Monthly Archives: November 2009

Adam Munn on the Australian rangelands

Adam talks about his research comparing grazing requirements of sheep and kangaroo at Fowlers Gap in the rangelands of western NSW.

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Mark Browne talks about seawalls and flowerpots

In the following video Mark Browne talks about attaching flower pots, which act as rock pools at low tide, to seawalls in Sydney harbour.

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“Everything is interrelated”

“You see the great eucalypt forest, its trees are 300 feet high and they are still there. But they can only exist with the partnership of a humble fungus. It plays a vital role for the eucalypt because it unlocks nutrients underground that allow the tree to grow to a huge size in poor soil. And what spreads it? A tiny rat kangaroo that is now highly endangered all round Australia. Why should we worry? Because everything is interrelated.”

– Tim Flannery, Director of Australian Wildlife Conservancy.

An October article in the Sydney Morning Herald spoke about how Tim Flannery, Director of Australian Wildlife Conservancy, chairman of the Copenhagen Climate Council and former Australian of the year flew to London to gather support for a chain of privately owned conservation parks in Australia. He says he is “appalled that the Federal Government has backed away from saving single endangered species.”

In a speech delivered in London Flannery warned that Australia is in the grip of a “biodiversity crisis” and called for successful expatriate Australians – as well as wealthy Britons – to help guy back pastoral leases in key natural areas to help guard species against extinction.

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You can read the online article here or see it as a pdf

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Flowerpot and seawall images up!

Photos of the flowerpots on the walls at Careening and Cremorne Points are up on the images page. You can see Mark Browne attaching the concrete pots to the wall in December 2008 and the progress they have made throughout 2009. 

The engineered seawall at McMahons Point also features. Some of the colours in the ‘built in’ rock pools are amazing!

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One of the built in rock pools on the McMahons Point seawall

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Inside a Cremorne Point flower pot after two months (Feb 09′)

All photos are copyright of Mark Browne.

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National Action plan for Education for Sustainability

In 2007-2008 the Australian Government commissioned a report to look at priority areas for national action in education for sustainability. This process included extensive community consultation through online survey, expert interviews, six community workshops held across Australia and a Government cross-portfolio workshop.

Sustainability education develops skills, knowledge and values that promote behaviour in support of a sustainable environment. It is not confined to formal schooling. It also occurs in a wide range of non-formal education settings at work and at home.

You can find the entire Living Sustainably National Action Plan for Education for Sustainability 2009 report here.

Below are a list of areas the community agreed needed most attention:

  • Leadership and coordination from all levels of government
  • Partnerships and networks, within and  between sectors
  • Integration with other government measures
  • Access to increased and more targeted funding, including greater continuity and longer timeframes for supported projects
  • Training and professional development in education for sustainability in a variety of contexts including industry, formal education and the community, with particular emphasis on national training packages and undergraduate teacher training
  • Awareness and information about learning and behaviour change models, and effective learning for sustainability
  • coordinated availability of teaching and learning materials and resources, including best practice case studies
  • Publicity and advocacy to demonstrate the benefits of education for sustainability and raise the profile of the national action campaign
  • Attitudes, motivation and commitment to act, through engaging the community, discussing desired outcomes and developing shared values and goals
  • Engaging the media 
  • Effective research program

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