EcoSmart Mid North Coast and Great Lakes Wins at EcoSmart Dealer of the Year Awards The annual Green Day Out event is a mix of market stalls, entertainment and interactive demonstrations from local businesses focusing on environmental sustainability and healthy living.
The Green Day Out is a relatively new event. Can you explain to us what it’s all about?
The Green Day Out is an annual environmental and health fair held in Port Macquarie. It’s a fun, educational and inspirational event. There’ll be a mix of market stalls, music, art, interactive demonstrations, and talks on sustainable living and health. The emphasis is on limiting the impact our lives have on the environment, saving money and resources, being healthy naturally and supporting local, eco-minded businesses and community groups.
This year the Green Day Out will be held on Saturday, 18 September from 8am to 2pm at Westport Park.
In November 2009 the inaugural Green Day Out attracted several hundred people to the Town Green. The move to Westport Park this year allows us to offer even more stalls, activities, entertainment and food choices, while staying close to town and in a location that makes the most of our beautiful natural environment.
What are you trying to achieve with the Green Day Out?
The Green Day Out is organised by a small handful of volunteers who are passionate about environmentally sustainable living and natural health. Last year we founded a not-for-profit organisation, the Green Day Out Inc, which manages the event.
The aim is to create an annual event that raises awareness about local and global environmental concerns and motivates people to create positive changes in their lives – positive for their own wellbeing and that of our environment.
There are some great local organisations and individuals who work towards those same goals. We want to use the Green Day Out to provide exposure to them and give them an opportunity to promote their products, services and activities to the broader community.
So expect to find some great green businesses as well as not for profit organisations, such as Landcare, FAWNA and Climate Change Australia.
How does the Green Day Out help people to live in a more sustainable way?
Port Macquarie has many local organisations that provide sustainable products and services or take action to protect our environment. Many exhibitors will provide information, products and tools that help people become more environmentally friendly in their lives.
Luckily, being committed to look after the environment doesn’t have to cost the earth. On the contrary, in many cases making changes that are good for the environment can also save households money.
In light of rising electricity costs, many people are interested in becoming more energy-efficient in their households. There are many ways of saving on electricity; some of them are as easy as getting into the habit of switching appliances off at the wall and switching lights off as you leave a room. There are many myths about electricity use in households, such as switching lights off for a short period of time will actually be less energy-efficient.
Our myth-busting presentation at 10am will debunk some of these myths for good.
Those who want to go a step further might consider installing a solar energy system. The Green Day Out will give people interested in solar energy and solar hot water an opportunity to talk to suppliers directly and get advice on the types of systems available, as well as learn about government rebates.
If you are interested in environmentally friendly home improvements, you can find out about the benefits of sustainable bamboo flooring and the Natural Paint Company can help with making sure your walls look the best they can, while at the same time being chemical free.
Businesses like the Organic Belly and Green Earth Organic will have a range of non-toxic and organic household products for sale, as well as health care products and sustainable gifts.
Busways will be there with information on local bus services and the great money-saving red ticket. If you’re thinking about reducing your carbon footprint, replacing some of those car trips with public transport, walking or cycling might just be the way to go.
Our sponsors Country Energy, TAFE and Port Macquarie-Hastings Council will all be present, with information on waste / recycling services, alternative energy, weeds management, no dig gardens, ‘green’ training opportunities and more.
What kind of activities have you planned for
Our talks and activities marquee will be the hub for a range of talks, discussions and activities (full program – see box), including a talk on Climate Change and various short films and presentations that will entertain and inspire.
Watch out for the parade of wearable waste art produced by local high school students at lunchtime.
At 1.30pm Denis and Liv from The Yoga Shala will teach yoga classes for adults and kids. Make sure to bring comfortable clothing and a mat or large towel if you or your kids would like to join these free classes.
As much as we have an extensive schedule of activities for the day, many people will be happy to just enjoy the festival atmosphere, listen to the music, have some time out in the Chai tent or relax by the water with a healthy, vegetarian lunch.
Who should come to the Green Day Out?
The event offers something for the whole family. Kids will enjoy the Karma Kids Yoga class and arts workshops with Kahrina and Nicole from Play Art throughout the day.
Adults can expect to be inspired and motivated by the many market stalls, presentations and displays available. Anyone attending may like to indulge in organic coffee and cake, have a massage and / or just hang out and listen to some great local music.
What’s On at the Green Day Out
9:15am Green-ovation Myths Busted – Wendy Grant. Wendy Grant from TAFE debunks some myths around electricity use around the house.
10:15am Climate Change – Andrew Turbill. Hear about climate change issues from a local perspective and be challenged to make some positive changes in your life.
12:30pm Additive-free food – Sue Montgomery. You’ll never buy ham again!
Noon Wearable Arts Parade. School students from around the Hastings display their creative use of waste and recycled materials in a fashion parade.
1:30pm Yoga for adults and kids. Get stretchy and relaxed with Denis and Liv from The Yoga Shala. Separate classes for kids and adults. Bring your own mat or large towel.
9:30am The Story of Stuff. Production and consumption cycle and its effects on the planet and us as you’ve never seen it before. A cartoon you shouldn’t miss.
11:15am Nappie-free film + Q & A with Nicole Moore. Babies without nappies – you’ve got to be kidding?! Come and ask Nicole.