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Meet your neighbours over a sustainable dinner

25 Feb 2010

This Neighbour Day on March 28, why not meet some fellow Docklanders for dinner at the community garden in Victoria Harbour?

Garden founder Emily Ballantyne-Brodie said food-related carbon emissions were three times as damaging to the environment as personal mobility and transport emissions.

“The dinner will feature slow, sustainable, local foods as much as possible,” she said. “It will be a fun, up-beat event starting with champagne in the garden.”

The garden celebrated its first harvest recently with tomatoes, eggplant, various herbs (basil, rosemary, mint, sage), artichoke, spring onion, zucchini and other greens.  

Ms Ballantyne-Brodie said the dinner would also demonstrate food-related carbon issues.

“28 per cent of the 19 tonnes of carbon that each Australian generates each year is food-related,” she said.  “That’s twice as much carbon released as from personal use of electricity.”

She said goods and services accounted for 29.4 per cent of emissions, construction and renovations 11.8 per cent, household use 20 per cent and transport 10.5 per cent.

The dinner costs $65 per head and bookings need to be made by March 21 to (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Urban Reforestation is holding workshops around food and how Docklanders can reduce their carbon footprint.  For further information see http://www.urbanreforestation.com.

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