About Mandi RANDELL

Sustainability Coordinator at Newington, English teacher and person who would really like to continue breathing.

Pictures of Impact

When thinking about the impact of our choices and practices, it is easy to make it all very abstract, theoretical. But sometimes it is important to look at what we are doing, stare it in the face and see if we can still live with our choices.
I saw this article and the pictures put a reality that is concrete to abstract ideas.

What we do matters.
http://blog.ted.com/2006/10/02/gallery-edward-burtynskys-extraordinary-images-of-manufactured-landscapes/

urban gardens

One thing we can do to reduce impact is to be producers, not just consumers. The Grow Foods Not Lawns movement is one such idea. You can join their FB group and see great ideas in how to maximize your food production within the confines of urban and suburban spaces. This article:

http://www.realfarmacy.com/four-advantages-of-raised-bed-gardening/

gives ideas about using raised garden beds (often made from sustainable and recyclable materials) to be more productive in your home garden.

RealFarmacy also gives great tips for composting, chickens and more

A Brief History of Caring

I remember sitting in Ms Springer’s year 7 science class and hearing about climate change. I remember being paralysed with fear; non-renewable resources pollute and are finite, CFC’s were eating the ozone layer, our laundry detergents poisoned the water system.. what?!? Who allowed -that- to happen?

I remember talking to other teachers and hearing them dismiss it. I remember telling my own mother and some of her friends and hearing what I hear over and over yet today:

1.) my contribution is small; what I do doesn’t matter and

2.) if it were such a big problem, people would have fixed it already.

I remember being disheartened. I remember feeling powerless, thinking there wasn’t anything meaningful that students can do.

I was wrong.

There is so much to do. So much for all of us to do.

So we started a blog.

This is the place we come to as a community to care. To talk, to debate, to exchange ideas, to participate.

Because we can. Because we should.

So, good people of Newington, of Stanmore, of Sydney, of Australia, of the world, I lay down the challenge here:

What will you do today to improve our environment?

Start a debate, think, read …most importantly be a part of our world.

We offer a space.. do it here.. we want to hear from you and write the next chapter in the history of caring.