I had to excuse myself and splash water on my face. Walloped by evidence and frontline stories -- from farmers, firefighters, scientists, mayors, military, and MPs -- the National Climate Emergency Summit held reality to the face of its thousands of delegates. Together, we wrestled with options for appropriate scales of response.

As overwhelming as overhauling systems feels, simple changes are available to ALL of us for immediate impact tackling the biggest emissions: switch to GreenPower, divest (move your money), reduce overconsumption and influence your MPs. Regardless of your income, post code, political party or technical knowledge these are achievable and critically important.

We are going to launch a 'climate action how-to' in future newsletters, offer new workshops and talks to community groups to help you undertake these actions. What would you like to learn first? Reply to me with ideas, so we can get started urgently.

Thanks, April         
NatureSpot highlights
Our community has been busy documenting what species live in their backyards through NatureSpot so Council knows what plants and animals live here that they need to protect. We're missing data on species that live on private landLog photos of what creatures and plants are in your backyard, balcony, or office on our NatureSpot websiteSupported by City of Port Phillip, and funded through the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning Caring for our Local Environment grant program.
Heat Fire and Flood Community Forum
What does the climate emergency mean for Port Phillip & Bayside, and how should we respond locally? Join the Heat, Fire & Flood Community Forum to learn about how communities can lead action for a more sustainable future. Panellists include urban climate Prof Nigel Tapper, heat and flood specialist Lalitha Ramachandran, and coastal geomorphologist Rob Gell AM. Sat 29 Feb, 3:30 - 5:30pm at Elwood College. Register for a free ticket hereOrganised by PECAN & BCCAG.
Baykeeper Summer Programs
Your Port Phillip Baykeeper has had a busy summer, hosting citizen science sessions across Victoria to monitor sand movement, shellfish habitats, and plastic pollution. Read more about how molluscs indicate the health of our BayFunded by the Commonwealth of Australia through the Communities Environment Program.
Alive Outside Snorkeller
12 year-old Shreya went on an Alive Outside Snorkelling Safari last month and met some incredible wildlife. In her words, it was the bravest thing she's ever done, and helped her face her fear of the ocean. Read more about her experience in her guest blog postProvided in partnership with City of Port Phillip.
Welcome to the team, Cecile and Zaylee!

We're thrilled to welcome two superstars to the EcoCentre team: Dr Cécile van der Burgh (left) as our new Education Manager, and Zaylee Saint-James Turner (right), our new Community Engagement Coordinator.

Cécile joined the EcoCentre Education team in 2019 after an extensive career in large-scale nature conservation and restoration, and is the Director and Co-Founder of Kids in Nature Network and Nature Play Week. She will now be coordinating the EcoCentre's suite of education programs, including excursions, incursions, and Tomorrow's Leaders for Sustainability.

Zaylee has volunteered with wildlife across the world, from South America to Albert Park, spending much of her career in community education and engagement. She will be coordinating our volunteering program, corporate volunteering, venue management, and affiliate program.

Cool & compelling


Mark your diary


National Sustainable Living Festival. Events happening throughout Victoria. 1 Feb to 29 FebRegister here.
EcoCentre Volunteer Induction (Evening Session). Join us to get started volunteering with the EcoCentre! Registrations essential. Wed 26 Feb 6:30 - 7:45pm. Register here. | Wed 25 Mar 6:30 - 7:45pm. Register here.
Transitions Film Festival, showcasing ground-breaking documentaries about the social and technological innovations, revolutionary ideas and trailblazing change-makers that are leading the way to a better world. EcoCentre Marine Biologist Fam Charko will be on the Q&A Panel. Wed 26 Feb 7 - 9:30pm. Register here.
#PenguinFriendlyMelbourne. Learn about plastic pollution, nurdles, penguins and our beautiful marine ecosystem of Port Phillip Bay. Organised by Jinhua, Multicultural Bay Ambassador, and designed for international students and multicultural residents of Melbourne. This is a multilingual event, covering Mandarin, Japanese, Indonesian and English. Thurs 27 Feb 3:30 - 5:30pm, West Beach. FREE. Register here.
A Walk Through Deep Time. Join this 4.6km walk and be guided through 4.6 billion years of the Earth's history. Fri 28 Feb 9am - 12pm, Brighton Beach. Register here.
Heat, Fire & Flood Forum. An exciting panel discussion exploring what the climate emergency means for people living in Port Phillip and Bayside, and how we can respond. Hosted by Port Phillip Emergency Climate Action Network (PECAN) and Bayside Climate Crisis Action Group (BCCAG). FREE. Sat 29 Feb 3:30 - 5:30pm, Elwood. Register here.
2040 Moonlight Screening and Director Q&A. Enjoy a picnic in the Elsternwick Park Nature Reserve. Damon Gameau, Director of 2040, will be attending for an exclusive Q&A. Sat 29 Feb 6:30pm, Elsternwick Park Nature Reserve. Tickets.
Petrified in Bayside: Fossil Talk. Bayside is home to the most important urban fossil site in Australia. See extraordinary fossils of prehistoric sharks, whales and other sea creatures, land animals and birds, providing a unique window on life in Australia 5 million years ago. FREE. Tues 3 Mar 7:30 - 9:30pm, Beaumaris. Register here.
Teachers' Professional Development Workshop: STEAM in the Marine Environment. Our free Teachers' Environment Network workshop gives you the chance to explore how you can use Port Phillip Bay as an outdoor classroom. FREE. Wed 4 Mar 4-5:30pm, St Kilda Pier. Register here.
My Sustainable Kitchen at the EcoCentre. Learn practical ways to make your kitchen more sustainable including reducing food waste, maximising leftovers, and composting. Hosted by Sustainable Port Phillip and Zero Waste Victoria. Sat 7 Mar 10:30am - 12:30pm. Register here.
St Kilda Repair Cafe at the EcoCentre. FREE. Sun 8 Mar 2-5pm. Find out more.
A Day on the Bay. A unique professional development day for secondary Science, Biology, Geography and Environmental Education teachers. Meet Baykeeper Neil Blake AND dolphins! Hosted by Reptile Encounters. Fri 13 Mar. Register here.
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