Archive | November, 2011

Growth Busters

Meghan Halverson pointed me to Dave Gardner’s Growth Busters – Hooked on Growth, which recently premiered in the US. “This documentary flips our world upside down to see what makes it tick, as it explores the most critical question of our time: How do we become a sustainable civilization?” By examining the cultural barriers that…read more

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Koala Land at the 2011 ZAAQ Conference

A few weeks ago I was honoured to be invited as the keynote speaker at the 2011 Zoo and Aquarium Association Queensland annual conference in Yeppoon. Speaking on November 3, my keynote covered a background to the Koala Land project, the relationship between community and social networking strategies, considering new ways of thinking about the…read more

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Replanting trees will save land and marine species

Even though the devastating Queensland floods of early 2011 are some nine months ago now, greater damage is starting to reveal itself out to sea – so far nearly 1,000 dead Sea Turtles and 170 dead Dugongs, a vulnerable species, have been found. The creatures are dying from starvation because they are losing their food…read more

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Junk Food Koalas?

These beautiful drawings are by Sydney designer Adam France. We rarely stop and think. But if we start reflecting on cute creatures like koalas, and we ponder the fact that they hardly need anything to survive, just food trees and connections with each other, then our consumption as a species starts to look ridiculous. As…read more

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Goodbye Blinky Bill

John Williamson – Goodbye Blinky Bill

This video was passed on via Sydney singer songwriter Richard Cuthbert. Richard emigrated to Australia with his family when he was 8 years old.  His father played John Williamson’s Goodbye Blinky Bill in the car on repeat for months on their road trips around the country side. John Williamson is an Australian music and folk…read more

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Bamboo Rat vs Koala

Chinese restaurant claims cute koala meat was really bamboo rat

It’s anyones guess how a so called Australian could mistake a koala for a bamboo rat.  It happened. Admittedly, Identification from the original photo certainly made it difficult to be certain. The lighter side of this news is that, authorities from the local zoo and representatives for the restaurant claim the whole thing was a…read more

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MIDNIGHT OIL - Koala Sprint

The koala sprint has come to a standstill

It’s possible that Minister Burkes decision in February 2012 will defer responsibility to Federal Minister for the Environment Peter Garrett. Let’s hope Minister Garrett’s passion for the environment hasn’t been completely consumed by the stuffy halls of the House of Representatives in Canberra. Strangely enough Midnight Oil performed a song titled Koala Sprint 30 years…read more

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koala waiting in a tree

Why has the decision on koala protection been delayed?

Will bueraucratic buck-passing be the catalyst for the demise of the Redland koala? Unfortunately it seems likely that Minister Burke’s decision in February 2012 will ensure the campaign for koala conservation takes 2 steps back, handing the fate of the koala back into the hands of Peter Garrett…. REDLAND’S Koala Action Group is dismayed by…read more

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