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This event is taking place on the sovereign land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to their elders past, present and emerging, and acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded. We keep this in mind in all work, play, and activism that we undertake, especially in the environmental movement which owes so much to First Nations resistance. This is stolen land.

It’s finally here… the end of Semester 2. And what better way to celebrate than with your favourite Enviro and Community Garden rabble??

Next Thursday evening after class, we’ll be holding a potluck picnic in the Community Garden, followed by a screening of two fantastic films that tell stories of land, hope, and climate justice. Delicious snacks from Mabu Mabu will be provided. Bring a plate, bring a mate, bring some drinks – whatever you are able.

First up is Putuparri & the Rainmakers, a universal story about the sacred relationship between people and place. It takes audiences on an important and emotional journey to meet the traditional rainmakers of Australia’s Great Sandy Desert who have fought a twenty-year battle to win back their traditional homeland. For Tom ‘Putuparri’ Lawford, a trip back to his grandparents’ country begins the process of cultural awakening. Putuparri is shocked to learn that the Dreamtime myths are not just stories, that there is a country called Kurtal and a snake spirit that is the subject of an elaborate rainmaking ritual.

Second is the much-talked about 2040. This film of hope in the face of world-threatening change has gripped audiences worldwide. Concerned about his young daughter’s future, filmmaker Damon Gameau travels the world in search of new approaches and solutions to global warming. Practical solutions to environmental concerns are addressed with the hope that the his daughter, 21 years old in the year 2040, will face a hopeful future.

Picnic starts at 5:30 in the Community Garden (Monash Rd, near Alice Hoy) and films begin at 6:30pm in the Arts West Cinema Space (Arts West Room 353, 3rd Floor).

Join us to mark the end of a turbulent and hopeful year, and the beginning of a new one 🌲