NATURE AND SOCIETY FORUM CHANGES ITS NAME
As members are probably aware, a special general meeting was held on 20th Novemebr to consider and vote on the proposed resolution to change the name of Nature and Society Forum to the Frank Fenner Foundation. The outcome is reported in the press release below.
21 November 2013
NATURE AND SOCIETY FORUM RENAMED
Members of the community organisation Nature and Society Forum (NSF) voted last night to rename the organisation the Frank Fenner Foundation.
Acting Chair of NSF, Dr Catherine Gross, says it was in recognition of the late Frank Fenner’s life-long commitment to human health and the health of the natural environment.
“Frank Fenner, as Patron of the NSF, was interested and involved in its activities as well as a consistent financial supporter. He was a long-time friend of the principal founder of Nature and Society Forum, Stephen Boyden, and a friend and colleague of many members,” says Dr Gross.
“The Frank Fenner Foundation will be a unique public institution that aims to promote scientific understanding of the human situation in the biosphere. Its vision is of a society that is truly sensitive to and respectful of the processes of life.
“This understanding is urgently needed if the world community is to resolve the rapidly escalating global environmental crises resulting from humankind’s excessive pressures on nature’s systems.”
The Foundation hopes to promote informed discussion between scientists, community groups, governmental agencies and parliamentarians, the corporate sector, philanthropic organisations and the media about the social and economic changes necessary to achieve its vision.
Further information: Catherine Gross, phone: 0438 994 328
Michael Croft: Eating as an Ecological Act.
Wednesday 19 March.7:30-9:00 pm at the ANU’s Frank Fenner Building, corner of Daley Road and Linnaeus Way.
Michael is a farmer, who understands that what we eat has wider implications well beyond our own personal lives. He says that our local, national and international food systems are deeply dysfunctional and are desperately in need of reform: the future of our planet depends on it.
Michael is very active as the President of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance, and as a civil societies’ Australasian delegate to the UN/FAO on World Food Security. He is on the advisory board of Food Tank and a member of the International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty.