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Welcome to our final edition for 2015 of the Earth Carers e-newsletter. In this edition:

Earth Carers News: Upcoming sustainability events: We would like to thank each of you for supporting our program and wish you all the best for a refreshing, safe and sustainable festive season.

Nabilla, Amy, Rebecca & Gabrielle

Plastic Free July on stage
"Plastic Free July" was named as finalist in for the national Banksia Foundation environmental awards which recognize environmental excellence and sustainability. In September Earth Carers were awarded a Highly Commended in the Local Government category of the Waste Authority's Infinity Awards for the "Bring one, get one tree" project which encouraged people to bring reusable cups for takeaway coffees.

Less is More Festival
Planning is underway for the 2015 Less is More Festival, (Grove library on Saturday 14 March 2015). From chook keeping to ethical fashion, food dehydration to decluttering, nature play to mindfulness, this day of free workshops and talks presented by Earth Carers and friends on a range of subjects devoted to sustainable, low-waste living, will once again, inspire, teach and entertain. More details coming soon!

Annual Report
It's been another bumper year for Earth Carers and we couldn't have achieved it without the help of our wonderful Earth Carers volunteers. You can read highlights here.


Summer Outdoor Movie Series
As the nights get warmer it's time to bring out your picnic blankets and join us for our annual outdoor movie series in the grounds of our beach side offices in Cottesloe. We've got some great documentaries lined up and interesting speakers for you to enjoy, learn and be inspired by. It's a great chance to bring along friends and family and spread the message in a social environment.

All movies start at 6.30pm with a bring and share picnic followed by speakers and movie screening at approx 7.30pm, depending on sunset times!

Plastic-Free Summer Festival (16 & 17 Jan)

Dive into the science behind plastic pollution and get the local facts at your fingertips!

In association with the City of Fremantle and the Town of Cottesloe we are delighted to bring renowned marine biologist Dr Jennifer Lavers to Perth to talk and demonstrate the impacts of plastic pollution, with a focus on our local beaches. Dr Lavers has studied seabirds around the world, in particular looking at the dire consequences of ingesting plastic. As seen on the ABC Catalyst program, Dr Lavers is a leading scientist on the impacts that plastic pollution is having on wildlife in our oceans. Find out more about the problem, discuss solutions and be part of the change needed!

Full Festival Program here.

MAIN EVENT: Plastic-Free Beach Party (12pm-2pm, Saturday 16 January 2015)
Help clean up Cottesloe beach. Dr Jennifer Lavers will join us for this beach cleanup, look at what is found on our beaches,  learn about the impacts of rubbish on wildlife and oceans and discover alternatives. Click here for details.

Earth Carers in Action
Congratulations to Glen and Lindsay who were recently married in Mosman Park. It was a beautiful wedding which was not only thoughtful and meaningful but sustainable and low waste too! Food and beverages were locally sourced, minimal (if any) packaging, recycled and repurposed decorations and even a compost bin for scraps. We wish them all the best for their new life together.

Low waste Christmas
Reduce your waste this Christmas with the help of some great online resources. Our friend Jamie has prepared a useful free ecogift guide. The inspiring folk from the 1Million Women campaign who have great ideas for a No Waste Festive season or these 18 excellent gifts for kids which don't include toys! Last year we made fabric wallets for our children with gift vouchers that could be used throughout the year such as a ferry ride, bikeride for an icecream, extra long story reading and a massage.

Off the verge
Lets keep recyclables off the verge this festive season. Remeber to recycle paper, cardboard, glass and metal in your recycling bins as per your council guide. Additional cardboard and other recyclables can be taken to our transfer station in Shenton Park. Click here for details. Read Gabrielle's latest blog about verge waste for more information.

Our mailing address is:
Western Metropolitan Regional Council
PO Box 47, MOSMAN PARK WA 6912
Phone: 9384 4003
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