World Environment Day festival springs into action

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Belinda Baggs and Lucia Santiago at the For the Ocean event on June 25th at Thomas Surfboards, Noosa.

The Sunshine Coast Environment Council (SCEC) World Environment Day Festival 2022 was a huge success with a month-long program of events and activities in June.

The theme of this year’s event was Only One Earth and called for transformative collective action to protect the earth.

Eighteen events took place this month with 13 event partners, creating a truly immersive experience.

In times of climate emergency and biodiversity crisis, the SCEC says it is time for all levels of government, industry, business and communities to take transformative action to protect and restore our earth.

Events included the Doonan Planting Festival, with over 1,000 trees planted in the Doonan Creek Environmental Reserve, For the Ocean with panel discussions moderated by Surfrider Foundation Australia National Campaign Manager Drew McPherson, Noosa Councilor Tom Wegener, artist author and former Mayor of Noosa Tony Wellington, local shredder Matt Cuddihy, Surfrider Foundation volunteer Dave ‘Bease’ Beasley, Surfers for Climate founder Belinda Baggs, environmentalist Pacha Light, the indigenous artist Maanyung, Dylan Rowe of Project Pargo, Dr Javier Leon and SCEC coordinator Natalie Frost.

The 2022 program also included a number of sold-out events, including a cultural walk with Kabi Kabi’s elder, Beverly Hand, and a guided forest walk and tree planting with Barung Landcare.

SCEC Coordinator Natalie Frost said: “The 2022 World Environment Day Festival program offered something for everyone with a series of events that demonstrated the collective action needed to protect our planet.

The program also included the Noosa EV Expo and Street Fest, showcasing the latest in electric vehicle technology, tree planting with ECOllaboration, a propagation workshop with Petrie Creek Catchment Care Group and a day of family fun at the Coolum Civic. Center and Jack Morgan Park with live music. and immersive eco-art experiences organized by the Sunshine Coast Council.

“This year’s festival again showcased the work of local groups and organizations who work tirelessly every day to protect and care for nature,” said Natalie.

“It was fantastic to work with so many partners to deliver a range of bespoke experiences for the festival. We have been blown away by the numbers this year, with many events sold out. »

World Environment Day is celebrated internationally on June 5 and is the biggest international day for the environment.

Led by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and held annually since 1974, the event has become the world’s largest platform for environmental awareness. The SCEC has hosted the World Environment Day Festival since 1979.

The World Environment Day Festival is proudly supported by the Sunshine Coast Council grant scheme.

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