Go wild for World Environment Day, June 5th

Harnessing nature
Harnessing Nature by Tommy Clark (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Thursday, 5th of June 2014 is World Environment Day (WED) as designated by the United Nations to encourage awareness and action. The focus this year is on Small Islands which bear much of the brunt of climate change impact.

Here are 5 ways on the 5th to get engaged:

  1. Take on one of the WED challenges – purge plastics, cut food waste, reduce power and connect communities.
  2. The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment Report is now available freely online. If you don’t have time to read the whole thing, the Climate Council website has a neat summary of the findings, particularly for Australia.

    Renewable Power of Destruction
    Renewable Power of Destruction by Stéfan (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
  3. Celebrate with The Wilderness Society at a pub party in Brisbane –  Networking for Nature.
  4. Find out why QUT’s Science and Engineering Centre (Gardens Point – P Block) has a 5 star rating: Sustainable technologies and outdoor spaces.
  5. Cli-Fi (Climate Change Fiction) is a thing. Check out some of the greats at QUT Library:

Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood, and MaddAddam – The award-winning trilogy by Margaret Atwood
Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
Solar by Ian McEwan
Back to the Garden by Clara Hume


  1. Coffee is not only good for you but also for the garden. It’s a legume and rich in nitrogen. Ask your local cafe for their spent coffee grounds. Gerbinos at GP happily filled my bucket with spent grounds yesterday. Good for my compost and saved from going to landfill.

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