Tuesday, April 29, 2008
climateXchange is helping to raise awareness of climate change and its impacts on local communities across the Asia Pacific. The site provides a space to gather stories on climate change from schools and communities and to share the great things that schools and communities are undertaking.
Submissions can include pictures, written pieces or videos that examine the effects of climate change both locally and globally.The collection of submissions are presented on the climateXchange website where users click on a location and view a story about climate change in that area. Visitors can see stories from areas as diverse as The Great Barrier Reef, the Snowy Mountain and Antarctica through the eyes of people who live and work there.
Examples of stories include a video from a primary school in Sydney showing what they are doing to make a difference or an interview with a scientist who is battling hard to save the rare mountain pygmy possum.To get involved and share your story go to the climateXchange website
The web portal and lesson plans introduce the concept of biological diversity and highlight the importance of sustainable agriculture not only to preserve biodiversity, but also to ensure that we will be able to feed the world, maintain agricultural livelihoods, and enhance human well-being in the 21st century and beyond.
The International Day for Biological Diversity is on 22nd May 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Every month, in multiple locations across the globe, people who work in or who are interested in environmental and sustainability issues meet up for a drink at informal sessions known as Green Drinks.
These events are very simple and unstructured, but many people have found employment, made friends, developed new ideas, done deals and had moments of serendipity.
Alice Springs Green Drinks is something that a few of us have been talking about for a while - so we thought we'd get it happening. It will be a great way of catching up with people you know and also for making new contacts. Everyone can invite someone else along, people visiting or new to town can find out about us on the web, so there will always be a different crowd, creating an organic, self-organising network.
To kick things off, we're holding a special event - Sustainability in the Pub during the Desert Innovation Festival
There will be an inspiring introduction to the evening from Jimmy Cocking (new coordinator of the Arid Lands Environment Centre ). You can also expect to see some familiar faces representing Afghan Traders,
Join us as and be a part of the emerging, creative, organic and unpredictable future of Alice Springs Green Drinks as we share our ideas on What is sustainability? How can we successfully apply it to our lives, homes and businesses? and who knows what else...
When: Tuesday 27 May 2008, 7:30pm
Where: The Firkin and Hound, 21 Hartley St, Alice SpringsContact: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
The Project: In 2007, a group from Anzac Hill High School won the Ghan Road Safety Competition. The prize was 60 seats on the Ghan from Alice Springs to Darwin return. Anzac Hill HS has generously donated these seats to be used as the focus for developing the ‘Ghan Learning Challenge’.
The Plan: In March 2009 a group of students in years 5-8 from Government Schools across Alice will travel, with teachers, from Alice Springs to Darwin for 3-4 days. Along the way they will explore the history, science, environment and language of the landscape they are crossing.
The People: We need a group of 15-20 innovative educators who are willing to come together to plan this exciting educational adventure. We are looking for both Primary and Middle Years teachers from a range of subject areas/specialities.
An AGQTP Grant has been awarded for the development of this project
The first meeting of the Ghan learning Challenge PLC was a great success with lots of exciting ideas being discussed. It’s not too late to get involved!
Come to our second meeting:
Thursday 1st May (Week 3, Term 2) 3:30pm – 4:30pm
All Seasons Oasis, Gap Rd (opposite the hospital)
For more information or to RSVP to meeting 2 contact:
Lisa Hall by emailing email@example.com or by calling 89517007
Firstly there is a great resource Rock Around the Park which you can dowload from the Desert Park Education wiki. This resource was put together by local teacher Mel Phillips in her previous role as the Minerals Education Officer and Anne Scherer.
Secondly, Cathy McKeon, a long serving local teacher now working as an office based Science Teacher for Schools Division, has knowledge of rock, geology and earth science from her uni days. During her time here she has collected a quantity of resources on the local geology and has information on local excursions in the town area. Resources include maps, people, CD, books, posters, games and websites. Cathy is available to help teachers and can be contacted by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 8951 7052
Monday, April 21, 2008
Projects such as stormwater recycling, rainwater harvesting, managing and recycling waste, effective energy management plans and energy saving initiatives are expected to be popular choices among entrants. Commercial Territory businesses will also have an opportunity to demonstrate trade waste, energy management, environmental site plans and staff training programs as part of their entry.
Entrants can enter one or more award categories - community, commercial/industry, small business and schools. Separate submissions can also be made to be considered for an environment grant.
Again this year, a Chairman’s Prize of $1,000 will be awarded to one entrant for donation to an environmental organisation of the winner’s choice.
Entries close on May 16 and the winners will be announced at a presentation on June 18. Information and entry forms are available on-line
or from any Power and Water Customer Service Centre.
Highlights among the 19 listed events include a videoconference link-up involving researchers and businesspeople in the food industry to explore Desert Food Innovation (1 May), a virtual event discussing 4WD tourism in desert Australia; a cross desert conversation about innovative models, partnerships and approaches in the arts industry (21 May); and sharing experiences of local community sustainability initiatives to conserve energy and water (22 May). Download your copy of the 2008 Desert Innovation Festival program here.
Now in its fourth year, this festival celebrates how people in desert Australia are meeting desert challenges through partnerships, desert ideas, desert know-how and desert innovation.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
101+ Web Resources for Students | studenthacks.org
Friday, April 18, 2008
For the first time in 2008 Australia’s leading young environmentalists aged 15 to 25 can apply or be nominated for the Environment Minister’s Young Environmentalist of the Year Award.
Banksia is once again looking to inspire and be inspired by examples of environmental excellence in Australia’s most prestigious environmental awards and urge education professionals leading the way in environmental sustainability to enter the awards.
There are ten Categories featured in the 2008 Awards Program such as the Education Award, Indigenous Award and the Community Award. We also offer the Mercedes Benz Research Award which carries with it $30 000 prize money.
The Awards Honour Australian Businesses, Community groups, individuals and public bodies that are reducing their environmental footprint and using resources in innovative ways and educating others to do the same. The Awards provide an invaluable opportunity for recognition and presents others with the inspiration to follow.
For further information, contact, or download an entry kit visit www.banksiafdn.com
Awards close 5th May 08
Entries and nominations are now invited for $60,000 in prizes dealing with environmental issues:
• Environmental Journalism
• Environmental Research
• Environmental Sustainability Education
• Innovative Solutions to Climate Change
• Water Research and Innovation
• Young Leaders in Environmental Issues and Climate Change
The Eureka Awards close 2 May 08
Teaching for Uncertain Futures is available on request from Teaching
Australia, email email@example.com www.teachingaustralia.edu.au
The calculator has been upgraded using the latest current Australian data.
The web address for the new calculator is:
Friday, April 11, 2008
Copies of the Program Guidelines, Application Form and Guide to Completing
an Application may be obtained from the TSN website or phone the Program Officer Grants on 1800 032 551; or contact the TSN Coordinator for your region (Arid rangelands: Andy Vinter.8952 1541).
Original signed applications must be submitted by mail. Closing date for applications is 5pm Friday 30 May 2008
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Your Sky provides three ways to view the sky - as sky map, horizon map and telescope view. You simply enter your latitude and longitude and select the map you want.