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Greenfest 2008
17 Oct 2008
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Greenfest is Australia’s “largest free, green and emerging arts festival”. it all happened at South Bank Brisbane on the weekend of 10th to the 12 th October and Landcare Queensland were there to represent the landcare community.

the world-renowned naturalist and UN Peace Ambassador Dr Jane Goodall was there to get the whole thing rolling.

Greenfest was about full community participation in creative energy, new ideas and working together to win the race against climate change.

The festival also met current best practices in green event management through:

* Use of green power * Recycling and waste management * Green printing * Fair trade uniforms * Minimizing production beyond function * and was also a Carbon neutral event

the story began two years ago when successful marketing director Colman Ridge opted out of the corporate world, sold his $90,000 Audi TT and began organising Brisbane's first Greenfest.

Greenfest was free to the public and a non-profit venture with funds raised for habitat protection and green education projects.

It featured displays of green products, jobs, foods, power, habits and lifestyles, including practical exhibitions to encourage greener consumer preferences.

There was also a grassroots culture and entertainment component of music and dance, speakers, film and photography.

But it wasn't a hemp hippy festival. Most of the exhibits were mainstream. Event organiser Colman ridge said

"I respect what the hippies stand for but what we've put together is more inclusive and mainstream," he said.

for instance there was a green motor show with displays of current production hybrid and diesel vehicles.

Next year, Ridge hopes to bring to Australia the Tesla and Venturi high-performance electric sports car.

Organisers say that The festival has the ambition to become the world’s largest free green leadership festival within 5 years. It uniquely focusses on the fresh energy of new ideas and emerging arts as a means of creating a greener world ”

For landcare queensland this was a good opportunity to raise awareness of the great work being done by landcarers across queensland, as well as of our corporate partners and also to raise a bit of extra cash for landcare groups through the bookshop.

It was also a chance to meet loads of like minded people and do some networking , not to mention the tasty and ethical organic and vegetarian food on offer. despite the rainy weather the event was a great success and we cant wait for next years event to come around.

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