What you can do in Victoria to help the planet on World Environment Day 2018.
World Environment Day (WED) falls on the 5 June every year. Introduced by the United Nations, WED is a way to encourage worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment.
In Victoria there are "green" initiatives set up all over the city to the 'burbs, which actively encourage public involvement. What can you do to 'do your bit' to help the environment on World Environment Day?
Here are 5 ways you participate in World Environment Day in Melbourne and beyond:
The Bucket Project Australia
Not just reserved for World Environment Day, the Bucket Project Australia is a community-led initiative that asks families to clean their local beaches, one bucket at a time.
Grab your bucket and off you go. Collect rubbish from Melbourne's much loved beaches and save plastics and other nasties from polluting Port Phillip Bay.
Hands-on projects with Conservation Volunteers Australia
Conservation Volunteers Australia, a not-for-profit conservation organisation, calls upon volunteers to assist with the following hands-on conservation projects on World Environment Day:
Help to remove invasive weeds around Barwon Heads foreshore. More Here
Follow up works on previously revegetated areas, primarily the removal of tree guards from mature eucalypts, paperbarks and tea tree in Badger Creek. More Here
Work on the the Indented Head wetlands, which provide a feeding habitat for rare Orange Bellied Parrots and forms an important part of the mosaic of wetlands in the area. More Here
Say NO to single-use plastics
According to CleanUp, Australians use an estimated 5 billion plastic bags a year, that's just over 13 million new bags being used every day.
Plastic does not biodegrade but instead breaks down into tiny plastic particles, which pollute fragile ecosystems.
The good news is, lightweight plastic bags are soon to be banned in Victoria. You can buy reusable grocery bags from all leading supermarkets to replace plastics, however it is also worth considering switching over to biodegradable, compostable bin bags. You can buy compostable, biodegradable bags online via flora&fauna.
According to Strawless Ocean, an estimated 71% of seabirds and 30% of turtles have been found with plastics in their stomachs.
World Environment Day is a good a time as any to ditch plastic straws in favour of reusable stainless steel. There is a Melbourne based company selling sustainable straws called Straw and Boo.
Free film screening of The Clean Bin Project at Palace Cinema Como
The Palace Cinema Como in South Yarra will screen the award winning documentary The Clean Bin Project, on World Environment Day.
The Clean Bin Project follows a couple who swear off consumerism and compete to produce the least garbage.
Following the screening will be a Q&A with inspiring local zero-waste experts; Rogue Ginger (aka Erin Rhoads), Eva Mackinley (founder of The Last Straw), and social entrepreneur Erin Lewis- Fitzgerald.
Do you want to learn how to knit? Or have recently started and would like to meet some new friends to share your creativity with, all while having a good chat? Melbourne Knitting Club has classes for you.
The Melbourne Crochet Club meets on a regular basis to learn crochet, meet other local mums, and to have a good chat. Whether you're a complete beginner or a seasoned pro, everyone is welcome to come along.
The Geelong Crochet Club meets on a regular basis to learn crochet, meet other local mums, and to have a good chat. Whether you're a complete beginner or a seasoned pro, everyone is welcome to come along.