Cycling Dutch Style

Monday, 20 December 2010

In May 2011, cyclist Paul van Bellen will lead 30 Australian cycling thinkers over a 500km, 13 day tour in The Netherlands, the world's most cycle friendly country. Filmmakers Rowena Crowe and Paulo Alberton will follow and record van Bellen's tour as his team studies innovations and attitudes in cycling.

Meerkats at Taronga

Taronga's 'Zoo Adventures' Program

9:30am - 3:30pm weekdays from January 4 to January 21.

Taronga Zoo will keep the kids entertained with a different theme each day. Listen to the Tiger Keepers as they tell some tales; look into the new home for the Tasmanian Devils; learn more about the zoo's baby elephants; study similarities between humans and chimps; help build a Meerkat maze and mansion; take some play items into the lion enclosure; and learn how to be a zoo keeper of a zoo vet for a day.

Where: Taronga Zoo, Mosman, Sydney, NSW.
Cost: $55 per day per child. Additional supervision is available from 8am to 5.30pm and costs a further $22 per day per child.
Click here for more information or to make a booking.

EcoLogic at the Powerhouse

EcoLogic at the Powerhouse Museum

10:00am - 5:00pm daily.

EcoLogic has been completely redeveloped to explore one of the world’s hottest topics today: climate change. Discover the science behind global warming and what we can do to prevent it from getting worse. Explore the evidence that humans are causing climate change by burning coal, oil and gas (fossil fuels). An enormous 3D graph shows the highs and lows of carbon dioxide concentrations over the last 400,000 years, with a notable sharp rise in levels in the last 100 years. See a large model of Sydney’s Circular Quay and Opera House under 10 metres of water, illustrating what could happen if there is a temperature increase of just three degrees Celsius. Learn how our precious natural resources – like fresh water – are managed. Through a hands-on interactive iPad game, test your ability to manage a town’s water cycle. Droughts, population growth and burst pipes create chaos amidst the effort to maintain dams, pumps, filtration plants, storm water and sewage systems.

Where: Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo, Sydney, NSW.
Cost: Family (1 adult and up to 3 children; or 2 adults and up to 2 children) $25; Adults $10; NSW Seniors Card holders, Concessions and pensioners $6; Student card holders $5; Children (4 - 15 years) $5; Children under four are free, as are Powerhouse members, Members of International Council of Museums and Members of Museums Australia Inc.
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kids on the coast

'Kids on the Coast' - school holiday activities

10 - 27 January

The Coastal Environment Centre is an award-winning environmental learning centre teaching people how to value and care for our natural environment. These holidays they have some great activities that children will love! The program is aimed at kids aged between 5-12 years old, and combines a mix of outdoor adventure, discovery and learning, fun and games, art and craft: all with an emphasis on the plants and animals that make up our coastal environment.

Where: Pelican Path, Lake Park Road, North Narrabeen, NSW.
Cost: Single 2hr session $20 per child (standard activity), Full day $55 per child (10am-3pm for standard activities, includes lunchtime supervision, BYO lunch), Fishing Clinic $40 per child (age 8-14 yrs), SEA Surf Safety $49.50 per child.
Click here for more information.

GasLand_Josh Fox

GasLand: a film by Josh Fox

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

The billion dollar energy industry has a dirty little secret... Natural gas is often hailed as an 'eco-energy' because it burns clean, but the mining of natural gas via fracking causes irreversible damage to waterways, and is carcinogenic to farm animals and people nearby.

Prof Oreskes

Prof Naomi Oreskes - Australian tour

Sydney: 15 November
Brisbane: 16 November
Melbourne: 17 November
Adelaide: 18 November
Perth: 22 November

A thought-provoking series of free public lectures with Naomi Oreskes, Professor of History & Science Studies, University of California, San Diego, and co-author of the new book Merchants of Doubt: How a handful of scientists obscured the truth on issues from tobacco smoke to global warming. In these lectures, Naomi discusses her latest book (co-authored with Erik M. Conway), as she rolls back the rug on a dark corner of the American scientific community, showing how ideology and corporate interests, aided by a too-compliant media, have skewed public understanding of the some of the most pressing issues of our time, including climate change.

Cost: Free.
Click here for more information.

Dr Vandana Shiva

Dr Vandana Shiva - Sydney Peace Prize Lecture

3 November

Dr Vandana Shiva is an Indian physicist, noted environmentalist, eco-feminist and human rights activist. Vandana’s work highlights the fundamental connection between human rights and the protection of the environment. Governments worldwide seek her counsel on sustainable development as she offers solutions to critical problems posed by globalisation and climate change in poverty-stricken nations. Her latest book, Soil Not Oil, identifies the ecologically sound and socially just ways to protect a fragile planet.
Join Vandana before she accepts the 2010 City of Sydney Peace Prize, which will be awarded by the Sydney Peace Foundation the following day. The evening will end with Aboriginal soprano Deborah Cheetham singing a tribute to peace and to Vandana.

Where: Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House.
Cost: Adult $30, Concession $25.
Click here to buy tickets.

Caitlin at 4 years old.

What's your legacy?

Monday, 25 October 2010

What kind of ‘eco’ legacy do you want to leave behind? G writer Caitlin learns some valuable lessons from David Suzuki regarding our use of ‘growth’ as a measure of our success.

Nat Recycling Week

National Recycling Week

8-14 November

Get involved with the ‘Big Auzzie Swap’, where you can exchange pre-loved clothes and other items, and the ‘Friday File Fling’, where offices are encouraged to reorganise and recycle all of the out-of-date paper documents to get the paper back into circulation.

Where: Australia-wide
Cost: Free!
Click here for more information and to search for events in your area.

Arron Wood

Billabong Boy

Monday, 18 October 2010

Arron Wood is only 34, but has already made his mark as an environmental educator and activist in Australia and beyond. On Friday last week, the former Young Australian and Environmentalist of the Year won the highly-coveted People’s Choice Award at the Banksia Environment Awards. Read G’s review of his autobiography.

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