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Sunday, 24 June

21:39

Finally A Toothbrush With Plant-Based Biodegradable Bristles Gippsland Unwrapped

The bristles in this toothbrush are made from tapioca and corn.

06:43

Climate Change and Fiction Gippsland News & Views Peter Gardner

I recently read Robert Goddards current thriller Panic Room* (Bantam Press, 2018). The purpose was enjoyment and relaxation (rather than work) and I have read and enjoyed most of Goddards novels. As usual the Panic Room was full of twists and centred on what was in this room hidden in a mansion in Cornwall. It turns out that the room is central to a diabolical plot to kill a large section of the earths population and thus give time to handle the impending disaster of climate change.

The plot is foiled but Goddards heroine is left wondering: A thought keeps bobbing up in my head though, I cant seem to stop it. Twenty percent of all species on Earth extinct by 2050And floods and storms and droughts and famines like weve never seen before. If we dont get our act together. Which, as I stand here and seriously ask myself the question, I dont see us doing. Whos really insane she asks, the villains Or the rest of us?

I have come across references and mentions to climate change and global warming many times in light fiction, but much of it was frivolous, ill-informed or wrong. A brief search online informed me that there was a group of climate change fiction books labelled Cli-Fi and included serious and well researched work by such well known authors as Margaret Attwood. An article in the Conversation on this noted If we define cli-fi as fictional treatments of climate change caused by human activity in terms of setting, theme or plot and accept there will be grey areas in the extent of this treatment a conservative estimate would put the all-time number of cli-fi novels at 150 and growing.

This reminded me of book I read more than 20 years ago by Australian science fiction writer George Turner.  The Sea and the Summer (Cassell, 1987) is about sea level rise in a future Melbourne. Wikipedia noted: Turners science fiction narratives containearnest approach to moral and social issues. In such novels as The Sea and the Summerhe displayed a gloomy vision of global warmings future ramificationsThe Sea and the Summer is [a] work of science fiction realism, it concerned a future historian, writing a historical novel about a near future Melbourne, beset by the problems of climate change, unemployment cau...

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Saturday, 23 June

21:49

Ski / Ride Hard. Do Good. Mountain Journal

The backcountry festival is the product of a lot of volunteer effort and good will. Falls Creek Resort Management Board, Falls Creek Cross Country, and a range of businesses and individuals have offered help and support in various forms. Bogong Equipment has provided some funds.

We hope to be able to give back to some worthy causes while we hold the festival.

First, we want to have a low impact event. If you have a reusable cup, please bring it for use in the caf at Windy Corner. Think about catching the bus or car pooling.

Our mascot (totem animal?) for the festival is the Mountain Pygmypossum, Burramys parvus, Australias only hibernating marsupial. The mountain pygmy possum has been declared by the IUCN Redlist as Critically endangered. In 2000, the population estimates totalled less than 2,000 individuals from the three combined isolated populations that exist across the Australian Alps.

Funds received through the film night will be shared between Mountain Critter Cause and the Friends of the Earth climate campaign.

Mountain Critter Cause supports a breeding program for the possum that is run by the University of NSW. Climate change is one of the greatest threats to the possum.

Check for details on our fund raising efforts for the possum.

Thanks to the generosity of Peter Hull from local brewery Sweetwater, we will also be raising funds for Disabled Wintersport Australia (DWA) through the outdoor bar we will be running on Saturday afternoon. The organisation has assisted thousands of individuals with disabilities to participate in winter sports annually and has a strong presence at Falls Creek. You can find details here.

Friday, 22 June

17:54

The inaugural Australian backcountry film festival Mountain Journal

Its time for our own festival! This set of short films comes from a number of different producers and features some lovely stories and stunning scenes from some of our grandest skiing and riding terrain.

The evening will be introduced by film maker Stephen Curtain, who made the great Australian telemark film Winter Dreaming. Aside from revealing a few of the behind the scenes and back stories to the film, Stephen explores the connection of the Australian Alps to Antarctica where he has worked as a polar videographer. Supporting alpine and polar science and research, Stephen discusses the role we can all play to protect our winters.

Matt OKeeffe, head of Falls Creek ski patrol, will talk about backcountry safety.

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