth’s unfolding.  Where do each of us uncover sources of strength and motivation?

-Pat Long


What’s on

National NAIDOC poster 2017

NAIDOC  Week, 2-9 July

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

NAIDOC originally stood for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’. This committee was once responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week and its acronym has since become the name of the week itself. Find out more about the origins and history of NAIDOC Week. (Source: )

Click image to see enlarged poster.



New program

St Joseph’s by the Sea and EarthSong are collaborating on a 3 part series ‘Everything is Interconnected’

16 Esplanade Williamstown from 7.30—9.30pm on
23rd August, 30th August and 6th September.

Further details including registration St JBTS


Reading Circles

11th July, 5-6.30 pm,  Carmelite Centre

17th July, 2.30 – 4pm,  Treacy Centre


Other groups events

Invitation to support the Uluru Statement from the Heart

The Uluru Statement Work Group has asked Australians to support the call for constitutional and legislative change in the Uluru Statement from the Heart. If you visit the website 1Voice Uluru you can read the Statement and learn more about the process and the historical context to the reforms. You can also sign up to support the Statement. As the Work Group says, it is urgent that the Australian people make their voices heard now, so that the Referendum Council and the politicians in Canberra understand the level of support the Uluru Statement has in the community.

Opportunities to reduce our impact on Earth’s fragile systems

The recent ABC ‘War on Waste’ series  has provided graphic visual insights into the level of waste we produce as well as giving us glimpses into changes which are easy to implement and make a difference.  The annual ‘Plastic Free July’ challenge is a timely follow up.  Sign up and make a difference: Plastic Free July  Check out this clip to see how small changes add up.


From Consumer City to Eco-City

Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute
12-14 July.
The Re-Scope Project has been invited to participate in this exciting program:  EcoCity World Summit

The latest briefing paper from the Climate Council:

Clean Coal: Briefing Paper follows the recent release of the Finkel Review report in June 2017. In this very readable document the Climate Council responds to claims that coal can be clean.    


EarthSong acknowledges its presence on the lands of the Wurundjeri Peoples and the Kulin Nation.