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Early Education for Sustainability SA Inc

Blue carbon

Have you heard of blue carbon?

Blue carbon is the carbon stored in coastal and marine ecosystems.

Australia is recognised internationally for its leadership on blue carbon launching the International Partnership for Blue Carbon in 2015. Protecting and restoring coastal blue carbon ecosystems is a key element of this. Blue carbon is the carbon stored in worlds coastal ocean ecosystems: mangroves, tidal marshes, seagrasses and potentially macroalgae.

While the ocean's vegetated habitats cover less than 0.5% of the seabed, they account for more than 50% of all carbon storage in ocean sediments and there is the potential to increase this up to 70%,.

Protecting and restoring coastal blue carbon ecosystems offers opportunities for carbon sequestration and abatement. Improved management of these ecosystems can also improve fisheries, and increase resilience of coasts to rising sea levels and storm surges.

For more information on the Partnership, see the International Partnership for Blue Carbon.

Grow some Sunflowers

Its time for planting sunflowers. These are very appealing to children being fast growers and bearing tall wide blooms where the activity of bees is easily observed.

Sunflowers are not only a magnet for bees and produce stunning blooms they also offer edible seeds.

The circular head we call the ‘flower’ is actually made up of hundreds of tiny five petaled flowers, a composite inflorescence. There are many varieties of sunflowers including Bronze Dawn producing bronze coloured flowers, and Evening Sun which range from deep orange to burgundy to yellow with a dark-centred disk.

The process of harvesting the seeds for eating is a bit time consuming so make sure you research how to do it. Or give the unhulled seeds, even the whole sunflower heads to your chooks.

Lizard Lounge

Following the October newsletter one of our members built a lizard lounge.

Using recycled wood and paint for the sign they are not sure if the bright colours will attract the lizards but it certainly draws people to take a look and then chat about lizards.

Send us your project photos with a brief sentence about it and we will share in our monthly news.

2019-20  Environment grants for schools and communities now open!
Grants are available annually for activities that help communities and schools promote the sustainable management of our natural resources.
Schools can access grants of up to $2000 and communities can access grants of up to $10,000.
Projects must align with the goals and targets of the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management (NRM) Plan. See website: https://www.naturalresources.sa.gov.au/adelaidemtloftyranges/education
 
You can email NRM for more information about action grants: sheralee.cox@sa.gov.au
Or phone 8273 9100.
Typed applications must be submitted by Friday 28 February 2020 via email. Late applications not accepted.
Grant writing workshops are also held to assist you and share information on successful grants
Next grant writing workshop is at Findon High School: Monday 2 December, 4.30 pm - 6 pm 
Take your project ideas and questions with you. Refreshments and certificates provided.

The EESSA Inc fifteen step guide to a Sustainable Christmas

  1. Make Your Own Greeting Cards or send  eCards
  2. Plan Your Shopping
  3. Buy Less
  4. Buy Useful Presents
  5. Look for Locally Made Gifts
  6. Choose Handmade and Homemade
  7. Choose Gifts Made From Recycled Sources
  8. Gift a charity donation
  9. Give ‘Battery-Free’ Gifts
  10. Avoid Children’s Toys That Promote Violence
  11. Organic, Local and Free-Range for food and drinks
  12. Skip disposables, use your best china
  13. Re-gifting’ is Okay
  14. Recycle
  15. Less Really Is More

The coming holiday season is a time to celebrate together, slow down, reflect and allow the spirit of the holiday and the gathering of family and friends to envelop you in warmth and joy.

Some events for your diary
Grant writing workshop is at Findon High School: Monday 2 December, 4.30 pm - 6 pm
Festive Gift Making Adelaide Sustainability Centre, The Joinery 111 Franklin St 5th December 6.30-8.30pm
Get Festive at Flinders Flinders University Plaza Registry Road  Bedford Park,
Sat 14 December 2019 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm
 

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of a difference you want to make.”
—Jane Goodall

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.
Our mailing address is:
Early Education for Sustainability SA Inc
PO Box 297
SEAFORD, SA 5169
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