Useful Links – Biodiversity

Biodiversity is all about ensuring longevity of flora and fauna species through a range of available genetic specimens. These resources will teach you more about ensuring biodiversity in your pocket of the world.

 

Books:
Going NativeArcher, M & Beale, B (2004) Going Native Living in the Australian Environment, Hodder Headline, Sydney
Going Native is a controversial and practical book about Australian conservation strategies and how our land use is seriously damaging and unsustainable for the Australian soil.
Going Native covers what can be done to keep what is left of the natural Australian environment and how we can change our behaviour to ensure a more sustainable lifestyle. We have to think of ourselves as part of this country and learn how to act accordingly.

 
Websites:
SERCULSouth East Regional Centre for Urban Landcare
SERCUL comprises a committee made up of community members, local governments and state agencies; staff that work under regional programs and the Landcare Centre (known as Yule Brook Homestead). They undertake regular revegetation and nature restoration projects, as well as education programs and other volunteer events.

 
Inspiration GreenInspiration Green
Inspiration Green was started as a resource site to guide those to knowledge about environmental choices. Months were spent taking photos, cropping images and laying out the design, many more months went by as environmental resource information was aggregated and added to the site. After the resource footing was built, the blogs and video clip categories were added. Today, they scour the web and streets of New York to bring the most inspiring green news, media, environmental art and sustainable building out there.

 

Do you have any resources on biodiversity? Why not share them in the comments below? Don’t forget to check out our Courses page to find out details to the next Living Smart course near you!

Useful Links – Community Smart

Making the change in our own lives is just one part of Living Smart. We also help you make changes at a community level, to make a more lasting effect in the wider world.

 

Here are a few books and websites with tips on making your Community Smart.

 

Books:
Carr- Grass Roots and Green TapeCarr, A (2002) Grass Roots and Green Tape, Federation Press, NSW

The ecological alarm has sounded, and rural community groups world-wide have responded with determination and creativity to local environmental crises. Once grass roots and peripheral, these voluntary organisations are becoming increasingly central to sustaining our environment. Governments are increasingly adopting policies that devolve their economic and environmental responsibilities, placing pressure on environmental stewardship groups to assume responsibility for their local environment.

Grass Roots and Green Tape is a ground-breaking work investigating community-based environmental stewardship. It explores the dynamics within these groups, and how these groups interact with government.

 
Hopkins- The Transition HandbookHopkins, B (2008) The Transition Handbook, Australia and New Zealand Edition, Finch Publishing
The Transition concept is one of the big ideas of our time. Peak oil and climate change can so often leave one feeling depressed and disempowered. What I love about the Transition approach is that it is inspirational, harnessing hope instead of guilt, and optimism instead of fear. The Transition Handbook will come to be seen as one of the seminal books which emerged at the end of the Oil Age and which offered a gentle helping hand in the transition to a more local, more human and ultimately more nourishing future.

 

Websites:
Our Communityourcommunity.com.au
Our Community is Australia’s Centre for Excellence for the nation’s 600,000 not-for-profits & schools, providing advice, tools, resources and training.

 
Australian Conservation FoundationACF
We campaign on climate change, rivers, oceans, forests, and for a nuclear free, sustainable Australia.

Conservation VolunteersConservation Volunteers
Conservation Volunteers recruits volunteers from Australia, New Zealand and around the world to join important environmental and wildlife conservation projects.