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Western Metropolitan Regional Council - Newsletter
Hi Western
Welcome to the Winter edition of the Western Earth Carers Newsletter. July has been all about living plastic free lives. August sees the start of our next Earth Carers course and the closing ceremony for Plastic Free July. We hope to catch up with you at an event soon.
Warm regards
Nabilla, Amy & Rebecca

In this Edition:
Earth Carers News
Upcoming sustainability events
Earth Carers at Presbyterian Ladies College (PLC)
Earth Carers have been busy at PLC running a tailored high school course. The girls have been elbow deep in rubbish audits, donning hard hats for a tour of the DiCOM and mixing up home made toothpaste, deodorant and lip balm (see photo below). As part of the course PLC hosted a public screening of Bag It and the girls had challenges to complete e.g. visiting an op shop, cooking a plastic free meal or using FreeCycle. They are now (hopefully) completing their final challenge for PLC's Arts Day. One of the girls commented:

"It (the course) has had a big effect on me and has caused many small lifestyle changes that I will encourage others to make. I am talking to Mrs Anderson (Middle School Principal) about ways to make the Cafeteria plastic-free."

Earth Carers staff thoroughly enjoyed working with these caring and intelligent young women and we can't wait to go back for a visit next term to see how their final projects went!
Plastic Free July
When you get to work and your colleague, with a twinkle in her eyes, declares, "We've gone viral!" you know you're doing something right! Plastic Free July (PFJ) has take off this year with 265 sign ups and 400 Facebook followers. PFJ was featured in four newspaper articles and a letter to the editor (thanks Judith!). There have been hundreds of 'likes', 'shares' and 'tweets' on social media. Rebecca was interview by Geoff Hutchison on ABC 720 radio.

It's not to late to sign up to do the last couple of weeks or even a day! See our events below and join us for PFJ events.

Here is Nabilla with her home made, plastic free rice milk! Check the Facebook page and our website for other fantastic ideas and recipes. 
 
Earth Carers in Primary  Schools
As always Earth Carers have been visiting 
heaps of primary schools to help teachers reinforce the REDUCE, Reuse, Recycle message. 
 
A huge thank you to Kate Covell for helping us out at several schools. If you would like to help, just let us know! Here are some kids from John XXIII getting up close and personal with our worms!
Next Earth Carers Course
Are you interested in exploring ways to live more sustainably whilst meeting likeminded others or know someone who is? Done Living Smart and want to delve deeper into waste (not literally)?

The next Free Earth Carers course may be for you. Commencing Thursday 23 August 2012 you'll gain knowledge and skills to confidently live with less waste.  Click here for details.

Plastic Free July Events
Everyone is welcome to PFJ events whether doing the challenge or not! 
  • Two Hands Beach Clean Up 3: Wednesday 18 July, 12.30-1pm at Cottesloe Beach (beach in front of Indiana Tea House).
  • Two Hands Beach Clean Up 4: Wednesday 25 July, 4.30-5.00pm at Swanbourne beach (beach opposite North St).
  • Plastic Free July Closing Ceremony: Thursday 2 August, 7pm at Perth Modern School in Subiaco. Share your dilemma bag and hear from Paul Sharp, founder of the Two Hands Project, talk about the Tsunami Debris Research Expedition. Click here for details.
Skills to Cut the Bills
Join Faerie Cara and friends on Sunday 22 July at the Karrinyup Recreation Community Centre from 10.00am-4.00pm for this Community Living Expo including talks, a clothing exchange and workshops. Click here for info. 

Lake Claremont Planting Day
Join the Friends of Lake Claremont planting native seedlings on Sunday 29 July (National Tree Day) from 9:00 am – 12:00pm. Contact Heidi by email.

Joy of Wood Workshops
Develop practical skills and make projects from recycled wood. Join Greg Miller at Earthwise 10-12 August. Download the flyer here.

Living Smart Facilitators Course
Shani Graham and Tim Darby present this two day course on Sunday 18 March and Sunday 22 April for people who have completed a Living Smart course and feel inspired to share this with others. Contact Shani via email.

Western Earth Carers organise two Living Smart courses in the western suburbs each year and are looking for local people interested in facilitating future LS courses with Shani and Tim as mentors.


Volunteer of the Month

Thank you for your help and enthusiasm Natalie!
Natalie has come to all of the Two Hands beach clean ups this month. She  has also been a regular volunteer at Earth Carers events and stalls since she completed the Earth Carers course in September 2011. Natalie is always willing to help out and she does it with a big smile. Natalie will be returning home in a couple of months - we'll miss you Natalie.
WMRC Staff Clean Up Cott

WMRC staff (and Natalie) enjoying the sun and doing our second Two Hands beach clean up - don't worry there are more and everyone is welcome.
Carbon Footprint App
If apps are your thing, this free app calculates your footprint and the impact of your daily habits. It gives tips on how to reduce your foot print. Download it here
Our mailing address is:
Western Metropolitan Regional Council
PO Box 47, MOSMAN PARK WA 6912
Phone: 9384 4003
Email: earthcarers@wmrc.wa.gov.au
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