Be part of a world event with local focus

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Those interested in being part of a global celebration of all things environmental can look forward to a fun-filled and informative day at the Sunshine Coast World Environment Day Festival which is expected to attract over 5,000 to the University of the Sunshine Coast on June 5.

Each year World Environment Day is recognised around the world in over 100 countries making it one of the largest global environmental events of its kind. On the Sunshine Coast this vibrant one-day festival focuses on acting as a catalyst for effective and sustainable change with some great family fun thrown in on the side.

The festival is organised by the Sunshine Coast Environment Council (SCEC) and Executive Officer, Wiebe ter Bals said it is one of Australia's longest running environmental events, celebrating its 31st anniversary this year.

"Each year we make it our mission to seek out the latest and greatest in innovative sustainable businesses, products and initiatives and this year we hope to attract a wider audience by delivering on some new initiatives," said Mr ter Bals.

"We will have between 50-60 exhibitors across a number of themed areas. We encourage these displays to be interactive and hands on ensuring people can learn more about the technologies and make an informed decision when looking at ‘green’ alternatives.  All festival goers will be called upon to take home and implement at least three ideas to reduce their environmental footprint."

The theme for this year's event is 'A festival of Ideas' and also marks the 'International Year of the Forest'. To assist in translating these themes the festival will display a number of Idea Trees on the day encouraging people to leave ideas and take ideas to action change.

One of the key events on the day will be the speaker's forum where a panel of experts will engage with the audience in a Q&A style discussion on 'Green Economy'. Included in the line up are acclaimed industry leaders Ms Cate Collins, Head of Sustainability at LendLease Australia; Assoc. Prof. Michelle Rosano, Chair of Industrial Ecology Department, Curtin University; Robert Pekin, founder and director of Food Connect; Garrie Lette, Chief Investment Officer Catholic Super and Dr Haley Jones, Senior lecturer in Engineering at Australian National University.

Other highlights will include the educational hands-on workshops, entertainment and fun activities in the children's area, a fleet of energy efficient cars and being inspired by a selection of bush foods, slow foods and solar cooking.

The festival will also have a community forecourt which will provide an area for community environmental groups such as Landcare and Waterwatch to engage with the community and put on show their activities and achievements.

For full details about the day people are encouraged to visit www.scec.org.au/wed.html or keep up to date as a Facebook friend at www.facebook.com/worldenvironmentday .

The Festival also welcomes exhibitors with sustainable credentials who may wish to participate by exhibiting in any of the themed areas. Please contact Wiebe ter Bals on 0420 370 948 or by email wed@scec.org.au for more information.

World Environment Day Festival
04 May 2011
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