World Environment Day on the 5th June is a global day for positive environmental action. It’s a day where people are encouraged to increase their knowledge of their local environment & participate in actions that create sustainable & positive change. 2012 marks the 40-year anniversary since the United Nations started the first World Environment Day back in 1972.
The 2012 theme is – ‘Green Economy: Does it include you?’ From the UN’s website, “The UN Environment Programme defines the Green Economy as one that results in improved human well-being & social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks & ecological scarcities. In its simplest expression, a green economy can be thought of as one which is low carbon, resource efficient & socially inclusive.” More information can be found here – http://www.unep.org/wed/
There are a few things happening in Sydney for World Environment Day –
Ashfield Council is a finalist in the United Nations Association of Australia World Environment Day Awards 2012 in the Local Government Award for Excellence in Overall Environmental Management category for their ‘GreenWay Sustainability Project.’ The winners will be announced in Melbourne on Friday 8th June 2012. http://bit.ly/K8wD3l You can see a list of the finalists here – http://bit.ly/lwf2xY
City of Sydney Council has a Children’s Fine Art & Digital Art Competition & Exhibition launched on Saturday 9 June, from 1:30pm – 3:30pm. The theme is Green Economy Sustainable Agriculture & Clean Energy. The exhibition will run from 6th - 22nd June, M-F 9am – 5pm at Pine Street Creative Arts Centre Chippendale. http://bit.ly/K8zWHV
City of Sydney Council is also holding a free e-waste collection to celebrate World Environment Day. Their website has the following statistics on e-waste –
“Since collections began in 2008, 176 tonnes of potentially toxic electronic waste has been diverted from landfill, with 95 to 99 per cent of the raw materials recovered & recycled. The amount of electronic waste has worsened as Australians buy new digital, HD and 3D televisions in preparation for the analogue TV transmission signal being phased out next year. In 2008, 17 million televisions, computers & computer products were discarded across Australia, but only 10 per cent were recycled.” Marrickville Council also has regular free e-waste collections & held one recently.
City of Ryde Council has 2 free workshops on for World Environment Day – ‘Ethical Investment & Superannuation’ as well as ‘Superannuation & Careers for the Environment,’ both held on Tuesday 5th June. http://www.ryde.nsw.gov.au/Whats+On
Over the Queens birthday long weekend on the 8th, 9th & 10th June, the M/Y The Bob Barker & the MV Brigitte Bardot will dock at the Overseas Passenger Terminal at Circular Quay. There will be free public tours of both the ships from Friday till Sunday. For more information see – http://www.seashepherd.org/australia/sydney.html
The Blue Mountains will be celebrating with a free event – ‘Ecoexpo World Environment Day – Our Future in the Mountains’ all day on Saturday 16th June 2012 in Lawson. There will be speakers (Hadyn Washington, co-author of Climate Change Denial: Head in the Sand, Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon & Alison Winn, Sustainability Coordinator, Blue Mountains City Council). Other activities include a guided walk to Lawson’s waterfalls, a photographic exhibition, information stalls & more. See – http://www.bluemts.com.au/tourist/whatson/?evID=2192