2020 National Sustainable Living Festival Launch

  • 2020-02-03 5:00 pm 2020-02-03 9:00 pm Australia/Melbourne 2020 National Sustainable Living Festival Launch MPavilion MPAVILION



At the start of this new decade, we are faced with a choice: shift our thinking, values and lifestyles to support coexistence within this planet, or continue on the current path of destruction. However, this shift will not happen without addressing the extractive cultures that brought us to this point and amplifying the nurturing cultures that may lead us out of it. The 2020 National Sustainable Living Festival will begin where it should always begin, by listening to First Nations voices and the knowledge systems that sustained thriving relationships with country for tens of thousands of years.

Join us to kick off the Festival with a Welcome to Country followed by a discussion on addressing the history of colonisation within the environment movement, Indigenous knowledge systems’ position in our collective transition and the holistic sustainability we hope to achieve.

Wominjeka (Welcome). We acknowledge the Yaluk-ut Weelam as the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet. Yaluk-ut Weelam means ‘people of the river camp’ and is connected with the coastal land at the head of Port Phillip Bay, extending from the Werribee River to Mordialloc. The Yaluk-ut Weelam are part of the Boon Wurrung, one of the five major language groups of the greater Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to the land, their ancestors and their elders—past, present and to the future.