Rain no dampener on Environment Day

World Environment Day … June Norman, One Earth Stall

By Janice Johansen

 Rain failed to hamper the spirit of the Environment Day Festival held at Rotary Park Maroochydore yesterday, with large numbers of families turning up to enjoy the celebrations.

The plastic-free event is part of Climate Week Queensland celebrations and featured live performances, sustainable stall holders, electric car displays, plant based ethically sourced food and more than 30 environmental and community groups to connect with.

WED has been celebrated every year since 1979 in the first week of June and is the Sunshine Coast’s biggest environmental event.

Coolum and North Shore Coast Care spokeswoman Diane Goodwillie said they were happy to have lots of interested children engaging in their activities during the day.

“We like to educate people on single use and micro plastics that end up in turtles and other sealife,” she said.

“We discourage the use of balloons at birthday parties, as balloons don’t break down.

“We have the motto ‘bubbles not balloons’.”

Stall holder Nicole Galea, an honours ecology student at the University of the Sunshine Coast, said it was a fabulous day with a lovely flow of people.

“It was especially lovely to see so many young kids,” she said.

“As they are the target audience for a sustainable future.”

Ms Galea’s stall featured reusable beeswax wraps which are handmade with wax from her own beehives.


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