WHAT IS WED?
A PLATFORM FOR ACTION
World Environment Day (WED) is the United Nations’ most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Since it began in 1974, it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries.
THE PEOPLE’S DAY
Above all, WED serves as the ‘people’s day’ for doing something to take care of the Earth or become an agent of change. That ‘something’ can be focused locally, nationally or globally; it can be a solo action or involve a crowd – everyone is free to choose.
Each WED is organized around a theme that focuses attention on a particularly pressing environmental concern.
EVERY ACTION COUNTS
Through decades of WED celebrations, millions of people from all over the world and from all sectors of society have taken part in environmental action. By bundling their energy, WED has the power to generate hugely positive impacts on the planet.
WED 2015 saw a total of 2,861 registered activities with 1.26 million people participating worldwide.
WED ON THE SUNSHINE COAST
Since 1979 The Sunshine Coast Environment Council (SCEC) and environmental advocates of the Sunshine Coast have been getting together in the first week of June to celebrate World Environment Day.
WED has been celebrated all over the coast, from the first time at Fairhill Native Nursery, many years by the Maroochy River at Cotton Tree, Eumundi Markets and the University of the Sunshine Coast.
The festival has grown into the region’s biggest environmental event and holds the title of the longest running event of its kind in South East Queensland.
The 2012 Festival took out one of five categories in the UNEP WED challenge, giving the Sunshine Coast's WED Festival international recognition.
FESTIVAL COORDINATOR &
COORDINATOR OF SCEC
Natalie is the coordinator of the Sunshine Coast Environment Council (SCEC) and Coordinator of World Environment Day Festival on the Sunshine Coast. Natalie looks after a range of aspects within SCEC, including coordinating behind the scenes operations, managing a team of dedicated office volunteers, IT and online communications, SCEC's event portfolio and fundraising activities, as well as working on SCEC's climate action and marine conservation campaigns.
Come meet Natalie on the day, she'll be more than happy to hear about your WED Festival experience!