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Two very significant March events. By Anne Naylor

Thursday, March 21, 2019 9:58 AM | Lesley Van Staveren (Administrator)

This month has seen two fabulous yearly initiatives evolve.   Firstly, Clean Up Australia on 3rd March.

In 1989 an 'average Australian bloke' had a simple idea to make a difference in his own backyard - Sydney Harbour. This simple idea has now become the nation's largest community-based environmental event, Clean Up Australia Day.

It is hard to believe that this campaign began as the inspiration of one man, Australian builder and solo yachtsman, Ian Kiernan.  As an avid sailor, Ian had always dreamed about sailing around the world.

In 1987 his dream came true when he competed in the BOC Challenge solo around-the-world yacht race. As he sailed through the oceans of the world in his yacht 'Spirit of Sydney' he was shocked and disgusted by the pollution and rubbish that he continually encountered in areas such as the Sargasso Sea in the Caribbean.

Having waited years to see the Sargasso's legendary long golden weeds, Ian's excited anticipation turned to anger and disappointment when he found the waters polluted and tangled with rubbish.

Back in Sydney Ian organised a community event with the support of a committee of friends, including Clean Up co founder Kim McKay AO - Clean Up Sydney Harbour.

Team ENJO Australia across 15 sites throughout the country collected 175 bags of rubbish from beaches, foreshores and parks totally 875 kgs. 


Earth Hour - Saturday 30/3/19 at 8.30pm - a global movement for the environment.  Every hour in Australia we use 416,666 plastic bags;  100,000 coffee cups; generate 1.5kg of greenhouse gas per household; throw away 900,800 bottles and cans. 

What is #Connect2Earth?

#Connect2Earth is a challenge to switch off during Earth Hour and reconnect with the natural environment.


 From the national treasure of the Great Barrier Reef, to our iconic koala in the forest, to the much-loved penguins of Antarctica - our unique biodiversity, meaning the wildlife and the natural places we love, face a perilous future if we don’t step up to protect our planet (and our home!) from the impacts of climate change.

So this Earth Hour, it’s easy for all Australians to show they care: just switch off and #Connect2Earth and you will amplify the national conversation on climate change.

For more info, here' the link


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