That’s a wrap, but there’s more you can do!

The Environmental Film Festival Australia (EFFA) has wrapped for 2018, and what a year it was!

Many attendees asked if we could share information discussed at the Festival, to help people take environmental action and to connect with the organisations featured at EFFA. So here goes!

But first of all we wanted to thank every single person who came to EFFA this year. Thanks to your support, EFFA 2018 was officially our biggest and best yet, with more than 2,800 attendees – up 31% from last year!    

A highlight was screening fantastic short films created by our Community Storytelling Project participants, thanks to the support of Bank Australia. Made with just two days of intensive training by Digital Storytellers, you can see the short films here, and get in touch with us if you’d like to be considered for next year’s program!

Despite the topics discussed at EFFA, which aren’t always easy, we were moved by the impact we witnessed throughout the festival. Complete strangers swapped emails, shared ideas, went to dinner to keep the conversation going – and even shared tears of relief that they’d found other people who give a damn!

We’re planning an even bigger festival in 2019, including more screenings and events throughout the year – so make sure you follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for all the latest news.

And as a 100% volunteer organisation, if you enjoyed our festival, please consider donating to EFFA to help us grow!

In the meantime, read on for environmental tips, tools and resources from our expert panellists and partners. And thanks again to all of our partners for making this year possible – in particular our major partner, Bank Australia, and our government partner, Film Victoria.

We hope to see you all again in 2019!

Image: Totally Renewable Yakandandah’s Denis Ginnivan with Voices of the Valley’s Wendy Farmer and panel host Stephanie Niall from University of Melbourne.

Image: Totally Renewable Yakandandah’s Denis Ginnivan with Voices of the Valley’s Wendy Farmer and panel host Stephanie Niall from University of Melbourne.

10 easy steps we learnt at EFFA 2018 to change your environmental impact and get involved…

Sign an environmental law petition – we learnt about the Australian Conservation Foundation’s campaign to create a new generation of laws that protect our precious web of life, including nearly 2000 Australian plants and animals which are at dire risk of extinction, so support the cause and sign today!

Take a training course, and take action – we heard from Nicola Paris on how CounterAct supports communities to take safe, effective and strategic action on environmental issues via non-violent actions. Read their series of useful online resources or take a look at their upcoming event for women in the climate movement

Make everyday changes to reduce your impact – like those shared by the City of Darebin, which we heard was the first council in the world to declare a climate emergency, prompting other councils in Australia and abroad to follow suit. They also have tips on how to help protect our flora and fauna, and are encouraging everyone to sign a nation-wide climate emergency petition lobbying governments at all levels to take action.

Take a 90 day community challenge – we heard from CoDesign Studio CEO Valli Morphet on how to enact community change and placemaking via their training and workshops.

Look for trustworthy certifications – to protect the world’s forests, and the workers, local communities and wildlife that rely on them, choose products with the Forest Stewardship Council label - the world’s largest and most trusted certification for sustainable forest management.  

Look after the environment, but look after yourself too – we heard from Dr Bronwyn Gresham who volunteers with Psychology for a Safe Climate and established Compassionate Nature to support climate change workers, campaigners and members of the community who are distressed by climate change. You can get in touch for advice, or read this online Climate Change Empowerment Handbook for psychological strategies for dealing with climate change.

Make your money matter with responsible banking – by choosing to bank with Bank Australia, your money will help create positive impact for people, their communities and the planet we share, including supporting a 927 hectare conservation reserve in Victoria’s Wimmera region, which protects native flora, fauna and endangered species such as the South Eastern Red Tailed Black Cockatoo.

Take an innovative approach to sustainability – if you’re looking for a consultant to help with sustainability and environmental management, with more 30 years collective experience contact the team at Equilibrium which delivers practical services to support sustainability, build reputation and maximise innovation.

Get the tools and information to invest ethically – chat to Ethical Investment Services for financial planning advice and portfolio management services; one of Australia’s longest-standing, privately-owned ethical investment specialists.

Find out how sustainable your super is – and check out Future Super, Australia's first fossil fuel free super fund with no investments in fossil fuels, animal cruelty, companies involved in detention centres, and more.

Organisations we heard from at EFFA which you can join, learn from or support…

Our panellists and speakers included members from the following organisations campaigning for environmental causes and initiatives:

  • 350 Australia – which aims to rapidly end fossil fuels by building a global climate movement

  • Indigenous Culture Foundation – established by As Worlds Divide filmmaker Rob Henry, following his time living with the Indigenous Mentawai people, to help preserve cultural knowledge, customs and environments 

  • Friends of Merri Creek – a dedicated community group that has actively worked for thirty years to restore and protect the Merri Creek

  • Planet Ark – one of Australia’s leading environmental behaviour change organisations with a focus on working collaboratively and positively with business, governments and community

  • Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Network – campaigning for climate justice and a sustainable future powered by renewable energy

  • Totally Renewable Yakandandah – a volunteer-run community group with the goal of powering this small Victorian town with 100% renewable energy and achieving energy sovereignty by 2022

  • Trust for Nature – which protects native plants and wildlife for future generations of Victorians by conserving habitat on private land

  • Voices of the Valley – support Wendy Farmer and her community, who we heard are still fighting to overcome the devastating aftermath of the 2014 Hazelwood mine fire

  • YGAP – which works to alleviate poverty through social enterprise and innovative business across Australasia and Africa, in turn reducing environmental impacts driven by poverty.

And finally, thanks to all of the following EFFA 2018 partners for their invaluable support... 

ACMI | Australian Conservation Foundation | Bank Australia | Carbon Neutral Charitable Fund | City of Darebin | City of Greater Dandenong | Digital Storytellers | Ethical Investment Services | Equilibrium Finishing Room | FilmFreeway | Film Victoria | FishPrint | Forest Stewardship Council | Get Wines Direct | General Assembly | Greenspace Melbourne | Love Police | Loving EarthLUSH | Mountain Goat Beer | Mr Moto | The Big Issue | Triple RRR | Palace Cinemas | Zilla & Brook