En­vi­ron­ment is front and cen­tre

Maroochy Weekly - - NEWS -

THOU­SANDS are ex­pected to flock to the Sun­shine Coast En­vi­ron­ment Coun­cil’s 39th World En­vi­ron­ment Day Fes­ti­val.

Held as part of the United Na­tions’ World En­vi­ron­ment Day cel­e­bra­tions, the an­nual fes­ti­val is a free, fam­ily-friendly event jam-packed with com­mu­nity groups, speak­ers, lo­cal farm­ers, great mu­sic, sus­tain­able fash­ion, live art, a Re­new­able En­ergy Expo and sus­tain­able busi­nesses.

Sun­shine Coast En­vi­ron­ment Coun­cil co­or­di­na­tor Jacki Boyce said the event is a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to raise aware­ness of en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues on the Sun­shine Coast and be­yond.

This year’s theme is Beat Plas­tic Pol­lu­tion high­light­ing the world­wide move­ment to clean up plas­tic from our planet.

“To change this fu­ture, we each need to play our part,” Ms Boyce said.

“Whether it is a bot­tled soft drink, a bag from the su­per­mar­ket, or pro­duce wrapped in plas­tic, sin­gle-use plas­tic has be­come em­bed­ded in our daily lives.”

This year the fes­ti­val will in­tro­duce some ex­cit­ing new fea­tures. Lo­cal or­ganic farm­ers Good Har­vest will host a small-scale or­ganic farm­ing expo, and Sun­shine Coast Cli­mate Ac­tion Now will host a re­new­ables vil­lage in­clud­ing a ‘tiny home’, so­lar dis­play, and elec­tric bikes and cars.

The fes­ti­val will be held at Cot­ton Tree on June 3.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit, scec.org.au.

PHOTO: NI­COLE YARDLEY

FUN TIME: Crowds en­joy­ing the en­ter­tain­ment at the 2017 fes­ti­val.

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