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The On the Grow (OtG) team of coordinators is all set to take out the OtG veggie seedling kit to twelve local schools in the first two weeks of February, kicking off at Colo Vale Public School on the 1st February. They will offer an hour-long information/activity session for primary age children The session would involve a potting up activity, educating kids about the importance of backyard food to our health and what they need to know about growing on seedlings to have growing success at home and at school. They will also be providing them with three seedlings each to take home and nurture to maturity until they end up on the dinner plate. Our thanks go to Speedy Seedlings Leppington and Southern Phone Community Grant program for making this project possible.
A version of this article appeared in the CANWin Climate Column of the Southern Highland News, 18 December 2013. More articles from the CANWin column.
It’s been a very active 2013 for CANWin (Climate Action Now Wingecarribee).
The main driver of our activities has been the Environment and Sustainability Information (EASI) centre, which opens each Thursday from 10am to 2pm at the CWA Rooms in Bowral. The centre has hosted roundtable discussions, soapbox sessions and presentations on topical climate challenges and potential solutions. Schools such as St Thomas Aquinas Primary and Bowral Primary School took part in several environmental plays. Up to 60 students participated in activities on key influencers of climate and weather at the centre.
Underlying our success this year has been the great cooperative actions that CANWin took in conjunction with our many partner organisations. This included the Sustainability team at Wingecarribee Shire Council on World Environment Day 4-9th June and again at the Schools Environment Day on 15th October.
Another successful event was the National Day of Climate Action on 17th November. CANWin worked in partnership with GetUp, Australian Youth Climate Coalition (aycc), Fire Brigade Employees Union, Australian Conservation Foundation, Environment Victoria, Greenpeace, 350 Australia and Oxfam, among others, in a day of action at Corbett Gardens.
As always, this year’s public speaker program aimed to cover both climate science and climate action. It included presentations from Dr Peter Stone from CSIRO on Coal Seam Gas benefits and Risks, Dr Blair Trewin from Bureau of Meteorology on What’s up with the Weather, and Michael Whitehouse on The Illawarra Flame Solar Decathlon Project.
We’re excited that our first guest speaker for 2014 is Professor Will Steffen, a member of the Australian Climate Council and principal author of the Critical Decade report. He’ll be speaking in Bowral on 14th February 2014.
CANWin would like to thank all of our partner organisations for their support during the year. We would particularly like to thank the Moss Vale00 and Bundanoon Community Gardens, Resilient Hearts, and the Community Exchange Southern Highlands (CESH) teams.
If you would like to learn more about CANWin or any of these community groups visit http://canwin.org.au/ or our Facebook site Southern Highlands Forever.
EASI will continue in 2014 with our first meeting planned for Thursday 30th January. We invite all Wingecarribee residents to drop in anytime, join the dialogue on the need for our community to urgently address the need for action on climate change.
Mike Meldrum, Convenor, CANWin