‘Pick one thing and start to do it.’ It is simple advice, but if all of us do at least one thing to take action on climate the change could be significant.
My small steps include planting more trees, actively recycling all that I can (including water for toilet flushing), keeping beehives and a tiger worm compost bin. I would also welcome the opportunity to try new things to help the environment.
After 2 years of pandemic-induced cancellations, the Boroondara Sustainable Living Festival will return to Hawthorn’s Patterson Reserve on 19 November. It forms part of our commitment – as outlined in our Climate Action Plan – to give us all opportunities to learn about how to live more sustainably.
Please join us for a fun Saturday morning with family and friends, including music, native animals and a green-carpet arrival for bike riders. There will be hands-on activities and plenty of expert advice on everything from e-bikes to bee-friendly gardens.
Turn to pages 6 and 7 for more on the festival. You will also find tips outlining how Council can help you reduce your environmental footprint, and what changes you might make to suit your own way of life. Whether you start changing the way you travel, or pledge to cut the waste your household produces, the bonus is that many small steps into sustainability will also reduce the cost of living.
Stay safe, happy and well, and keep recycling.
Mayor of Boroondara
Cr Jane Addis