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Treading softly on the planet for World Environment Day


Sharlene King
25 May 2015
Help build an eight-metre long footprint made of sand, create a pathway of string through a maze of trees and check out the SCU Sunflower, Australia’s largest solar powered audio-visual production system, when Southern Cross University celebrates World Environment Day at the Lismore campus on Friday June 5.

The School of Environment, Science and Engineering and the School of Arts and Social Sciences are inviting the Northern Rivers community to join in the activities from 10am to 2pm on the grassy hill between the SCU Gym & Pool and A Block - Engineering.

The theme for World Environment Day 2015 is ‘Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care.’

“Living within planetary boundaries is the most promising strategy for ensuring a healthy future. Human prosperity need not cost the earth,” said Associate Professor Amanda Reichelt-Brushett, Deputy Head of the School of Environment, Science and Engineering.

“We encourage the Northern Rivers community to come along and be part of some thought-provoking, free interactive activities at the Lismore campus.”

Activity details:

Our footprint: we will use sand to make a large footprint. While making this form, we take the time to consider that seven billion grains of sand represents one grain for every person currently living on the earth. The approximate volume of seven billion grains of sand – equating to 1m3 of sand – will be used.

Our lifepath: we will unwind a ball of string as we travel our chosen path through, in and around the trees to reflect a path in life. As more string is mapped out, the greater the number of interactions and the more we must consider how our actions affect others and are influenced by others. An abstract matrix will develop over the course of the day.

All materials will be provided free to participants.

“In keeping with the World Environment Day theme, we have aimed at low resource consumption activities to create an experience about each one of us being one in seven billion, and from this experience a visual outcome,” Professor Reichelt-Brushett said.

“Science can enable us to understand what needs to change to manage the environment in a more sustainable manner, but enabling change comes through participation. Think how far recycling has come in the last decade or so. We will be inviting community participation to explore the World Environment Day theme and in the process create an interesting visual outcome.”
Photo: Associate Professor Amanda Reichelt-Brushett.