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People shouldn't be afraid of the word "sustainability" and be open to how small changes can have global impacts, according to organisers of Shell Cove's Re:New Festival.
The eight-day event starting Saturday aims to encourage people to work towards a more sustainable future through various events from a fashion show to beach cleanup, vegan markets and an entrepreneurial pitch presentation.
Don't think you'll have to join Greenpeace to make substantial change, as festival ambassador, model and activist Laura Wells believes it's the little things that count - like using a Keep Cup or reusable bag.
It's all about new outlooks and new habits and new opportunities and new ways to inspire and influence the world around you.Laura Wells
Ms Wells will be part of a fashion runway to highlight how much waste can be saved by clothes swapping with mates or going to an op-shop.
"In Australia every 10 minutes, we throw away [to] landfill 600 kilograms of textile waste which is clothing," she said.
"The fashion industry itself [equates] to 10 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions - we can reduce that by buying secondhand, mending, reusing, swapping with our friends."
For skeptics of climate change, Ms Wells said it's better to act and do something rather than nothing as there is nothing to lose but good health.
"The effects of doing nothing is exponential, but if we're wrong about human induced climate change (which we're not) but if we act now anyway we're not going to be in a worse spot in the future," she said.
"It's all about new outlooks and new habits and new opportunities and new ways to inspire and influence the world around you."
Saturday June 29
- 8am - Beach clean up and ocean dive at Bass Point and South Beach Shellharbour. it's fun by Plastic-Free Kiama, Green Caffeen and Wollongong Free Divers. To register email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 11am - Gumaraa Experience - free interactive workshop with traditional Indigenous artefacts including firesticks and the didgeridoo, plus dreamtime stories of the whale.
- 12pm - Free floristry workshops by Popes Produce. To register for a spot email: email@example.com
Sunday June 30
- 9am - Vegan markets at Shell Cove with incredible flavours, plant-based and cruelty-free businesses, with the suitcase rummage happening simultaneously
- 9am - Suitcase rummage - you've got space for a suitcase and the opportunity to re-home your wares, collectibles or crafts. Registration is $20 to sell your wares, do so via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 3pm: Sustainable beekeeping and beeswax wrap workshop. Presented by Indigo Eco. Cost is $30, register via email: email@example.com
Monday July 1
- 6pm - Author talk with Storyland author Cath McKinnon, plus a Q&A at the Waterfront Shell Cove Information Centre. Registrations via: www.eventbrite.com.au
Tuesday July 2
- 10am - Nature play workshop with Nikki from Little Wild Ones. Over 90minutes be lead through a creative journey and share morning tea. This activity is designed for parents, carers and grandparents to enjoy with their preschool-aged children.
- 6pm - Pitch It - budding entrepreneurs pitch an idea with a positive impact on the local community in the hope of winning $1200 towards their project. Those wanting to pitch should email: Jessica.firstname.lastname@example.org
Wellness Wednesday July 3
- 10am - Soul Whispers Workshop - learn to free yourself from negative habits with a guided meditation
- 11am - Free Ayu Ayurveda workshop with Prue Keenan to learn simple tips on herbs to strengthen digestion and immunity over winter. To register email: email@example.com
- 6pm - Free Lisa Trujillo's Booty Burn workout on the lawn opposite The Waterfront Information Office. Bring a yoga mat or a towel and water. Register at: https://lisatrujilloactivewear.com
- 6pm - DIY toxin-free home workshop, and learn hot to make your own DIY products to use around the home minimising toxins, excessive plastics and save money. It's inside the Waterfront Information Centre. Register via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday July 4 & Friday July 5
- Two days of education and awareness to inspire the most important people on the planet - the next gen. Across two days they will have Indigenous author and poet, Kirli Saunders running interactive workshops with kids, while Shell Cove's Christine Bernisconi, of Oceans in Focus, will be all about the water and how we protect and save our most threatened areas
Saturday July 6
- 10am - Makers and creators market
- 11am - Junkyard Beats will perform a family friendly musical show using their instruments - created from ordinary household items.
- 12:30pm - A "game show" on waste, presented by Kellie Kaschubs, the creator of the Two Week Red Bin Challenge
- 1pm - Fashion show co-hosted by model and activist Laura Wells, and Michelle Taylor from Get Dressed Hire - all outfits cost less than $50.
- 2pm - The Futures Panel - experts discuss ways the community can collaborate for a sustainable future.
For more details visit: www.renewfestival.com.au