Connecting people with nature is the theme for this year’s World Environment Day and there’ll be plenty of opportunities for people to do just that in Central Otago next week.
While June 5 is World Environment Day, MAD4CO, under the umbrella of Central Otago REAP, has developed a week-long calendar of activities to mark the event which are open to everyone.
Enviroschools and sustainable living programme facilitator Anna Robinson said some of the events being held next week directly related to the theme, while other events related to the theme in a more long-term way.
Some of the events include planting and beautifying events at Alexandra’s lookout reserve, at the Boundary Rd reserve and on the river track under the Clyde bridge.
Another planting and tidying event will be held at the former swimming pool site at Centennial Park, where native trees were planted in 2008 and had been maintained by a group of volunteers since.
A community ‘Food Forest’ was also in place at the site, and was beginning to produce food for the public to collect, use and eat – the public will be able to learn more about the Food Forest by taking part in a tidy up of the site on Thursday from 3pm.
A series of movie screenings will be held during the week, including Cycle Chic on Wednesday which will feature a collection of short movies that will have everything cycling fans could want.
Also on Friday, will be ‘The Story of Stuff’ – a series of short movies and discussions around what happens to our stuff and what we can do about it, while on Saturday night, Youthbase will be hosting ‘bag it’ – a movie about getting rid of plastic clutter.
Anna said another exciting event will be the Alexandra Boomerang Bags event on Thursday night, which was a community-driven initiative tackling plastic waste at a grassroots level.
People can come along to the ‘cut and sew’ party and learn about boomerang bags, how to make them and how they began. People attending the movie night at the Youthbase, can also take along their fabric to be used to make the bags.
A highlight of the week will be a bottle refund stall being set up at Alexandra WasteBusters on Friday where people can claim a 10-cent refund for taking in any recyclable drink container (limit 10). There will also be a petition for people to sign urging the Government to bring back recycling refunds for bottles and cans in New Zealand.
The recyclable bottle refund stall and petition will also be available at ‘The Big Bike Film Night’.
For more information about any of the activities being held next week as part of World Environment Week, visit www.coreap.org.nz or phone 0800 267 327 to register.
Article written by Emma Maddox - Journalist
Article written by Emma Maddox - Journalist
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