First published on 7 Jan 2013. Updated on 9 Jan 2013.
Melbourne has a great opportunity to become a world-leading city on sustainability.
We have the brains and brawn to face up to big environmental challenges and to engineer the big solutions, all within a meaningful time frame. The festival provides a platform upon which we can grow Melbourne into a truly liveable city.
The Sustainable Living Festival offers a unique opportunity for people to come together and share the latest ideas.
Hundreds of people and organisations will present a cutting edge program in the heart of the city. Environmental issues can very easily overwhelm people, but by celebrating solutions the festival empowers people to respond to increasing environmental threats.
Each year more and more people are joining in the celebrations.
There is a growing hunger for the tools and information about how one can live a sustainable lifestyle. Many people are now seeing that if we work together to create a safer climate and environment, then all of us will live healthier and richer lives. The festival has evolved much since its inception and yet it continues to reflect the growing momentum for a sustainable planet. It will continue to change shape as we continue to learn about more sustainable ways to live on the planet. It's a tremendous opportunity for me to make a contribution to a cause I believe very deeply in.
I'd love to see a lot more accommodation of our native wildlife in urban Melbourne.
Standing on the bank of the Yarra river at night with bats whizzing past your head is a highlight of Melbourne's urban ecology. It's a great example of a city living with an endangered species.
The Sustainable Living Festival has events around Melbourne and Victoria between Feb 9 and 24. The festival's Big Weekend is held Feb 15-17 in Federation Square.