Today is World Environment Day. The theme for this year is ‘Connecting People to Nature’. Hopefully it will encourage us all to get outdoors and into nature, to appreciate its beauty and its wonder, and to raise awareness of just how crucial it is protect the world we share.

World Environment Day is the largest annual event for positive environmental action with a different country hosting each year — this year’s host country is Canada. Since its inception in 1972, global citizens have organised thousands of events on this day, from neighbourhood clean-ups, to wildlife protection and replanting forests.

It’s a time for us to consider our relationship with nature and how intimately we depend on it, a time to experience its beauty and consider better ways to protect it.

Boroondara is actively involved in protecting the environment by advocating responsible waste management via our waste and recycling collection services. We support community gardens and food sharing, promote sustainable living workshops and events, actively reduce carbon emission and manage our water and waterways sustainably. All these initiatives contribute to a healthy, green and resilient municipality.

So today, take a walk along the Yarra (Birrarung) River and marvel at the majestic river red gums— some are hundreds of years old. These impressive trees provide a healthy habitat for many of our beautiful native birds and small mammals including sugar gliders and ringtail possums.

And if you can’t enjoy the outdoors today, you can give a helping hand to nature by planting your garden with native (indigenous) plants to create a natural wildlife-friendly patch.

Another great way to connect with nature is helping out at one of our ‘Friends of’ groups to protect local flora and fauna. You can also do your bit for the environment by learning more about sustainability to protect our precious world.

Cr Phillip Healey


Boroondara Mayoral Blog