Our friends in Sankat Mochan Foundation and South Asia Foundation are mobilising support for earthquake affected regions in Nepal and India. Both are local organisations with over 20 year history of grassroots work in affected areas. Medical teams also being mobilised for health camps.
You can donate to this collaborative response here DONATE - Mobilising Grassroots Response (Program to select is "Friends of the Ganges" from the drop down selection menu).
Judy Charnaud who for the last 14 years has been running the Environmental Action Plan project in Oecusse, Timor Leste has just completed a SEMP Report (School Environmental Management Plan) for Balgowlah Heights Public School. Environmental education has been discussed, written about and implemented in various forms in schools throughout NSW for some years (Environmental Education Curriculum Statement K-12, 1989 and Environmental Education Policy for Schools 2001). The adoption of environmental education as a comprehensive whole school policy is not new but is now mandatory for all government schools, K – Year 12, in NSW. What is a SEMP Report and Balgowlah Heights SEMP Report here.
Through citizen science, learning & leadership & riparian restoration
We are proposing five steps to engage our community:
Step one: OzGREEN is seeking partners who would like to join with us to 'Revive Our River'.
Step two: Engaging local landholders and schools to conduct a mega community catchment snapshot of river and riparian health of 100 sites across the whole Bellinger, Never Never and Kalang River basins.
Step three: Conducting a 2-day Youth River Congress and Community Forum to report on results of the catchment snapshot and plan community actions.
Step four: Participating landholders commit to restoring their riparian zone;
Step five: Landholders invite their neighbours to join then in restoring their riparian zone;
OzGREEN actively seeks resources and funding to help – including donations from the public, applying for relevant grants & launching a crowd funding campaign. (details to follow).
For more information contact Sue Lennox on 02 6655 2180 or you can DONATE HERE
10 - 11 March - Swan Hill, Victoria
26 - 27 March - Blue Mountains, NSW
21 - 24 April - Wooglemai Environment Information Centre (high School kids only)
2 - 3 June - Muswellbrook, Hunter Valley, NSW
All workshops available for real time live on-line participation and some scholarships available. Contact Sue Lennox on (02) 6655 2180.
Guides provide more information about YLTW Facilitator Training, what to expect and how you will benefit:
The new Stepping Stones Website was officially lauched in November. Check it out. It is full of information about the project, how to get involved and great case studies about this dynamic project - connecting people... connecting nature.
Having only just returned from completing water testing training to a group of indigenous youth in Guatemala, Sue headed off again this week to Baden Powell Scout Centre in Sydney to inspire another group of youth. Together with Wendy Goldstein from Macquaire University, they kick off a new and exciting research project, supported by a NSW Environment Trust Research grant, which aims to reconnect youth with nature. Specifically The research is to explore with young people how to bring about change amongst young people to value and care for nature.
OzGREEN was a finalist in the NSW Green Globe Awards in the category "Community Sustainability Awards" and a group of OzGREEN Facilitators and volunteers attended the Awards Night on 30th October 14. While OzGREEN didn't win it was a great honour to have made it through to the final 3 and we should be proud of it!
Very inspiring evening and good to see that so many great initiatives are being rolled out by businesses, local governments and NGOs even thought the federal government is doing next to nothing. Grassroots power!!
Next year perhaps we can think about entering one or more of our bright young stars in the "Youth Sustainability Champion" category.
Congratulations to OzGREEN and Youth Leading the World.
Early in 2014 Seres project manager, Corrina Grace, secured a grant to allow Sue and Colin to travel to Guatemala to conduct water testing training for the Seres Team. This was part of the WWF Sustainable Watershed Management Fund. Sue and Col travelled to Guatemala on 14th October and have been in the thick of the Rainforest since, conducting training in water testing techniques with the Seres Team.
AGM was held in Sydney on Mon 13th October 2014, with the new Board of Directors elected as follows: