Climate Action Now – Rally Saturday 12th March @ 11am – Treasury Place Melbourne

Climate Action needed now!

The fear campaign against a price on pollution has become so absurd that talkback radio hosts are claiming that a price on pollution means the end of our economy and life as we know it. Independent MPs are even receiving death threats.

Now, these same radio hosts have joined with climate deniers and far-right politicians to organise anti-climate action rallies as part of Tony Abbott’s “people’s revolt”. They start on Saturday outside Julia Gillard’s electorate office in Melbourne. We must make sure that on the other side of town, our movement comes together to present the positive, mainstream views that hard-line ‘shock jocks’ prefer to ignore.

If we’re successful, the media won’t be able report on the anti-carbon price rallies without also reporting that more people turned out to express support for a price on pollution.

Can you join us?

Where: Treasury Place, Melbourne.
When: This Saturday (March 12) at 11am

Right wing shock jock Chris Smith said last week on MTR radio: “I’ll do my best on a daily basis to spread the word”. We don’t have a radio network to promote our rally, but GetUp members have proved before that, when it counts, we’re willing to publicly show how much we care about clean energy & climate action.

I was in Canberra last week and almost every politician and journalist I met with talked to me about the anti-climate action rallies. They’re spooked. I assured them that the campaign for climate action was just as strong — and now, we need to demonstrate this.

That’s why it’s so important we join together for a few hours this Saturday March 12 — not to have a louder, angrier rally, but to show the difference in both size and tone. While they’re shouting their angry slogans and misinformation, on the other side of Melbourne we’ll hold a positive, family-friendly gathering to stand up for our vision for clean energy and preserving a safe climate for our kids.

With your help, we’ll prove there are more of us than there are of them and in doing so we’ll make a powerful statement.

See you this Saturday.

P.S. We’re counting on more then just your presence. We counting on your creativity (as you make a clever homemade banner if you can) and your persuasiveness (as you charm your friends into joining you).

Applications for the 2011 Melbourne and Sydney Centre for Sustainability Leadership (CSL) Fellowship Program are now open!

Applications for the 2011 Melbourne and Sydney Centre for Sustainability Leadership (CSL) Fellowship Program are now open!

I participated in the Centre for Sustainability Leadership Fellowship Program last year and benefited greatly from it, gaining an amazing skills set and network of like minded people passionate about creating a sustainable world.

The Centre for Sustainability Leadership is having an information session on their 2011 Fellowship Program on Tuesday, 8th March and, I would encourage you to attend.

Date: Tuesday, 8th March 2011, 6.00 pm Location: River Terrace Yarra Building, Federation Square, Melbourne RSVP:

The CSL Fellowship Program is a unique training opportunity where up to 26 individuals in each city develop the skills, networks and knowledge needed to influence a rapidly changing world and forge a more sustainable future.

The 7-month evening and retreat-based program is packed full of practical, immersive and challenging thinking and activities designed to grow each Fellow’s capacity to influence positive change in their areas of passion.

If you’re up for the challenge of growing your social and cultural footprint in 2011, go to our website and check out our brochure to learn more about the Fellowship Program and apply.

Our Annual Review is also a great place to learn more about CSL, our programs and the change makers in our network. Applications close at midnight on 27th March 2011.

Shape Our Future Exciting Charity Polo Event – Saturday 5th Feb 2011 – Werribee Park

Hi friends and colleagues,

Welcome to 2011, a fresh year and another opportunity to demonstrate serious sustainability leadership across the globe.

As you know I am passionate about sustainability and the environment.

What you may not know is that I am passionate about Polo and am Executive Director of a Not-For-Profit called Shape Our Future , this organisation continues to undertake a number of exciting sustainability and environmental projects.

To ensure the success of these projects we undertake a number of fundraising events and campaigns throughout the year.

Special Polo Event

buy your tickets here

Now in our 3rd year the February International Polo event is a great way to celebrate the best of summer and nature in the beautiful surrounds at Werribee Park.

If you haven’t been before the February Polo International is the premier polo event of the season, this year’s feature match is Australia Vs USA.

Get the event information  here

We hope you and your friends or family are able to join us.

Donations needed!

If you are unable to make the event and wish to make a donation please refer to the deposit method below.

Westpac Bank
Account:            Shape Our Future
BSB:                      033 100
Account No:    287345
Ref:                     Donation / Name

Many thanks and I look forward to catching up with you at the event.

Exciting Advisory Board Positions

Are you a high calibre experienced and passionate person with a desire to be part of a social and environmental enterprise?

Want to assist and advise this Not-for-Profit in ethical, environmental and sustainability based projects and developments?

Looking to work with young, enthusiastic people who want to make a difference?

Want to be part of a growing Not-for-Profit and help shape our future?

Would you like to make a real difference, pass on your invaluable experience, meet and mentor likeminded youth in the process?  This is your opportunity.


Geoff Gourley is one of Australia’s leading social entrepreneurs and sustainability leaders. His progressive not-for-profit, Shape our Future, is leading the way by developing innovative projects aimed at creating and shaping a sustainable future.

Geoff is currently seeking ‘Expressions of Interest’ for people from a range of backgrounds such as education, environmental science, business, law, information technology, communications and marketing to take a flexible role on the Shape Our Future Advisory Board commencing late August 2009.


Projects proposed to be undertaken during the 2009 / 2010 Program.Benefits of joining the ‘Shape Our Future’ 2009 / 2010 Advisory Board include:• Application of your knowledge to real projects that will make a real difference in sustainability, environment and communityEnthusiastic, committed individuals with a passion for the environment and sustainability, and well developed professional skills, able to advise others, mentor experience, verbal and written communication skills.Time commitment 2009 / 2010 It is anticipated to form the advisory board by the beginning of September 2009 with annual position appointments / reappointments at the end of June each year.

• Sustainability Community Centre business model

• Sustainability Education program for Youth

• Regional Sustainability Festival

• Documentary tracking selected projects

• On line web 2.0 Sustainable Business and Carbon Emission Reduction Program

• Development of an Eco Retreat and land & habitat regeneration program 




• Mentoring future social leaders of Australia

• Meeting and working with like-minded people

• Opportunities for personal growth and learning new skills

• Experience to add to your resume

• Contributing to social enterprise in Australia

• Flexibility

 Shape our Future is looking for:

Applicants must be accessible and work well both independently and as part of a board. 


Advisory Board members contributions and time commitments are flexible but as a guide, attend a monthly meeting, occasional attendance and communications with members and mentoring of 1 individual.


 Important Dates   


Applications close: 5pm 14 August 2009.
Interviews will be held on: 22 August 2009.
Successful applicants will be notified on: 28 August 2009. 


To apply please email with 


• A letter outlining your interest in the Advisory Board positions, your ability to contribute to the success of the organisation and project(s) and outline of past mentoring or advisory experience;

• Your CV or Bio;

• The names and contact details of two referees.

Alternately applications may be sent to;
Geoffrey Gourley
Founder & Executive Director
Shape Our Future
Po Box 2247
Oakleigh VIC 3166

Shape Our Future
a.c.n. 137 935 650
A registered Not-for-Profit organisation

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