Celebrate World Environment Day with the Green Living Centre on Friday 3 June at 6pm at Marrickville Library Pavilion. We’ll be screening Regenerating Australia, Damon Gameau’s latest film in which he visited communities around Australia to share their hopes and dreams for the country’s future. Then you’ll have the chance to discuss the film with others and develop a personal action plan. Lastly, hear about a local collaboration to create a podcast Rewilding with the Mudcrabs: How caring for our Cooks River reconnects us with nature and the next round of Council’s environment grants.
World Environment Day on June 5 is an annual celebration of environmental action and protection of the planet. It’s fifty years since the Stockholm conference which is widely seen as the first international environmental meeting that kickstarted global agreements and action on environmental protection. It led to the first World Environment Day in 1974 and to the establishment of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
The theme of the 1972 conference was “Only One Earth” and it is also this year’s theme. It calls us to take collective action to celebrate, protect and restore the planet. It highlights that while individual actions are important in reducing our environmental impact, we now need collective action to create transformative environmental change. We are in the second year of the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, with much work still to be done.
If you can’t make it to the film screening you can still support World Environment Day and regeneration in our local area.
What can you do?
- Learn about regeneration at the Regenerators website.
- Download and read the #OnlyOneEarth practical guide for ideas on how to take action.
- Start a conversation with someone about the importance of World Environment Day.
- Share what you’re doing on social media, using the hashtags #OnlyOneEarth and #WorldEnvironmentDay.
- Join #GenerationRestoration and contribute to restoring local ecosystems.
- Volunteer with a local bushcare group, become a citizen scientist or join a community garden.
- Read Council’s Nature for Backyards guide and improve biodiversity on your property.