Council supports Earth Hour event

Council supports Earth Hour event

Posted on: 12.03.2019

Wollondilly Shire Council will join Camden and Campbelltown Councils and the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan to host an Earth Hour event, ‘Caring for Country’ on Saturday 30 March.

Earth Hour started in Sydney in 2007 and since then has become the world’s biggest movement to protect our planet. Millions of people in more than 7,000 cities in over 180 countries take part, with many putting ‘lights out’ for 60 minutes at 8.30pm as a symbolic show of solidarity.

‘Caring for Country’ will be held at the Bowden Centre in the Botanic Garden, Mount Annan and will feature elements of traditional Aboriginal culture as a way to connect people with the natural environment.

The free family event will run from 5.30pm to 9.30pm on 30 March and will feature interactive workshops, star gazing and live acoustic and dance performances.

Wollondilly Mayor, Cr Matthew Deeth said, “We are proud to be supporting this Earth Hour event. The environment we have in our Shire is beautiful and unique and needs to be protected for our children and their children.”

“Our Council is committed to preserving this natural heritage, from the waterways and bushland to the native animals such as our Macarthur koala population.”

“This evening is a great opportunity to celebrate the customs of the traditional custodians of the land while focussing on our role in looking after our environment for the future,” he said.

The event will include:

•    Didgeridoo playing

•    A traditional smoking ceremony

•    Dreamtime stories

•    Stargazing with the Macarthur Astronomical Society

•    Acoustic performance by local musician Hamani Tanginoa

•    A lesson on bug hotels and habitats

•    Bike n Blend, a bike you can pedal to make your own electricity-free juice

•    Seed-sorting workshop

•    Eco-art workshop

•    Boomerang and stone painting with local artists the Black Cockatoos

•    Weaving with natural materials

•    Didgeridoo workshop

•    Clap-stick message stick creation