CLOSE UP: Nikki Quinn and her daughter Kyra, 9, take a close look at plants, ahead of World Environment Day.
CLOSE UP: Nikki Quinn and her daughter Kyra, 9, take a close look at plants, ahead of World Environment Day. Blainey Woodham

World Environment Day to be celebrated in Mur'bah

THE World Environment Day Festival is always a huge and colourful affair, and the 2013 event promises to live up to that reputation with a range of activities, stalls and entertainment planned.

To be staged at Knox Park, Murwillumbah on Sunday, June 2, the United Nations World Environment Day theme is Think. Eat. Save.

The Caldera Environment Centre is bringing together community groups, sustainable businesses and individuals committed to protecting the environment and ecologically sustainable living.

Think. Eat. Save is an anti food-waste and food-loss campaign that encourages people to reduce their footprint.

"We will focus on how we can think, eat and avoid waste, to better save and protect the environment of the Tweed," an event spokesman said.

"We will inform, educate, role model and spread resources to the larger community about environmental action in a fun, entertaining, all-inclusive, engaging way. "

Here is what is on at Knox Park:

Main stage
10.00am: Welcome to Country
Diedre Currie and Koorie kids Dance troupe
10.20am MC Sledge opens event
10.30am Many Hands, a collective of musicians based in the Caldera, will warm us
up with Calypso, African, Latin Blues and Groove fusion
11.30am Sledge and speakers Alice Hungerford and Ian Cohen on "Upriver", "Land for Wildlife"
12pm: Suzi Cardiff and Hoopla Circus
in front of stage leads into a 1Hr workshop
12.30pm: MC Bene Randall: speakers and stalls
12.45pm: Andrea Soler Band international festival favourite upbeat world folk music
1.45pm: MC: what's on around the festival and stalls
2.00pm: Bill Jacobi will give us a beat driven mix of swamp/roots, alternative country . 2.45pm: Festival closing, Thank you & ask for help to Pack up site.

Speakers' Tent (Behind the Hall)
11.00am: Paul Cruickshank speaks on outcomes of the North Coast Energy Forum. He is an environmental lawyer working with NSW Office of Environment and Heritage Renewable Energy Precinct Program helping develop renewable energy projects.
11.30am: Ian Stirling From Beyond Zero Emissions. shows a vision of Australia as a Zero Carbon Economy and the 'End of the Age of Coal and Gas."
12.00pm: Gerard Wedderburn Bisshop, a leading scientist in the field of climate studies, explains how food production impacts our planet more than anything else we do. Science now reveals that a global plant-based diet will have a profound impact, healing our natural environment, our health and our children's future.
12.30pm: Graeme Sait, author & educator, speaks on "Healthy Soils, Hardy People, Happy Planet," explaining the causal connection between the soil, human and global health, highlighting the practical means by which good soil health improves every aspect of our lives.
1.00pm: Greg James, of Farmers Choice Organic seedling nursery in Murwillumbah shows us how to prepare and plant a hay bale garden.
1.30pm: Youth Environment Council, local school kids debate. One side anti and the other pro green. .
2.15pm: Manna Hart, vegetarian for 36 years, summarises the most important facts for complementary food combining for optimum nutrition drawn from classics of world cuisines, and still save the hip pocket and the planet.

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