Tree planting and Thinking outside the block on World Environment Day 2012

Next Tuesday, June 5, is World Environment Day promoted by the United Nations Environment Program. The day has been commemorated since 1972, the first day that United Nations Conference on the Human Environment began. This year the Wilderness society is organising an event in Melbourne CBD on Tuesday, but there are also local events along Merri Creek this Sunday June 3.

Coburg/ Fawkner – planting along Merri Creek

Rapids on Merri Creek in Fawkner - bushland in the middle of suburbiaCome along to celebrate World Environment Day with three local groups: Friends of Coburg Lake and Surrounds, Friends of Edgars Creek and Merri and Edgars Creek Confluence Area Restoration Group (MECCARG) . These groups are joining with Moreland Council and Merri Creek Management Committee to plant out the bank above the bike/walking path at the confluence of Edgars and Merri Creek.

In addition to the planting there will be a free BBQ and guided walk and waterwatch activities for kids. Learn more about the cultural values of indigenous vegetation with Wurundjeri Elder, Bill Nicholson and local Friend, Dave Crawford, on a guided walk through the MECCARG* site (walks start 10:15am and 11:15am).

When: Sunday 3rd of June: 10 am – 12.30 pm
Where: Meet at confluence of Edgars and Merri Creeks, near the corner of Murray and Outlook Roads, Coburg North (Melway ref 18 A10).
Wear: appropriate clothing and sturdy footwear.
For more details: contact Lori Arthur on 8311 4386.

Think Outside the City Block

Hundreds of people will join hands around one of Melbourne CBD’s 1 hectare city blocks on World Environment Day as a measure of the threat to our forests, oceans and wild places from logging and mining.

– Every day, 10 city block sized areas of Victoria’s forests are logged, mostly to make cheap products like Reflex paper.

– An area the size of 3,500 city blocks of the Kimberley’s stunning landscape is at risk of being converted to an oil and gas mining site. Come and join hands with hundreds of others on the United Nations’ 12th World Environment Day and show your support for Australia’s world renowned natural environment.

– And in a once in a lifetime opportunity, the equivalent to 108,000,000 city blocks of our marine territory is up for protection in 2012!

When: 1pm, Tuesday 5 June 2012, Melbourne CBD
Where: Corner of Bourke and Elizabeth Streets (bottom of Bourke St Mall)
More details: Contact The Wilderness Society

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