We are honoured and pleased to bring you our 3rd annual Bello LeaF (Learning Festival). This series of workshops, forums, and tours will cover our usual wide and rich array of eco-learning topics, and will be presented by nine different local organisations on behalf of the Bellingen Shire Learning Alliance (BSLA) – a network of 14 local sustainability focused groups. The LeaF is proudly sponsored by Kombu Wholefoods, and runs from Friday to Sunday of the festival weekend.
All of the LeaF events are happening as a part of the Winter Music program and are free to festival ticket holders. Non-ticket holders are welcome to join (space allowing) by donation at the event on the day. Come visit the BSLA tent in the Market Park on Saturday or Sunday to learn more about LeaF events or the BSLA and affiliate groups.
We are excited this year to present our first “LeaF Patron” (aka Leafus Patronus). Environmentalist Tim Silverwood will be joining us at various events over the festival weekend to share his story, meet festival goers, and inspire us with his knowledge and passion for reducing human impacts on our oceans and planet.
An avid surfer, Tim became alarmed at the increasing threats plastic posed to oceans and wildlife, co-founding the organisation ‘Take 3 for the Sea’ in 2009. As CEO of Take 3, he aims to reduce plastic pollution through education and participation by asking people to simply take 3 pieces of rubbish with them when they leave the beach, waterway or…anywhere.
Tim is also founder of ReChusable, an enviro-enterprise providing reusable alternatives to disposable products; he is a spokesperson for the Boomerang Alliance; a consultant to government and industry and was the 2014 NSW Government Green Globe Sustainability Champion.
Tim’s story is entertaining and inspiring, reminding us that anyone and everyone can be a change-maker. Passionate about disrupting unsustainable consumption and embracing a circular economy, Tim is motivated to transform the way we make, purpose, dispose and think about ‘stuff’. His visit to Bellingen is timely as the BSLA launches its “Waste Not Bello” campaign – to wean Bellingen off single-use plastics. Welcome Tim!
Here’s the chance to hear the story of how our LeaF Patron, Tim Silverwood is inspiring positive change around the country and the planet.
You will also meet the Waste Not Bello crew and learn about the solutions they are offering to address the blight of single use plastics. Q&A included. Brought to you by the Bellingen Shire Learning Alliance/Centre for Ecological Learning.