We live on a blue planet, in bodies made of 60% water - water, water everywhere. Yet our freshwater is finite (only 1% of the planet) and recycled ad infinitum - we are made of water dinosaurs drank! Water is subject to scarcity and contamination, the impacts of which are deadly for women and disrupt the education of girls when safe toilets and clean water are lacking. (Hence we choose toilet paper that fundraises.) 
Water is hidden in everything. Food waste costs huge volumes of 'embodied' water needed to grow it. We not only battle the plastic pollution of rivers, we combat the needless plastic itself - which wastes 7 litres of water to make a single-use bottle that holds 1 litre of water.  Infuriating - but we are fortified by the EcoCentre community! I joined Bay Ambassador Yashoda's recent workshop (above) to share sustainable food traditions of the world, and connections to water. How will you honour International Women's Day (8th March) and World Water Day (22nd March)?
Thanks, April         
Isabel Robinson with PNG locals, 2008
"Decisions are made by those who show up". Isabel Robinson is a writer, consultant, and volunteer on the EcoCentre Committee of Management. Her career started in international development and has now led her into local community development - find out more about her journey in this fascinating blog post.
Artwork created by students at Elwood College using cigarette butts collected during Clean Up Australia Day
Individuals, business, and community groups got together for Clean Up Australia Day last week. Elwood College conducted a clean-up last week, with students creating this piece of art with littered cigarette butts, and raising over $9,000 in one day for a raingarden through the EcoCentre's Living Water Workbees program.
Women of the Waterkeeper Alliance
Women and girls and water are powerfully linked. Dirty water and lack of safe toilets are among the top five killers of women worldwide, taking a woman’s life every 40 seconds. The global Waterkeeper Alliance is rich with female leaders fighting for clean water - read more in a special International Women's Day article by EcoCentre Executive Officer April Seymore.


Neil, Yashoda and Elyssa at Summer by the Sea
We joined Coastcare Victoria at Summer by the Sea in January - an annual event which aims to connect families to Victoria's coastline and marine environments. Port Phillip Baykeeper Neil Blake was joined by Multicultural Bay Ambassadors Yashoda Pathak and Elyssa Haward for sea shell safaris and microplastic surveys. Check out some highlights from Summer by the Sea!

Cool & compelling

Anna Rogalina holding her artwork, "Catch of the Day" (2019) Anna Rogalina loves walking on the beach, but is shocked to see the amount of litter lining our shores. She created Catch of the Day from some of the litter she collected from the beach, particularly glass bottle shards and soy sauce fish bottles. We love your work Anna, advocating for a clean Bay using the power of art!  "Catch of the Day" by Anna Rogalina, 2019

Mark your diary

• Sun 10 Mar 2-5pm - St Kilda Repair Cafe at the EcoCentre. FREE.
• Sun 10 Mar 10:30am-1:30pm - Pollinators and Westgate Park Workshop, Port Melbourne. Learn how to identify pollinators. Hosted by Westgate Biodiversity: Bili Nursery and Landcare. FREE - Registrations essential.
• Fri 15 Mar 12pm - School Strike 4 Climate. Be part of the global day of school strikes to call for climate action. 
• Sat 16 Mar 10:15-11:30am - Treasure Our Bay Day, designed for children aged 5-8 years old. FREE, hosted by the EcoCentre at Elwood Beach. Register here.
• Sun 17 Mar 10am-4pm - Chocolate Shop Ride with MBTC. Heatherdale to Upper Ferntree Gully ride. FREE - registrations essential.
• Wed 20 Mar 6:30-7:30pm -  EcoCentre Volunteer Induction (Evening Session). Join us to get started volunteering with the EcoCentre! Registrations essential.
• Thurs 21 Mar 5:30-7:30pm -  Gardens for Wildlife information session, Port Melbourne. Find out about volunteering opportunities for the pilot Gardens for Wildlife program. Hosted by Westgate Biodiversity: Bili Nursery and Landcare. FREE - registrations essential.
• Sat 23 Mar 12-7pm -  Day by the Bay Festival, Point Cook. Come along for free music, great food, and to learn about how you can care for our Bay.
• Thurs 28 Mar 6-8pm -  EcoCentre Sunscreen Project Volunteers Celebration, for all volunteers of our world-leading research into the effects of sunscreen on temperate reefs. Register here.
• Fri 29 Mar 8:30am -  Steps to Sustainability Conference. Join over 200 teachers, environmental educators and local government officers to discover how to connect students to life on land and below water including local waterways and Port Phillip Bay. Tickets are still available, register quick!
• Fri 5 Apr 10:30-11:30am -  EcoCentre Volunteer Induction. Join us to get started volunteering with the EcoCentre! Registrations essential.
• Sat 13 Apr 12-1pm -  Build a Native Terranium Workshop, hosted by Westgate Biodiversity: Bili Nursery and Landcare. $40 - register here.
• Tues 16 Apr 6:30-7:30pm -  Whale and Dolphin Citizen Science Workshop, hosted by Two Bays Whale Project at the EcoCentre. Learn how to identify whales and dolphins, and contribute to citizen science. Free for volunteers, members, partners, and affiliates of the EcoCentre - register here. Become a member for free to come along!
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