Category Archives: Resources

Resources you’ve found that are helpful for living OTHERWISE or for doing successful sustainability projects.

Eureka Prize for Young Eco Leaders – Apply b4 2 May 08

Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Young Leaders in Environmental Issues and Climate Change

Entries and nominations are now invited for the Young Leaders in Environmental Issues and Climate Change prize, one of 20 prizes on offer in this year’s competition and one of only two in the category of Science Leadership.

Sponsored by the British Council, the Eureka Prize for Young Leaders in Environmental Issues and Climate Change is awarded to a young Australian aged 21 – 30 for scientific or technological leadership in responding to the challenges that threaten our environment and our climate.

The prize is intended to benefit outstanding young people who have demonstrated:
* scientific or technological leadership which aims to improve the environment or reduce the impact of climate change, and
* the potential to accelerate quickly into leadership positions in fields relevant to this prize.

The winner will receive a $10,000 study tour to the United Kingdom, organised by the British Council.

Entries CLOSE 2 May 2008

For further information on the prize, judging criteria, and how to enter, go to http://www.australianmuseum.net.au/eureka or email eureka@austmus.gov.au.

Activity entered for this prize must have been undertaken in Australia by an Australian resident between the ages of 21 and 30 at the time of the closing date of entries.

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Change the World in 5 Minutes

From: Heidi Lenffer [mailto:Heidi.Lenffer@ sbs.com.au]

I’m contacting you about a new project called Change the World in 5 Minutes, which is aimed at people who want to do just that!

Change the World (www.sbs.com.au/changetheworld) will feature nine short films based on the book ‘Change the World for 10 Bucks’, all aimed at inspiring a global conversation for change.

And we’d like your help.

We’re building an online community of people with ideas who want to make a change for the good.

Visitors can create profile pages and engage and interact with other users by uploading photos and videos, sharing “good news” articles, playing games and quizzes, as well as rating content that other people publish.

It could be an invention, an idea or a flash-mob for global change, plus we’ve got a $3000 ethical investment portfolio to give away for someone to really put their money where their (ethical) mouth is. The competition is only open to Australians and ends in 3 weeks, so i hope you can encourage people to get involved!

Regards,

Heidi Lenffer

Change the World

Ecological Footprint Quiz

Take the Ecological Footprint Quiz (http://myfootprint.org), and then learn how Footprint research is done via a free, university-level educational web module, “Assessing Energy’s Footprint and Carbon Emissions.” It’s available at http://www.rprogress.org/energyfootprint/.

Responding to the Great Climate Change Swindle Doco

If you are looking for resources and information to assist you in challenging matters raised in the Great Climate Change Swindle, aired on ABC tv this week, then here are some good places to start:

  • A comprehensive response was put together by the Australian Science Media Centre in the lead up to the film’s Australian airing. Entitled ‘The Great Global Warming Swindle: Scientists Respond’ the website includes personal comment, general rebukes and has a host of links to other relevant websites: http://www.aussmc.org/Global_Warming_Swindle.php
  • The so-called ‘scientific data’ presented in the film is widely discredited, with the film-makers even admitting that some of the data was altered to support their claims. A detailed critique is provided by David Jones, Andrew Watkins, Karl Braganza and Michael Coughlan from the UK’s National Climate Centre and Bureau of Meteorology. See: http://www.amos.org.au/BAMOS_GGWS_SUBMISSION_final.htm
  • George Monbiot provided significant critique in an article in the Guardian in March this year:
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/story/0,,2032575,00.html
  • Carl Wunsch, a leading US climate scientist who appeared in the program under false pretenses has had his views presented in an article in the Guardian newspaper. He believes that the film was ‘grossly distorted’ and ‘as close to pure propaganda as anything since World War Two’, and is contemplating legal action over his appearance in the show: http://observer.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,,2031455,00.html
  • Martin Durkin, the film-maker himself, has appeared before the Independent Television Commission in the UK in the past for misleading the public:
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/story/0,,2032575,00.html

Join Us On Facebook

Join the Australian otherWISE network on Facebook for all young people who have participated in our workshops and activities – or who are interested in doing something to make the world a better and more sustainable place!

You will find our Facebook group at the link below – you will likely need to join first but it is pretty easy!

Australian otherWISE Facebook network

Busting Environmental Myths

The new SMH Eco section – launched today (Tuesday 3 April) – has an article addressing 9 common myths about environmental action.

These include myths about recycling, drinking tank water, using solar energy, organics, and others.

Click here to read them.

Sydney Morning Herald Environment Section

Hi all

Check out the Environment section online of the Sydney Morning Herald for lots of articles, video and photos related to sustainability, the environment, global warming, carbon emissions, etc.

There are many articles there today following up Earth Hour on Saturday night, including pictures and video of they Sydney CBD turning off.

http://www.smh.com.au/environment/