No Impact Man at Mala Yoga

While the old Beacon Cinema hasn’t been used for years and currently undergoes renovations to become a doctor’s surgery, it seems that there are more and more microcinemas operating on Wray Avenue.

This weekend Mala Yoga is showing the documentary No Impact Man from 6.30 Sunday 8 September, 10 Wray Avenue. And it’s free!

It’s a really interesting film about a guy called Colin Beavan who aspires to reduce his (and his poor family’s!) impacts on the world by changing his behaviour to eliminate any waste, pollution or resource depletion that he produces.

Therese from Gourmet on Wray commented earlier today, in relation to the dirty energy we’re forced to use, “Why am I paying for this with my money and my planet when cheaper and safer versions already exist?”

I love the way that she expressed this idea, recognising that we are paying for things with our planet – not just money.

One of the biggest challenges of the 21st century is going to be reconciling this with our culture and behaviour: how can we  keeping using of the world until there is nothing left?

This can be a challenging film as Colin takes his challenge to it’s most extreme possible ends (such as switching from toilet paper to rewashable linen clothes). It’s important to keep in mind though that he is exploring what is possible, and not advocating every viewer must adopt his methods. It’s not meant to be a guilt trip.

Instead, what you should take from this film is inspiration that we can take personal responsibility for our actions and our demands of the world we inhabit. It can provide you with just a few simple ideas as to how you can reduce your impact on the planet.

I really recommend getting along if you’re free – and hopefully walking or riding instead of using a car!

Crazy times this Friday!

There are two events on or near Wray Avenue on Friday – but don’t let the rain keep you away!

The first is Ecoburbia‘s film at Replants, which is a second attempt to show the documentary The Queen of Versailles. For those that weren’t there last month, Shani discovered the disk was cracked just before the screening and had to substitute the (very good) Clean Bin Project at late notice. She has tracked down another copy and will be showing it this week.

There is a pot luck dinner at 6pm and the film starts at 7pm. There is a fee – usually $10 to cover the venue hire and such things.

Also on Friday is Boom Box Bike’s latest Polyester Prom themed bike mashup party which is starting very near to Wray (head to the music).

With live DJs using a portable, bike-transported decks and stereo system, the idea is to move en masse by cycle (or foot or skates) from one secret location to another throughout the evening in a huge progressive dance party. Cars are outlawed of course and all locations are in public space.

When I go, I usually hang back and do a quick site clean up – which is normally not very much as personal responsibility for litter and respect for the public space is very much promoted by Boom Box Bike.

I’ll be doing this on Friday as it’s basically in my backyard and I don’t want the organisers to face any local opposition should they want to start it here again as I think its an incredible event.

Boom Box Bike ask for $10 to cover their equipment and time. They’ll pass a bucket around during the evening. Pay it – it’s well worth it!

Save the Numbats!

It will have been a long time since anyone has seen a numbat around Wray Avenue – if anyone ever has!

Your more likely to see a fox these days. Seriously, I saw one trotting down the middle of the avenue about 3 years ago. Nobody believed me until reports in the Herald a year or so ago about backyard chooks being outfoxed in Whitegum Valley.

Foxes are one of the chief reasons numbats are so endangered. The little marsupial – Western Australia’s faunal emblem – used to range as far east as New South Wales. Now they’re found only in the Dryandra Woodland and a few, small pockets of forest in the South West (sadly threatened by the state government’s draft forest management policy).

So there’s something kind of funny that another British import is working so hard to save this species rom extinction. Lisa Hill, a English-born veterinary nurse, has a passion for these creatures that few born-and-bred sandgropers have for this little creature.

On Wednesday of this week, Lisa organised a viewing at Replants of a unique documentary made by Dr Tony Friend in 1996. There’s a clip you can watch here.

About 30 people came down to watch it and be enchanted by the antics of the little marsupial, one of Australia’s most endangered species.

Lisa has also coordinated a fundraising music event at North Fremantle Bowls Club next Sunday, 2 December, to raise money for the campaign to save numbat. The Facebook event, including details, is here.

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Mala Yoga and more films!

Mala Yoga is a new yoga venue on Wray Avenue. Well not that new actually, it has been open for three months.

I enrolled for their beginners course ($90 for 5 sessions), initially run by Gaynor but then taken over by Serge, based on Ashtanga teaching.

To show how beginner I am, I recently got a question at a quiz night wrong that asked what activity you’d typically finish by saying “Namaste”.

Anyway, I really enjoyed their yoga and found their teaching very encouraging and considerate of my poor flexibility. I hope to keep going.

They are also running films, or at least a film, the second venue on the avenue to do so. Later this month, they are showing the film Ashtanga, NY.

I think it’s limited to students of Mala Yoga but if you’re interested in Ashtanga and joining the practice, you could probably contact them if you were keen on seeing it.


More Ecoburbia films this Friday – YERT

Another film comes to Wray Avenue this Friday, again organised by Hulbert Street’s Ecoburbia.

This one is YERT, or Your Environmental Road Trip.

The blurb from Ecoburbia describes it as follows:

An environmental documentary that’s not depressing! 50 states, One year, Zero garbage? Called to action by a planet in crisis, three friends hit the road with hope, humour . . . and all of their trash – to explore America (the good, the bad and weird) in search of breakthrough solutions to humanity’s greatest environmental challenges in this award winning docu-comedy.

As always (during winter), the movie will be shown at Replants (96 Wray Avenue) this Friday (the 17th), starting at 7.15pm. But people are encouraged to drop by from 6.30 to meet others and have a bite to eat. It only costs $5 for the movie, and $10 for a vegetarian meal (OR $15 for both!)

Bring your own beanbags, chairs, pillows, doonas, hot water bottles etc.

Your Environmental Road Trip