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EcoFair Shines A Light On Science And Sustainability

desertSMART Ecofair will again provide a focus on science and sustainability in Central Australia in August 2019 after recently being announced as an official National Science Week event and grant recipient.

desertSMART EcoFair is in its 11th year and is organised by the Arid Lands Environment Centre. EcoFair aims to educate, inspire and activate the community around science and sustainability issues and features high profile speakers, engaging panels, workshops, and films.

In 2019 the desertSMART EcoFair keynote speaker is Craig Reucassel, the Australian writer and comedian who is best known for his work with The Chaser and for going through your bins on the ABC’s War on Waste

The War on Wasteis a landmark series that sparked action across the country to cut Australia's staggering waste levels. Craig targets plastic water bottles, straws, e-waste, fast furniture, food waste and the recycling crisis.

“The Arid Lands Environment Centre is excited to again be a recipient of National Science Week funding, which supports key elements of the 3-day science and sustainability event,” said Jimmy Cocking, CEO Arid Lands Environment Centre.

“The EcoFair event includes the EcoScience Schools Days program with hands on workshops for up to 600 local school children, the Future Energy Forum which will be shining light on renewable energy at the Desert Knowledge Australia Solar Centre, a focus on how technology is supporting Indigenous languages, and a keynote presentation from Craig Reucassel with regard to his work on the ABC’s War on Waste.”

“Science is a key driver of initiatives that inform how we can live sustainability in the arid zone. Innovation in waste management, renewable energy, and local food production is critical for Alice Springs to be a desertSMART town. EcoFair continues the community discussion on how we can work together towards a healthy, sustainable future,” said Jimmy Cocking. 

desertSMART Ecofair runs 9th-11th August 2019. More information at 

This project received grant funding from the Australian Government. EcoScience Schools Days received grant funding from the Northern Territory Government.

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