Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Fish and People, a new educational resource.

Here is some information about how the Solomon Islands are working on improving their marine ecosystem health through education and action thanks to Oceans IQ and James Cook University.

View more here.


Monday, January 22, 2018

Education; ECO-ARTS as agents of change

For those who have witnessed the impact that the arts can have on environmental education outcomes you may be interested in the July 2017 issue of the Australian Journal of Environmental Education
Volume 33, Issue  2 

It highlights a study Arts Education as a Vehicle for Social Change: An Empirical Study of the Eco Arts in the K-12 Classroom, a paper by Jeniffer Sams (Indiana University, USA) & Doreen Sams (Georgia College & State University, USA)

The study "unpacks the role of the arts as change agents". The paper points out the gap in academic literature related to "synergistic work of the arts and sciences." 

Animal tracks
demonstrated by Reef Check
STEM subjects integrated with Arts benefit by opening students up to a new way of applying knowledge that ultimately has the capacity to create change.

Research viewing the arts as a medium for sharing and influencing cultures between societies is cited and that early exposure to arts education and continued exposure to the arts can create a lifetime of original thinking and problem solving. 

Using lateral thinking
to create coral from recycled
packing materials
The study advises that artists have historically been the keepers of culture and social commentators and that "measures must be taken to address environmental literacy, environmental stewardship and sustainability from several angles."

Find the abstract information here


Plastic straws; why bother?

One common occurrence of plastic pollution on a beach is the humble(?) straw. 50-60 years ago we used to have paper straws that would degrade and before that we simply took a sip from a glass. Is it time to re-think getting sucked in by trends?

This initiative is a good one.

We can do better, protect our seas better.


Sunday, January 21, 2018


If you are a teacher in Tasmania, and you have the chance to do this, you should seriously consider a visit to the Woodbridge Marine Discovery Center. Your kids will have the best time and learn many very important things about this wonderful world!!


Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Great Barrier Reef - What do people care about?

The Australian National Environmental Science Programme (NESP) have undertaken a study within their Tropical Water Quality Hub to determine what it is that people care about most in relation to the Great Barrier Reef's aesthetic and physical beauty. The study importantly bears weight on key criteria for listing the World Heritage Area as well as ecosystem health.

So what do people care about? 

Dr Nadine Marshall's CSIRO research has found that although the diversity on the reef relies on the coral system "people care more about abundant fish than live coral cover when rating the Great Barrier Reef’s physical beauty."

It seems that the 1500 Australian's tested may not fully recognise the direct correlation between healthy fish numbers and corals. Find out more about the study here

If you, your students or community wish to actively contribute to the ongoing education and growing body of knowledge about corals in your area you may want to check out Coral Watch here.

If you are a teacher you may be excited to use the free online resources and units of work at www.ausmepa.org.au under the Educators tab http://www.ausmepa.org.au/educators/