Throughout the first week of September, Landcare Week celebrates the tireless efforts and commitment of volunteers who help to maintain and restore our natural environment. In its 30-year anniversary this year, Landcare Week provides an opportunity for people to come together and learn more about Australia’s environment to help take care of our most precious resource.
From the 2nd – 8th of September Landcare week will be aiming to raise awareness of all the vital environmental work being done across the country and to get people involved with taking care of our natural resources. It doesn’t take much to participate in Landcare Week to help make a positive difference and there are plenty of ways to contribute that don’t take up a lot of time.
Here are 6 ways to get involved with Landcare Week:
- Plant native trees, shrubs and grasses to create habitat for native animals to improve biodiversity.
- Put a birdhouse or nesting box for different species in your backyard. Every animal needs a home!
- Ensure your dog is kept on a leash when near bushland and keep your cat inside overnight as they often hunt birds and other small native mammals.
- Avoid chemical pesticides and herbicides in your garden to help protect bees and insects and use natural alternatives instead.
- If you can’t reuse or re-purpose an item, try to recycle it to reduce pollution. Many household groceries still come in soft plastic wrapping. Most supermarkets will recycle these for you if you bag them up and bring them with you the next time you go to the shops.
- Utilise public transport or riding a bike instead of driving to reduce your carbon footprint. Or if it’s necessary to drive to work, try to organise a carpool.
It’s easy to participate in Landcare Week to start making a positive contribution to Australia’s wildlife, so get involved to help celebrate Landcare’s 30-year anniversary and Australia’s wildlife. To learn more about Landcare Week visit Landcare Australia.