Summit to plant seed for change
An inaugural sustainability summit will take over Bunbury next week when an array of activities is hoped to inspire positive social, cultural and economic change.
Maker + Co’s Planet Zero Sustainability Summit will see a week-long series of events, workshops, tours and markets.
Learning how to make new items from pre-loved materials, going behind the scenes at a compost facility and shopping at eco markets are just some of the free activities on offer.
The summit itself on September 20 will aim to get people thinking globally and acting locally when it comes to climate change, talking about priorities for the planet’s future and exploring how to balance profit, purpose and impact to be a force for social good.
Former Bunbury city councillor and now Geelong Performing Arts Centre chief executive Joel McGuinness will MC Friday’s day-long summit.
Maker + Co creative director Colette McEntee said she hoped the event would be used as a platform for bigger things.
“Generating a new wave of start-ups and businesses that combine sustainable economic development with a desire to make a positive social and cultural impact is one of the aims of the summit,” Ms McEntee said.
“We want to bring people together who are passionate about local solutions to global issues and start engaging them in conversation.
“We want to equip the community to make changes in everyday life and encourage the business sector to develop a sustainability mindset.”
The summit will be held from Monday to Sunday at a number of locations including coil basketmaking at Maker + Co, “waste chats” at the ECU CBD Learning Hub and a compost tour at the Banksia Road Compost Facility.
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