Spring Eco Fest to focus on resilient communities

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Riley Slater (2) was keen to try the electric quad-cycle at the Spring Eco Fest last year. PHOTO: LAURA SMITH

CLIMATE Change – Elect  to be Prepared’ is the theme of this year’s Spring Eco Fest at the Invercargill Workingmen’s Club on Saturday, September 19, 10am-2.30pm.

Focusing on involving all ages and family members, plenty of enthusiastic stall-holders and stimulating activities would provide new experiences, fun, information and interactions.

Co-organiser Jenny Campbell, of Mossburn, said the festival continued to bring regular stall-holders, as well as new ventures with people, groups and business together, who were building a resilient community with more sustainable and eco-friendly products and services.

The full day of events would include stalls and activities including animal pest control, E-bikes and scooters, garden worms, saving sea lions, South Alive projects, dealing with weed plants, Thriving Southland, local catchment groups, Southern Institute of Technology students’ projects, Northern Southland Native Biodiversity plan, water, recycling, climate change and reclining bikes.

As it was getting nearer to the election, “there will also be some political parties explaining their environmental policies, which will provide plenty of opportunities for interactions.

“People’s innovative solutions to lessen their impact on the environment will provide new ideas for others, along with stimulating conversations,” she said.

“Some workshops are on offer, associated with the stalls as well as others including United States of America sustainable food systems.”

Supported by Southland Forest and Bird, the day would not only be educational, but also interactive, she said.

Some of the children’s activities would include large puzzles, various sustainable transport methods including free electric car rides, bees, bubble blowing for the young at heart and much more.

Everyone was welcome to attend, but was asked to wear a mask.

Entry was $2 for adults, $1 for students and under-5s were free.

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