Backyard Biodiversity – with guest Clare Cross

Recently I was in Wellington, New Zealand visiting family and while I was there I went walking in the Otari Wilton Nature Reserve. It’s a lovely place and I had two beautiful experiences there – meeting some Red Crowned Parakeet, and most special of all, spending time gazing at a wild kaka while it rooted away at a dead tree for grubs. These two species are only there because the Zelandia Eco Sanctuary is spilling biodiversity over its fence. I’m excited by the hope that we can have the same here in Dunedin someday, with kaka taking up residence in North East Valley!

The group OpenVUE also has this vision. And is taking actions to help make NEV a more inviting place for native birds to live, along with other native wildlife.

In the studio today with me to share news about OpenVUE and the value of encouraging biodiversity in our backyards is Clare Cross, contracted through Orokonui Ecosantuary as the Educator and Community Coordinator for Open Valley Urban Ecosanctuary (OpenVUE).

By Maureen Howard, Sustainable Practice Educator and Communicator at Treedom NZ

First aired on Otago Access Radio  on 2nd August 2018. Supported by Taste Nature

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How to talk about the hard stuff with kids – with guest Robyn Zink, Enviroschools

Here in Dunedin we live in a beautiful part of the world, but caring about our wider environment can leave us feeling anxious, overwhelmed or depressed. Concerns about biodiversity loss, climate change,  plastics in our oceans, soil erosion, agricultural chemicals in our food, declining water quality of our lowland rivers… The list is a long one. As adults, it can be hard work emotionaly addressing these issues and staying resilient and purposefully hopeful for the future.

So what about our kids? This is their future. How do we prepare them for the challenges ahead? At the same time how do we protect them from feeling unsafe or overwhelmed? When is the right age to talk to children about serious challenges like climate change? How can we talk to them in ways that empower them and motivate them to take positive action?

Many of you will be faniliar with Enviroschools. It’s a NZ wide programme, which is positively addressing environmental issues and concerns with our kids. And its doing it in ways that kids find fun, challenging and motivating.

In the studio today with me to share her thoughts is Robyn Zink

Robyn Zink is Enviroschool Regional Coordinator for Otago, a position that she’s held for nearly 2 years. Prior to this she was involved in outdoor education with school teachers. She has a PhD in outdoor education.

By Maureen Howard, Sustainable Practice Educator and Communicator at Treedom NZ

First aired on Otago Access Radio  on 24th July 2018. Supported by Taste Nature

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Permaculture in Ireland – with Suzie Cahn

During my year living here in Ireland, I’ve discovered that there  is a energetic and growing interest in Permaculture in this country.

For those of you not familiar with the term– permaculture is a design system for food production (and more) based on ecological principles observed in nature.

The Permaculture Ireland facebook page buzzes daily with postings of questions, information and discussions among its members. To find out more about permaculture in Ireland I have come to Wicklow to visit Suzie Cahn, an experienced and popular Permaculture Design Teacher in this country.

This show was recorded in May 2017.

To listen to this programme about PERMACULTURE IN IRELAND please click on http://www.accessradio.org/Player.aspx?eid=c48d0c61-992a-4f66-89ca-a9f14acee5e3

(If you want to listen to this show and the link is not working – please let me know! We endeavour to re-air our older popular shows on request.)

For more information –

  • Join the active Permaculture in Ireland Facebook page – Permaculture Ireland
  • Suzie and Mike Cahn run Carraig Dulra, an educational permaculture property on the hills of Wicklow. Go to http://www.dulra.org/

This show was originally broadcast on the 29th June 2017 with the help of Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Eco Living in Action is sponsored by Sustainable Dunedin City.

 

Suzie Cahn, Permaculture Design Teacher, at Carraig Dulra, Wicklow, Ireland

The Classroom for PDC courses and workshops at Carraig Dulra

The re-used glasshouse that extends the growing season here.

One of the gardens

Eco-School Successes in Northern Ireland

Through the Enviroschools Programme, environmenal education is alive and well in many schools across New Zealand. In Otago, over 40% of all schools are now registered with the Enviroschools Programme where children are engaged in activities such as creating school gardens, having waste free lunch days, active transport to and from school, and stream care.

Likewise on the other side of the world in Northern Ireland, I am excited to find a similar scheme within schools; the Eco-Schools Programme – a programme that is now in 59 countries. In Northern Ireland, Eco-schools is operated by Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful. What has the Eco-Schools Programme achieved here in Northern Ireland? In particular I am intrigued to find out how Northern Ireland has managed to have 100% of all its schools voluntarily register themselves as Eco-Schools! Its an amazing achievement.

On the 11th October 2016, I attended a Cluster Meeting for Eco-Schools in the North Down area of Northern Ireland. I spoke with Ruth Van Ry, the Eco-schools Project Officer, with Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful. And I also spoke with Matthew Skimin, teacher and Coordinator of the aclaimed Green Flag Eco-School programme being run at Andrews Memorial Primary School.

To listen to this programme about Eco-School Successes in Northern Ireland please click on http://www.accessradio.org/Player.aspx?eid=35235a85-4175-4d10-8383-88e83bd931b3

To listen to other Eco Living in Action radio shows on the Otago Access Radio Website go to http://oar.org.nz/event/eco-living-in-action-2/

For more information about –

This show was originally broadcast on the 20th October 2016 with the help of Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Eco Living in Action is sponsored by Sustainable Dunedin City.

 

Ruth Van Ry, Eco-Schools Coordinator with Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful

Ruth Van Ry, Eco-Schools Coordinator with Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matthew Skimins and Carol Muirhead, Andrews Memorial Primary School

Matthew Skimin, Eco-Schools Coordinator, and Carol Muirhead, Eco Club Coordinator – at Andrews Memorial Primary School

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wildflower meadow created by the children at Andrews Memorial Primary School

Wildflower meadow created by the children at Andrews Memorial Primary School