Blog | 3rd Jun, 2010

Celebrate by getting involved in one of these local actions

From Hollywood stars to schoolchildren, millions of people on every continent will take action for the planet on 5 June for World Environment Day.

Under the theme 'Many Species. One Planet. One Future', this year’s event will celebrate the incredible diversity of life on Earth as part of the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity.

This year’s global host, Rwanda – a country of exceptional biodiversity that has made huge strides on environmental protection – will lead the celebrations with three days of keynote events. Thousands of activities will also be organized worldwide from Hong Kong to Abidjan, with beach clean-ups, concerts, exhibits, film festivals, community events and much more.

And there’s plenty going on our local shores. Have a gander, get involved and celebrate our beautiful planet.


The best way to appreciate your natural environment is to experience it first-hand. So come and enjoy a fun afternoon at Royal Park on World Environment Day. There’s plenty on. Join a bush tucker trail and taste country in the Australian Native Garden; Meet live frogs and learn about their water-bound lives with Waterwatch; Plant indigenous plants and grasses to create more natural habitat for our native birds and insects. And enjoy a free multicultural afternoon tea with the African Women’s Network. Try foods from Somalia and Eitrea, join in a traditional African coffee ceremony and have your hand painted with henna.

Sunday, 6 June from 1.00pm to 4.00pm
Royal Park, corner Macarthur Road and The Avenue, Melway 2B B2
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St Kilda

Catch a sustainable cooking demonstration by Vasili Kanidiadis, the charismatic host of Vasili's Garden. As well as a green cleaning demonstration by Bridget Gardner of Fresh Green Clean and a talk by Nick Ray, author of ‘Shopping with a Conscience' . There will also be local exhibitors showing everything from topics from growing your own to community food cooperatives; from veganism to organic fair trade chocolate. How good.

Friday, 4 June from 5.30pm – 8.00pm
St Kilda Town Hall
99A Carlisle St, St Kilda Victoria 3182
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Mt Martha

To celebrate World Environment Day 2010, the Mt Martha Eco Living Centre is offering free sustainability workshops. From 10.00am—12.00pm will be a Green Purchasing Workshop providing information and ideas on how to make sustainable and ethical purchasing choices! And from 1.00pm—3.00pm will be the Sustainable Housing Design Workshop introducing participants to the different elements of sustainable house design
including simple passive solar design, insulation and renewable energy options. It’s suitable for all ages.

Saturday, 5 June from 10.00am – 12.00pm
Eco Living Display Centre; The Briars Park, Mt Martha.
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Discover the secrets of a no-dig vegie patch. City West Water and Hobsons Bay Libraries invite you to a free two-hour gardening workshop to discover how to establish and maintain a no-dig vegie patch.
Guest speaker, Helen Tuton, soil scientist, garden writer and adult educator from Sustainable Gardens Australia, will explain why no-dig vegie gardens are ideal for hard-to-work clay soils. And for those who are somewhat less mobile a no-dig garden is an excellent way of bringing the garden up to you, rather than you going to the garden!

Saturday, 5 June 2010 from 9:30am – 11:30am
The Environment Resource Centre at Altona Library 123 Queen Street
Book by calling 9932 1330 or email
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Moonie Ponds

You are invited to hear Charles Kovess, author, Australasia Passion Provocateur and Peter Ellyard, author, Futurist and Strategist. Both will speak about where our Planet Earth is up to and what opportunites we have to make our world work for everyone!

Saturday, 5 June from 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Moonee Ponds Bowling Club – Queens Park, Mt Alexander Rd.
Donations $15 / $10 Conc.
Bookings (03) 9370 1415 or call Ruanna on 0418 388 712
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Help Landcare Australia plant more trees and celebrate World Environment Day on 5th June by recycling your old mobile phones. For every 1kg of mobile phones, battery chargers and accessories that are donated, MobileMuster’s ‘Old phones, more trees’ campaign will ensure Landcare are given trees to plant.

Warragul Landcare and Baw Baw Shire Council have joined forces to make the campaign even more worthwhile. So come down and exchange your old mobile phone for a native seedling.

Saturday 5 June from 9.30am – 1.00pm
Kiosk, Palmerston Street, Warragul
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