Resources

AUSTRALIA’S SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD GUIDE produced by The Australian Marine Society (AMCS) is available online at www.sustainableseafood.org.au, or you can download the free app to your iPhone. The guide is also available from most local libraries. And you can request a free mini guide for your wallet from www.amcs.org.au
For more information on sustainable seafood, ocean health and what you can do, visit www.amcs.org.au

THE IUCN RED LIST OF SPECIES AT RISK OF EXTINCTION   http://www.iucnredlist.org/  is widely recognized as the most comprehensive, objective global approach for evaluating the conservation status of plant and animal species. At the recent global conference at which 70 environment ministers met, more than 400 plants and animals were added to the list.

GREEN RENTERS WORKSHOPS ONLINE
Green Renters is a not-for-profit organisation providing sustainability advice specifically for those living in rental accommodation. Renters are a growing part of the community and Green Renters believe their involvement is vital and possible.  Their workshops now available online for free! http://greenrenters.org/workshops

THE FIGHT OF OUR TIME: BILL MCKIBBEN’S THOUGHT BUBBLE (3Mins) You Tube Video

Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, global thinker and leader, and author of several books; including The End of Nature, and Earth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet, shares this call to action for what could not only be the biggest fight of our time, but of all time. The fossil fuel industry is quickly destroying the planet, and making the fight to protect our future increasingly challenging as industry lobbying, and unabated growth continues. We all need to come together and rally behind leaders like Bill McKibben, 350.org, and countless others, to save this planet. How? With passion, spirit, and creativity, and as Bill says, sometimes putting our bodies on the line. Will you join the fight? Info:  350.org http://www.postcarbon.org/video/1051028-the-fight-of-our-time-bill

HOW TO TALK TO AN OSTRICH: “GLOBAL WARMING STOPPED IN 1998
Geoscientist and climate expert Richard Alley connects the dots of temperature to show the difference between short-term trends and long term direction. He uses milestones of his own life to make this key argument personal and memorable. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_qdETSYcDM

“OUR SPECTACULAR BLUE PLANET”, an amazing video created with photos from the International Space Station, but none quite like this”. http://tinyurl.com/ctw25nq

131 YEARS OF GLOBAL WARMING IN 26 SECONDS – Video
For a quick animation of how the globe has warmed since Industrial Revolution times, you can now watch a simple video from NASA that collapses the story into less than half a minute.
The Center for Biological Diversity has been fighting global warming for many years on many fronts, from protecting polar bears to stopping offshore oil drilling and calling on cities to push our leaders to act now to help the Clean Air Act reduce CO2 in the atmosphere. Then see the impressive force of what we’re up against in the 131-years-of-climate-change-in-26-seconds video.

THE WORLD ACCORDING TO MONSANTO – documentary
The 2008 film dealt yet another severe blow to the credibility of US based Monsanto, one of the biggest chemical companies in the world and the provider of the seed technology for 90 percent of the world’s genetically engineered (GE) crops. The documentary, directed by independent filmmaker Marie-Monique Robin, paints a grim picture of a company with a long track record of environmental crimes and health scandals. 2011/01/the-world-according-to-monsanto-gmo-documentary/

IN THEIR SHOES ResourceActivity, devised by the group Psychology for a Safe Climate, to help to foster discussion with friends, family, and colleagues about the various responses to news about climate change, and to encourage reflection on the underlying motivations. This activity is a role play devised to assist participants to get ‘into the shoes’ of others’ whose views on climate change may be vastly different from their own.  This activity needs 4 to 6 people. Details and to get a copy

THE CLIMATE GAME – Resource
The kit, devised by the group Psychology for a Safe Climate, provides 40 different cards each describing representative views of members of our Australian community, and a ‘playing’ board on which are 9 different typical ways of describing people’s underlying motivations. This can be a group activity for up to 6 players, or you can ‘play’ it alone. Details and to get the posters

VICTORIAN CLIMATE IMPACTS AND OPPORTUNITIES
The Climate Commission has released the report:  Victorian climate impacts and opportunities Professor Tim Flannery, the Commission’s Chief Commissioner said that we have entered a critical decade in the race to adapt for the stresses of climate change.  About Victoria and its state of play Tim writes: http://climatecommission.gov.au/report/victorian-climate-impacts-opportunities/

CLIMATE POLITICS IN AUSTRALIA: WHERE WE ARE, HOW WE GOT HERE AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT – A 3-part series by “Climate Code Red” co-author David Spratt

Climate denier governments have taken power in eastern Australia and in WA, and will likely do so In Canberra in 2013.  How did this happen, what lessons can we learn, and how can we build a united mobilisation with clear messages and objectives?

http://www.climatecodered.org/2012/07/sober-assessment-of-our-situation-part 1.html
http://www.climatecodered.org/2012/07/sober-assessment-of-our-situation-part 2.html
http://www.climatecodered.org/2012/07/a-sober-assessment-of-our-situation-part 3.html

“WELCOME TO THE REST OF OUR LIVES.”   Peter Sinclair, who runs the blog Climate Denial Crock of the Week http://climatecrocks.com/, just put together this fantastic a compilation of the recent extreme weather events around the U.S. The film’s title is a scarily accurate and simple description of our new reality. Must-See Video Compilation Of Extreme Weather: ‘Welcome To The Rest Of Our Lives’ http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/07/10/513493/must-see-video-compilation-of-extreme-weather-welcome-to-the-rest-of-our-lives/?mobile=n

All Gore’s “Gaming for good”: UP TO THE MINUTE NEWS ABOUT CLEAN AND RENEWABLE ENERGY…
All Gore’s “Gaming for good” by Piers Fawkes on Vimeo PSFK challenged top creative agencies worldwide to come up with gaming concepts that create awareness about the Climate Reality Project. “If you’re going to waste your time playing games on Facebook, you might as well do it and help build a better world while you’re at it,”
http://vimeo.com/34684220

WILDLIFE DOING IT TOUGH IN THE HOT WEATHER

We will not have seen the last of the hot days this summer, and our wildlife does it tough in the hot weather – but a few minutes of your time can make a little difference for them, no matter where you live. You can help the animals by simply putting out fresh drinking water, says Monique Decortis, Wildlife Rehabilitator and Educator on Wildlife issues.

Many people have birdbaths in a shady spot in their garden.  These are great, but please also put out dishes with water on the ground in a shady, quiet spot in your gardens for animals such as skinks, lizards and echidnas, and for possums and sugargliders who cannot get to birdbaths that are on a pedestal.

Ideally, use a heavy bottomed ceramic or terracotta dish so it does not tip over easily. Ensure that animals that fall into a dish can save themselves, by putting a rock (for shallow dishes) or a large stick or branch in any water container that is left outside.

Many animals and birds are territorial, so put out several dishes of varying sizes around your garden.

Bluetongue lizards are staying close to people’s homes for water. They are harmless. Please protect them from your pets.

Be aware that snakes are also very active in hot weather, and they may be attracted to the water, even in the more suburban areas, so put the dishes away from the house.

If you live on a larger property, you may want to put out larger receptacles as well. I have seen wallabies, roos and echidnas come to a kiddie’s wading pool that I have at the bottom of my property.

Dogs left out in the yard at night will prevent wildlife coming to the water. Please ensure that wildlife can access the water you leave out. Keep an eye out for the neighbour’s cats that might see the water dish as a source for attracting its next meal.  And please do not leave small children unattended near water dishes, even shallow ones.

Water evaporates very fast on hot days. Don’t forget to top up the water regularly!! Encourage other people to put out water too.

More and more kangaroos are entering urban and suburban areas, this can be drought related, but is also caused by urban spread. Many male kangaroos are on the move and unfortunately many roos are hit on the roads daily. Please drive a little slower.

If encountering a kangaroo on the road while driving, especially at night, please pull of the road, turn of your headlights for a few minutes and allow the kangaroo to orientate itself and move of the road. Warn oncoming cars by flashing your headlights several times before pulling off the road.

Ringtail possums live in trees in open nests made from small sticks (dreys), they dehydrate more easily as they are more exposed to the heat than brushtail possums that tend to live in hollows. On very hot days, ringtails can often be seen staggering across the road in the late afternoon, delirious with dehydration.  Sometimes they do not need more than to be cooled down and offered water.  If this does not have an effect, please take the animal to a wildlife shelter or veterinary surgery.

If you encounter wildlife in trouble please contact you local wildlife shelter, a veterinary surgeon or call Wildlife Victoria on 13000 WILDLIFE or 13000 94535 , or Help for Wildlife on 0417 380 687. If large animals need to be euthanised on the road, please call the local ranger or the police.

Monique can be contacted on 9719 7661 or decortis@bigpond.net.au