Landcare Updates, World Environment Day

Hello again Friends,

What is WED

Celebrate the biggest day for positive environmental action!

World Environment Day (WED) is the United Nations’ principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment. Over the years it has grown to be a broad, global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated by stakeholders in over 100 countries. It also serves as the ‘people’s day’ for doing something positive for the environment, galvanizing individual actions into a collective power that generates an exponential positive impact on the planet.

The WED theme this year is "Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care." The well-being of humanity, the environment, and the functioning of the economy, ultimately depend upon the responsible management of the planet’s natural resources. And yet, evidence is building that people are consuming far more natural resources than what the planet can sustainably provide.

Many of the Earth’s ecosystems are nearing critical tipping points of depletion or irreversible change, pushed by high population growth and economic development. By 2050, if current consumption and production patterns remain the same and with a rising population expected to reach 9.6 billion, we will need three planets to sustain our ways of living and consumption.

Consuming with care means living within planetary boundaries to ensure a healthy future where our dreams can be realized. Human prosperity need not cost the earth. Living sustainably is about doing more and better with less. It is about knowing that rising rates of natural resource use and the environmental impacts that occur are not a necessary by-product of economic growth.

Every Action Counts

WED is the opportunity for everyone to realize the responsibility to care for the Earth and to become agents of change. 

"Although individual decisions may seem small in the face of global threats and trends, when billions of people join forces in common purpose, we can make a tremendous difference."

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon

Through decades of WED celebrations, hundreds of thousands of people from countries all over the world and from all sectors of society have participated in individual and organized environmental action. WED 2014 received a total of 6,437 pledges and over 3,000 activities were registered online, resulting in a total of about 9,700 which is triple to the previous two years.

Register Your Activity Today and Be Counted

How will you make your voice heard this year for the environment? Share your activity with the rest of the world so we can continue to inspire others! Please register your activity and we will feature it on our Wide World of WED!

 
     

Related Links

- See more at: http://www.unep.org/wed/about.asp#sthash.nQkpxJSm.dpuf

 

It’s  WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY on Friday,  June 5th.  We can’t save the whole world’s environment from our neck of the woods in the southern Dandenongs but we can save a small part of our own precious environment by planting a tree, shrub or ground cover at two locations on the weekend.  Plants, tools and morning tea  supplied in each of these lovely locations cared for by little Friends Groups.  BYO gloves and water bottle.

SATURDAY  June 6th, 9am to 11am at Colby Drive Reserve,   Melway

SUNDAY      June 7th, 10 am to 12 noon at Minak Reserve,    Melway 75 K11
If you can’t make either of these events, consider planting a couple of indigenous plants in a neglected part of your  garden or on your road reserve - every little bit helps to keep wildlife fed and housed..  Suitable plants can be purchased at your local community nursery and we have several, all run by volunteers, in our region - Knox Environment Society, Southern Dandenongs Community Nursery,  Candlebark Nursery, Helmeted Honeyeater Nursery, Green Circle Nursery in Upper Beaconsfield.  Spoilt for choice! 
 
You can also take certain ‘ difficult' items to be recycled at Kathy’s Recycle Stall at Kallista Market this Saturday, June 6th and the first Saturday of every month. This is a great initiative, thanks Kathy.          kathyatkallista@bigpond.com
 
 We have a problem with Stuff. We use too much, too much of it is toxic and we don’t share it very well. But that’s not the way things have to be. Together, we can build a society based on better not more, sharing not selfishness, community not division.

The Story of Stuff Project’s journey began with a 20-minute online movie about the way we make, use and throw away all the Stuff in our lives. Five years and 40 million views later, we’re a Community of more than a million changemakers worldwide, working to build a more healthy and just planet. We invite you to watch and share our movies, participate in our study programs and join our campaigns. Come on, let’s go!  storyofstuff.org

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Community Weed Alliance of the Dandenongs Update coming soon.

 Want to reduce your carbon footprint and increase the comfort and value of your home?

 
 Get the important info you need to make a start with  Hugh Venables at Selby Community House.  Hugh will give an illustrated presentation covering lighting, insulation, glazing, draught proofing, cooking, appliances, water heating, space conditioning, energy monitoring and MORE.  This Zero Carbon Australia project is also relevant to new homes. Q&A at the end then a chance to chat further over supper.
 
It’s happening next Wednesday June 3 at 7 p.m. at Selby Community House.  All welcome – bring a friend.  No need to book.  Plenty of time for discussion. Light supper provided (including chai).  Gold coin donation.
 For enquiries, call Selby Community House 9754-2039 Monday to Friday, 9:00 to 3:00 www.selbyhouse.com.au or find us on Facebook.
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 Friends of Glenfern Valley Bushland's next Conservation and Conversation morning is next Wednesday 9th June, 9 - 11am.  They are making a gravel path around the frog pond which will help contain the Kikuyu from spreading into the frog pond so please bring rakes and shovels.  If there is time we would we also like to paint the front gate and the picnic table.  

 

 
Meet at the main, middle gate at 9am if you would like to join in. Morning tea provided. If raining the event will be cancelled.
 
 HELPFUL CONTACTS
 

 Leap into Nature  is local a group for children which encourages them to get outside and be part of nature.  They meet regularly with groups for pre-schoolers, the Bush Playgroup and for kids 4+, the Junior Nature Club.   They have a terrific website    leapintonature.com.au

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Contact Sarah Fowler, Volunteer Support Officer for Yarra Ranges Council if you  would like to be added to their email list.  They produce a monthly Environmental ENewsletter with information about events, grants, training etc.  Information at   www.yarraranges.vic,gov.au/Greener_Living
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Healesville Environment Watch Incorporated is a very active environmental group.   Currently much of their work is centred on ceasing logging in Victoria’s old growth forests to preserve habitat for the now critically endangered Leadbeaters Possum but they have plenty of other issues they are dealing with on behalf of the community and environment.   Their latest newsletter is attached below.  To sign the pledge to use recycled paper visit www.ethicalpaper.com. au/index.php   HEWI's latest newsletter is attached below.
 
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The Victorian Environmental Friends Network newsletter  is another fantastic publication for people interested in caring for nature.   The range of activities undertaken by volunteers in Victoria, the most cleared state in the country, is breathtaking.   Activities are Victoria wide and  one-off volunteers can join many of the published events.  So have a read and if you are travelling in country Victoria, you may like to participate.
 
 
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Stay warm Possums and check out our facebook page, facebook.com/southerndandenongs.landcare
 
Vicki