Adelaide Program 2012




6:30pm Thursday 1st November @ Higher Ground, Adelaide City

The Our World 2.0 video series shares the ideas and actions of citizens around the world who are transforming our lives for the better. Showcasing solutions to the global challenges of climate change, food security, biodiversity loss and peak oil, this award-winning series of videos, produced by United Nations University Media Centre, exchanges these insights to inspire and transform discussion.

To accompany screenings of the Our World 2.0 short films, TRANSITIONS FILM FESTIVAL will be holding a public forum on global sustainability challenges in light of the United Nations Year of Sustainable Energy for All, Rio +20.

The forum will include local leaders in sustainability from academic, business, community and government organisations. There will also be an opportunity for audience members to ask questions and join in on the discussion.

Speakers include:

Dr Sam Wells, D. Phil. Oxon, Senior Lecturer in the Adelaide MBA, The University of Adelaide Business School

Councillor Simon Jones - Adelaide Hills Council, AHC Sustainability Advisory Group, Community Energy Adelaide Hills

Graham Brookman – Founder of the community organisation ‘Foodforest’

Yesha Joshi – Winner for sustainable young person of the year 2010 (Charles Sturt Council), Bachelor of Arts (Environmental Policy and Management)

MC:  Tiffany Schultz – Conscious Lifestyles




plus short films by Beyond Zero Emissions & Australian Youth Climate Coalition

7pm Friday 2nd November, Mercury Cinema, Adelaide City


TICKET SALES at the DOOR, online ticket sales end at 5pm

ENERGY AUTONOMY: THE 4TH REVOLUTION describes the possibility to switch to 100% renewables within the next 30 years by telling the stories of its protagonists: a prominent environmental activist, Nobel laureates, innovative businessmen and politicians. It demonstrates the opportunities which will be provided by the energy revolution regarding the sustainable economic development and social and economic fairness. Its message: The transition is possible. The only precondition: We need to want it!

Followed by a community and professional panel on Energy futures:

Speakers include:

Dr. Ingo Weber, MBBS RACGP ANZCA, Chair of Doctor’s for the Environment South Australia (DEA SA)

Patrick Green – Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE), BSc (majors in Eco-Geology and Politics), Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Business Management.

Daniel Spencer – SA Co-Coordinator Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC), Inagural Bob Brown Young Environmentalist of the Year and the winner of the 2012 Jill Hudson Award for Environmental Protection





Plus shorts films and presentations on Bicycles & Alternative Transport Systems

7pm Saturday 3rd November, Mercury Cinema, Adelaide City


Introductory presentation by Jeremy Miller, Bicycle Institute SA President & Sustainable Planner, on Bicycles & Alternative Transport Systems


In 2006, thousands of new electric cars were purposely destroyed by the same car companies that built them.
Today, less than 5 years later, the electric car is back… with a vengeance!

In Revenge of the Electric Car, director Chris Paine takes his film crew behind the closed doors of Nissan, GM, and the Silicon Valley start-up Tesla Motors to chronicle the story of the global resurgence of electric cars. Without using a single drop of foreign oil, this new generation of car is America’s future: fast, furious, and cleaner than ever.

With almost every major car maker now jumping to produce new electric models, Revenge follows the race to be the first, the best, and to win the hearts and minds of the public around the world. It’s not just the next generation of green cars that’s on the line. It’s the future of the automobile itself.

Revenge of the Electric Car is narrated by Tim Robbins. The primary cast includes CEO and President of Renault and Nissan, Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Tesla Motors Elon Musk, Former Vice Chairman of GM, Bob Lutz and EV do-it-yourselfer Greg “Gadget” Abbott.

Followed by the presentation - “Team Trev: Racing a little green electric car around the world”

- Andrew Dickson and Dr Peter Pudney from the University of South Australia

SUNDAY EVENT ONLINE TICKETS will CLOSE at 1 pm!  Tickets will be available at the DOOR! Hope to see you there!
GROWING CHANGE (55 minutes)
2:30pm Sunday 4th November, Mercury Cinema, Adelaide City
Growing Change is a documentary that looks at one of the most exciting experiments in the world to create a fair and sustainable food system. In Venezuela, from fishing villages to cacao plantations, to urban gardens, a growing social movement is showing what’s possible when communities start to take control of food.
“[It’s a] journey to understand why current food systems leave hundreds of millions of people in hunger.  It’s a journey to understand how the world will feed itself in the future in the face of major environmental challenges”

IN TRANSITION 2.0 (65 minutes)

4:30pm Sunday 4th November, Mercury Cinema, Adelaide City
In Transition 2.0 is the new film from Transition Network, capturing inspiring stories of Transition initiatives around the world, responding to uncertain times with creativity, solutions and ‘engaged optimism’. You’ll hear about communities printing their own money, growing food everywhere, localising their economies and setting up community power stations. It’s an idea that has gone viral, a social experiment that is about responding to uncertain times with solutions and optimism. In a world that is awash with gloom, here is a story of hope, ingenuity and the power of growing vegetables in unexpected places.
Also featuring short films on sustainable building.
6:30pm Sunday 4th Nov, Mercury Cinema, Adelaide City
An inspiring and personal story about a group of people building sustainable housing in the Baja California peninsula in Mexico. It serves as an introductory guide to building alternative sustainable housing, as well as describing, with the use of animation, how these buildings offer solutions to today’s most important issues, like: energy, water, food, shelter, sewerage and recycling. The film features interviews with Michael Reynolds who was made famous through the documentary Garbage Warrior, which first introduced the Earthships theory to audiences around the world. Since then, the DIY rammed earth building style, which incorporates rain water catching and recycling, internal food gardens, compost toilets and optimal solar design, has become famous.
Followed by a community and professional panel on sustainable builing and design.
Speakers include:

Dr Paul Downton BSc BArch PhD, Christie Walk Architect – Writer – Urban Evolutionary

Charlie Hargroves – B.E.  Sustainable Development Fellow, University of Adelaide

Sharon Ede – Senior Adviser, Industry Sustainability Zero Waste SA

Martin Freney – BDes ID, PhD Candidate University of Adelaide, Lecturer Industrial Design UniSA

MC: Brett Aylan – TS4 Architecture and Adelaide Sustainable Building Network


Speaker Biographies 

Dr Sam Wells, D. Phil. Oxon, Senior Lecturer in the Adelaide MBA, The University of Adelaide Business School

Sam graduated from the University of Adelaide in 1978 with 1st Class Honours in History. As South Australia’s 1979 Rhodes Scholar, he completed his doctorate at Oxford in 1983.  His doctoral research focused on a group of monastic letter writers in the late eleventh, early twelfth centuries.  After one year lecturing in his undergraduate History Department in Adelaide, Sam spent 18 years in corporate human resource management and organisational development – from brewing to plastics, to banking to agribusiness. He established his own consulting business in 2001 and continues to advise CEOs and executive teams on cultivating organisations in which employees at all levels can ‘be everything they are’. In 2005 Sam was appointed as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Adelaide.  From 2007 to 2011 he was the MBA Program Director.  He teaches an MBA core course, Managing Contemporary Organisations, and offers an MBA elective, Understanding Organisational Sustainability.  Sam’s personal, consulting and research interests focus on organisational sustainability; community sustainability and civic/social entrepreneurship; and the dynamics of the paradigm shift to sustainability.  Small wooden sailing boats and Jane Austen find a place in there somewhere.

Councillor Simon Jones - Adelaide Hills Council, AHC Sustainability Advisory Group, Community Energy Adelaide Hills

Be the change you want to see in the world ! From breeding endangered butterflies as a child to sailing around the world, building a recycled carbon negative home and getting elected to the Adelaide Hills Council, life has been anything but boring. A first time dad at 52 he has spent the last two years learning how to bring sustainable change to local government ( and build dinosaurs from Lego).

Graham Brookman – Founder of the community organisation ‘Foodforest’

Yesha Joshi - Winner for sustainable young person of the year 2010 (Charles Sturt Council), Bachelor of Arts (Environmental Policy and Management)

MC: Tim Parish – National Transitions Film Festival Director

Dr. Ingo Weber (DEA) 

The Doctor’s for the Environment SA Chair  was born in Germany in 1968, and moved to Australia in 1983 completing his undergraduate medical studied at Flinders University in 1992. He returned to Germany for 8 years and came back to Australia as an anaesthetist. As a realist he became increasingly concerned about climate change, much to the shock and horror of many of his friends and colleagues who thought he had gone completely nuts. He tells us he soon realised that despite the obvious and clear evidence of the massive impacts of climate change, “strangely enough no one was doing much about it”. “At a climate change demonstration one day it suddenly hit me that this is actually primarily a medical issue since health is the bottom line of climate change and billions of lives could be threatened. So, where had all the doctors gone?”

“I stumbled across DEA and was impressed with this organization from the start. For me the attraction towards DEA is that it is professionally run with a serious medical scientific committee including some of our top medical researchers in this country. I found DEA to be completely politically neutral and most importantly to me is that it makes no-nonsense statements, without hype or intimidation.” Ingo’s Favourite Quote: “What if Climate Change is all a hoax and we created a better world for nothing!?”

Daniel Spencer (AYCC) 

Daniel Spencer is a 22 year old community campaigner with the Repower Port Augusta Alliance and the Australian Youth Climate Coalition. Previously the state coordinator of the AYCC, Daniel has been involved in the campaign to build solar thermal in Port Augusta since early 2011. Since July Daniel has lived in Port Augusta working with the local community to build support for the campaign and was heavily involved in organising the recent community vote on the issue. Daniel was recently recognised for his work by the Bob Brown Foundation, winning the Inaugural Bob Brown Young Environmentalist of the Year. He was also recognised by the Conservation Council of South Australia, winning the prestigious 2012 Jill Hudson Award for Environmental Protection.

Patrick Greene (BZE)

Patrick has worked in the renewable energy industry for 4 years for one of Australia’s largest commercial solar companies.  He has been involved in developing solar projects for water utilities, major supermarket chains, airports, universities, local and state governments, and many different businesses.  In his spare time, Patrick is a volunteer presenter for Beyond Zero Emissions and has lobbied politicians and presented BZE’s 100% renewable energy plan to interested groups.  He has a degree in Science and Politics from Macquarie University, and a graduate certificate in Sustainable Business management from the University of South Australia.  Patrick also serves on the board of Urban Ecology Australia, an Adelaide based think-tank that promotes the creation of ecologically sustainable cities.

Presentation “Team Trev: Racing a little green electric car around the world” 

Andrew Dickson and Dr. Peter Pudney are members of Team Trev ( In 2010-2011, Team Trev upgraded Trev (Two seater Renewable Energy Vehicle, originally designed and built at UniSA and raced it around the world in 80 days of driving, using just $400 worth of electricity. Starting at the UN headquarters in Geneva, Trev travelling through Germany, Austria, Russia, Kazakhstan, China, Canada, USA, Mexico, Morocco, Spain and France, finishing back at the UN headquarters in Geneva.

 MC Brett Aylen: 

Brett is an architect with a clear vision of what it takes to deliver a sustainable project. He has been working in the industry for 20 years and his broad experience enriches his understanding of sustainability at all levels, from the dynamics of people and communities through to the selection of robust materials and the construction of healthy buildings. Brett is a strong believer in the value of multi disciplinary teams and is pro-active in building the right team for each project.

After graduating from Adelaide Uni with an Architectural Studies degree in 1991 Brett spent several years working in Berlin. On return to Australia in 1996 he worked in the construction industry gaining experience hands-on as a carpenter and ultimately as a construction manager. He completed his architecture education at UniSA graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture in 2004. Brett then worked for Energy Architecture for 4 years. His project experience included many private residences, sales and information centers for the housing developments at Lochiel Park and at Beyond Today in Port Elliot, commercial scale extensions to the Glenelg Golf Club and a series of architecturally designed project homes.

Brett gained registration as an Architect with the Architects Board of SA in 2008. He and Paul Hendy joined forces in 2009 and founded TS4 Architecture.

Brett has been teaching sustainable architecture part-time at UniSA since 2007. He is also Co-founder of the Adelaide Sustainable Building network, which is a forum for education and networking for sustainably minded people and organizations working in the built environment.

Sharon Ede

Sharon Ede is a Senior Adviser, Industry Sustainability with Zero Waste SA, a State government agency that works with a range of stakeholders to advance resource efficiency and recycling. She is most interested in the highest part of the waste management hierarchy – ‘avoid’ – which is really about consumption, and therefore about how we live, and understanding our relationship to resources. She is currently researching how to incorporate the emerging phenomenon of collaborative consumption (aka sharing economy) into her work.
Beyond her paid work, Sharon blogs at Cruxcatalyst  (crux = heart, catalyst = change agent) to share her learnings on how to create change, in order to help others be more effective communicators. She is also co-founder of the Post Growth Institute (‘beyond bigger, towards better – global prosperity without economic growth’) which initiated the annual global stunt Free Money Day in 2011 and the (En)Rich List – A Wealth of Inspiration in 2012.
She has a long involvement with the grassroots environment and sustainability movement in SA and globally (having worked with Mathis Wackernagel, co-creator of the Ecological Footprint), and has so far gifted one quarter of her 24 years in the workforce to voluntary work.

Charlie Hargroves

Charlie is committed to working with others to create the possibility of a prosperous and sustainable world. As a child he grew up on the Murray River and enjoyed swimming and spending time in nature. After completing a civil engineering degree at Adelaide University, Charlie did his graduate years as a civil/structural design engineer and then joined with friends to create The Natural Edge Project, a sustainable development think-tank. He and the team have delivered 4 international books on sustainable development, selling over 80,000 copies in 4 languages, working with the biggest names in sustainability in the world such as Amory Lovins, Gro Brundtland, Rajendra Pachauri, Ernst von Weizsaecker and Hunter Lovins.  The books have received a Prime Minister’s Banksia Award, and have been ranked 5th and 12th amongst the ‘Top 40 Sustainability Books of 2010’ by the Cambridge University Sustainability Leadership Program. Charlie lives in Blackwood with his wife and daughter.

Martin Freney

Martin learned about Permaculture at the Food Forest in 1999 and he has not been the same since. This course motivated he and his wife Zoe to buy land and do permaculture, starting with owner-building their passive solar design Strawbale home.

As a lecturer in the School of Art, Architecture & Design at UniSA, Martin has been introducing sustainable design concepts to his students in the Master of Sustainable Design and the Industrial Design Program.

In 2008 Martin’s study leave was spent in The Greater World Earthship community in Taos New Mexico USA, participating in the Earthship Biotecture internship and seminar program. On returning to Adelaide he commenced a Master of Architecture at the University of Adelaide under the supervision of sustainable architecture experts Associate Professors Terry Williamson and Veronica Soebarto, his thesis: Earthship Architecture – Thermal Performance and Life Cycle Assessment. The aim is to quantify the environment impacts of Earthships and compare this to other housing types.

An opportunity to extend his studies to a PhD and return to Taos to monitor air temperatures in the Earthships was irresistible and in December 2011 Martin experienced the Earthships in the extreme cold of the Taos winter. He installed temperature monitoring systems in six Earthships and interviewed Earthship occupants regarding their experiences with off-grid living. The temperature data from the Taos Earthships has been used to validate Martin’s software simulations of the thermal performance of the Earthship and has given greater confidence to predications about how an Earthship would perform in Adelaide’s climate. He presented preliminary research findings at the Earthship Biotecture seminar in Melbourne and again at Reynolds’ lecture in Adelaide in February 2012.

Beyond his PhD research, Martin is engaged with Earthships at a practical level through various construction projects. Running frequent workshops to enable people to experience the gentle art of “tyre pounding” and the mixing and throwing of adobe render, he has built tyre structures at the Flinders Uni permaculture garden and at his property where he has gained building approval for tyre retaining walls, and most recently, planning approval for an Earthship Bed and Breakfast. Through this he has gained insights into the path of least resistance for obtaining approval for this radically sustainable technology which challenges the logic of current regulations.

Paul Downton

Prize-winning architect, international speaker, professional writer on architecture, cities and the environment, Dr Paul Downton practices ecological architecture and consults on urban ecology. His wide practice experience includes public and private sector housing in Britain and Australia, and consulting to the Chinese Academy of Sciences. His vision of ecological cities is supported by years of research and projects include keynote green buildings for Adelaide Zoo and the ANU. His internationally awarded Christie Walk development is widely published as an exemplar of sustainable urbanism and earned him the title of ‘neighbourhood pioneer’ from leading US architect Ross Chapin. Paul is a graduate from theWelsh School of Architecture, one of the UK’s leading schools (where one of his 1973 third year student projects was for an inner-city solar housing project). His doctorate is in environmental studies from the University of Adelaide and his background includes over 25 years teaching architecture, two inJordan. In 1989 Paul founded Australia’s first community organisation focussed on climate change, in 1991 he was founding convener of not-for-profit Urban Ecology Australia, and in 2008 was South Australian finalist for Australian of the Year for his commitment to the community sector. Editor and primary author of the federal government’s ‘Your Home Technical Manual’, his ‘Ecopolis – Architecture and cities for a changing climate’ was flagship publication for Springer Press’ ‘Future City’ series, published in Australia by the CSIRO. Paul is internationally recognised as a leading theorist and practitioner of eco-city planning and is writing a series of e-books on ecocities with the first volume on ‘urban fractals’ to be published by the New Internationalist later this year. He is excited to be part of this sustainability film festival.