Bennelong Steps Up for Clean Up Australia Day
Members of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby group from NSW Bennelong organised and took part in a local ‘Clean Up Australia Day 2021’ action on Sunday, the 7th of March, 2021.
We picked up rubbish from in and around a local creek (Buffalo Creek in Ryde). It was a satisfying and meaningful activity – although also saddening to see the amount of plastic packaging, cigarette butts and other bits of waste that humans had discarded and ended up contaminating the environment. Our CCL chapter leader, Jordan, commented that there seemed to be much less rubbish than usual (although still about 10 bags full) – perhaps due to less consumption activity in the past year due to COVID-19.
Councillor Penny Pedersen from the local Ryde Council joined us; we had invited her to speak at an upcoming monthly CCL Bennelong chapter meeting on Zoom earlier and she asked if she could join our Clean Up Australia Day efforts. It was great to be able to meet her beforehand and make a connection in person.
Many people living nearby stopped to have a chat and some even joined us in our efforts. We found that it was a great opportunity for promoting both ‘Clean Up Australia Day’ and for grassroots outreach – we wore our CCL t-shirts on the day. It was a good reminder that everyone cares about our environment and people generally have a desire to do something to care for it.
Join us for a free community and online event this Wednesday, March 17, 2021 to hear from Councillor Penny Pedersen about how councils are addressing climate change. Register at cclbennelong.org/tickets.
Written by Danya—Citizens’ Climate Lobby Australia volunteer in the Federal Electoral Division of Bennelong, on Dharug Country, in the Northern Suburbs of Sydney, NSW.