Climate change is an immediate threat to the world’s biodiversity. NatureLinkPerth has signed up to Earth Hour. Earth Hour is an awareness raising campaign, coordinated by WWF, to get people thinking and talking about climate change and connecting with nature. Started in Sydney in 2007, this annual event has grown into an international movement in over 190 countries and 7,000 cities around the world.  

We invite you to join us to mark Earth Hour by going ‘lights out’ for 60 minutes at 8.30pm – how about a nocturnal bushwalk? Register your participation on www.earthhour.org.au and tag your social media posts with #naturelinkperth and  #Connect2Earth, to show the world that we are committed to the future of our planet. For ideas, resources, and to register your participation please visit https://www.earthhour.org.au/

Events

Upcoming events are provided here. Do you have an event coming up? Let us know.

So much happening at the moment! We’ll keep this brief and you can click on the links to find out what’s on offer. Thanks for sending in your events – the network grows…

EnviroFEST

NatureLink Perth will be presenting this event – see you there!
DATE: Saturday 30 March | 10am–3pm
VENUE: Village West, Whiteman Park
COST:  Free
For more information click 
Here or for the program click Here
Discover ways to become more ‘green’ and sustainable at home at this fun, family-friendly environmental event!

 Propagation: Cuttings for Conservation 

Hosted by Wildflower Society of WA Murdoch
DATE: Thursday 4 April | 7:30pm–9:30pm
VENUE: The Wetlands Centre, 184 Hope Rd Bibra Lake
COST: $3 pay at event
For more information click Here
Have you tried growing plants from cuttings? What about WA natives?
This month we are lucky to host Hazel Dempster who is a Voluntary Specialist Propagator of WA Plants at WSWA Northern Suburbs Branch Nursery in Darch.  Hazel is passionate about dispeling the idea that our WA flora is hard to grow by vegetative methods and sharing the importance of propagation to flora conservation and revegetation.

More events on last week’s newsletter still current click here

In the News:

When I am talking to people about biodiversity the concern of “what can we do?” and it ‘all being too much’ often raises it head. This was the topic of a recent article on the BBC News. While the article is about climate change, Earth Hour,  the Seventy lecture and Performance for our Planet this week all highlight this is all one – it’s about how we treat our planet. Hope you find it interesting.

‘Eco-anxiety’: how to spot it and what to do about it
BBC News Dave Fawbert 28 March 2019 
Feeling overwhelmed by the existential challenge of climate change? You’re not alone 

Hi Everyone,
Thanks for your interest in NatureLink Perth.  Actions you can take are highlighted by a and resources with a 

Meetings start up again next week… so stay tuned.

Meanwhile, we attended Dr George Crisp’s presentation on Tuesday night for the WA Naturalists Club Seventy Lecture. A fascinating talk highlighting the direct and critical links between climate change, biodiversity and human health. A wealth of information for the “People” layer of our information repository. An interesting point was the western focus of health treatment at the level of the individual, despite clear evidence of the importance of the social and environmental spheres in which people live – we treat sick people rather than creating an environment that benefits our health – another change of thinking needed. 

On Wednesday, I was fortunate to attend Perth Symphony Orchestra’s Performance for our Planet. Very sorry we missed it on our event calendar! A diverse intermingling of music, video and speakers on a variety of topics around sustainability, climate change and biodiversity in honour of Earth Hour this week. It is wonderful to see the arts and science come together to share a message accessible to all, such as we had with Boorna Waanginy. The full house had a more diverse audience than many environmental events spreading the critical messages further. 

And tomorrow we have both EnviroFest and Earth Hour! We hope you will join us in making a statement and turning off your lights for an hour from 8:30pm tomorrow. Can I suggest a nocturnal walk in your local bushland? – get a group of friends together, it is so different at night. Good for you and for the planet – a stand for action on climate change while connecting with nature. If you do please email and tell us about it. 

Please email us any information you have, people you think we should contact or events/activities that are happening – so we can share with everyone through NatureLink Perth and make all of us more effective agents of change. 

Cheers,

Jane and the NatureLink Perth team