All the latest news and events at the Port Phillip EcoCentre. Monthly 5-minute positive action.
Port Phillip EcoCentre logo.   EcoCentre News May '17
In this Issue: Learn from our Chief how you can make a meaningful difference in just 5 minutes. Breaking News: our music video 'A Little Bit of Litter' has launched ... and has reached 100 000 people. Read an update on how your financial gift has helped our Baykeeper Team. Consider coming to Protests this Thursday to #StopAdani. Show-off your Trivia Expertise for the sake of our Oceans. Read up on our affiliate, JECODiscover what's on at the EcoCentre and locally. Check out the latest vollie opportunities. Or just browse some cool extras.
5-minute meaningful action: Comment to spark your Council!
Thanks to your support, we're thrilled to see City of Port Phillip's Draft Plan include a $3.2m capital commitment toward the EcoCentre redevelopment; we are now seeking co-funders. This is a tremendous next step in our successful, long-running partnership with City of Port Phillip.

A fit-for-purpose facility empowers our community momentum to cultivate clean air, clean rivers and Bay, healthy soil, thriving biodiversity, low-waste living, clean energy, environmental justice and social well-being. We'll be able to nurture our growing schools and community groups.

 
Everywhere in Melbourne, your local Councillors are 6 months into 4 year terms. So this month's meaningful action is agenda-setting: Comment on your Council's Draft Plan/Budget. Council officers genuinely read all submissions, and our voices direct their priorities.

If you only have 5 minutes, we encourage a general comment such as:
I endorse and expect increasingly ambitious Council and community targets for emissions reduction, reduced waste to landfill, biodiversity protection, and water efficiency. We urge Council to support any initiatives and partnerships that further these goals.
 
your fellow voice in environmental citizenship, ~April
Breaking News: 'A Little Bit of Litter' music video launched
Recently, the Port Phillip EcoCentre was fortunate enough to collaborate with local artists MC Guttermouth, MOOP Patrol and Nicole Joy Wheatley to produce a punchy, hip-hop music video with an anti-littering message. All artists volunteered their time to write, record and film the song and video to raise awareness about the negative impacts of littering. The music video was released on Earth Day, 22 April. As of today the video is up to 37 000 views!

The video tells the tale of a time when MC Guttermouth was spreading dirty words and convincing the world around him that a little bit of litter doesn't matter. That is, until MOOP Patrol stepped in. MOOP Officers Tait and Jones go head to head, toe to toe with MCG and bust his rhymes wide open with stories that reaffirm the message that EVERY bit of litter REALLY matters. Guest artist Nicole Joy Wheatley reaffirms the anti-littering message with her soulful vocals and hip attitude. This gal ain’t taking trash from anyone! 

You can watch their awesome battle on our facebook. We'd love you to share the video and its earth-saving message with all your friends. The video is also screening at Federation Square daily over the next few weeks (wow!), and Harmony Square Dandenong at 4pm prior to our Baykeepers documentary. ~Nikki
MC Guttermouth chucks litter out his car without a care ...
Watch A Little Bit of Litter on facebook. Please share and spread the word!
Update for all our Baykeeper Team's Fundraiser supporters
In January we held a special fundraiser for our Baykeeper Team to help them continue their great work to protect and unclog our precious Port Phillip Bay. Thank you to everyone who gave! We have a special update on what your money had been achieving:

Sustainability Victoria have adopted the Baykeeper Beach Litter Audit Method that our Baykeeper, Neil Blake meticulously devised. This is a big win for the Baykeeper Team! We are now recruiting community data collectors to conduct regular audits around the Bay. Results from these audits will inform local waste management plans - meaning less litter gets in our bay. Thank you for your gifts -  we couldn't do our work without you.
#StopAdani MegaMine Protests this Thursday 11 May
This Thursday 11 May 2017 our local branch of the Australia-wide #StopAdani movement, Melbourne Ports Stop Adani​ is holding 2 consecutive protest gatherings. The first is at 9:45am outside the Commonwealth Bank in Carlisle St, Balaclava. The second is 11am outside the Commonwealth Bank in Ackland Street, St Kilda. 

Please join in! Find more information here.
Show your Trivia Expertise for the sake of our Oceans
So you think you know stuff about the sea? Put it to the test! Out of the Blue is hosting their third annual Radiothon trivia fundraiser on 10 May at Highlander pub in the CBD. Bring your friends for a fun-filled night of ocean trivia and win fabulous prizes while keeping Out of the Blue on community radio for another year! 

Out of the Blue logoDedicated to the dissemination of news and information regarding marine and coastal environments, Out of the Blue keeps listeners up-to-date by sharing news, information, research, campaigns and new discoveries relating to our oceans. Listen in every Sunday at 11:30 am on 3CR 855 AM. Book here or visit Out of the Blue's facebook page. ~Fam
The Jewish Ecological Coalition
EcoCentre affiliated group, JECO is a not-for-profit set up to emphasise and deepen the Jewish commitment to sustainability, and to raise awareness within and beyond the community about Judaism's strong environmental message.

What JECO aims to do:
  • To educate and encourage individuals to “tread softly on the face of the earth”; i.e. to minimise their environmental footprint.
  • To work with individuals and organisations to prevent and repair environmental damage.
  • To build bridges between the Jewish and wider community by working together for sustainability.
How JECO achieves their aims:
  • Email regular newsletter keeping you informed on the latest events and activities
  • Gather and disseminate current information and philosophies on the environment
  • Provide topical events including film showings and presentations with expert guest speakers
  • Promote sustainability by participating in events including In One Voice, Limmud Oz, Mitzvah Day, and Clean Up Australia Day
  • Support and encourage environmentally-focused activities, including those linked to Jewish festivals such as Tu Bishvat.
Find out more about JECO here or become a member.
What's On
Wed 10 May in the CBD - Out of the Blue is hosting their third annual Radiothon trivia fundraiser at Highlander Pub. Bring your friends for a fun-filled night of ocean trivia in support of marine environments. Book here.
Thurs 11 May in St Kilda - Come hear stories from 4 visitors to Antarctica including our 20 year old Youth Wildlife Ambassador, Gio. This is a free event by the EcoCentre although we welcome your donations. Book here.
Thurs 11 May in Balaclava & St Kilda - Stop Adanai MegaMine Protests led by Melbourne Ports Stop Adani Group, our local branch of the Australia-wide #StopAdani movement. Find out more info and join the protests.
Tues 16 May at Beaumaris Life Saving Club - Marine Care Ricketts Point is hosting Melbourne Uni's Environmental Law Expert, Brad Jessup. Interested parties please join at 7pm for a prompt 7:30pm start.
Sun 21 May in Port Melbourne Friends of Native Wildlife is running Pollinators & Westgate Park: Citizen Science Workshop. Help demonstrate the importance of urban green spaces like Westgate Park for biodiversity.
Wed 24 May at Elsternwick Primary - Our Teacher's Environment Network (TEN) is running another free Professional Development on Water & Waste from 4-5:30pm. To register please email ten@ecocentre.com.
Fri 26 May at South Melbourne Community Centre - Port Phillip Citizens for Reconciliation invite you to a lunch to commemorate National Sorry Day, 12:30-2:30pm. RSVP by 20 May to 9699 8804 or rosemary.rule@gmail.com.
Sat 27 May in Port Melbourne - Share skills for living in the inner city sustainably at Skills Fest 2017: Creatures of the Be the RE-Generation crew in action!Bay. Practical and creative fun at Port Melbourne Uniting Church, 1-3pm.

Every Sunday in May at St Kilda Pier - Be the RE-Generation: Young people (15-25 yrs) meet to help protect the biodiversity of our beloved Port Phillip Bay. Citizen Science activities include penguin habitat enhancement, beach profiling, and live mollusc surveys. Have fun and meet others while helping the local environment! Sign up to our mailing list for updates about events. Be the change you want to see.
Be a Vollie!
Seeking a Corded Drill, and a Volunteer who knows how to use our Engraver: Your donated drill will help the EcoCentre continue to deliver our nesting box programs (ours has just died). Any generous souls who may be able to assist?
Plus a big thank you to Helen and Ian Kuchel who donated us a Bosch Cordless Drill plus battery charger!

Every Friday at EcoCentre - Community Garden Group. Seeking green thumbs, propagationers, waterers, and  training black thumbs to be greener.
Cool Extras
Plastic Bag Sleeping Mats for the Homeless. This charity re-purposes plastic shopping bags into crocheted sleeping mats to add a touch of comfort and warmth to those sleeping rough this winter. Get involved.
Salvatore the fur seal makes the Yarra River his home: Did you know we appear to have a fur seal living in the Yarra? Read more about his adventures in The Age.
Megafauna & Indigenous Australians coexisted for at least 17 000 years: New science on Australia's ancient megafauna makes a surprising discovery. Read more in The Guardian.

Bring your foodscraps for the EcoCentre's Community Compost: Deposit them into the mini green compost bin on our veranda. Thanks to our generous volunteers we are up and running again.
 
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