Little penguin on egg

Thirty students huddle in their rain jackets, breathing quietly - little people watching little penguins, with the city skyline behind us all. Everyone waterproofed, by fabric or feather. (The parent helpers are holding keep cups.) A modern Melbourne scene on Boon Wurrung Country, as we experience the Kulin season of Deep Winter, or Waring

Kulin peoples marked seasons by observing changes in the skies, plant and animal behaviour. Now, we know natural cycles are shifting due to climate change. Like our students, you can rug up as a citizen scientist! Log observations for our mates Climate Watch, venture out in this beautiful rain and look, listen and smell the season. It may be chilly but it's peaceful, nourishing, and the perfect excursion for your Keep Cup.

Thanks, April         

EcoCentre superheroes
It’s been a difficult couple weeks of community conversations with everyone from retiree volunteers to schools, where we’ve even had 8-year-olds with tears in their eyes talk to our educators about their fears for the environment. Climate grief is not uncommon, but do you hear the sound of sleeves rolling up? Remind yourself what we're fighting for; hope is a human form of renewable energy.
Neil speaking during his video
"Waterways are the arteries of the Earth," says Neil Blake, Port Phillip Baykeeper. Concerningly,  we're clogging these waterways with plastic. In this brand new short film, the EcoCentre's Fam Charko joins Neil to discuss the issue of plastic pollution in the Bay and how the EcoCentre is gathering plastic litter data to influence change at all levels, from grassroots to government.
 
Keith writing "Joining Loose Ends"
At the age of 58, Keith left behind his corporate work to return to his birthplace in England to walk. Join Keith and Debby at this exclusive EcoCentre fundraiser as they share their incredible and inspiring story of how a 2800km walk across Britain helped them rediscover a sense of purpose, taking Keith from Boardroom to Bushwalk. Wednesday 20th June, 6:30-8:30pm. Refreshments provided, and registrations essential.
Arweet Carolyn Briggs
For thousands of years, people have built their lives around water. We're making a film to showcase cultural connections to waterways, such as rivers, lakes, and oceans. If you have a story about how your culture connects to water - whether ancient traditions or modern ways of life - we'd love to hear from you. Register your interest here and we'll be in touch. (Pictured: Arweet Carolyn Briggs, by Evelyn Tsitas)

 

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Mark your diary


• Tues 4 Jun 6:30-8pm - World Oceans Day Talk at Linden New Art, St Kilda. $35, including $5 donation to the EcoCentre. Bookings required.
• Sun 9 Jun 10am - Living Water Workbees: Revegetation at Elwood Canal. Help keep our city green and plant some flora! Volunteer hours will go towards funding raingardens and water tanks for schools and community.
• Sun 9 Jun 2-5pm - St Kilda Repair Cafe at the EcoCentre. FREE.
• Sat 15 Jun 10am-3pm - Easy Social Ride: Caulfield to Carrum, by MBTC. Ride along the Djerring Trail and Dandenong Creek Trail, stopping for morning tea and lunch. FREE - bookings essential.
• Tues 18 Jun 4-5:30pm - Free Teachers' Professional Development: Understanding Energy, hosted by the EcoCentre with special guest Nick Rickard (Moreland Energy Foundation). FREE - registrations essential.
• Thurs 20 Jun 6:30pm -  From Boardroom to Bushwalk, EcoCentre fundraiser. Join Keith and Debby Badger at this exclusive EcoCentre fundraiser as they share their inspirational story of how a 2,800km walk across Britain helped them rediscover their sense of purpose. Registrations essential
• Thurs 20 Jun 5-8pm -  Showcasing School Sustainability PD for eduactors, hosted by Reptile Encounters. Learn how to create peer-to-peer learning by creating a holistic sustainability teaching approach. $34.20 - book here.
• Thurs 20 Jun 8-10pm -  Radiothon: Fundraising screening of 2040, hosted by Out of the Blue community radio. Support a local community radio show dedicated to the health of our marine environment. Buy your tickets here.
• Sat 22 Jun 9:30am - 1pm - Pop Up Bike Repair, South Melbourne Market. Get a free bike tune-up from Back2Bikes. FREE. 
• Wed 26 Jun 6:30-7:30pm -  EcoCentre Volunteer Induction (Evening Session). Join us to get started volunteering with the EcoCentre! Registrations essential.
• Sun 30 Jun 10am - Living Water Workbees: Revegetation at Elwood Canal. Help keep our city green and plant some flora! Volunteer hours will go towards funding raingardens and water tanks for schools and community.
• Fri 12 Jul 10:30 - 11:30am -  EcoCentre Volunteer Induction. Join us to get started volunteering with the EcoCentre! Registrations essential.
• Thurs 5 Sep 9:15am - 12:30pm -  School Sustainability Festival, hosted by the EcoCentre. Now in its 14th year, the School Sustainability Festival connects primary or secondary students to inspiring leadership and practical sustainability ideas through student-led workshops, Aboriginal Cultural activities, food and music. Free for Green Teams or one class. Register now. 
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