Is it easy to be green? Kermit doesn’t think so, but we do. This year’s Sustainable Living Festival is packed with ideas on how to reduce your impact. From worm farm workshops to eco-conscious cooking classes, there are over 300 events to choose from. Here are our picks.
Pedal-powered film screening
Grab a picnic blanket, sprawl out on the hay bales and settle in for a movie night with a difference. MPavilion’s Climate Emergency Cinema is entirely powered by bikes. It features a stellar line-up of short films and award-winning documentaries. Each screening is introduced by some of Melbourne’s leading climate change thinkers and activists. Keen beans can hop on a bike and help power the projector. No lycra required.
Worm farming for beginners
Get the low down on all things wormy at this composting and worm farm workshop. Learn how to keep the wriggly little guys happy, choose the right set-up for your home and find out about everyday problems. You’ll have compost aplenty, and your garden will thank you.
Night walks with tiny bats
Mozzie-munching mini bats live alongside us, but our nocturnal neighbours can be tricky to spot. Join a Microbat Bioblitz walk with City of Melbourne’s Parks and Rangers team and learn more about these furry critters. Set up nets, capture tiny beasties (and then release, obvs) and record their distinctive calls. Capes optional.
First Nations climate justice walk
Take part in a climate justice walk and join in solidarity to help protect our planet. Learn about First Nations people’s environmental knowledge and practices, and culturally important endangered species.
Sustainable food workshop
Learn how to make tasty summer recipes that won’t cost the earth at Sow Grow Graze: Summer Demo. Whizz up a healthy smoothie, create a simple dressing and refreshing salad using local seasonal ingredients.
Meet the experts
Green Move, (Re)Makes and Grows explores sustainability, architecture, design, and permaculture. Speed date a sustainable garden expert, hear from activist Joost Bakker and see design students reimagine everyday materials. It’s on at MPavilion between 31 January and 2 February.
Learn about solar technology
Get energised and learn about the latest in solar technology, battery storage and monitoring. Jump on an electric bike and trial the future of commuting. Solar technicians and e-bike experts are on hand to answer all your renewables questions.
Sustainability pop-up market
Don’t miss this pop-up market with green credentials. Explore a tiny house, sample tasty vegan food and peruse quirky recycled designs. You’ll also hear from some of Victoria’s leading experts and entrepreneurs on the fight against climate change. While you’re there, pick up some fresh market produce, and don’t forget to BYO reusable bag. It’s from 29 February to 1 March.
Looking for more?
There are plenty more eco-friendly events on offer during the festival. Update your wardrobe at the Queen Victoria Market’s Clothes Swap, or explore the emerging world of biomaterials at Sculpture Studio: Future Materials. And don’t forget to read 5 ways to reduce your plastic footprint for more ways to care for the planet.