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Early Education for Sustainability SA Inc

Its plastic free July
The Plastic Free July website provides resources and ideas to help you reduce single-use plastic waste every day at home, work, school, and even at your local café. Get your friends, family and work colleagues to join the challenge: https://www.plasticfreejuly.org/
We only have one earth.
 

Can you deplastify your life
The latest UN Report shows plastic pollution has increased tenfold since 1980. Our production, consumption and disposal of single-use plastic has now become one of our biggest environmental and economic challenges. We must change our relationship with single-use plastic and we must help others change theirs as well. In previous newsletters we have written about micro beads in personal care products and listed many alternatives to purchasing plastic products. 
Here are a couple of things to do yourself and encourage others to do as well.
Use bar soap Consider this: the switch to liquid soap and now foam soap is a marketing strategy by manufacturing companies wanting to make money from selling a new product. It comes in a plastic bottle with a plastic pump. You can buy a refill but this still means more plastic and most people just buy a new one. Bar soap can be bought unwrapped and lasts much longer. Surely it is a fallacy that bar soap is less hygienic than liquid soap. The bar soap gets rinsed off every time you use it. But who washes the plastic pump?  Where do you think the most germs are accumulating?
Check the ingredients on the products you use. Most liquid body soaps are made using synthetic detergents, fragrances, and preservatives that provide no benefits to our bodies and are harmful to the environment.
Let go of frozen foods
Frozen foods all come in plastic. Frozen vegetables and frozen meals are all  packed in something plastic, even frozen food trays that seem to be made of cardboard are lined with plastic. The more we limit our consumption of frozen foods, the less plastic waste we create and the healthier the planet. Fresh is best and is a no waste alternative. (leftovers can be composted if needed). Shop at the local Farmers Market or the local Fruit and Veg store and take a basket so you can buy things loose or use some light cotton washable bags. There seems to be an increase in supermarkets packaging fruit and veg rather than allow loose purchasing. If you need to buy from a supermarket refuse things that are plastic wrapped. As well as refusing prepacked be a voice for change and let them know why you are doing this.
 
 Learn It, Live It, Teach It ….. Embedding Sustainability provided a wonderful opportunity for educators explore ideas from key advocates in sustainability.
The day was set with Uncle Ivan’s warm and insightful welcome to country and his knowledge of place followed by our Petcha Kucha style presentation on why education for sustainability.
Our three keynote speakers shared their knowledge on diverse but interconnected aspects of sustainability. Here are some of the comments from participants.
Dr Sue Elliot Environmentally Responsible: beyond a duty, a paradigm shift.
“Dr Sue Elliot was eye-opening. Made me think about the bigger picture”
Recognising our current ‘anthropocene’ lens and that it needs to shift to ‘ecocene'
Michael Williams and Julparru McKenzie Indigenous perspectives on sustainability:
“Very inspiring and thoughtful”
“Spot on for its message of interconnections between people and place, respect for knowledge given & not coming from a deficit standpoint”
“Gave me a lot to think about, completely shifted my perspective”
The importance of understanding ‘connectedness and sharing this with children
Sophie Thomson -Saving the world with gardening:
“Passionate & committed to positive change from the grassroots up!”
“The huge health benefits for everyone of being in nature and gardening and how little time the average child spends doing this.”
 
The follow up workshops for those who attended on the day will be Thursday 15th August 4.30-6.30 and Monday 16th September 5.30-7.30. All conference attendees will receive more details shortly.

NAIDOC Week 7-14 July 2019: Voice. Treaty. Truth. Let’s Work together.

Celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. You can support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community as well as participate in a wide range of activities.

https://www.naidoc.org.au/about/naidoc-week

Help friends and family begin the sustainable living journey

Do you get frustrated with friends, family and/or work colleagues who do not share your passion and commitment to living more sustainably or seem unmotivated and think it is all too hard?

The UN has published ‘The Lazy Persons Guide to Saving the World’. A series of strategies to kick start the journey

There are 4 levels:

Level 1:Things you can do from the Couch

Level 2: Things you Can Do at Home

Level 3: Things You Can do Outside your Home

Level 4: Things You Can Do at Work

https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/takeaction/

In addition, the UN website provides a broad range of evidence-based information on why we all need to begin a journey towards living more sustainably.

Dates and events for your diary
July 1-31st Plastic free July- go plastic free and support others to do this as well.
July 7-14 NAIDOC Week
August 15th- 1st post conference workshop 4.30-6.30pm
September 16th 2nd post conference workshop 5.30-7.30pm
October 2nd- Ethical Decluttering 6.30-8pm
 
“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.” – Rachel Carson.
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
Australia

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