World Environment Day celebrations recognised

Date posted: 19 December 2017

The Botanic Gardens' annual World Environment Day celebration, which attracts more than 3,000 South Australian school students to Adelaide Botanic Garden, was recognised with a coveted Green Globe Award earlier this month.

More than 90 nominations were received for the awards - open to teams across the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) - with the judges looking at each team's achievements, how they've worked and collaborated with each other, and what they contribute do DEWNR's goals and public value.

Environment Minister Ian Hunter opened the award ceremony to a crowd of hundreds, and the Botanic Gardens Education Team's event on World Environment Day - the United Nations' most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment - was one of eight major award-winners!

Our 2017 celebration on 6 June attracted 3,000 school students and 450 teachers and carers to the Garden.

More than 30 presenters imparted their knowledge to the young environmentalists through a range of interactive presentations and activities, covering topics such as Aboriginal tools, preserving endangered species, worms and compost, food security and feral invaders.

The event required Botanic Gardens Education Coordinators to coordinate presenters from diverse organisations such as Zoos SA, the South Australian Museum, Sea Shepherd, Urrbrae Agricultural High School and Border Security, as well as a number of passionate volunteers.

This event was designed to instil conservation and sustainability values in SA's next generation of environmentally-aware decision-makers and encourage them to take personal action for sustainability.

The Garden's first World Environment Day celebration was in 1996, and since then it has educated tens-of-thousands of SA school students.

The win is the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium's second Green Globes gong, after the South Australian Seed Conservation Centre won an inaugural award in 2016 for their work conserving SA's threatened plants.