Happy World Oceans Day! Today is a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future. This year’s theme is Our Oceans, Our Future with a conservation action focus of “Encouraging solutions to plastic pollution and preventing marine litter for a healthier ocean and a better future”. Given the significance of the marine environment to countries in Oceania, SCB Oceania Chapters are hosting some great conservation events to celebrate the day.
Working in partnership, the SCB UQ Chapter and UQ Properties and Facilities Management-Sustainability have made a roaring success of the Riverbank Restoration Project. Not only is the project bringing back habitat and wildlife alongside the Brisbane River, it has now been awarded an Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACT) Community Engagement Green Gown Award!
The Society of Conservation Biology UQ/Brisbane Chapter is hosting a fundraising film night on Wednesday 14 September 6 pm at the Schonell Theatre, St Lucia, UQ Campus, Brisbane.
The evening includes a showcase of conservation short films made by undergraduate biology students (and future conservation scientists!) followed by the feature highlight — the hilarious tale of one of Australia’s most notorious environmental blunders, Cane Toads The Conquest (a film by Mark Lewis).
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The Sydney chapter of SCB is based at the University of New South Wales, and has members from conservation agencies and other universities across Sydney. The chapter provides new ways for members to learn about conservation on the ground over an informal chat and a coffee.
The VUW chapter is based at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Currently, most of our members are students at VUW but we aim to broaden our membership to include professionals working in fields relevant to conservation as well as anyone else with an interest and desire to get involved in conservation. Here’s a taste of some of our recent projects and activities…
We had a great turn out on 1 July 2015 for Stage 1 of the river bank revegetation project of the SCB UQ-Brisbane Chapter. Around 100 volunteers spent the morning planting understory shrubs and rain forest trees on the St Lucia campus of The University of Queensland. Thanks to their hard work, we got nearly 5000 plants in the ground.
The Sydney chapter of the SCB works to bring people together to enhance the outcome of conservation efforts in the area. One way do this is through our Conservation Café events, held monthly. To each café event, we invite a conservation professional who shares information about their work, their projects, and how people can get involved. So far it has been a huge success and we already have lots of keen speakers lined up for the rest of the year.