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Early Education for Sustainability SA Inc
Australian Parents for Climate Action https://www.ap4ca.org/ has created a voice for parents, grandparents and carers of children in Australia to demonstrate their deep concern for their children’s future. Their current project is calling on the Federal government to fund solar panels and batteries for every school and early childhood centre in Australia that does not yet have solar - or needs more.
You can show your support to get Solar on Every School in Australia by signing their open letter!
Research by Beyond Zero Emission has shown that installing solar panels and batteries on Australian schools and early childhood centres would save thousands of dollars on energy each year, 1.4 million tonnes of greenhouse emissions per year and create an ideal stimulus to jobs in our COVID-19 recovery. EESSA Inc has added its support by providing use of our logo in support of ap4ca.
Download a poster and share this story with the families at your service.
Trees for Life needs volunteers
Trees for Life, bush sites are in need of carers. With many bush sites across the Adelaide and rural areas of South Australia Bush for Life volunteers have been helping revegetate some bushfire affected areas as well as returning to their regular bush care activities. Like all organisations the number of carers they have ebbs and flows as there is regular change to people’s lives that impacts on their ability to volunteer. If you now have time to volunteer please contact the Trees for Life office on 84060500. Growing seedlings for re-vegetation is a great educational experience for your service. Two of the Adelaide Bush Sites are Piggott Range Road Reserve, Finnis Road and Kingston Park Cliff.
Piggott Range Road Reserve situated along Piggott Range road on the Onkaparinga Hills, is the home to beautiful Grey Box grassy woodland. With many different native orchids and lily, maintaining this area as native bush requires controlling Monadenia, Bridal Creeper and Sparxis weeds.
 Kingston Park Cliff home to some of the last examples of original metropolitan coastal vegetation, is also of great cultural and spiritual importance to the Kaurna people.
Finnis Road, a woodland of Pink Gum and Cup Gum, is tucked away behind Victor Harbor. In good areas you can see a diverse range of beautiful flowering natives. However the edges require attention to remove weeds that threaten to take over.
New carers are needed to continue securing the biodiversity of the site.
www.treesforlife.org.au
Australian Recycling Labels
The first way to help reduce waste to landfill and be kind to the planet is to refuse and reduce.
When you do purchase new products its important to look for compostable or recyclable packaging. New labels are helping with this.
Launched by Planet Ark in 2016, Australian Recycling Label is just now appearing on packaging in your supermarket. The label has been designed to address both the confusion faced by customers and the desire for information on the pack. 
The label is a simple diagram,  providing clear instructions about the recyclability of each component of the pack. Recyclability is determined by bringing together information about the extent of council collections and whether the component can be sorted and processed in existing recycling infrastructure.
 
The REDcycle Program, a recovery initiative for post-consumer soft plastic developed and implemented by Melbourne-based consulting and recycling organisation RED Group, is supporting ARL to remind us to recycle soft plastics.
You can download a poster to help everyone recycle their soft plastic right:
https://www.redcycle.net.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/REDcycle-Poster-2017_Final-1.pdf
La Rose youth climate lawsuit
Across the world in Canada fifteen young people (ranging in age from 10 to 19) from seven provinces and a territory are going to court for climate justice. All have seen and suffered individualized harms from climate change and have been working in their own communities supporting solutions to the climate crisis.
“ The case — La Rose et al. vs. Her Majesty the Queen — argues these youth are already being harmed by climate change, and the federal government is violating their rights to life, liberty and security of the person under section 7 of the charter and failing to protect essential public trust resources. The youth also allege that their government’s conduct violates their right to equality under section 15 of the charter, since youth are disproportionately affected by the effects of the climate emergency.”
These young people are being supported by the David Suzuki Foundation, Pacific Centre for Environmental Law and Litigation and Our Children’s Trust and represented by law firms Arvay Finlay LLP and Tollefson Law Corporation. Be inspired by reading more at:
https://davidsuzuki.org/project/youth-climate-lawsuit/

The Environment Award for Children’s Literature
This year’s shortlist from the Wilderness Society:
PICTURE FICTION
One Careless Night by Christina Booth, Walker Books Australia
One Tree by Christopher Cheng and Bruce Whatley, Penguin Random House Australia
Wilam by Andrew Kelly, Aunty Joy Murphy and Lisa Kennedy, Walker Books Australia
The Fate of Fausto by Oliver Jeffers, HarperCollins Publishers
NON-FICTION
Fauna: Australia’s Most Curious Creatures by Tania McCartney, National Library of Australia
Explore Your World: Weird, Wild, Amazing! Tim Flannery and Sam Caldwell, Hardie Grant Egmont
A Hollow is a Home by Abbie Mitchell and Astred Hicks, CSIRO Publishing
You Can Change the World by Lucy Bell, Astred Hicks, and Elysia Clapin, Pantera Press
FICTION
Eco Rangers: Microbat Mayhem by Candice Lemon-Scott and Aśka, New Frontier Publishing
Super Sidekicks 2: Ocean’s Revenge by Gavin Aung Than, Penguin Random House Australia

Some great children's books to add to your service's library.

The Very Good Bra - its compostable
Launched by a Kickstarter campaign and winner of the Fashion Impact 2020 the Very Good Bra, designed in Australia is the first zero-waste bra. Using no polyester thread, nylon labels, synthetic elastic or spandex/elastane this bra can be placed in the garden organics bin when you are done with it! All elastic, labels, sewing thread and packaging is compostable.
Learn more at https://www.theverygoodbra.com/:
Taking Action
We can all can take action in many ways everyday. By choosing where to shop, what to buy (or don’t buy) what changes we make at home; the organisations who are caring for our world that we support; and sharing information with others.
Most importantly the practices we are showing our young children every day, what we are teaching them and how we are sharing with families. With these steps we take action for a better future world.
What actions do/ will you take? Email us at hello@eessa.org.au about what you are doing and we can share your story.
“The ultimate gift we can give the world is to grow our tiny humans into adult humans who are independent thinkers, compassionate doers, conscious questioners, radical innovators, and passionate peacemakers. Our world doesn’t need more adults who blindly serve the powerful because they’ve been trained to obey authority without question. Our world needs more adults who question and challenge and hold the powerful accountable.”
~ L.R. Knost
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Sustainability is the responsibility of every individual every day.
The world is not ours, the earth is not ours. It's a treasure we hold in trust for future generations.
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SEAFORD, SA 5169
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