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Environmentally and Economically Sustainable Earthbag House: Sustainable Community Festival

Discover the benefits of building an environmentally and economically sustainable home with Earthbags. This includes how to address the basic requirements of Australian Building Code and what it means in terms of Energy Efficiency (including heating and cooling), Bushfire Ratings, Structural Integrity, Use of Recycled Materials, and more.

Kate Ryan-Taylor and her husband Scott are building Australia’s first council approved Earthbag dome home. After spending 2 years in the planning process, Kate and Scott are now on target to build their home for under $35,000 in less than 18 months from start to finish. Kate is presenting today and keen to share the knowledge to enable others to build a sustainable home in an affordable way from the Ground Up.

Listen to Kate at the Sustainable Community Festival Saturday 23rd March in the Albany Town Square.

One Litre of Landfill a Week: Sustainable Community Festival

It seems that in many households, the women are leading the charge into low-waste lifestyles, with husbands and kids being brought along for the ride – sometimes kicking and screaming. So how do we get them on-board and move low-waste living from something they do to ‘keep Mum happy’, to something that is valued by the whole family? Ella discusses ideas, barriers and wins from her own journey – and also some words of wisdom from other people’s husbands!

Ella Maesepp is a passionate environmentalist, working a ‘real job’ at Katanning Landcare and indulging her hobby for sustainability education through her small business Katanning EcoHouse. With an Environmental Science degree from Murdoch University, an off-grid strawbale home, two small kids, a farmer husband and too many community commitments, she understands the importance of making changes that not only protect our planet, but work for real people. Ella’s family of four produces just one litre of landfill per week, and she loves to help others achieve similar results. She looks forward to a world without GladWrap.

Listen to Ella at the Sustainable Community Festival on Saturday 23rd March in the Albany Town Square.

Why Loving Yourself is Essential for Sustainable Living: Sustainable Community Festival

Looking after your physical and mental health is an important pillar in living a sustainable lifestyle. Poor self-esteem, body image issues and chronic stress all contribute to excessive consumption and not having time to create sustainable habits. In this presentation Emma will explain why looking after yourself from a place of loving kindness promotes and supports a sustainable world. She will explain 3 easy ways to start loving yourself that you can put into action straight away.

Emma Polette is the founder of Body Love HQ. Her clients call her a real woman for real women. She is a qualified personal trainer, health coach, reiki master & yoga teacher and the creator of The Body Love Method™
She uses these modalities and many other tools to empower women to treat their bodies with love just as they are right now.
Emma’s mission is to help thousands of women feel great about their bodies without harsh diets or exercise programs.
When she’s not teaching classes & workshops, empowering her private clients or recording her latest podcast episode, Emma hangs out with her dog Barney and enjoys a dirty chai latte with a side of gluten-free chocolate brownie.

Listen to Emma at the Sustainable Community Festival on Saturday 23rd March in the Albany Town Square.

How you can learn nurdling at the Sustainable Community Festival

Plastic in the environment has become one of the big issues of our times. While we are a long way from the rest of the world, our shores are experiencing relatively high plastic loads. This presentation will provide you with information about the seasonality of plastic on our shores and what impact it is having on our birds.

Dr. Paterson is a marine scientist and has been working on plastics in the marine environment for nearly five years. Her passion began when she realised that our apparently pristine beaches were covered in tiny fragments of plastic. She now has a number of programs that are being used to quantify the amount of plastic on our shores and increase awareness of how big the impact of plastic is going to be in the future. One of her projects is Nurdling November, which is targeting plastic pellets of Nurdles that were lost in South Africa in 2017. Find out how you can become part of this research at the Sustainable Community Festival.

Fermenting for your gut and brain health at the Sustainable Community Festival

Fermented foods are rich in probiotic bacteria so by consuming fermented foods you are adding beneficial bacteria and enzymes to your overall intestinal flora, increasing the health of your gut microbiome and digestive system and enhancing the immune system. Fermentation can also increase the availability of vitamins and minerals for our bodies to absorb. Additionally, by boosting the beneficial bacteria in your gut, you are promoting their ability to manufacture B vitamins and synthesise vitamin K.
The gut and brain are linked, through the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. Technically called the enteric nervous system, the gut is lined with neutrons that can influence our emotions and feelings. Serotonin – a neurotransmitter involved in mood – is made in the gut and research further suggests that as probiotic bacteria contribute to a healthy gut, they are also linked to a healthy mind.

Hayley Lawrence (BSc. Psych Hons, ProfCertEd(PosEd) demonstrates how we can help build resilience, optimism, and achievement. Hayley has particular expertise relating to mental illness prevention and wellbeing promotion in education.
Hayley introduces research-based practices on how to discover strengths and talents, how to use positive emotions as a resource, and how to build strong brains. With 22 years of experience in wellbeing, specialising in guiding individuals and groups to optimum levels of health and body intelligence (BQ) through nutrition, improving digestive health, movement, meditation and mindfulness. She is currently working towards a PhD with the University of Melbourne. Her research is interested in the relationship between teacher practice and student wellbeing, particularly how to make classroom ecological wellbeing an observable phenomenon and the impact of introducing wellbeing practices within the classroom.