1 to 31 July. Plastic Free July. Join the challenge and ‘Choose to Refuse’ single-use plastic during July. Imagine a world without plastic waste. The Plastic Free Foundation is a not-for-profit which delivers the annual challenge and works on solutions with communities around the world. Their vision is a world without plastic waste, and their mission is to build a global movement that dramatically reduces plastic use and improves recycling, worldwide. More than 6 out of 10 people are already refusing plastic shopping bags, avoiding pre-packed fruit and veg, picking up other people's litter and avoiding buying bottled water. Register your interest. Information.

1 July. Coming of the Light Festival. The Torres Strait Islands are a group of at least 274 small islands that are a part of Queensland and are located in the Torres Strait between Cape York Peninsula (Australia’s far north/east tip) and Papua New Guinea. It was on the 1st of July in 1871 that Reverend Samuel Macfarlane of the London Missionary Society arrived on Erub (Darnley Island) and introduced Christianity to the region. This day is referred to by the Islanders, who are predominately of Christian faith, as “The Coming of the Light” and every year, the festival is celebrated with religious and cultural ceremonies throughout the islands and across mainland Australia. Information.

7 July. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday. The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Commission has prepared liturgical, school and other resources for the celebration of the annual Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday. The theme this year is ‘Peace to this house and all who dwell within’. Bishop Columba Macbeth-Green, Chairman of the Bishops Commission for Relations with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples has urged parishes to celebrate the day, saying it provides us with ‘an opportunity to acknowledge our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander brothers and sisters’ and ‘signifies that we are united as one in God’s love and care’. Resources will be available on the NATSICC website.

7 to 14 July. National NAIDOC Week. ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’ celebrations are held around Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The week is celebrated not just in the Indigenous communities but also in increasing numbers of government agencies, schools, local councils and workplaces. Information.

28 July. National Tree Day. Since 1996, National Tree Day has grown into Australia's largest community tree-planting and nature care event. It’s a call to action for all Australians to get their hands dirty and give back to the community. ​​​While every day can be Tree Day, we dedicate celebration of Schools Tree Day and National Tree Day to the last Friday and last Sunday in July. 2019 Schools Tree Day is Friday, 26 July. There are many ways to get involved – you can access it here if you’re a school, a part of a community group, a council, or a business organisation. Visit Planet Ark for more Information.





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