Free community event reminds us to reconnect with nature

July 6, 2015

Reconnect logoMurdoch University is hosting a free community sustainability event, giving people the chance to learn about brand new concepts and ways of sustainable living.

The Forgotten Earth: Reconnecting with Nature Fair takes place on Thursday July 16 and is part of the World Student Environment Network (WSEN) Summit taking place from July 13 to 18.

WSEN organising committee member and Murdoch Guild Sustainability Officer, Troy Treeby said that universities around the world bid to hold the WSEN Summit each year and that this was the first time Australia has hosted the event.

“The Summit is organised by local students, inviting student delegates from universities around the world to participate in a variety of activities and discussions focused on sharing knowledge, experiences and perspectives on a range of sustainability-oriented projects and developments,” Troy said.

“The theme for this year's Summit is Reconnecting with Nature, which aims to re-establish a deeper connection with nature through informative and inspirational talks, demonstrations, participation and collaboration between delegates, demonstrators, keynote speakers and the community.”

The Fair will include educational workshops, demonstrations, speeches from prominent WA dignitaries, food, music and children’s activities.

Main events on July 16 in the Kim Beazley Lecture Theatre, Murdoch University:

11am – 12noon: Sustainable Fremantle, Mayor Brad Pettitt and Senior Lecturer in Sustainability in the School of Management and Governance at Murdoch University:

Dr Brad Pettitt will talk about his plans to bring nature back to Fremantle, drawing from cutting-edge urban sustainability concepts developed in Freiburg, Germany.

http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/brad-pettitt-sustainable-fremantle-tickets-17139621068?aff=erellivorg

1pm – 2pm: Uranium mining in remote WA, panel discussion:

Join the uranium panel for a discussion on the politics of uranium mining – considering the risks and regulations, safety and subsidies, lands rights and corporate responsibility – here at home and overseas.

http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/panel-discussion-uranium-mining-in-remote-wa-tickets-17341661376?aff=erellivorg

2.30pm – 3.30pm: Cities and nature, Senator Scott Ludlam and Murdoch alumnus:

Our generation is more disconnected from the natural world than ever before and we need to address this by reimagining our cities as engines of biodiversity and using urban planning to develop more walkable communities. Scott Ludlam addresses these issues of the modern urban landscape.

http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/scott-ludlam-cities-nature-tickets-17103087796?aff=erellivorg

4pm – 5pm: What’s happening with our water? Panel discussion facilitated by Dr Martin Anda, Academic Chair Environmental Engineering, Murdoch University:

The panel will provide an insight into how our most precious resource is managed as well as the consumption patterns of water in Perth’s drying climate. Each panel member has a different perspective to the water resource debate.

http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/panel-discussion-whats-happening-with-our-water-tickets-17128086568?aff=es2

Information and updates on this year’s Summit, hosted by Murdoch, can be viewed on www.wsen2015.org or https://www.facebook.com/WSEN2015.

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