Green up your own backyard
COFFS Harbour is turning green ? or at least that's what Julie Worland wants to see.
After 18 years at Coffs Harbour Total Gardens, she thinks World Environment Day is the perfect opportunity for all of us to be educated about our natural habitat.
So passionate is Ms Worland, Total Gardens has signed on to a national initiative with Australia's Nursery and Garden Industry, to help people get their backyards on track to benefit the environment.
"We are all really concerned about the world's many environmental issues but often don't know where to take action,' Ms Worland said.
"Making simple changes in your own backyard is an easy way to help our environment and is something everyone can do."
Ms Worland also wants to get the local primary schools involved in the initiative.
School will be in at the Coffs Harbour Botanic Gardens today, where Ms Worland will get them involved in hands-on activities.
"We want them to get their hands dirty," Ms Worland said.
The Principal of Karangi Public School, Kathy Puddey, is also devoted to this cause, getting her students involved in the program.
She has organised for 350 Coffs Harbour district students to be a part of the World Environment Day workshops being held at Coffs Botanic Gardens today.
There will be 12 workshops run by State Forests, National Parks and Wildlife, WIRES, and more. There will also be art, drama and music workshops and a bushtucker walk to keep the students interested.
"I absolutely have a personal interest in this cause," Ms Puddey said.
She agrees with Ms Worland that being aware of what people can do on a day-to-day basis is the key to change.
"We need to be able to make sure the little things can make a difference globally," Ms Puddey said.
She encourages people to be aware and cut down on energy use, especially important in winter months, and to minimise waste.
"My students are going to be bringing waste-free lunches with them ," Ms Puddey said.