Put Sunday 4 June in your diary for the next Green Heart Fair at Chermside! Here’s a sample of some of the inspiring exhibitors and community groups you can meet on the day.
The dilemma: you grow your own fruit and vegies but sometimes end up with more than you can use, and it ends up going to waste. Enter Spare Harvest: a website that connects with your community so you can share, swap or sell what you have spare in your garden. A brilliant idea! Spare Harvest allows you to reduce your waste footprint at home and is based on the simple truth that your trash is often another person’s treasure. They have 600 members already signed up including many in Brisbane and on the Sunshine Coast. Come by at the Fair to see how you can be part of this growing community.
If you like the idea of practical green tech, check out what Star8 is up to. They’re behind cool solar-driven technologies including trikes, scooters, buses, solar glass and solar lights. We love the solar bikes and scooters – “silent running, no petrol, no harmful emissions” – not only because they’re eco-friendly but because they look so damn cool. Who wouldn’t want to be seen on one of these?
Clive Street bags
Clive Street creates hand-made bags for guys and gals that are at least 80% made from previously discarded but now salvaged materials. At Green Heart Fair, Clive Street founder Sarah Textor will be showcasing her funky bags made from materials like bike tyre inner tubes, industrial canvas and seat belt webbing. Each one is unique and you can feel all warm and fuzzy knowing you have an item made out of something once discarded and destined for landfill.
Reef Check Australia
Reef Check Australia’s mission is to “empower people to save our reefs and oceans.” They believe in protecting reefs and oceans by engaging the community in hands-on reef research, education and conservation. They’re an environmental charity, so you can donate money for things like sending survey teams out to the Great Barrier Reef to study coral bleaching. Fast fact: our own Morton Bay has its very own coral reef habitats.
350.org enables climate-focused campaigns, projects and actions led from the bottom-up by everyday people working together. 350 says that it is “building a global grassroots climate movement that can hold our leaders accountable to the realities of science and the principles of justice”. The number 350 is based on a number quoted by one Dr. James Hansen, former head of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies. He says we must reduce the CO2 in the atmosphere from above 400 parts per million to below 350 “if humanity wishes to preserve a planet similar to that on which civilization developed and to which life on Earth is adapted.” Visit the 350.org marquee and see how they are making grass roots collaboration work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.