"The future of humanity and indeed, all life on earth, now depends on us."

David Attenborough

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by the EnviroPunks

The Eco Connect Mission

Get every resident of the City of Port Phillip engaged in sustainable living and 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

66 %

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

87.3%

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%

Our Solution

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’re raising funds on GoFundMe.

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.

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From left: Deborah Punton, Karen Elsbury, Matt Bray, David Fage. Not pictured: Cristina Gaybor, Jane Campton, Jane Wong, Liam Gook.

Who are the EnviroPunks?
Cristina Gaybor – Cristina plans to start a repair/recycle/upcycle CoPP community to keep hard rubbish out of landfill. Less trash, more treasure!
David Fage – Dave loves exploring ways people can become more environmentally engaged at home, even when they are renting. He volunteers his time to find ways to make his apartment block more environmentally efficient and community centric. Home is where Dave’s heart is.
Deborah Punton – member of the Port Phillip Eco Centre and volunteer with many local community groups. Deb has been engaged in community climate action long before it was a thing on Instagram.
Jane Campton – our legal eagle, Jane worked as a barrister and is now looking to get on community boards to grease the wheels of climate action.
Jane Wong – Jane finds gaps in community services and works to fill those gaps. From creating a burnout toolkit to facilitating Covid vaccinations for marginalised communities Jane has too many projects to list.
Karen Elsbury – Kaz runs the Elwood Kitchen Library to curb unnecessary appliance purchases and provide sustainable entertainment kits to reduce waste for party hosts.
Liam Gook – Liam doesn’t live in CoPP but is such a nice dude he gets a pass. He runs Wayward Wanderers sustainability tours and works for Oz Harvest. Liam is keen to help other people develop their own projects with what he has learnt over the years.
Matt Bray – Matt runs a purpose driven creative studio supporting a global network of organisations involved in climate action and Creative Director at Comms Declare , an organisation encouraging advertising agencies to Declare for the climate and stop greenwashing for fossil fuel clients.

The EnviroPunks respectfully acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of this nation, the traditional custodians of Australia. We pay our respects to ancestors and Elders, past and present. We are committed to honouring Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ unique cultural and spiritual relationships to the land, waters and seas and their rich contribution to society. The EnviroPunks operate on the land of the Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin nation. Always was, always will be, Aboriginal land.