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Wed 25 July @ 7.30pm - ECCO Meeting at the ELF

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Featured Links:
'Shining a Light on Sustainability' Online
Central West Environment Council www.cwecouncil.com
Orange Field Naturalists www.orangefieldnats.com

Welcome to ECCO

ECCO is the Environmentally Concerned Citizens of Orange. We are an environmental watchdog and a peak environmental lobby group for the community of Orange.

National Tree Day is Sunday 28th
Posted: July 21st 2018

ECCO is partnering with Orange City Council, Orange Credit Union, Western NSW Local Health District, NSW Rural Fire Service, and Habitat Connect to host the National Tree Day event in the Bloomfield bushland next Sunday. ECCO and council have been facilitating National Tree Day events in Orange for many years, attracting numerous locals to participate in tree planting and regeneration. This year, the Bloomfield bushland will benefit. The Bloomfield bushland is a 12-acre box gum woodland located on the Orange Hospital campus. The event site at the Bloomfield Road entrance will be surrounding one of two recently constructed gravel pathways. ECCO encourages members and the general community to get along and support this wonderful event - when you look back at the site in 5 years, you'll be able to say "wow, I helped do that!".

Plastic Free July in Full Swing
Posted: July 21st 2018

Plastic Free is in full swing again and ECCO members are heavily involved. The Saturday CWD Earth First column has featured PFJ articles, we've been on community radio talking about how to get involved and providing tips, we promoted PFJ at the Orange Farmers Markets last weekend with President Nick King visiting other stallholders and acknowledging their good practices, and various members are participating in the ESCC-initiated Plastic Box Challenge. ESCC is the Environmental Sustainability Community Committee of Council and the challenge has volunteers collecting the single-use plastic they consume during the month, both those doing PFJ and those doing 'business as usual'. ESCC members have also set up a Plastic Free July Orange FB Page to share tips and challenges. And it's not too late to get involved - you can still register for the final week. Changing habits in the longer-term is the whole idea of PFJ and it's never too late to start.

World Environment Day - Beat Plastic Pollution
Posted: June 4th 2018

Tomorrow is World Environment Day and the UN Secretary-General's message is simple but pwerful. "A healthy planet is essential for a prosperous and peaceful future. We all have a role to play in protecting our only home, but it can be difficult to know what to do or where to start. That’s why this World Environment Day has just one request: beat plastic pollution. Our world is swamped by harmful plastic waste. Every year, more than 8 million tonnes end up in the oceans. Microplastics in the seas now outnumber stars in our galaxy. From remote islands to the Artic, nowhere is untouched. If present trends continue, by 2050 our oceans will have more plastic than fish. On World Environment Day, the message is simple: reject single-use plastic. Refuse what you can’t re-use. Together, we can chart a path to a cleaner, greener world!".

ECCO Supports:
Orange Climate Action Now is a Sub-Committee of ECCO that focuses on taking local action to raise awareness about climate change and to mitigate its impact. OCAN organises direct action and local participation in global events such as Earth Hour and the Walk Against Warming.

Local Environment Awards:
ECCO hosts local environment awards to celebrate the achievements of individuals and groups who are making a real difference by taking action on climate change or helping make the City of orange a more sustainable community.

Earth First:
Earth First is a column that appears in the Central Western Daily each Saturday. It focuses on a different environmental issue each week. ECCO has been co-ordinating contributions to the column since the middle of 2008.

Daroo Urban Landcare Group:

The Daroo Urban Landcare Group is a group of volunteers working to rehabilitate and revegetate Wentworth Reserve in west Orange. Daroo was the winner of the inaugural ECCO Award for Environmental Sustainability in October 2008.

ELF Community Garden Group:
The ELF Community Garden Group established a permaculture community garden at the Environmental Learning Facility in 2005. The group continues to maintain and develop the garden, providing an opportunity for members to garden with others, share knowledge, experiment with new gardening techniques and enjoy the local produce grown in the garden.
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