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Earthwatch Annual Appeal 2012

Posted in Seeking by earthwatch on June 8th, 2012

Earthwatch Annual Appeal 2012

Earthwatch Institute is an international not-for-profit environmental organisation which brings science and people together to promote understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment.
In partnership with scientists, business, government and philanthropic organisations Earthwatch engages a broad range of people in environmental scientific research expeditions in over 50 countries.
According to the CSIRO, Australia has just experienced the hottest decade on record. The climate change science is compelling, but the impact on Australia’s unique flora and fauna remains largely unknown. Earthwatch has developed two new climate change research projects, aimed at building their knowledge and tackling this unparalleled challenge.

The challenge

The rainforests of Northern Queensland’s World Heritage Listed Wet Tropics are home to endangered species such as the northern bettong, mahogany glider, spotted tail quoll and southern cassowary. The cassowary is the only animal that can distribute the seeds of more than 70 species of trees, whose fruit is too large for any other forest dwelling animal to eat and relocate. If land temperatures increase as predicted, only 11% of their habitat will remain, leaving them exposed to further environmental threats. Prof. Stephen Williams and Earthwatch volunteers, require funding to expand this research on the vulnerability of rainforest species and their potential for adapting to climate change.

Coastal mangrove forests are among the richest, most diverse and most vulnerable landscapes on Earth. Mangroves shield coastlines from storms and cyclones, help prevent shoreline erosion, filter pollutants and are nurseries for manta rays, sharks and turtles. They support over 50% of the world’s fisheries and store vast amounts of greenhouse gases. Yet, mangroves are being destroyed at four times the rate of land forests. Working in the Daintree, Dr Norm Duke and volunteers want to set a baseline for assessing the health of unprotected mangroves around the world. Their work will make the case for mangroves to be included in United Nations initiatives to price the carbon stored in different ecosystems and thereby facilitate their protection.

Make a donation today, make a difference

Financial support is vital for Earthwatch to continue funding scientists to carry out critical, conservation research, assisted by our extraordinary volunteers. Your generosity and commitment to helping scientists provide the evidence needed to conserve these remarkable ecosystems is greatly appreciated. Please take the time to donate by visiting or phoning Earthwatch on 03 9682 6828

Every dollar really does count.

Living Rivers: Funding for council WSUD projects

Posted in Movements, Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on February 2nd, 2012

Living Rivers is a Melbourne Water program offering tailored packages of technical and funding support for the implementation of strategic and structural water-sensitive urban design (WSUD) projects. They have recently developed fact sheets detailing the program aims, funding packages and frequently asked questions. Living Rivers works in partnership with 38 local councils across Melbourne to increase council’s capacity to deliver sustainable stormwater management outcomes. They are a proud supporter of the Clearwater program and we work closely together to develop and deliver complimentary council capacity building initiatives to accelerate the uptake of WSUD.

Click here to view Living Rivers Fact Sheets which have details such as FAQs, various funding packages, and Program contacts.

Local Harvest Australia: Connecting and supporting local consumers & producers

Posted in Movements, Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on December 14th, 2011

Local Harvest is a new national initiative aiming to help people find local sources of food and grow their own.

A directory of sustainable food in Australia
A national directory for finding food co-ops, swap meets, community gardens, farmers markets, box systems, organic retailers and more by simply entering your postcode.

Helping you to produce your own
DIY alternatives for food production and meeting essential needs, including resources for growing and making your own.

Local Harvest Challenge
Take up the Local Harvest Challenge, where for one week you attempt to reduce the ‘degrees of separation’ from your food. Based on the Household Action Challenge run in previous years.

There is a fantastic similar resource existing for the USA found at on which this project has been based.

Local Harvest will launch in February 2012, and is currently has a funding call-out on Pozible.  Check out the website to find out more.

RiderLog App: Vote with your wheels

Posted in Movements, Research by Kate Archdeacon on August 31st, 2011

RiderLog Australian Capital City Screenshots (1 Jan – 10 May, 2011)

RiderLog is a free app that turns every bike ride into a vote for better bicycle facilities. Download it to your iphone now.

Your RiderLog app records basic details of your trips and anonymously uploads them to the Bicycle Network. All the travel logs are then aggregated to show when, where and why we are riding. This information is used to improve the planning of bike infrastructure and convince authorities to invest more in the locations where people ride. Click here to check out a map of aggregated rides.  The Bicycle Network is an outreach activity of Bicycle Victoria in Australia, one of the worlds biggest bike rider organisations, with the purpose of More People Cycling More Often.

To Use: Start the app, choose transport or recreation, press the silver Sleep/Wake button and put the phone in your pocket, bag or bike mount to use as a bike computer. At the end of your trip, wake up your phone and save your ride details. The app will log your ride in your phone, including elapsed time and average speed. Press Map to see your route. The phone tracks your cumulative distance and time over the week and month, providing a record of your activity.  More details.

Privacy Policy: You decide how much information about you and your riding gets uploaded. The data is anonymous. Unless you change the Settings no personal details are provided. If you are a member or friend of Bicycle Victoria, you can enter your rider number. If you would like to get to know us, you can choose to tag your data with your email.

The Big Green Idea

Posted in Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on November 16th, 2009

Source: GreenRazor, the GreenPages Newsletter


An innovative funding scheme for eco-visionary Australians

Got a big green idea? Need money to help it grow? Then the British Council wants to hear from you. The Big Green Idea is a new funding initiative from the British Council designed to help put eco-visionary ideas into action. For the first time, in 2009 we’re offering five project grants of AU$10,000 each to people who will make a real contribution to Australia’s environmental future. The Big Green Idea is designed to assist in initiating new projects that motivate people to minimise their own climate change impacts. We’re looking for eco-entrepreneurs with savvy ideas to address some of the biggest sustainability challenges faced by urban communities.

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2009 Premier’s Sustainability Awards now open

Posted in Seeking by Ferne Edwards on December 15th, 2008

Now in their seventh year, the 2009 Premier’s Sustainability Awards recognise and reward Victorian businesses, communities and individuals that demonstrate outstanding leadership and contribute to a more sustainable future for our state. Sustainable organisations do things better, smarter and more productively while reducing their everyday environmental impacts.

Visit the Sustainability Awards website for more information and to download a submission kit.

Funding for a Community Project Anyone?

Posted in Seeking by Ferne Edwards on March 4th, 2008

2008 Community Grants Open for not-for-profit community groups in Darebin. Find information from the press release below.

Funding is available for activities and programs that focus on social justice, health, sport and recreation, environment, education and arts and culture. Groups can also apply for assistance with the costs of hiring Council venues.

Darebin Mayor, Councillor Peter Stephenson, said, “We value our community organisations and look forward to supporting groups in the coming year. The funds are used by community organisations to resource projects and programs that respond to the broad needs and interests of Darebin residents,” said Cr Stephenson. “This brings benefits to people in many ways across Darebin.”

Information sessions for applicants will be held on 6 and 20 March.

Application kits with general information, guidelines, selection criteria and application forms are available from the Community Grants webpage or from all Darebin Customer Service Centres and Libraries.

Individual assistance is available to applicants and groups from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and applications are accepted in any language.

Applications close at 4pm on Friday 11 April, 2008.

For more information about the Community Grants Scheme, call the Community Grants Officer on 8470 8504.

Thursday 6 March, 10.30am to noon
Council Chamber, Darebin Civic Centre, 350 High Street, Preston

Thursday 20 March, 7pm to 8.30pm
Preston Shire Hall, 286 Gower Street, Preston

Government funding for Eco-Living Demonstration Centres

Posted in Seeking by Ferne Edwards on June 11th, 2007

Minister Thwaites has called for Expressions of Interest from community groups wanting to establish Eco-Living Demonstration Centres.

Grants of between $50,000 and $300,000 are available to help community groups develop Eco-Living Demonstration Centres, which will inform residents about sustainability through practical demonstration and by delivering education and behaviour change programs to their local communities. This grant funding will allow more community projects like CERES and the Port Phillip Eco-House to provide practical examples of sustainability in the community. Over four years, $3 million will be invested in the Centres from the Sustainability Fund, as an initiative of Our Environment Our Future Sustainability Action Statement 2006 – Action 13.4

For more info visit the Department of Sustainability and Environment website.