The Lucky Country

The 13th annual Sustainable Living Festival in Melbourne, brings together individuals, communities, organisations and businesses who share a vision for a sustainable world. The festival showcases and celebrates the many aspects and benefits of this lifestyle. It is Australia’s largest and oldest sustainability festival.

Sustainable living means living within the Earth’s limits. It means making consumer choices that are mindful of finite resources. It means living more simply – taking care of nature so nature can take care of us. The ultimate aim is to meet our needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs.

The Festival’s Big Weekend event at Federation Square in the heart of Melbourne will celebrate the very best examples of ecological and social sustainability. The event will fuse interactive workshops, talks, demonstrations, artworks, exhibits, films and live performances.

I am a member of the Environmental Farmers Network, and John Pettigrew, our spokesperson on Murray Darling matters, will be speaking at the festival this Sunday 19th February at Federation Square.  John is a passionate environmentalist who believes in a scientific approach to saving the basin. A retired orchardist who lives on the banks of Goulburn River just north of Shepparton, he is under no illusion when it comes to the importance of the river to his community. “It is our life support here in the Goulburn Valley as it is (with other rivers) right across the Murray-Darling Basin.”

If you are in Melbourne this weekend, why not come along and hear what John and the other festival guests have to say?

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