World Environment Day celebrates education and awareness

Lismore City Council hosts an annual celebration event with local schools to mark World Environment Day in June.

The 2015 event was held at the Lismore Recycling & Recovery Centre with 180 students from eight primary schools participating in a range of activities with an environmental focus.

The hands-on activities were run by organisations throughout the region including Rous Water, the Dorroughby Environmental Education Centre, North East Waste, Southern Cross University, Friends of the Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens, Northern Rivers Waste and Lismore City Council.

All of the activities we host for World Environment Day are interactive and enable students to experience things they wouldn’t be able to in the classroom.

The partnerships formed with other organisations enable us to focus on a diverse range of environmental issues including water quality, waste management and recycling, biodiversity, energy and exploring our natural environment.

This year, all schools who attended are also participated in Lismore City Council’s 2015 Schools Waste Wise Challenge, a program that educates students on better waste management both at school and at home.

As part of the Challenge, students undertake waste audits of their schools, devise actions to decrease waste they send to landfill, hold a litter-free lunch day, and put together a performance based on The Dirty Dozen – 12 Recycling Rules for your Yellow Bin.

World Environment Day is usually held in the first week of June. Stay tuned for details of our 2016 event.