Hopeful new research on coral reefs demonstrates in addition to removing pollution inflows, that fostering biodiverse systems - rather than refuges for specific endangered species - is critical while ecosystems actively reorganise and adapt due to climate change. In other words, the more ingredients available, the more potential recipes for reef recovery.

Likewise, the EcoCentre knows a diverse team of staff, volunteers and partners best places us to ensure Melbourne flourishes, mitigates climate change and remains a welcoming community. From conquering #PlasticFreeJuly to saving species, our strength lies in our web of wonderful people like you - and unlike you, too! 

Thanks, April         
P.S. Council recently extended their support of the EcoCentre. Help us send 100 signatures of thanks to City of Port Phillip: add your thank you message here.
Loki carrying plastic
Plastic Free July has inspired over 120 million people around the world to reduce their consumption of single-use plastics, empowering people to be part of our growing plastic pollution plague. It can be intimidating to know where to start, or how to maximise your zero waste efforts. We've compiled ten tips for you to change your habits and behaviour for a plastic-free July -- and beyond.


Garden vollie Francisca with Laura
Francisca (right) moved from Chile to Australia in 2018. An experienced land architect, she's always had a connection to nature. In this heartwarming blog, Francisca writes of how she found her family in Australia through the EcoCentre, and how volunteering in the EcoCentre's Garden Group gave her both confidence and community to support her to achieve her dreams for our local environment.
St Columba's students, part of the Climate Change Choir
Congratulations to our partner schools St Louis de Montforts Primary School (Aspendale), St Columba's Primary School (Elwood), Moorabbin Primary School and Melbourne Girls' College for being finalists in the 2019 ResourceSmart Schools Awards in categories including Community Leadership, Curriculum Leadership, and School of the Year! Congratulations to all winners on building sustainable schools!


Belinda and students looking at nurdles
We've team up with ERM to develop specialised STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) curriculum with a focus on how to take individual and collective action to improve catchment and bay health. Last term over 180 female students and teachers from six schools joined pilot STEM Marine Citizen Science excursions and Professional Development workshops. Watch this space for upcoming PDs!

Cool & compelling

Mark your diary

• Mon 7 Jul - Sun 14 Jul - NAIDOC Week. Various events happening across Victoria.
• Thurs 11 Jul 6:30 - 8:30pm - Draught Proofing Workshop, at the EcoCentre. Stop letting money blow through the cracks - let the experts show you how to draught proof your house. FREE - Registrations essential.
• Fri 12 Jul 10:30am - 11:30am - EcoCentre Volunteer Induction. Join us to get started volunteering with the EcoCentre! Registrations essential.
• Sat 13 Jul 9:30 - 10:30am - Bastille Day Community Street Clean, hosted by Love Our Street 3162. Bring gloves and plenty of energy! Volunteer hours contribute to the EcoCentre's Living Water Workbees.
• Sat 13 Jul 4 - 6pm - World Chimpanzee Day: Trivia, hosted by Roots & Shoots Victoria, at the EcoCentre. Trivia day to test your knowledge on apes and sustainability. Featuring a guest talk by Dr Varsha Pilbrow on chimpanzee behaviours and human evolution. Purchase tickets here.
• Sun 14 Jul 2 - 5pm - St Kilda Repair Cafe at the EcoCentre. FREE.
• Wed 24 Jul 7 - 9:30pm -  MBTC Club Meeting - Tour de Patagonia at the Library at the Dock. Learn about the legal entitlements cyclists have on the road, and about a club member's solo tour around South America. FREE - Registrations essential.
• Sat 27 Jul 9:30am - 5pm -  Community Bushwalk in Westerfolds Park, Eltham, hosted by Port Phillip Community Group. Meet outside St Kilda Library. $6: includes transport and lunch. Book here.
• Sun 28 July 10am -  National Tree Day: Revegetation at Point Ormond, hosted by Earthcare St Kilda. Help keep our city green and plant some native flora! All equipment supplied. Volunteer hours contribute to the EcoCentre's Living Water Workbees.
• Wed 14 Aug 6:30 - 7:30pm -  EcoCentre Volunteer Induction (Evening Session). 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
Donate to your EcoCentre

Copyright © 2019, Port Phillip EcoCentre, All rights reserved.
You are receiving this email because you subscribed to our mailing list, or have previously engaged with the EcoCentre. If you want to unsubscribe, we'll be sorry to lose you but we thank you for your interest & support in the past. 

Our mailing address is:

55a Blessington Street
St Kilda VIC 3182

Unsubscribe from our monthly newsletter