Eingana – The Journal of the Victorian Association for Environmental Education

I enjoyed working as the interim Editor of Eingana – the Journal of the Victorian Association for Environmental Education, for its April-June 2015 edition. It would have been nice to have continued on in the role but I have too many other work and travel commitments at the moment. Perhaps another time … It is always good to share stories about the journey towards sustainability and how we can engage others, as educators and communicators. Eingana is the great Earth Mother. She is fertility herself. She is the source of all life forms, of all being. DJAUAN TRIBE, NT To…

A Budding Green Thumb

In my last post, I shared a feature profile on school teacher, Mick Bourke. The accompanying story in the current edition of Your Vegie Patch magazine, is on 10 year old gardener and sustainability advocate, Jamie van Wensveen – who just happens to be my son! Although, in this story, I focus on the inspiration that his class teacher has been, in inspiring him to take up gardening and an interest in the environment, not to mention learning to cook. Bless you Mick Bourke! Needless to say, I had plenty of pics to choose from for this feature. And I…

Teachers – Sowing the Seeds of Change

It’s been a while between blogs! I have been busy working and travelling … But back in Melbourne now, and it is high time to share some of my recent stories, on gardening and sustainability – two of my favourite themes. This feature story, for Your Vegie Patch magazine, is on environmental educator and primary school teacher, Mick Bourke, from Preshil – the Margaret Lyttle Memorial School in Kew. SOWING THE SEEDS OF CHANGE For primary school teacher, Mick Bourke, engaging students in learning about Kitchen Garden activities and sustainability is one of the highlights of his job.   To…

Magazine Feature – ‘In Conversation with Stephen Ryan’

Time to share some of the work that I do … writing about the realms of science, sustainability and gardening. The latter is particularly good therapy – wandering around gardens, taking photos and interviewing people who are growing interesting things. It inspires me to try new things on the home front, and slowly my humble vegie patch is starting to transform itself into quite a productive food garden. I have even donned the gloves to help with the kitchen garden and sustainability programs at my son’s school, Preshil – but more about that in a future blog. Today’s post is…

About

This site is where I will document not just my own journey towards living more sustainably but also the experiences of others. The plan is to write short blog posts on interesting developments in the realm of renewable energy, productive food gardening and addressing climate change, etc. And to profile those working within this sphere. Early days yet but as this all develops I will continue to add useful links and resources, along with some relevant samples of my published work. Photo-journalism has always been a special interest for me – having grown up on a diet of National Geographic…

Renewable Energy – The Way of the Future

There are positive signs that a cleaner, greener future is indeed achievable. We have the technology, the capability and know-how. What we seem to be lacking the most, in Australia, is the political will as a major driver for transformational change. However, other background dynamics are certainly at play, and the world overall is moving towards the implementation and uptake of renewable technologies, in the bid to curb greenhouse gas emissions and address global climate change. This fundamental shift in energy use is occurring at an increasing rate. For the “early responders” – those who envisage a more sustainable future…