New York Times bestselling author Sarah Wilson will feature in Lake Mac's Living Smart Beyond 2020 virtual festival.
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Lake Mac’s Living Smart Fest goes virtual and beyond for 2020

New York Times bestselling author Sarah Wilson, local MasterChef contestant Steph De Sousa, and renowned conservationist Tim Flannery will feature in a massive program of sustainability-themed online events hosted by Lake Macquarie Council.

With COVID-19 cancelling plans for this year’s popular Living Smart Festival, council has decided to take it into the virtual, launching Living Smart Beyond 2020 – an event that will feature online workshops, talks and webinars from October to December.

Sarah Wilson will present a one-hour evening session on Wednesday 7 October discussing her latest book This One Wild and Precious Life.

“I hope my book and next month’s talk help inspire others to act, to talk up, to step outside and immerse themselves in nature,” Sarah said.

Steph De Sousa meanwhile will feature in a November ‘Meat Free Challenge,” where participants who sign up receive recipe cards and online tips from De Sousa herself to help trial eating less meat in their lives.

Former Australian of The Year Tim Flannery will speak on Wednesday 2 December about his ‘climate cure’ action plan and the session will also inclsude an audience Q & A.

Former Australian Geographic Society Conservationist of the Year Natalie Isaacs will talk about fighting climate change by changing the way we live at a talk in November, while Wardrobe stylist and slow fashion advocate Joanne Gambale will host workshops on how to op-shop like a pro, and how to buy and sell second hand and vintage clothing online.

Other highlights include online workshops in October aiming to help people understand and reduce their energy bills and learn more about creative, community-financed solar power options for homes and businesses.

Living Smart Beyond 2020 is on from Thursday 1 October to Thursday 31 December. Head here for more info and a full program.