Photo on 19 1 20 at 2.20 pm 2The BREAZE Board has decided to take a conservative approach to the Coronavirus pandemic, in line with advice regarding social gatherings and maintaining social distancing. Our monthly talks programs—Smart Living Ballarat and Green Drinks—will not be going ahead in their usual physical locations. However, whenever possible, BREAZE Talks Coordinator, Paul Duggan will be live-streaming the Smart Living Ballarat talks advertised in our 2020 program, via the SLB Facebook page. Audience members will be able to post questions for these talks online as they happen. In the spirit of the BREAZE mission of sustainable living and a zero emissions target we urge you to continue to participate in these shared experiences albeit as a virtual audience. Green Drinks has been cancelled for the duration of the pandemic. 

 Recent commentary has understandably, drawn comparisons between the official response to the coronavirus pandemic and the disengaged response to the climate crisis. While the immediate risk to human life posed by COVID 19 is obviously perceived very differently to the slower moving, changing climate, nevertheless, with the devastation of this seasons's bushfires and glaciers now collapsing it is clear that calamitous and sudden changes to the environment also pose immediate and sudden risk to life. We mustn't let the current health crisis distract governments from the climate emergency and the need for action. They need to multitask. It has been heartening to see medical scientists treated and respected as experts in this health emergency. It would certainly be good if this current respect for science translated to an equivalent respect for climate scientists and our environmental emergency once the pandemic is past. At present media and public focus on COVID 19 makes it too hard for climate action to cut through. This was something Zali Steggall acknowledged today when she announced that she was delaying tabling her bill for a National Climate Act in federal parliament.  If you haven't yet signed the petition to support the Act please consider doing so today. There is a link on the BREAZE website. We can only hope the current public health emergency will establish useful precedents for making the case for a  climate emergency in due course.

Read more: President's Report 17 March

breaze logo145xSummary of event status

BREAZE and affiliated groups

  • Smart Living Ballarat - No physical event - where possible will be streamed on the Smart Living Facebook
  • Green Drinks - Cancelled until further notice
  • Repair Cafe - March Cancelled - following months under review
  • Buninyong Community Collective - still operating, reviewing operating procedures and risk review
  • Boomerang Bags - no Tuesday workshops until further notice
  • Biodiversity Forum - not scheduled, awaiting Covid19 updates

Also cancelled due to Covid19

  • 21 March - Action Day Camp St, Ballarat Action Climate Co-Op (BACC), a group affiliated with School Strike for Climate Australia,
  • 25 March – Wheeler Centre Talk at the BMI – ‘Everyday Climate Action’. The Wheeler Centre’s events page notes that bookings will be automatically refunded.



logoTackling Climate Change and Health Facebook Event Cover 1200x628In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, Ballarat Health, who were giving the next talk, have been advised to assess any work commitments that involve a gathering of a large number of people. 

We have therefore decided to cancel next Wednesday's Smart Living Ballarat (SLB) talk,  "Climate Change, Tackling its Impact on Health". 

BREAZE apologizes for any inconvenience that this may cause.

BREAZE is currently reviewing its commitments for its upcoming public events.



Mar green drinksClimate Change: Threat or Emergency? -  with Liz Boulton

At the Lake View Hotel Wednesday 11th March

How can we mobilise people and politicians to care more about the climate emergency so they act upon it? Liz Boulton explores whether recasting the Climate Emergency as a military style threat (a hyperthreat) may have more traction than rehashing the same old technocratic and dry arguments of the past.

Liz Boulton has worked in the climate science and policy sector in Australia and in emergency logistics in food security and health with NGOs in Africa and as an Australian Army Officer more widely. She has been invited to talk on future directions for the Australian Defence White Paper in June. She is finalising her PhD at the ANU.


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Green Drinks is held at The Lake View Hotel, 22 Wendouree Parade on the 2nd Wednesday of every month.

Speakers from 7:30 pm and meals and drinks from about 6:30 pm.

About Green Drinks 

Green Drinks Ballarat is non-political.  It is not associated with "The Greens" political party.

Green Drinks are an internationally recognised event held in over 550 cities worldwide; from Brazil to Bulgaria, Thailand to Trinidad and Tobago, and Uganda to the UK.

In Australia there are  at least 13 separate Green Drinks events held all over the country. You have found Green Drinks Ballarat !

They are an event to bring like-minded people from environment groups, business, government, academia and even as individuals together.

Green Drinkers mingle and share insights and provoke and exasperate and inspire and delight each other.

There are moments of serendipity and a lot of “oh, you if are interested in X then I must introduce you to that person over there who knows all about it”.

2020SBALExpo3Over 2000 people came through the expo, caring enough and daring to make changes to their lives to help the environment. 

With over 21,000 people reached via the (free) facebook campaign, along with our paid advertisments in the the local newspapers, and the post card and poster plastering around Buninyong, Ballarat and afar, the word was out about this fantastic sustainability filled day.

The Smart Building and Living Expo has just completed it's 7th year, and this time there were many returning businesses and community groups, plus quite a few first timers - all had a very busy day.  

BREAZE Inc. was well represented with almost all the board members "personing" our information stall for a time on the day, as well as helping with set up or pull down. Paul Duggan is the site organiser for the event, and did a fantastic job on the layout, and getting all the competing and sometimes conflicting wants and needs of exhibitors sorted, and the field of dreams built by 9:30 am!

Gayle Terry and Jill at SBALExpo2020The BREAZE volunteers that came to help, either for set up, for running the event, and for packing up, were very much appreciated and were a huge help to us.

Read more: Results - Smart Building and Living Expo