‘We Got This’ – National Sustainable Living Festival 2018
In 1998, the first Sustainable Living Festival was held in the small town of Musk, near Daylesford in regional Victoria. Involving just a few like-minded people who were trying to live a more sustainable life, this gathering triggered what has become one of the largest festivals of its kind in the world, attracting around 100,000 visitors to Melbourne over the month of February each year.
This year’s theme - ‘We Got This – Reversing Climate Change’ - around which many of the events are designed, is specifically focused on ways to reduce the impact of global warming on our environment. Throughout the month there is an extraordinary variety of things to do, see and hear right across the spectrum of sustainable living practices.
The Festival’s flagship event is The Big Weekend’, running from Friday 9th – Sunday 11th February and held at Fed Square and along Birrarung Marr next to the Yarra River. One of the most popular weekends in the Melbourne calendar, this year features an impressive line-up of speakers and activities, ranging from a panel discussion on the fast fashion crisis to a presentation on bush foods and survival plants and a demonstration of how to grow your own food in small places.
Already you can admire and learn from the Melbourne Town Hall Veggie Patch, which shows just how much food you can grow in a small space, reducing your carbon foot print by reducing your ‘food miles’. Or you can learn how to minimise food waste at a workshop by Open Table, where you’ll find out how to use what’s left in the fridge, plan your menu to reduce waste and cook with parts of vegetables and fruit that you might usually throw out.
On top of this there are discussions and demonstrations of urban beekeeping, backyard chooks, tiny houses, recycled art and sustainable interior decoration, plus much, much more. And one of the best things about the Sustainable Living Festival is that the vast majority of the events are free!
Find the full program of events here and start planning your month of inspiration and education in how to live more sustainably and be part of the effort to reverse climate change.
For some great tips on how to make your life more sustainable, have a look at the Living Sustainably section of our blog.