Lessons for life: Bronte school leading the way

 

"Children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way”, sang Whitney Houston in one of her all-time favourite songs. And it certainly seems that learning good habits while young is far easier than un-learning bad habits when we are older.

Clare Baptist, assistant principal at Bronte Public School believes the key to getting this right from the start is in real-life hands-on experiences – from solar panels to veggie gardens all the way to the Bronte Loves Our Earth campaign. I caught up with Claire to find out more.

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You don’t need a cape to be a hero

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You don’t need a cape to be a hero

Heroes don’t always wear capes. They are usually amongst us, doing their bit to make this world a better place. You’re probably one of them…!

This month we celebrate the unsung heroes in our local area who are making positive changes to help look after this awesome place we get to call home (or workplace). Every action counts, no matter how small.

Meet some folks in our community making sustainability second nature in their daily lives, at work and in the community - for the good of our ‘hood!

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Making waves to cut pollution with Plastic Free Bronte

Let’s face it. Single use plastic and litter is screwing up our coastline, and the problem is not going away fast. Discarded straws, plastic bottles, and soft plastic wrapping turn our beaches into a junkyard and fatal food for wildlife.

On the ground, passionate community groups of volunteers, like new-kid-on-the-block Plastic Free Bronte, are working in collaboration wwww.secondnature.org.auith Council to beat this issue. We caught up with them on how they are making plastic-free living second nature.

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Happy Fish: Finding Sustainable Seafood in Bondi

Interview with Sandra Marshall of the Happy Fish Project

Many of us have thrown a shrimp or two on the BBQ this summer, but have you ever wondered where it’s come from and if it’s been fished sustainably?

Local Second Nature Champion Sandra Marshall has and with her Happy Fish Project, she’s hoping to make it easy for you to source sustainable seafood locally. Meaning you can chow down without the guilt of your meal messing with the environment.

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Into the BLUE: Interview with Ocean Guardian Tim Silverwood

Whether you’re catching waves this summer or getting royally barrelled by them, it’s safe to say that the surf at our beaches has not disappointed. Whilst out in the ‘big blue’ or along its shoreline, you may have crossed paths with Bondi local Tim Silverwood.

A keen surfer and co-founder of not-for-profit organisation TAKE 3, Silverwood is a passionate advocate for protecting our oceans and environment from human impacts, such as plastic pollution. His tireless efforts as an ‘Ocean Guardian’ have recently been recognised in ‘Blue’, an acclaimed documentary about the plight of our marine environment.

We caught up with him in the lead up to the free February screening at the Surf’s Up event in Bondi.

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FIRE ECOLOGY and CULTURAL BURNING

It seems that each year now, whether due to a dry spring, wet winter, climate change or El Nino, we are warned that conditions are just right for an intense bushfire risk over the coming summer. With this in mind, land managers typically undertake hazard reduction burning during the cooler months to reduce the fuel loads in the bush.  

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Have we won the #WaronWasteAU?

Not yet, but there’s been a flurry of positive action since the ABC’s recent TV series hit our screens six months ago.  With over 3.7 million viewers, the three-part series shone a light on the stuff we consume and throw away, hitting a raw nerve with the nation. 

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Make that change TODAY

Interview with Seb Berry, Found of the TODAY App and FutureKind

Ever felt helpless in the face of big problems challenging our society? Climate change, environmental degradation, plastic pollution. Keen to make a positive contribution to the health of our world, but not sure where to start? You aren’t alone. Meet Bondi local, Seb Berry: Five years ago he felt the same way and set on a path to help himself and others take action, one day at a time.

Seb didn’t feel like he was doing ‘enough’ to show up and use his position of privilege in the world. “I wanted to focus on what was important and live with more purpose, but didn’t know how to,” says Seb.

Like all passionate change-makers he threw himself into a new project to create the TODAY app.

Here’s the low-down from my catch-up with Seb:

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Why weeds are not all evil

It’s that time of the year when the gardeners amongst us emerge to tackle neglected green patches. We prune, trim, plant, mow, and clip. And weed. Many of us curse (and relish) removing weeds that have flourished in winter.

Yet, contrary to popular belief, not all weeds are evil. A weed is just a plant growing in a place where it is unwanted. In fact, many of your stubborn garden weeds can have benefits.

Here’s the ‘dirt’ on why many garden-variety weeds can be happily left in the ground, under control. 

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