environment and sustainability


environment and sustainability
Federation Library
Resources available for loan
August 2012
Green stuff for kids: an A to Z
guide to what’s up with the
planet by Tanya Ha. Carlton, Vic.:
Melbourne University Press, 2009.
363.7 HAT
All about the weather by Richard
Whitaker. Sydney: Young Reed,
2007. 551.6 WHI
“What are clouds? Where do rain and wind
come from? What causes thunder and
lightning? ... You'll find the answers to
these and many other weather questions
in All about the weather, with: full-colour
photographs, maps and illustrations; informative and fun text
new words; activities to test your knowledge; a glossary to
explain new words; an index; a list of other books and
websites where you can find out more." – Back cover.
For primary school students.
Environmental footprints [series] by Paul
Mason. South Yarra, Vic: Macmillan Education
Australia, 2008. 304.28 MAS
“Find out the who, what, where, why and
how of environmental science. Put into
action the book's eco-tips, such as how to
save energy and water, how to recycle properly and how to
avoid buying products made from threatened species. Follow
step-by-step guides on how to make a worm farm, make
gardens wildlife friendly and grow food.” – Back cover.
presented by Tamara Mackean
and Sir Gustav Nossal. South
Yarra, Vic: Macmillan Education
Australia, 2009. 305.89915 REC
Students “will learn about people,
projects and events that share knowledge to help make the
land and people’s bodies healthier” (p. 4). Includes
reconciliation actions plans and ideas and activities.
For primary school students.
This series is about footprints, heavy and light, noting that the
environment recovers more quickly from the latter. Each book
in the series includes case studies and advice on how to
lighten our footprints.
The titles in the series are:
How big is your clothing footprint?, How big is your energy
footprint?, How big is your food footprint?, How big is your
shopping footprint?, How big is your travel footprint?, How big
is your water footprint?
For primary school students.
Global issues [series] by Cheryl Jakab. South
Yarra, Vic: Macmillan Education Australia, 2007.
304.28 JAK
“The Global issues series presents six major environmental
topics. Each book takes one topic and examines it through five
related issues. Each issue outlines the problem and offers
solutions for a sustainable future.” – Back cover.
The titles in the series are:
Biodiversity, Clean air and water, Climate change, Energy use,
Natural resources, Overpopulation.
For primary school students.
Addicted to plastic: the rise and
demise of a modern miracle [85
min.] produced and directed by Ian
Productions Inc., 2008. DVD ADD
encompasses three years of filming in 12
countries on 5 continents, including two trips to the middle of
the Pacific Ocean where plastic debris accumulates. The film
details plastic's path over the last 100 years and provides a
wealth of expert interviews on practical and cutting edge
solutions to recycling, toxicity and biodegradability. These
solutions – which include plastic made from plants – will
provide viewers with a hopeful perspective about our future
with plastic." – Back cover.
Classification: Not classified in Australia.
Catalyst – climate change special [comprising
Carbon bigfoot, The consumers’ guide to
carbon conscious shopping, Professor David
Karoly] [30 min.]. Sydney: ABC Commercial,
2007. DVD CAT
These three short films examine the issues surrounding
climate change and suggest ways in which people can reduce
their impact on the environment. Transcripts are available
from: http://www.abc.net.au/programsales/s2173591.htm
Classification: Not classified.
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Gasland [104 min.] directed by
Josh Fox. Palace Films, [2011].
“In 2008, theatre director Josh Fox received
a letter from a natural gas company,
offering him one hundred thousand dollars
for permission to explore his upstate New
York property … [H]e discovered that the
method for extracting this valuable resource from the 'Saudi
Arabia' of reserves – hydraulic fracturing or 'fracking' – is
exempt from several important federal protections, including
the Clean Water Act.” – Back cover.
Classification: M (Infrequent coarse language).
Climate change denial: heads in
the sand by Haydn Washington
Washington, DC: Earthscan, 2011.
363.7 WAS
This book analyses and challenges the
denial culture surrounding climate change,
denial resulting from the deliberate misinformation and
confusion coming from fossil fuel companies, denial within
government circles, and denial among the general public.
Global warming: taking action in Castlemaine
[15 min.] [produced by Neil and Heather Barrett
for the Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance].
Bendigo, Vic: Classroom Video, 2005. DVD GLO
The end of growth: adapting to
our new economic reality by
Richard Heinberg. Gabriola, BC:
New Society Publishers, 2011.
330.9 HEI
“[T]he Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance helped four rural
schools to make changes in the way they use energy. Energyefficient lighting and other technical changes were introduced,
teachers attended in-service sessions and all members of the
school communities began to change their behaviour in
relation to energy use.” – Back cover. Teachers notes also
Classification: Not classified.
“Written in an engaging, highly readable
style, [this book] shows why growth is
being blocked by three factors: resource
depletion, environmental impacts, and crushing levels of debt
… [and] describes what policy makers, communities, and
families can do to build a new economy that operates within
Earth's budget of energy and resources.” – Publisher website.
Going carbon neutral: the Ashton Hayes
example [15 min.] [produced by Neil and Heather
Barrett]. Bendigo, Vic: Classroom Video, 2006.
“The people [in Ashton Hayes, UK] are in the process of
cutting their net carbon emissions to zero and planning to be
the first community in the UK to become carbon neutral. This
program looks at how the project was initiated, activities taken
so far, the various impacts on the village, including a rise in
community spirit, and the wider impact on other communities
in the UK and Australia who have followed the Ashton Hayes
example.” – Back cover. Teachers notes also available.
Classification: Not classified.
The environment equation: 100 factors that
can add to or subtract from your total carbon
footprint by Alex Shimo-Barry. London: New
Holland, 2008. 363.7 SHI
“Can one person - you - really make a difference? Yes, you
can, and in this fun, interactive guide you'll find all the
information you need to do so. Learn which of your actions
make a positive impact on the environment and which have
negative consequences.” – Back cover.
Australia in the global response
to climate change by Ross
Garnaut. Port Melbourne, Vic:
Cambridge University Press, 2011.
363.7 GAR
Reclaiming wilderness: Atticus Fleming:
Peschardt’s people [23 min.] Bendigo, Vic:
Classroom Video, 2006. DVD REC
“[I]n this revealing program we meet Atticus Fleming, head of
the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) … Michael
Peschardt gets to meet some of Australia's most endangered
species as he travels with Atticus Fleming around some of the
vast swathes of land that the AWC have bought to turn back
into wilderness.” – Back cover.
Classification: Not classified.
Waste not [26 min.] written and directed by Ruth
Hessey. Total Environment Centre, 2011.
Waste not is a film about where your garbage goes, who sorts
it for you, and what it is worth if it isn’t just tossed into landfill
… Waste not looks at the big picture as well as the small: our
entire society could be reconfigured if we adopted a zero
waste, maximum efficiency economic model.” – Back cover.
Classification: Exempt (for educational use only). Ronin, the
distributor, recommends for general exhibition.
“Ross Garnaut re-examines the case for
action in the aftermath of the global financial crisis and recent
developments by major countries to reduce emissions and
prepare for a low-carbon future. He guides the reader through
the climate change debate, and explains why Australia’s
contribution is vital to the national interest and matters to the
global effort.” – Back cover.
bringing life to schools and
schools to life by Dilafruz R.
Williams and Jonathan D. Brown.
New York: Routledge, 2012.
372.35 WIL
“Seven attributes from the metaphor of living soil are
presented as a guide: cultivating a sense of place; fostering
curiosity and wonder; discovering rhythm and scale; valuing
biocultural diversity; embracing practical experience; nurturing
interconnectedness; awakening the senses ... Examples from
urban schools and from students, teachers, and school leaders
provide practical understanding of how bringing life to schools
can indeed bring schools to life.” – Back cover.
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The story of stuff: the impact of
overconsumption on the planet,
our communities, and our health
– and how we can make it better
by Annie Leonard. Free Press,
2011. 363.7 LEO
The legacy: an elder’s vision for
our sustainable future by David
Suzuki. Crows Nest, NSW: Allen &
Unwin, 2010. 304.2 SUZ
“I am impelled by a sense of urgency that
comes from the recognition that my
generation has induced change and created
problems that we bequeath to my children and
grandchildren and all generations to come. That is not right,
but I believe that it is not too late to take another path.” (p. 3)
Requiem for a species: why we
resist the truth about climate
change by Clive Hamilton. Crows
Nest, NSW: Allen & Unwin, 2010.
363.738 HAM
“[This] book is about the frailties of the
human species: our strange obsessions,
our hubris, and our penchant for avoiding the
facts. It is the story of a battle within us between the forces that
should have caused us to protect the earth, and our greed,
materialism and alienation from nature, which, in the end, have
won out. And it is about the 21st century consequences of
these failures, and what we can do now.” – Back cover.
Leonard reveals, amongst much else, “how our
health and well-being are compromised by neurotoxins in our
pillows and lead in our children's lunch-boxes; and most
important, tells us that this is not the way things have to be.
She presents concrete steps for taking action that point the
way toward saving our health, our communities, and the
planet.” – Back cover.
Sustainable house: living for
our future by Michael Mobbs.
2nd ed. Marrickville, NSW:
Choice Books, 2010. 696 MOB
“In 1996 Michael Mobbs renovated his
inner-city Sydney terrace making it
almost entirely self-sufficient in energy,
water and waste disposal. Find out how he did it,
what worked, what didn’t, and what he’d do differently today.”
– Back cover. Website: http://sustainablehouse.com.au/
Slow death by rubber duck: how
the toxic chemistry of everyday
life affects our health by Rick
Smith and Bruce Lourie. St Lucia,
Qld: University of Queensland
Press, 2009. 363.72 SMI
inquiry, values and action
across the curriculum by Jillian
Cupitt and Syd Smith. South
Yarra, Vic.: Macmillan Education
Australia, 2012. 372.35 CUP
“Slow death by rubber duck exposes the
extent to which we are being poisoned every day of our lives,
both in our homes and our workplaces. It tells the shocking
story of corporate giants who manufacture these toxins, the
government officials who let it happen and the effects on
people across the globe.” – Back cover.
“What does sustainability really mean? Why
has education for sustainability become so significant? How
does sustainability relate directly to all Learning Areas? With
this guide in hand you will be able to answer these questions,
and implement teaching for sustainability at the classroom as
well as the whole school level.” – Back cover.
State of the world 2011:
innovations that nourish the
world: a Worldwatch Institute
report on progress towards a
sustainable society. London:
Earthscan, 2011. 333.7 STA
World on the edge: how to prevent
environmental and economic collapse by
Lester R. Brown. New York: W.W. Norton, 2011.
363.07 BRO
“This book “assesses the state of
agricultural innovations … with an emphasis on sustainability,
diversity, and ecosystem health in the hope of guiding
governments, foundations, and concerned citizens in their
efforts to eradicate hunger and poverty.” – Back cover.
Steady state: alternative to
endless economic growth by
Geoff Mosley. Canterbury, NSW:
Envirobook, 2010. 363.7 MOS
“Geoff Mosley describes the making of the
change to a creative and dynamic steady
state economy as the most important in
human history. In this book he makes the case for an
alternative offering a future characterized by fairness and
freedom, outlines its main features and discusses the steps we
need to take to make the transformation. In the last part of the
book he provides campaign advice for the emerging steady
state movement.” – Back cover.
The author “looks at our economic future through an
environmental lens to develop a plan that will sustain
civilization. He concentrates on four major components that
will head us toward a brighter future: a massive cut in global
carbon emissions, the stabilization of world population, the
abatement of poverty, and the restoration of our planet’s
diverse natural landscape.” – Back cover.
Chain reaction
Each issue of this national magazine of Friends of the Earth
Australia contains informative articles as well as shorter news
items. Issues are also available online:
Nature New South Wales
The articles in this journal of the National Parks Association of
NSW, all short, readable and illustrated, cover a wide range of
environmental subjects. All issues, except the most recent, are
available online.
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Australian Association
Education [AAEE]
Living Thing
“AAEE exists to provide a forum for the Australian community
to share their knowledge and expertise. It also serves to
represent environmental educator’s discussions, debates and
recommendations to issues and directions for a sustainable
future.” – Website. The NSW Chapter’s page includes links to
resources and other organizations.
The Alliance “is comprised of organisations from the
education, union [AEU], youth and environment sectors that
together represent over 700,000 Australians that want a higher
prioritisation of sustainability in the education system.” –
Website. The site also includes a blog and links.
“AuSSI engages participants in a whole-of-school approach, to
explore through real-life learning experiences, improvements
in a school's management of resources and facilities including
energy, waste, water, biodiversity, landscape design, products
and materials. It also addresses associated social and
financial issues.” – Website. This site contains numerous links
to resources for teachers and students.
Beyond Zero Emissions [BZE]
This website contains fact sheets, copies of BZE submissions,
and a link to their Youtube channel, amongst much else.
Useful for older school and TAFE students.
“CarbonKids is an innovative educational program for primary
and middle schooling years that combines the latest in
environmental science with education in sustainability.” –
Website. This CSIRO-run site contains many resources for
teachers and students.
Climate Change Matters
This Australian site contains games, resources and many
links. There is material for students of all ages.
Climate Kids [National Aeronautics and Space
Administration (NASA)]
This colourful site contains a large number of resources,
including illustrated answers to popular questions, stories,
games, videos, and much more.
This partnership between a Canadian youth social action
group TakingITGlobal and Microsoft uses technology to inspire
young people to learn about, and suggest solutions, for
deforestation. By the end of 2011 more than 50,000 students
in 35 countries, including students from more than 350
Australian schools, had become involved.
“Our environment - it's a living thing is the overarching
environmental education program of the NSW Government …
The Living Thing site contains information and tools to assist
people to take action, and to feel good about doing it.” – From
website. The site also includes a link, via Projects & Partners,
to information about Sustainable Schools NSW.
SCRAP [School Communities Recycling All
Paper Ltd]
Starting with eight schools in 1991, SCRAP now has more
than 1,500 members (not just schools) and does much more
than paper recycling. Some of its many programs include
worm farms. and water tank and solar panel installations. Most
importantly, they believe in helping schools and other
develop a greater understanding or
environmental issues, and suggest practical ways in which
people can contribute to solutions to environmental problems.
The SCRAP office is at Holsworthy High School, in Sydney.
Skeptical Science
The aim of this website, run by John Cook (Global Change
Network at the University of Queensland), co-author of Climate
change denial (see Teacher reference section), is to reveal
what peer-reviewed science has written about global warming.
The site includes succinct denunciations of the some of the
myths perpetuated by climate change deniers.
STELR [Science and Technology Education
Leveraging Relevance]
An initiative of the Australian Academy of Technological
Sciences (ATSE), “the STELR Program is a hands-on, inquirybased, in-curriculum program designed for Year 9 or Year 10
students, on the theme of global warming and renewable
energy. A range of directed and student-designed practical
investigations are an integral part of the program.” – Website.
The story of stuff
The story of stuff, a 20-minute animated film about the way
people make, use and discard things released in 2007, was a
phenomenal online success. The accompanying website
includes more educational resources and short films.
Sustainable Schools NSW
“The aim of the program is to help schools integrate
environmental learning and awareness into all aspects of their
activities, from the classroom, to the canteen, school grounds,
travel to and from school, the office, workshops, or the sports
carnival … all the activities that schools engage in.” – Website.
Victorian Department of Education and Early
Childhood Development – Environmental
This website has numerous links to tools, resources and
projects undertaken within Victoria.
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