All the latest news and events at the Port Phillip EcoCentre. Monthly 5-minute positive action.
Port Phillip EcoCentre logo.   EcoCentre News March '17
In this Issue: Learn from our Chief how you can make a meaningful difference in just 5 minutes. Read reflections on World Water Day from our Baykeeper. Come and laugh with the EcoCentre at a comedy festival fundraiser. Read up on our affiliate, Animal Liberation VictoriaDiscover what's on at the EcoCentre and locally. Check out the latest vollie opportunities. Or just browse some cool extras.
5-minute meaningful action: for Women, Water and you
Women & WaterGlobally, women and girls are disproportionately impacted by fresh water shortages. Health suffers. Education terminates early. Thus World Water Day (22 March) and International Women's Day (8 March) are deeply intertwined.

Females trek and manually haul clean water long distances; care for those ill from water-borne disease or thirst; yet rarely are invited to water and sanitation management roles. Lack of sanitation (toilet) access contaminates waterways with devastating results -  related disease kills 900 children under 5 every day. In Australia, we may take fresh drinking water for granted, literally flushing toilets with it and wasting food, clothes and STUFF whose collective manufacture takes 12x the water we use directly in Melbourne homes.


5 minute meaningful action of the month

Subscribe to Who Gives a Crap Toilet Paper - home delivery service.  Plastic free, stress free, water-wise manufacturing process, and 50% of profits go to fund sanitation that protects humans and waterways. Good for your bum, great for the world.  ~ April
image credit: World Water Day
Reflections on World Water Day
Our Port Phillip Baykeeper, Neil Blake reflects on World Water Day, coming up this Wednesday 22 March:
 
Unlike hunter gatherer societies with a deep connection to land and water, modern urban living tends to cast rivers and streams as utilitarian stormwater drains. Many are unaware of the rich life within and are not curious to look more closely. Much needed insights can be found in indigenous cultures, such as how and why Tanagaroa (Polynesian god of the sea) gave such spectacular colours to paua (Maori name for abalone).
 
According to Mere Whaanga-Schollum (author of Tangaroa’s Gift) Paua felt sad not to be as beautiful as other sea creatures, until Tangaroa gave him with rich colours from nature. Then the other creatures were jealous and made fun of Paua, so Tangaroa gave him a rock-like outer shell, but still retained the beauty within. 

Read Neil's latest article Melbourne's World Class Water - Well Worth Protecting on his Baykeeper blog. Or give a gift to the Baykeeper Team (put 'Baykeeper' in the comment).

Paua insidePaua outside
Fundraiser: Laugh with the EcoCentre!
The EcoCentre will be coming to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival! Allsorts is a comedy variety hour with something for everyone - stand up, musical comedy, sketch and improv!  Also starring the EcoCentre's very own staff-members April Seymore and Fam Charko for some ecologically informative comedy fun!

All profits from Allsorts will be donated to the EcoCentre.

The Owl and Cat, 34 Swan St, Richmond
10:00pm on 5, 6 & 7 April 2017
$25 (full) / $20 (conc)
Bookings: www.trybooking.com/ODIE
Animal Liberation Victoria
EcoCentre affiliated group, Animal Liberation Victoria was founded over 35 years ago, with the mission of saving lives and ending animal exploitation.

"During this time ALV has always been, and always will be, a front-line organisation. They have spearheaded the fight for animal rights in the trenches.

Their animal rescue teams, embracing the principle of non-violence, openly disobey unjust laws to rescue sick and injured animals, and document the horrific conditions suffered by literally billions of animals around the world. These ‘Open Rescues’ are based on the moral premise that it is wrong to knowingly let any individual, regardless of their species, be imprisoned, abused and killed for the profit of another.

What sets Animal Liberation Victoria apart from the majority of other animal organisations is that they will never support calls for bigger cages or more ‘humane’ killing, they are fighting to end violence against animals, not regulate it. They believe that all sentient beings, regardless of species, have the right to be treated as independent entities, and not as the property of others. Animals are not ours.

Just as they reject racism, sexism, ageism, ableism and heterosexism, they also reject speciesism. They believe no sentient individual should ever be denied basic rights to life and liberty because of their race, gender, age, ability, sexual orientation or species membership.

They are an independent not-for-profit organisation incorporated in the state of Victoria. They receive no government funding and their life saving work is made possible thanks to generous donations from supporters and the public. Animal Liberation Victoria is managed by an elected Committee in accordance with the Victorian Incorporated Associations Act." (Text is excerpts from "About ALV" webpage at https://www.alv.org.au/the-facts/about-alv/).

If you would like to become more involved with ALV you can volunteer here.
What's On
Sat 4 Mar in Elwood - Love Our Street 3184 has a special cleanup day in the Tennyson Street Precinct. Make your neighbourhood the cleanest in Melbourne in just one hour, followed by coffee and cake. Details here.
Sat 4 Mar at Albert Park Primary School Fete - The EcoCentre will have "Litter & Health of Bay" info stall with a penguin focus. Come along from 10am-2pm to learn more.
Sun 5 Mar in Sandringham - Friends of Native Wildlife is running Water Bugs in Pobblebonk Park. Investigate the water bugs of this park and what they mean for environmental health. 
Sat 11 Mar in St Kilda - 3182 Beach Patrol St Kilda will be cleaning up Turkey Tom's beach. Join the EcoCentre's affiliate group to help look after your local beaches with like-minded people, followed by a well-earned coffee.
Sat 18 Mar at Port Melbourne Community Carnival - The EcoCentre will have "Litter & Health of Bay" info stall with a penguin focus. Come along from Noon to 4pm to learn more.
Sat 18 Mar in Elwood - 3182 Beach Patrol Elwood will be cleaning up one of the beautiful Elwood beaches. Join the EcoCentre's affiliate group to help look after your local beaches with like-minded people.
Sun 19 Mar at Allnutt Park - The EcoCentre will have a "Nestbox" info stall at Glen Eira City Council's Party in the Park & Pet Expo. Come along from 10am-4pm to learn more.
Wed 22 Mar at the EcoCentre, 1-4pm - Our Teachers' Education Network is running a Teacher's PD on Indigenous Perspectives and Biodiversity. Light lunch provided. Register to Sharron at ten@ecocentre.com.
Fri 24 Mar at Melbourne Zoo - Steps to Sustainability Conference 2017 showcases school sustainability leadership through presentations and workshops delivered by teachers. Register before 7 March for a chance at a grant.
Sat 25 Mar at St Kilda Primary School - 'Get Striped' Festival. The EcoCentre will have "Litter & Health of Bay" info stall with a penguin focus. Come along from 9am-4pm to learn more. 
Sun 26 Mar in Beaumaris - Foreshore Bird Walk at Ricketts Point is a guided walk where you'll experience marine and bush birds found in the area. Event by Friends of Native Wildlife.
Sat 1 Apr in Elwood - Love Our Street 3184 has a special cleanup day around the Elwood Village shops. Make your neighbourhood the cleanest in Melbourne in just one hour, followed by coffee and cake. Details here.
Sun 2 Apr at St Kilda Pier Breakwater - Be the RE-Generation for 15-25 yr olds. The EcoCentre is looking for help Planting for Penguins. Our Little Penguin colony need more native plants for nesting material. Please register.
Tues 4 Apr at St Kilda Pier Breakwater - The EcoCentre is looking for help Planting for Penguins by people of all ages. Our Little Penguin colony need more native plants for nesting material. Please register.
Sun 9 Apr at Pier's Festival - The EcoCentre will have "Litter & Health of Bay" info stall with a penguin focus. Come along from 11am-3pm to learn more.
 
Be a Vollie!
Port Melbourne Community Carnival - Port Melbourne Neighbourhood House
Sat 18 Mar at 10am-4:30pm
We're seeking volunteers to help tend the EcoCentre info stall: Litter & Health of Bay (penguin focus). Penguin Panic game, hands-on activities. Working with Children Check required. Email anthony@ecocentre.com.

Piers Festival - Princes Pier, Port Melbourne
Sun 9 Apr at 10am-5pm
We're seeking volunteers to help tend the EcoCentre info stall: Litter & Health of Bay (penguin focus). Volunteers will be required for stall and visual waste audits. Email anthony@ecocentre.com.

Every Friday at EcoCentre - Community Garden Group. Seeking green thumbs, propagationers, waterers, and  training black thumbs to be greener.

 
Cool Extras
Free Giveaway! Fully functional 3x3 marquee to collect from the EcoCentre shed. It takes too long for us to assemble for our needs, but may be perfect for your events! Email Sair at info@ecocentre.com.

Manta Rays forced to dodge plastic: See this emotional video John Templin shot underwater when snorkelling at Manta Bay in Indonesia this January. Fam saw this live!
Litter Trawl in Action: Every month we trawl for microplastics in the Yarra and Maribyrnong Rivers using our trusty Manta Net. Watch it behind research vessel Pelican 1 while our resident Marine Biologist Fam explains.

Microfiber-catching laundry bags: 2 German inventors created this laundry bag to prevent shedding microfibers ending up in oceans. "The Guppy Friend" by Patagonia will soon be on sale (at cost) in the US and Europe.
Save St Kilda Road: Save Melbourne's iconic boulevard from senseless destruction, including 223 of St Kilda Road's finest trees. Some are elms dating back to the 1800s. Sign the 2 petitions.
Celebrate Earth Hour on 25 March at 8:30pm. Join millions of people around the world and switch off electricity for an hour as part of raising awareness for climate change.
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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