The Sustainable Living Expo is an annual event which showcases environmentally sustainable ideas, products and practices to help people live more lightly on the Earth. In November 2010 Bookend attended the expo with the University of Tasmania to help increase awareness of Tasmanian environm ental issues and inspire more people to become involved in finding solutions.
AuSSI Kids4Kids Conference
Documentary: Acid Seas and Lost Hollows: what can you do
After great success with the documentary, Sharks Devils and You in 2009, Bookend's latest documentary launched in 2010 "Acid Seas & Lost Hollows: what you can do?" showcases more careers and research from a variety of people and disciplines, this time looking at marine, freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems that are vulnerable due to climate change and sustainability issues.
Documentary: Sharks, Devils and You
Expedition Class Events
In the third school term of 2010, Andrew Hughes set off on an expedition: The Tassie Tiger Hunt. Students were part of an authentic online journey that exploreed the animals, plants and biodiversity of South West Tasmania and Papua New Guinea. Andrew was searching for the legendary thylacine but discovered much more. Check out ExpeditionClass.com to hear more about this expedition and check out the planned adventure for 2011!
The Burning Season Photographic ExhibitionHeld at the Royal Botanical Gardens in October 2010, this photographic exhibition featured the journey of The Burning Season, an inspirational film directed by Cathy Henkel and narrated by Hugh Jackman. This award-winning documentary follows the journey of a young Australian carbon trading entrepreneur who goes in search of a solution to protect pristine rainforest and save the orangutan from extinction.
In July 2010 we attended school career expos and chatted to interested students and teachers about Bookend. Many students were surprised to learn that they could help work towards positive environmental solutions through a whole range of disciplines and careers. We will look forward to seeing the same faces making an exciting difference in coming years!
Bookend held a stall at Envirofest, at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens in June 2010. Despite the chilly weather, more than 5000 people came out to enjoy the day. We chatted to a great range of interested people, and had a wonderful response to interactive activities testing hand-grip strength to see who was stronger than the Tassie Devil’s jaws!
In June 2010, The Bookend Trust was privileged to win the Tasmanian Award for Environmental Excellence in Education at the Tasmanian Environmental Awards, hosted by the Tasmanian Environment Protection Authority, with guests Tim Costello and Minister David O'Byrne MP. This was an enjoyable and rewarding night. The award singled out the calibre of our program, and it follows the Pride of Australia award for environmental endeavour in 2008, and Expedition Class winning the Australian Geographic Spirit of Adventure Award in 2009. The prize money of $1,500 will help with operational costs, including financing new equipment to document student work in the coming year. Niall’s acceptance speech on behalf of the Bookend team can be read here.
Chris Jordan visits Tasmanian students
In November 2009, Bookend teamed with the Environment Protection Authority, the Tasmanian Climate Change Office, the Southern Waste Strategy Authority and Veolia Environmental Services to support a sustainability tour from internationally renowned sustainability artist Chris Jordan. This took place as Chris' latest video work on the death of albatross chicks due to plastic pollution at Midway was going viral around the world.
The tour included free public/community lectures and school workshops, as well as being a central part of the AussiTAS Kids for Kids sustainable schools conference in both the north and south of the State. Chris was a superb speaker at these events, as will be seen in an upcoming short documentary on his Tasmanian visit.
The Burning Season Launch
In June 2009, Bookend hosted the Australian launch of The Burning Season documentary, a story about orang-utans and positive solutions to climate change, land clearing and pollution issues in Indonesia.
This documentary came to Tasmania directly from its launch at Robert De Niro's Tribeca Film Festival in New York, and was presented free (with optional gold coin donation) to Hobart audiences as a community service.
The launch was hosted by Andy Muirhead at the Wrest Point Convention Centre and was attended by Cathy Henkel (Writer/Director/Producer), Trish Lake (Producer), Dorjee Sun (the key environmental entrepreneur in the film), guests including Terri Irwin and Associate Professor Kate Crowley, and had a special recorded welcome and introduction for Tasmania from narrator Hugh Jackman.
Over 500 people attended the event, which was followed by a highly constructive discussion on climate change and business solutions following the screening.
The Bookend Trust Launch (Sept 2008)
Our launch included the award of the first three Bookend scholarships (totalling $11,000 plus approximately $10,000 of project support) to Ninna Millikin, Jeff Donne and Karl Mathiesen.
All three were media and communication students charged with developing environmental career information for school students, with Jeff undertaking a project on Great White Sharks and Karl and Ninna working as a team on injured and orphaned wildlife.