June 4, 2013

Think Act Save — World Environment Day 2013

The Eastern Suburbs is gearing up for World Environment Day on 5 June 2013 by finding ways to continue to reduce our ecological footprint. Leave us a comment below if you are doing anthing to celebrate World Environment Day 2013.

This World Environment Day, join us in a festival of activities celebrating ways to continue reducing our ecological footprint...

Free mulch for Randwick residents

Randwick Council is offering residents free mulch every Saturday from 11 May until 8 June 2013 at the Randwick City Council Works Depot, 192 Storey Street, Maroubra. The mulch can be collected between 11am and 2pm from the top yard of the Depot, and conditions apply.

Council collects approximately 6,000 tonnes of greenwaste from residents and public parks each year. Where possible, this is mulched or composted for re-use onto parks, gardens and public spaces.

Venue: Randwick City Council Works Depot (top yard),192 Storey Street, Maroubra, 2035
Time: 11:00am to 2.00pm
Dates: Saturday 25 May, Saturday 1 June, Saturday, 8 June 2013

Conditions: This is a new environmental initiative provided by Council and is subject to the availability of mulch at the time. The offer is for Randwick residents only and applies only for set times on Saturdays from May 11 to June 8, 2013. No early or late arrivals can be accommodated.

Special event: #foodwastefuture

There’s little debate that we’re wasting more food than is good for us or the planet.

But what can we do about it?

Join some of our political, academic and social leaders, OzHarvest and the United Nations Environment Programme in a healthy discussion about what’s wrong – and what could be right – about food, waste and our future.

When:  June 5, 6pm - 8.30pm  for World Environment Day.
Where: Ritchie Theatre, John Niland Scientia Building

Who:  Moderator, the ABC's Matt Peacock, will take questions from the audience (and social networks) and put them to our panel which includes:

  • Ronni Kahn, OzHarvest CEO & Founder
  • Jenny McAllister, National President ALP
  • Cate Faehrmann, Greens MLC NSW
  • Peter Phelps, Liberal MLC NSW
  • Veena Sahajwalla, UNSW Scientia Professor
  • Osman Faruqi, former SRC President & Tharunka editor
  • Archim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director

A Welcome to Country will be given by Randwick City Council Mayor, Tony Bowen. Music by Prophets.

Emailsustainability@unsw.edu.au or s.midgley@unsw.edu.au for details.

Bookings essential: http://wed2013.eventbrite.com.au

Randwick TAFE: The Students Association lunchtime celebrations

Informing on current issues around food waste in support of the 2013 World Environment Day theme, this event includes information stands, selling soup made from left overs by donation for charity, food waste trivia competition, tube stock giveaways (sponsored by Randwick City Council) and short film/documentary screenings. 

DATE : Wednesday 5 June
TIME: 12.00pm - 2.00pm
WHERE: TAFE NSW - Sydney Institute, Randwick College, Cnr Darley Rd & King St, Randwick
COST: Free 

Randwick TAFE World Environment Day breakfast

DATE: Wednesday 5 June
TIME: 7.00am - 9.00am
WHERE: TAFE NSW - Sydney Institute, Randwick College, Cnr Darley Rd & King St, Randwick
COST: Free

Community Respect Forum

Join the Peace, Ecology & Justice Centre of Columbian Mission Institute and Randwick City Council in celebrating World Environment Day. Join with individuals and members of the culturally diverse Randwick community organisations to celebrate our common relationship with each other and with the Earth.

Speakers will draw on Religious, Ethnicity, Self, People, Ecology, Community and Trust (RESPECT) as sources of promoting harmony and the common good.

Facilitated exercises will give all participants the opportunity to contribute to the process.

The Mayor of Randwick City Council, Mr Tony Bowen will launch The Golden Rule Poster, a new Australian interfaith resource published by the Columbian Mission Institute.

DATE: Wednesday 12 June 2013
TIME: 6.30pm - 9.00pm
WHERE: Randwick Community Centre
COST: Free - refreshments provided.

Register your kids activity

Register your World Environment Day event on Dirt Girl Worlds World Environment Day eco-Carnivale 5 June 2013.

dirtgirldworld is inviting you to join them on world environment day, to celebrate the littlest ever world environment day eco – Carnivale. It’s easy peasy.

Dream of a little thing that would ‘eco up’ your:

  • kindy
  • preschool
  • kid care centre
  • school.

dirtgirlworld 5 June 2013

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Heard about ecological footprint? 

Reducing our ecological footprint is the beginning of repairing our relationship with the Earth.

You’ve probably heard of the Ecological Footprint - the metric that allows us how to calculate human pressure on the planet and come up with facts, such as: If everyone lived the lifestyle of the average Australian we would need 4 planets.

Humanity needs what nature provides, but how do we know how much we’re using and how much we have to use? The Ecological Footprint provides us with an answer by measuring our demand on our Earths resources.

How much land area does it take to support your lifestyle?

You can measure your ecological footprint by visiting one of the following online calculators and learn what you can do to tread more lightly on the earth. You may be surprised how small, easy changes can have positive impacts on the environment, your health and wellbeing - and save you money too!

Today humanity uses the equivalent of 1.5 planets to provide the resources we use and absorb our waste. This means it now takes the Earth one year and six months to regenerate what we use in a year

Australia has one of the world's largest ecological footprints per capita, requiring 6.6 global hectares per person. Over 50% of Australia's footprint is due to greenhouse gas emissions, with the average household emitting around 14 tonnes of greenhouse gases each year.

If the world’s population used resources at the same rate as Sydneysiders, we would require 3 to 4 planets of resources each year to sustain our lifestyle into the future.*

Randwick, Waverley and Woollhara Councils and their communities are working together to help reduce the community-wide Ecological Footprint of residents living in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs.

For more information on this years World Environment Day, visit the Think Eat Save - reduce your footprint website to find out how to become involved.

* Conservative estimates place the current Ecological Footprint as the equivalent of requiring 3 to 4 planets of resources each year.

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