Award winning environmental festival launches in Beerwah


AHEAD of World Environment Day next Sunday June 5, the Sunshine Coast Environment Council (SCEC) today (May 26) officially launched World Environment Day Festival 2022 at the Beerwah Meeting Place.

The annual event which is now in its 42nd year follows a month-long program of events and activities along the theme of #OnlyOneEarth, advocating for transformative environmental change on a global scale. 

President of the SCEC Derek Foster welcomed and thanked partners involved in the innovative program, which earlier this year took out the Partnerships for Landcare Award in the 2021 QLD Landcare Awards. SCEC will travel to Sydney later this year for the national Landcare awards.

Sunshine Coast Environment Council’s Natalie Frost and Derek Foster

SCEC coordinator Natalie Frost shared that this year 13 partners joined to facilitate 18 events from June 1-30, with some events already booked out by eager participants.

“The theme this year is a continuation of last year, which is ‘only one earth’,” Natalie said.

“While our individual choices are important, we must all come together for collective transformative actions.

“We are all custodians of our one earth.”

Events across the Sunshine Coast include workshops, live music, film nights, street festivals, tree plantings, electric vehicle expo and more.

Locally, Mooloolah River Landcare’s Biocontrol Facility will again hold their The Bug Day Out event on Saturday June 18. Mooloolah River Landcare’s biocontrol officer Jessica Raintree said they are excited to be building on last years’ event, which was a great success.

Mooloolah River Landcare’s Jessica and Leesa

“This year will be even better with plenty of activities, all kinds of insects and we’re really excited to have four entomologists attending,” she said.

Barung Landcare’s guided walk and tree planting event has already been booked out, however Sunshine Coast Council’s Macropod-Pademelons and beyond presentation at Mary Cairncross Sceneic Reserve on Tuesday, June 21 is still open.

There’s plenty of other events happening across the Sunshine Coast as part of WED Festival 2022, so be sure to RSVP to an event at www.wed.org.au

World Environment Day this year celebrates its 50th anniversary, and globally people are encouraged to celebrate the planet through collective environmental action.

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