Tuesday, May 5, 2015

the global theme for world environment day 2015

the well-being of humanity, the environment, and the functioning of the economy, ultimately depend upon the responsible management of the planet’s natural resources. Evidence is building that people are consuming far more natural resources than what the planet can sustainably provide.

many of the earth’s ecosystems are nearing critical tipping points of depletion or irreversible change, pushed by high population growth and economic development. by 2050, if current consumption and production patterns remain the same and with a rising population expected to reach 9.6 billion, we'll need three planets to sustain our ways of living and consumption.

the world environment day theme this year as set by the united nations environment program is therefore "Seven Billion Dreams, One Planet, Consume with Care."

living within planetary boundaries is the most promising strategy for ensuring a healthy future. human prosperity need not cost the earth. living sustainably is about doing more and better with less. it is about knowing that rising rates of natural resource use and the environmental impacts that occur are not a necessary by-product of economic growth.

see how we're celebrating here in Boonah.


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

seven billion dreams, one planet, consume with care

this year's World Environment Day Festival will again showcase a huge array of exhibitors, workshops, displays, demonstrations, discussions, art and performances to celebrate and inspire sustainability.

we're celebrating again on Saturday 6 June 2015 at the Outlook, 4001 Boonah Ipswich Road, Boonah between 9am and 4pm.

if you're a food vendor, stall holder or workshop presenter who is interested in getting involved, please get in touch with us. this is a plastic bag free event, and participants must be associated with the theme of sustainability in some way (in its broadest sense - social, ecological, community etc). you can find the participant info pack online here, if you'd like to be a part of this great day, please complete the application and email it to us.

expect lots of great food - organic, raw and real, vintage and upcycled wares, and loads of innovative ideas for sustainable living.

stay tuned to see this year's entertainment program, and check out last year's program
online here.

similarly, you can check out details of last year's free creative workshop program
online here.

read more about the theme here.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

clothes swap 2014

We'll be celebrating National Recycling Week again this year with a community Clothes Swap at the Cultural Centre on Saturday November 8 between 9am and 1pm.

Held simultaneously with the Bookfest, another great recycling event, the Clothes Swap includes women’s, men’s, children’s clothing, shoes and accessories. 

Bring along some clothes, shoes or accessories and it's free to swap, or only a gold coin donation to buy.

Upcycled bags will be available to purchase, and there'll be displays and demonstrations of some great upcycled textile ideas.

Local upcycler Anita Egginton will show visitors how easy it can be to sew shopping bags and library bags which can then be used to carry home ‘new’ clothes or books from the next door Book Fest. Anita is also demonstrating how to easily refashion men’s shirts into women’s summer tops.

Other demonstrations include local artist Sal Hart showing innovative weaving techniques to create bags from used baling twine via extra large French knitting devices.
There’ll also be a small suitcase rummage with lots of bargains to be had from a suitcase.

Clothes Swaps promote the perks of reuse and recycling and are great for the environment, but they’re also a fun and interactive way to refresh your wardrobes and cleanse your collections for free, making it a budget-friendly alternative to buying new.

Swapping just one suitcase (20kg) of clothes saves enough energy to run a TV non-stop for 1.7 years.

We invite people to participate and bring along a few items to swap, or just come and talk to us and learn more about the broader theme of minimising waste.

As well as the focus on clothes, it's a great opportunity to bring along things which BOSS collects for recycling initiatives, which include

  • mobile phones and accessories for the mobile muster
  • corks and household batteries for recycling
  • old plastic store cards to be upcycled into guitar picks
  • old running shoes for the nike re-use-a-shoe campaign, and
  • bras and swimmers for project uplift
  • fabric for bags and other crafts, including tablecloths, curtains and sheets,
  • old metal kitchenalia for the JUnkyard Dogs Upcycled Marching Band.

We’ll also have information there on recent innovations in recycling, including where people can take household batteries, soft plastics and ewaste.


Friday, July 25, 2014

AGM and general meeting

the BOSS AGM is scheduled for Sunday August 17, and we're looking forward to reports from all subcommittees.

if you are interested in nominating for a committee position, please complete the
nomination form and return via email to the secretary by Wednesday August 13. 

to be eligible, nominations must be from current financial members.

the meeting will be held at the Outlook at 2 for a 2.30pm start in the conference room. the AGM will be followed by a general meeting.

please bring a plate to share, and let us know by email if you are coming.

national tree day conversations and brunch

we'll be celebrating national tree day on sunday july 27 from 11 am.

 this year we won't be planting trees, but we will check out one of our previous community planting sites and talk about trees.

please join us for brunch at the Fassifern Reserve where we've already planted 2000 trees. 

 we'll provide tea, coffee and juice, but would love it if you could bring a plate to share and your own chair and cup.

we plan to do some more community plantings when the weather is more inclined to support young trees. we'll work out when these perhaps in november and perhaps in march next year to coincide with the international day of the forests.

Monday, June 30, 2014

anti plastics unite

our new 'anti plastics' subgroup will meet at the story tree at 10am on thursday july 24.

come along if you interested in trying to change our local reliance on single use plastics.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

world environment day festival reflection

Our World Environment Day Festival Debrief was originally scheduled for tomorrow june 22. 

This date has now been rescheduled. 

Sadly, our Eat Local Week Market Day event will not be going ahead, due to changes with the Organic Shed.

So, we have decided to get together that day - Sunday July 6 - to reflect on this year’s World Environment Day Festival.

We’re keen to hear more of your feedback and get your valuable contributions to build on the success of the event, and hope members and friends can come along.

We'll be meeting at Unit 3, at the Outlook between 1.30pm and 4.30pm. Please bring a plate to share and RSVP if you can make it.

In the meantime, please consider sharing your views in the
online survey

Thanks again to everyone who helped make the event such a fantastic day. There's lots of photos
online on facebook.