CHANGE AND POLLUTION
WHAT'S THIS ALL ABOUT?
It's not hard to see that our system is broken, but it can be hard to see how we can change it. Re-everything explores a wide variety of approaches to creating a new society by telling the stories of people I’ve met who are living the change, whether they are resisting the current system or working to create a new one.
PRELUDE: THE S.S. CAPITALISM TITANIC
When you realize the ship is sinking, do you stay on board and reroute or jump overboard and rebuild?
ROBBIE THORPE: RETHINKING RESILIENCE AT THE ABORIGINAL TENT EMBASSY
Robbie is a lifelong activist from the Gunnai Nation and a living testament to how resistance can become a constant state of being. We met at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, which is a protest for indigenous sovereignty that has been standing on the lawn of Parliament House since 1972. His stories intertwine and span from the big picture resilience of aboriginal people in the face of colonialism to the smaller scale acts of resistance, like his mother creating her own aboriginal health service.
WHO HAS A RIGHT TO THE GLOBAL CITY?
These videos feature the voices of public housing residents in Sydney's Waterloo and Miller's Point who are resisting relocation, showing why we need a system that considers housing a human right not a profitable investment.
FROM I TO WE: MURUNDAKA COHOUSING COMMUNITY
Murundaka is one answer to many pressing questions – How could we reduce social isolation and sprawl in suburban areas? How could we make longterm renting more secure and affordable? How can we work together with our neighbors to live more sustainably? These videos feature residents and daily life in this cohousing community.
MORE THAN JUST A FIGHT
Coal seam gas threatens the core of our existence – water – so it has the potential to form alliances where divides once stood. These podcasts show how the process of organizing, campaigning and blockading can shape divided individuals into a collective, even in rural conservative towns like Seaspray. This collective energy lasts far beyond the campaign in places like Mullumbimy – once people stand up and fight its hard to sit back down. A story from Gloucester shows how the debate can also cause rifts in a small town, but projects like community owned renewables can start to heal those wounds.
LOCAL FOOD, NO WASTE
How do you relocalize a food system in a world of industrial agriculture? Growing Abundance is working to increase local food accessibility and decrease local waste with a variety of community programs in Castlemaine. They started with a backyard harvest program and have expanded to run a community garden and cater healthy school lunches, free community meals, and the café where I volunteered and met Nikki Valentini.
LANZ PRIESTLEY AND THE 24/7 STREET KITCHEN AND SAFE SPACE
When the system fails to provide access to basic human rights, the community can take matters into their own hands. The Sydney 24/7 Street Kitchen and Safe Space did so by providing essential services like food, bedding, shelter, books and a safe community hub - all with crowdsourced donations.