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The theme of our June 2019 conference, Learn, It Live, It Teach It Sustainability continues to be our focus. While our end goal is to embed sustainability, we must first learn and live it before we can teach it to others. We need all educators to achieve all 3 across our service before we meet our curriculum goals to embed sustainability.

This newsletter provides details of coming events that will help you to learn and live more sustainably as well as some programs or experiences for young children and students.

Are you passionate about the environment?
Living Smart is a multi-award winning behaviour change program. The course provides participants with the skills and knowledge to take action in their own homes to improve their quality of life and reduce their environmental impact.
The Living Smart program consists of ten key modules:
Water     Power    Waste    Simple Living    Gardening for Food     Transport
Healthy You    Gardening for Biodiversity   Healthy Homes    Community
City of Mitcham, City of Holdfast Bay and Marion; City of Charles Sturt and the City of Unley in conjunction with the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board have been hosting Living Smart courses in SA for the past 3 years.
The 8 week, Living Smart program is packed with interesting topics and specialist guest speakers.
The next program series are:
Eastern Suburbs: from Wednesday 23rd October 6.30pm in St Peters Youth Centre
Unley and Mitcham from Monday 21st October 6:30pm in Unley Town Hall
Port Adelaide from Tuesday Oct 29 6:30pm Port Environment Centre
 
Check your council website for more information.

 

 National Recycling Week 2019
Planet Ark's National Recycling Week (Monday 11 to Sunday 17 November 2019) is the annual opportunity for councils, workplaces, schools and individuals to brush up on their knowledge and become successful recyclers.
Australians are keen recyclers with 90% of us agreeing that it is the right thing to do. However, wanting to do the right things does not always mean we are able to do it. There have been many changes to the recycling industry, which  is constantly evolving with new initiatives and technologies. What can and can't be recycled varies and where to recycle things changes in different local government areas. There have been big changes in the past year or two and local councils have gone from receiving revenue for recycling to paying a price.
We need to work together to share our growing knowledge of recycling in our area. Recycling Right is a key in the fight against pollution and the amount of new materials we use to sustain our lifestyle.
Soft plastics and food waste are the biggest issues with recycling causing contamination of other recyclable products.
https://recyclingnearyou.com.au/nationalrecyclingweek/research/2018/
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Do you know the biodiversity at your place?
Spring is a great time for getting outdoor and supporting children’s connection to place. It’s a time to observe the blooming of our earth as fruit trees are budding, bees are busy pollinating and insects are also abundant.
As gardens flourish there are a wealth of opportunities for children to learn about the environment, lifecycles, biodiversity and the interconnectedness of living things. Encourage children to investigate and foster their problem solving and creativity skills:

  • Spend 15-20mins outside in the same place in the garden/planted play area each day for a week or so and have children observe and record the bugs they see
  • Make a bug or bee hotel, https://www.abc.net.au/gardening/factsheets/bee-hotel/9440586; https://www.abc.net.au/gardening/factsheets/give-bugs-a-chance/9436620
  • Build a lizard lounge, https://www.abc.net.au/gardening/factsheets/lizard-lounge/10930978
  • Check leaves of plants for bug activity like aphids and ladybeetles and their lava. Investigate why they are there? What they are doing? What is their role in the garden?
  • Observe plants trees and bushes each week and note the changes. Give each child or small group a plant or tree that is theirs to look at in detail each week. Older children could have paper and pencil to draw what they see.
  • Identify weeds and explore the difference between unwanted and wanted plants. Why do we call some weeds? Are they called weeds everywhere?
  • Observe the animals or birds you see. What are they doing? When do they come to visit and how often?

City of Adelaide Events for Students
1) Bat Ramble – for teachers and educators
Local bat researchers and experts will take educators on an informative walking tour, stopping at significant locations to discuss the incredible story of the Grey-headed Flying-fox.  Find out how these bats came to be in Adelaide, their ecology, behaviour and why we should protect them. There will be ample time to have your questions about these magnificent mammals answered by the experts.  This session may provide an opportunity for professional learning, if it aligns with your content areas / specialisations. For example, building content knowledge on endangered animals as a learning activity. NRM Education will also introduce a Grey-headed Flying-fox teaching resource.
When: Thursday 31 October. Meet at 6.15 pm for 6.30 pm start.
Where: Meet at the entrance to Botanic Park on Frome Rd. Register for this free event now! 
2) Bat Trail – take your students!
Find out interesting facts about the Grey-headed Flying-fox by following the Bat Trail.
Visit the River Torrens / Karrawirra Pari from October and look out for the orange bat tags hanging in the trees between the University Footbridge and Albert Bridge on Frome Rd.
The Bat Trail will be accessible until mid-December and can be accompanied by an activity booklet. Visit cityofadelaide.com.au/GHFlyingFox for more information and where to pick up booklets.
3. StrawFreeSchools in StrawFreeADL: Is your school canteen embracing the StrawFree movement?
The ABC’s War on Waste highlighted the impact of single-use plastic straws so Government, businesses and schools are working towards avoiding and reducing single-use plastics including straws. The City of Adelaide has some useful straw resources like alternative information, pledge posters and a handy supplier guide for more environmentally friendly options, all available on the Sustainable Events website. Why not set a challenge and go single-use plastic straw free as part of your Nude Food efforts or Less to Landfill challenge during October, to educate students about environmental stewardship and reduce materials to landfill. For more information on any of these, please contact sustainability@cityofadelaide.com.au.

Save the date 2020

Building on our workshops in 2019 looking at Indigenous perspectives of sustainability, EESSA Inc is pleased to announce that we will be hosting some key indigenous authors and speakers in 2020. Please put this date in your diary, Saturday 20th June at the Adelaide Pavilion and watch this newsletter for more information in 2020.


Dates and events for your diary
11-17 Nov: National Recycling Week 
21 Nov: Adelaide Botanic Gardens One day Permaculture; https://www.botanicgardens.sa.gov.au/whats-on/Permaculture
20th June 2020: EESSA Inc 
"Nature provides a free lunch, but only if we control our appetite."
–William Ruckelshaus
We make the road by walking and every step in the right direction makes a difference. Join EESSA Inc and you will learn ways to take more steps in the right direction.
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Early Education for Sustainability SA Inc
PO Box 297
SEAFORD, SA 5169
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