CREATING CONVERSATION: The Green Me Locally festival is part of the Ananda Mela or
CREATING CONVERSATION: The Green Me Locally festival is part of the Ananda Mela or "Festival of Bliss” which has been running for 35 years. The day promises fun and enjoyment for all. Ananda Mela

New festival promotes sustainability

ENVIRONMENTAL awareness will be the talk of the town this weekend as local farmers join forces with world-renowned environmentalists at a festival aimed at promoting more sustainable living at a community level.

Local permaculturist Dylan Groove and organic farmer Ray Palmer will join a panel of experts in environmental living as part of the Green Me Locally festival on Saturday, January 6 at Severnlea.

Combined, their voices will be able to answer questions and deliver unique ideas, advice and solutions that are tailored especially to the local community and we have here.

The full-day festival will feature an experiential workshop on deep ecology led by Emma Brindal.

There will also be a talk by international futurologist Sohail Inayapullah, who has worked with UNESCO and advised government departments around the world on issues such as the future of education.

A kite-making course will keep the kids and teenagers occupied, and will be facilitated by an international kitemaker.

Festival organiser Shamani Nair said the event was all about empowering people to make changes to their lives at a local level that could impact the whole world. "It's all about going out there and serving the community,” Mr Nair said.

"People can bring the education to their local environment and make changes on the ground.”

The festival is open to people of all ages, whether you're an expert or just looking to learn.

The day's activities will kick off at 9.30am and will also include a vegetarian dinner and musical concert.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for teens and children under 12 are free. Family passes are also available for $35. The event will be held at 463 Back Creek Road, Severnlea.

For more information, phone (07)46835207 and you can register by visiting anandamelafestival.org. au/green-me-locally.



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