"The future of humanity and indeed, all life on earth, now depends on us."
by the EnviroPunks
The Eco Connect Mission
Get every resident of the City of Port Phillip engaged in community climate action.
From volunteering for local groups to finding ways to recycle better, we want to help people connect to the wonderful initiatives already happening in our community and inspire more projects.
The Volunteer Challenge for Community Organisations
of volunteers stopped volunteering during the pandemic
This amounts to an estimated loss of 12.2 million hours per week of volunteer work. This decline has had a profound and ongoing impact across the sector.
*From Volunteering Australia
4 out of 5
people volunteer from home or in their local (geographic) community.
*From State of Volunteering Vic
of organisations cited word of mouth as the most frequently cited strategy organisations used to recruit volunteers.
followed by website/social media at 67.4%
Eco Connect will be a content rich hyperlocal interactive map of the City of Port Phillip for residents to discover and connect/reconnect with local environmental organisations.
Funding needed for expert assistance
The team behind Eco Connect are all volunteers pulling together this platform in our spare time. To make sure this directory works well though we need to bring in experts to make it work properly. We have recruited the services of a specialist team of web devs that know the intricacies of interactive maps, websites and making them easy to use.
The first phase of this project is creating the functional map and online directory, with all of the capabilities to let local organisations join, and residents browse and connect to them. To do this and have the platform properly tested is estimated to cost $13,200. The City of Port Phillip has generously kicked off fundraising with and injection of $2,640 and the work has already begun.
We now need to raise the rest of the funds to make the Eco Connect portal to community climate action a reality.
How YOU can Help
Like what we’re cooking? To make this portal to Port Phillip a reality we will be updating this page with our fundraising options soon.
The EnviroPunks Team
This is the first project from the brains trust that is the EnviroPunks. A small group that connected during the 2021 CoPP Environmental Leaders course. We are all passionate about the environment, our community, and helping people engage in the biggest challenge we are likely to face in our lifetime. Restoring the balance between the community and the environment of the stolen land we live on.
From left: Deborah Punton, Karen Elsbury, Matt Bray, David Fage. Not pictured: Cristina Gaybor, Jane Campton, Jane Wong, Liam Gook.