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    SproutSprout
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    Is anyone aware of good resources for children which cover topics such as permaculture, organic gardening, peak oil, solar energy?

    Karen

    #280037
    forestforest
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    hi mum, the aust conservation foundation has a good kids’ educational site: http://www.eco-zone.com.au/ I also think they have resource kits they send out. You might have to email them for that.

    #280038
    bellabella
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    Karen,

    The ABC Book of Gardening for Kids is a good one. About $16 or in most library systems.

    Backyard Science (again ABC) is great too (books and TV).

    Depends on their age, but Jackie French is good – her Chook Book and self-sufficiency books are pretty easy reads. My 10yo likes ‘my’ Jackie French books.

    http://www.deh.gov.au/about/publications/index.html have free resources about environmental issues.

    http://www.livingearthgames.com.au/ sell games which include permaculture principles and are heaps of co-operative fun. We own both Gaia’s Garden AND the Living Landscapes cards. Great Christmas gifts!

    There are environmental and social justice topics in mainstream school resources like those available from http://www.ricgroup.com.au where you can browse every page of every book. Also, find ideas here:

    http://www.teachingforchange.org/publications/online_catalog.html

    My kids love those permie DVDs like ‘Eat your Garden’ and the recent ABC one with Josh building his backyard permie setup from scratch. They’re not aimed at kids, but they’re very simple and entertaining.

    For solar energy and peak oil, you may look for educational material from CSIRO, BP and other petroleum companies, the ‘green’ department of your local energy companies (gas and electricity). Like: http://www.ergon.com.au/energyed/education/

    Docos and TV shows like: http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/s1515141.htmaren’t aimed at kids but aren’t too difficult for them to understand either. I prefer not to dumb-down the facts and science behind this issue. It is amazing to hear their positive solutions and alternatives and their ideas about what would be more difficult in a time where oil is very expensive and how we would cope etc. They really are positive about relocalisation and alternative energy sources, permaculture, community gardens and co-opping and all sorts of other things which come up from Peak Oil discussions.

    Carbon calculators are fun and informative. Try: http://blogs.news.com.au/couriermail/education/index.php/couriermail/comments/carbon_calculators/ for links to a few different ones (some are inaccurate for rural folk etc due to penalties for not using public transport for example).

    We plan to look at Cuba and how they survived Peak Oil. A friend has just come back from Cuba and has amazing photos and stories to tell of their thriving communities… I’d love to see this: The Power of Cummunity- How Cuba Survived Peak Oil DVD 2006.

    We’re also looking at The Great Depression in Australia, for if there is an oil crisis (or other event) we could experience such a time again. It’s so far removed from our very wealthy, urban and ‘instant’ society that I thought we’d spend a fair amount of time studying what occurred during this period and why…

    Where are you? Maybe there are farms nearby you can visit – in Melbourne there’s a couple of places. Community gardens are great too.

    And there’s always heaps online, just keep plugging away at those search engines and see what’s out there…

    http://www.teachsustainability.com.au/ LOOKS GOOD!

    http://www.computing.ee.unsw.edu.au/~solar/classrooms/projects.htm SOLAR ENERGY PROJECTS (also solar cooking and food drying, solar powered toy cars etc are great fun)

    http://www.rosneath.com.au/ipc6/ch05/ramsden/index.htmlPUTTING CHILDREN’S NEEDS INTO PERMACULTURE DESIGNS

    http://www.permaculturevisions.com/hennypen.htm PERMACULTURE STORIES FOR CHILDREN

    … and so it goes.

    Have fun!

    Bel

    #280039
    SproutSprout
    Member

    Thanks so much Rhonda and Bel! So many leads to look into, thanks for all the ideas. Sometimes I find myself so tied up with the everyday that I run low on ideas.

    Our children range in age from 2 to 14. We’re on the mid north coast NSW.

    Karen

    #280040
    bellabella
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    Our six range from 2 (nearly 3) to 12 and we’re in north Qld. 🙂 You’re welcome!

    #280041
    forestforest
    Member

    Bella, I think the great depression is an excellent teacher for today’s times. I’ve read quite a bit on it too, as well as remembering what my parents and grandma told me when I was a kid.

    #280042
    suziwong66suziwong66
    Member

    bella wrote:

    We’re also looking at The Great Depression in Australia, for if there is an oil crisis (or other event) we could experience such a time again. It’s so far removed from our very wealthy, urban and ‘instant’ society that I thought we’d spend a fair amount of time studying what occurred during this period and why…

    Excellent topic to teach and a fantastic opportunity to utilise philosophical and ethical thinking skills in terms of who holds the power and how that effects society when looking at why the depression occured. Who is advantaged by owning more of the worlds resources; how are they advantaged; who is disadvantaged by not owning the power; how not owning the power affects the disadvantaged; what can we do to equalise the power so everyone has enough of what they need? Is it fair that one country has more power than another?

    By teaching our children how to ‘think’ ethically through investigating a topic ethically we have a wonderful opportunity to teach our children how to *act* ethically.

    sue

    #280043
    HotRockHotRock
    Member

    I understand that this post was from 4 years ago but thought I would let you know about HotRock and the resources they have available.

    HotRock is an Australian-based non profit organisation that is helping secondary schools to deliver sustainability education. The charity was formed in 2007 with the clear purpose of educating our youth for a sustainable future

    Have a look at HotRock Gardening Resources and Sustainability Powerpoints (suitable for all ages) and Lesson Plans for year 8 – 12 at http://www.thehotrock.org.au

    http://www.thehotrock.org.au

    #280044
    porgeyporgey
    Member

    The garden!! Get out into the best classroom of all and “show & tell” your kiddies how all the caper works.

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