Sustainability

ECOfiesta
Ecofiesta

A festival of fun, friendship and eco-inspiration. The ECOfiesta celebrates and showcases our unique natural environment, tropical lifestyle and green economy. More

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Sustainability Grants

Council funding to support sustainability initiatives by local not-for-profit organisations and schools. More

Sustainability at Council
ECOlogic Council

From policy to practice, Council is working towards environmental, economic, social and cultural sustainability. More

Sustainability education
ECOlogic Schools

Supporting sustainability from kindergarten to Year 12 and beyond. More

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ECOlogic Home

ECOlogic Home is a portal of resources for sustainable living in the tropics. More

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ECOlogic Business

Resources, programs and support for a sustainable and prosperous business. More

ECOfiesta Volunteer
ECOlogic Community

Find out about local sustainability groups, on-ground programs, grants, how to run a sustainable event and the annual ECOfiesta. More

Great Northern Clean Up
Great Northern Clean Up

The Great Northern Clean Up is a hands-on opportunity for schools to have a positive impact on their surroundings. More

Our Cairns Coast

Our Cairns Coast: Adapting for the Future More

Cairns Youth Climate Summit
Cairns Youth Climate Summit

The Cairns Youth Climate Summit is an opportunity for high school aged students to help shape climate actions for the Cairns region until 2030. More

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What is ecoBiz? CCIQ ecoBiz is a free program, funded by the Queensland Government, that helps businesses save money across their energy, water and waste bills. Why join ecoBiz? Through this free program they help businesses understand energy, water and waste costs and teach you to save money through sustainability initiatives. Join now πŸ‘‰ https://ecobiz.cciq.com.au/
Do you or your team have an innovative idea or breakthrough for green business technology? Are you working on how to commercialise your idea or are you already in early stage startup? If so, ClimateLaunchpad, one of the world’s largest competitions for cleantech and green business ideas, may be of interest to you. The competition is free of charge, and provides training, mentoring and pitching opportunities at a local, national and global level to help participants grow their concept into a business. Applications close 18 June: https://climate-kic.org.au/clp20/
Who loves turtles 🐒🐒🐒🐒? Today is WORLD TURTLE DAY!🐒🐒🐒🐒. Did you know you can track turtles live through the Reef Tracks: Marine Life Tracker. Check out where Margaret, Francis, Diane and Midiri are right now πŸ‘‰ https://citizensgbr.org/explore/reef-tracks
Its International Day for Biological Diversity!πŸŒπŸŒ³πŸ¦œπŸ¦ŒπŸƒπŸŒ²πŸ˜πŸŒ΅πŸ†πŸ‹πŸ πŸœπŸπŸ¦‹πŸΈπŸ¨πŸŒΊπŸŠπŸπŸ’πŸŒ±πŸŒ΄https://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/52995/BioStrat2012_22.pdf
Know an amazing Volunteer? Nominate them now πŸ‘‰https://volunteeringqld.org.au/news-media/87-campaign/870-queensland-volunteering-awards-2020. Although the 2020 Queensland Volunteering Awards have been postponed due to COVID-19, nominations have been extended until this Sunday May 24. Help celebrate National Volunteer Week 2020 May 18-24!
πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈClean Up Australia's PLOG-A-THON is the perfect way to get exercising and rid our neighbourhoods and neighbouring ocean of litter. A combination of the Swedish word for "jog" and "pick up" means to pick up litter as you jog (or plod!). This is a 3 month fundraiser to support Clean Up Australia's initiatives in schools, but if the cost is a challenge for you at this time, you can still request a free bag and gloves from Council by emailing: sustainability@cairns.qld.gov.au
🐦🌏 Happy World Migratory Bird Day! 🌏🐦. Did you know the Cairns foreshore is an important link in one of the world’s greatest bird migrations. Each year millions of shorebirds leave Alaska, Siberia, China, Mongolia and Japan after breeding in the northern tundras and fly south to Australia for our summer. Their network of refueling stops and final destinations is the β€œEast Asian-Australasian Flyway”. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZwBnUvSUqbz9DX-gD4Qb3w
Its International Composting Awareness Week! (3-9 May). With a lot of people home at the moment, what a great time to start composting and learn about the benefits of composting. Join the competition https://www.compostweek.com.au/competition/ #CelebrateICAW https://www.abc.net.au/gardening/factsheets/get-composting/9437492 https://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/129691/Composting-at-Home-Fact-Sheet.pdf
Last chance to have your say on the proposed single-use plastics bans in Queensland. To fill in the survey now go to πŸ‘‰https://haveyoursay.des.qld.gov.au/single-use-plastics . Survey closes 5pm tomorrow.
For all the bird lovers out there πŸ¦πŸ¦œπŸ¦‰πŸ¦…πŸ¦†πŸ¦πŸ¦œπŸ¦‰πŸ¦…πŸ¦†. Head to πŸ‘‰https://www.eaaflyway.net/2020-wmbd-webinar_prof-piersma/ , to register for a FREE webinar tomorrow AEST 5-6pm. Prof. Theunis Piersma, Founder of Global Flyway Network will highlight the importance of conserving and restoring the ecological connectivity and integrity of ecosystems that support the natural movements of migratory birds. This is presented by the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership in the lead up to World Migratory Bird Day May 9.
Check out these FREE resources from Learning@Home with Cool Australia for teachers, parents, and caregivers to support kids learning in this unique and challenging environment https://www.coolaustralia.org/learning-at-home/.
Keen to iso-learn and support injured wildlife? Wildlife rescue and rehabilitation might be possible for some now working from home but there are also other options, like helping on the phone lines. Follow FNQ Wildlife Rescue to find out more!
Win a camera in the "What's in Your Backyard?" happy snaps challenge with Costa Georgiadis and explore Landcare Australia's environmental activities for kids. They're aligned with school curriculum and come with step-by-step instructions. Access it all at: https://juniorlandcare.org.au/campaigns/whatsinyourbackyard/ Landcare Tasmania Costa Georgiadis Official Terrain NRM
While there won't be any physical permaculture workshops for this years Ecofiesta, one of the co-founders of permaculture, David Holmgren has now launched his best-selling book online, RetroSuburbia: A Downshifter's Guide to a Resilient Future. You catch the launch with Ecofiesta favourites Costa Georgiadis Official and Formidable Vegetable here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ly4k_Wg9YAs&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR3c5_F-U2PpYy_63mZUB1AM0Zsx7nua64-SfCLO3uTrfkjmqf5GCB_OWFc This resource for navigating through current health, economic & climate changes with regenerative, home-based solutions is available (for a pay-what-you-feel donation) here: https://online.retrosuburbia.com/
Is your garden cranking? Do you have some home grown produce to share or swap? Eat local with Ripe Near Me and search the map in your area or add a listing. Remember to always practice social distancing and hygiene, avoid touching shared surfaces or handling items unnecessarily. https://www.ripenear.me/ πŸŒ»πŸŒ±πŸŒπŸ†πŸ₯¬πŸŒΆπŸ₯₯
Plastic Free Cairns are supporting businesses that have had to rapidly switch to takeaway service only in this difficult time. πŸ‘‰Access some free, quick advice by phone or skype on the most sustainable packaging options available and where to source it locally. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣#keepitincairns. Register for a call back here: www.plasticfreecairns.org/takeaway Let's work together to avoid a whole lot of plastic packaging that was likely not needed before. Tag a business you ❀️ who offers compostable packaging for yummy takeaways, or a business that might appreciate some help.
Do you think it's time to say see-ya-later to single-use plastic products like straws, cutlery, plates and stirrers? The Queensland Environment Department is proposing a ban on these items, starting July 1 2021. Have your say now on this important topic! πŸ‘‰https://haveyoursay.des.qld.gov.au/single-use-plastics
🎨Looking for an at home eco-activity for the children? πŸ‘‰Check out the Queensland Environment Department's colouring in activity books which will help save water, waste and energy. Download and print here https://bit.ly/2PI89tI
It’s Earth Hour tonight! #SwitchOff the lights at 8.30pm local time tonight to help preserve our unique natural wonders. It isn’t too late to register - http://earthhour.org.au
Just one day to go until Earth Hour. Cairns Regional Council will join with millions of climate-conscious people worldwide in #SwitchOff for Earth Hour this Saturday evening from 8.30pm-9.30pm. Council has permanently changed its operations to ensure that all non-essential lighting is turned off every night.
Are you a business owner wondering how to respond to COVID-19? Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland is offering free 12-month membership to new members until the 31st of March. Membership provides a HR helpline, award updates, and tailored resources. Register your business today https://qldchamber.com.au/