Support our work by attending the ACT’s environmental gala dinner

6:30 PM, Saturday 7th November 2020
National Museum of Australia

Guest speaker: Costa Georgiadis
Musical Performance by Qwire

Early bird (until 7 September): $115
General release: $145
Ticket + Donation: $200 (including an $85 tax-deductible donation)

World Environment Day Dinner is the Conservation Council’s largest fundraising event of the year. We are a proud environmental peak body with 40 years of advocacy experience, and we rely on the support and involvement of the Canberra community. Our goal is to protect our environment locally and globally, from the impacts of climate change, biodiversity loss, development, pollution and waste.

Join us in enjoying a delicious, organic three-course meal, organic regional wine and local beer. Organise a table of ten and invite your friends.

World Environment Day Dinner is postponed

Due to public health measures to control COVID-19, the Conservation Council’s World Environment Day Dinner 2020: Regenerating our Earth has been postponed to 7th November 2020.

Keep an eye out for our World Environment Day Online Auction, which is going ahead in June!

Tickets already purchased will remain valid. Please contact us by email with queries and watch this space for further updates.

Regenerating our Earth with Costa Georgiadis

This year, inspired by the United Nations’ International Year of Plant Health, we are highlighting the importance of plant health and food security, and the potential of regenerative agriculture, with our guest speaker Costa Georgiadis. Costa is an engaging presenter from ABC TV’s Gardening Australia and won Most Popular Presenter at the 2019 Logie Awards. He is a powerful advocate for sustainable practices in agriculture, the landscape and day-to-day life.

Globally, food security and natural ecosystems are increasingly impacted by climate change, deforestation, development, pollution and other human activities. Moreover, industrial agricultural practices and international trade have negative impacts on soil quality, biodiversity and the spread of pests and diseases. Regenerative agriculture combines sustainable farming and grazing practices by building resilience in landscapes, promoting rich and abundant soil health and diversity, and drawing down carbon from our atmosphere. With global soils containing 2 to 3 times more carbon than the atmosphere itself, regenerative agriculture will play a key role in ensuring food security and mitigating against the effects of climate change into the future. 

The ACT is making progress in building our urban forest and cutting our emissions, yet we face challenges with soil quality and water. There has never been a more important time to recommit to actions that will preserve and restore our biodiversity, so that we too can play a role in the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration.

This year’s theme also highlights the role we can all play in supporting nature and each other. Through the everyday action of community gardening, people build their understanding and appreciation of  nature, and forge social connections within their communities. These local bonds allow us to be less reliant on the global economy, shorten our food miles, and build community resilience that supports us in our environmental campaigns and our everyday wellbeing.

Guest Speaker: Costa Georgiadis

World Environment Day

World Environment Day, celebrated annually on 5th June since 1974 across more than 100 countries, is one of the United Nations’ principal platforms to encourage action for our environment. As part of this worldwide action, the Conservation Council ACT Region holds an annual celebration of environmental advocacy and sustainable food, to raise funds for our work and strengthen the ACT environment community.

For over ten years, the World Environment Day Dinner has been a major event on the ACT calendar, well attended by passionate supporters of the Conservation Council, political representatives as well as industry, academic and civil society representatives. The event features a dedicated environmentalist as our guest speaker, who inspires and educates our audience with a keynote on a central environmental issue of our time. Our past guest speakers include Bob Brown, Penny Sackett and Stuart Barry.

Live music: Canberra Qwire

Qwire

We are delighted to have Canberra Qwire performing at this year’s dinner. Qwire has some 90 singers of all ages from across the LGBTIQ+ communities and a proud history of welcoming and standing up for social diversity. From their decades of experience and vocal talent they will be wowing us with a selection of songs on the theme of nature and the environment, specifically chosen for the UN International Year of Plant Health.

Our World Environment Day Dinner will also feature a raffle and a live auction, giving you the opportunity to win a fabulous sustainable product, trip or service while contributing to the Conservation Council’s continuing advocacy for the Canberra region’s environment. 

Volunteer

Volunteer applications are already open! Volunteers attend the event for free while learning more about major event organising and contributing to the Dinner’s success. There are many roles available on our volunteer application page.

Accessibility

This event is wheelchair accessible and has accessible parking spaces. For extra information visit the National Museum of Australia’s accessibility page.

If you have any questions about the event, do not hesitate to contact us by emailing communications@conservationcouncil.org.au.

Thank you to our supporters

Thank you to Costa Georgiadis and Qwire for donating your time and expertise for this event. Thank you to Broadbean Catering and the National Museum of Australia for a generous discount on your catering, service and venue hire, and thank you to our corporate sponsors who help make this event a success. And a big thank you to all our guests who join us to help ensure the environment is protected for the years to come.