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Getting rid of e-waste

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Parents – listen up!

 

 

 

 

 

Recycling electronic waste (computers, televisions, old cellphones etc) enables the recovery and re-use of valuable materials, and ensures toxic materials are not buried in our landfills – so its better for our environment. The podcast below contains vital information about how you can dispose of e-waste, and what to expect at an e-day event!

 

 

 

 

Additional music:

 

“Black Ants in Sound Dust” by Stereolab

 

“Telephasic Workshop” by Boards of Canada

 

 

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Outdoor activities for parents and kids to do together!

Kids living in urban centers, or even suburbs, are often disconnected from the nature. Here are some activities you can do with kids with nature and our environment:

Outdoor activities for kids and parents

 

 

Adopt a Tree

While taking a walk or hiking, have your child to pick out a favorite tree in a  park or forest and “adopt” it. Essentially, your child will take on the role of being   the tree’s caretaker. Do bark rubbings with crayons and paper; leaf collection and pressing in the fall; and look for flowers and fruit in the summer. Each year, take pictures of your child standing beside the tree. You can even bring   along measuring tape to track the tree’s growth. Kids can also research the tree on the internet: where the tree is commonly found, usual life span, height, etc.

Clean Up the Earth

A good way to teach our children about taking care of our planet, and get some exercise at the same time, is to take bags with you go for a walk. While doing so, “clean up” along the way. You can pick up stray bottles, newspapers and discarded food containers. You can organize an “Environment Club” in the neighborhood or through your child’s school. Make it a contest to see who can get the most items. Choose different days to clean up a wide area. Use the time to talk to your children about recycling and reducing waste. (kids can wear rubber gloves or bring a pointed stick if they don’t want to touch any garbage.)

Keep a Wildlife Journal

Have your child make daily notes of all the wildlife living in your neighborhood. They can even take photos, or draw pictures, and write down the times of sighting, habitats and behavioral patters. It is amazing how many different species are living in your own backyard! Some examples are: birds, wetas, snails, worms, geckos, etc.

Be creative and enjoy this time with children, environmental education for kids is more important than ever.

For more information visit this site http://www.PlanetEcoChick.blogspot.com from Stephanie Browning.

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Is your school getting in on the action???

350.org Climate ActionIf you havent heard yet – the 350.org day of international climate action is coming up on October 24th!! Whoa thats super soon….

On this day in Dunedin, head down to the Railway Station and taste some yummy treats (and get in on some great gardening freebies / advice) for the Spring Food Festival (email dunedin350@gmail.com if you, your family or friends are keen to help out)!

However, the day before this is the 350 Aotearoa Schools action day – yes, thats right, a separate day JUST for you guys to come up with something awesome to blow everyone in the country (and the world) away!! Youve still got heaps of time to get going, so go to the site now and download the action guide and poster and make sure you email schools@350.org.nz to register your schools action!!

If your school has already planned something, add it here as a comment so other people can see your ideas!

(Gosh we’ve added a lot of exclamation marks on this post, but we’re just so excited about this!!!!)

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Lets Get Gardening!!

Gardening activities for kidsIts finally spring-time! And you know what that means – way more time and sunshine for playing outside! Woohoo!

Hopefully you’ve got a garden at home or at school – if you dont there are heaps of great places to play, like the Botanic Gardens, or even taking a trip out to the beach with your friends and family.

If you are out in the garden, see what different types of plants are beginning to appear. New flowers will be coming through, and its a GREAT time to plant new things!

If you, your family, your teachers or school mates are wondering where you can find information about gardening around Dunedin, check out the Otepoti Urban Organics Network. Its a place for everyone to go and check out what kind of gardening events are happening, and if youve got questions there are heaps of other people from the network that can help you out.

So get outside and get gardening today!

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Sea creatures Podcasts!

Picture 64Hey guys – as promised here are our audio podcasts from our trip to the New Zealand Marine Studies Centre in Portobello! The first one follows feeding the seahorses, as well as a number of other cool things you can do & see at this awesome location.

Additional Music:
“Spring 2008” by Architecture in Helsinki
“Skeletons” by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Click here to Download and play the mp3 file from UniTube.

Picture 63The next clip is a poem called One Less Fish. This story creates an awareness of how we are losing our precious friends in the sea, and is read out by Tahu Mackenzie from the New Zealand Marine Studies Centre.

Adapted from Toff, K.M. and A. Sheather. 1997. One Less Fish. University of Queensland Press, Australia.

Additional Music:
“Nemo Egg” & “Field Trip” by Thomas Newman

Click here to Download and play the mp3 file from UniTube.

To subscribe to these podcasts in iTunes, choose “Subscribe to Podcast” in the “Advanced” menu and paste in the following url:

http://unitube.otago.ac.nz/feed.do?topic=album&a=QRAFazqGQS

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Journey to the Tropical Forest at Otago Museum

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Want to go on an audio journey of Discovery World and the Tropical Forest at the Otago Museum? Click here to listen!

Click here to Download and play the mp3 file (1.9 MB) from UniTube.

To subscribe to this podcast in iTunes, choose “Subscribe to Podcast” in the “Advanced” menu and paste in the following url:

http://unitube.otago.ac.nz/feed.do?topic=album&a=QRAFazqGQS

Music “Loch Raven” by Animal Collective

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