Moon Rabbit – zero waste social enterprise cafe

Moon Rabbit is a social enterprise café that are doing all they can to achieve their goal of running a zero waste and sustainable business. Sam has worked with customers and the supply chain to help bring them with Moon Rabbit on this journey.

Preston Neighbourhood House, also known as The Bridge, setup the café in March 2018 to create practical training opportunities for learners with additional needs, to complement their vocational training. The social enterprise business structure enables them to chanel all profits from the cafe into underfunded community programs, such as Laneway Lunches, which feed 40-60 people each Friday.

What a great example of a work that meets a number of needs at the same time. If you are hungry and in the area go to https://moonrabbit.org.au

Tangkahan: from Logging to Eco Lodging

Without Tangkahan Ecovillage there may not be forest on this edge of the Gunung Leuser National Park in Sumatra, Indonesia.

In 2000, the villages of Namo Sialang and Sei Serdang turned from illegal logging and the palm oil industry to ecotourism for their livelihoods. 

They now work closely with elephants rescued from conflict zones, offering tourists the opportunity to bathe and walk with them. When the elephants are not with the tourists they move freely in the forest. Watch because the video shows more benefits for the community.

As an alternative to the “over tourism” or “mass tourism” of today, consider travelling in a different way. Instead of consuming a place and culture, consider visiting them as you would a dear friend: going only if they have space to accommodate you; not bringing and leaving rubbish; eating their food and learning their language because it’s a doorway to their hearts and minds; and making sure the money you spend goes to their community rather than being siphoned away to shareholders of faraway corporations. Be part of livelihoods that leave regenerated nature and culture for their children and you will leave your children with somewhere unique to adventure to.

Find out more about Tangkahan at https://www.tangkahancto.com 

Paul Hawken on Drawdown: 100 most substantive solutions to reverse global warming

This conversation is about the book “Drawdown” which is a result of Project Drawdown created by Paul Hawken. He gathered a team of seventy research fellows from twenty-two countries who are some of the finest men and women in science and public policy. They identified, measured, and modelled the one hundred most substantive solutions to reverse global warming within three decades. 

In atmospheric terms drawdown is that point in time at which greenhouse gases peak and begin to decline on a year-to-year basis. Because, even if we stopped emissions tomorrow, it would not be enough to ward off environmental disasters. We would still have a lot of work pulling the carbon out of the atmosphere.

The man asking him the questions is Damon Gameau, who directed the documentary 2040, the year forecasted in Drawdown when our lives could look really different, something worth dreaming about, if we keep scaling these solutions that already exist today.

Now we need to go through the list and engage in the solutions that are specific to where and how we live. I have to say, some of them are really exciting because they go beyond drawdown to economic and gender equality, food security, water security, energy justice, healthier lifestyles and bringing people together, building stronger communities in the process.

We shouldn’t have to pit conservation against livelihoods. Drawdown shows how our livelihoods and lifestyles can be regenerative.

Find out more about Project Drawdown here https://www.drawdown.org 

Find out more about the film 2040 directed by Damon Gameau here https://whatsyour2040.com