DSC01960Let’s Grow Lismore, a youth environment day run by the Youth Environmental Society (YES), is being held on the 19th of September at Richmond River Park, Lismore.

To be held on an unused plot of land graciously donated by Richmond River High School, the day will be designed to recreate the flood-plain rainforest that once dominated the low-lying land around Lismore.

The day is being co-ordinated with YOUth Decide, an initiative created the Australian Youth Climate Coalition to provide ‘youth’ (people up to 29 years of age) a chance to take a vote on their future in regards to the government’s approach to climate change.

With 650 trees to plant, YES needs as much help as it can get, with anyone from the local community welcome to come and enjoy the festivities.

Along with the voting booth for YOUth Decide, YES will have displays from local environmental groups as well as guest speakers, including local MPs Thomas George and Janelle Saffin as well as Mayor Jenny Dowell. 

Live acts including Monkey and the Fish and Soulman will be playing, as well as DJs, a free BBQ lunch that will cater for all tastes (including vegetarians), and all-in game of touch footy at lunch will also be part of the activities.

The festivities will kick off at 10am and go through until 4pm.

All you need is a hat, sunscreen, a blanket to sit on, and your enthusiasm.

“This will be the biggest community tree planting in Lismore, so come along and be part of something ensuring a greener future for us all,” media representative Darcy Garlick-Kelly said.

For further details on Youth Decide, go to the website, http://www.youthdecide.com.au or email Emi Christensen on emi.christensen@youthclimatecoalition.org

PICTURE: Members of the organising team for the Lismore tree planting day.