This page contains links to my environmental education articles written quarterly since 2010 for the Otherways magazine, published by the Home Education Network in Victoria. Underlying them, I am inspired by, and a supporter of, the UN Decade of Biodiversity’s theme “Living in harmony with Nature”.
My environmental education activities and resources have been aligned to each year’s special events since 2010. The series of articles is below by year. One of my aims in this series has been to provide access to quality information about biodiversity and other environmental issues, ways to understand it and get involved in it to people who are isolated for one reason or another.
2023 – International Years of Millets and of Dialogue as a Guarantee for Peace.
One IY focus of 2023 was for the food group ‘Millet’ and its importance in traditional societies as a food staple and growing recognition of its potential for global future food security. There were three articles for this covering such traditional food sources, their potentials for greater use and the challenge of growing and using millet. The fourth article was on a second IY focus – for Dialogue as a Guarantee for Peace – sadly at a time when there was a need for peaceful relationships to be developed in several parts of the world. Both these IY’s contributed to Sustainable Development Goals.
- Rich In Heritage Otherways magazine, Feb 2022, issue 175, pp 45-47
- Full Of Potential Otherways magazine May 2022, issue 176, pp 45-47
- Lets Grow Millets Otherways magazine, August 2022, issue 177, pp 45-47
- Peace Talk Otherways magazine, November 2022, issue 178, pp 45-47
2022 – International Years of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development, of Glass and of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture
The 2022 year focused on ‘science’ and its importance in improving all aspects of life, many of which are included in the Sustainable Development Goals – a complement to ending 2021 with ‘creativity’. All articles covered the basic sciences and the last two integrated this with two other concurrent IY’s: Glass, and Artisanal Fisheries. Sustainable development ideas come from reusing/recycling resources, planning for flooding and sustainable food production. All four of these 2021 environmental education articles provided activities and links to many websites to support and extend learnings about their topics.
- Curiosity for Basic Sciences Otherways magazine, Feb 2022, issue 171, pp 46-48
- Basic Sciences for Understanding Floods Otherways magazine May 2022, issue 172, pp 46-48
- Basic Sciences in Glass Otherways magazine, August 2022, issue 173, pp 45-47
- Basic Sciences for Artisinal Fisheries Otherways magazine, November 2022, issue 174, pp 45-47
2021 – International Years of Fruits and Vegetables and of the Creative Economy for Sustainable Development
A 2021 year focused on fruits and vegetables for their health benefits and issues in sustainable production seemed like a good follow-up to 202o’s year of plant health. Three articles covered basic ideas about fruits and vegetables as foods and in food groups, in a food production system and the importance of eating locally and seasonally to be more sustainable consumers. The last article focused on the lesser promoted Creative Economy year, which seemed to have been lost in the stresses of Covid 19.
All four of these 2021 environmental education articles provided activities and many links to websites to support and extend learnings about their topics. As the articles couldn’t be loaded in one file, please go to the 2021 page to find their links.
- Stiruf and Begetslave Otherways magazine, Feb 2021, issue 167, pp 48-50
- Apples as Food System Otherways magazine May 2021, issue 168, pp 46-48
- Of Colours and Seasons Otherways magazine, August 2021, issue 169, pp 46-48
- Valuing Creativity Otherways magazine, November 2021, issue 170, pp 46-48
2020 – Bushfires, Covid-19 and the International Year (IY) of Plant Health
When the 2020 International Year of Plant Health (IYPH) began, Australia was suffering terrific bushfires. While all four articles this year did relate to the IYPH, it may not have seemed so. Bushfires, tiny organisms like viruses, and exponential growth threats do not just attack human health, but also that of plants. So improving understanding of these and protection against them may be a background to the lesser noticed ones affecting plant health. All four of these 2020 environmental education articles had provided activities and extensive links to websites to support and extend learnings about their topics.
- Fire Safety and Bushfires – Otherways magazine, Feb 2020, issue 163, pp 32-33
- Threats Too Tiny to see – Otherwaysmagazine May 2020, issue 164, pp 46-47
- Growing at a Fast Rate – Otherways magazine, November 2020, issue 166, pp 47-49
- IY Plant Health (bananas) – Otherways magazine, November 2020, issue 166, pp 47-49
2019– the International Year of Indigenous Languages.
Our cultural environment is transmitted through languages, especially spoken ones. Around the world concern is developing for the loss of speakers, heralding their extinction and the reduction in the diversity of human languages. This also takes with it ways of seeing and communications sciences, histories and stories. All four environmental education articles in 2019 explored resources and activities for learnings to support the International Year of Indigenous Languages (IYIL), especially Australian ones.
- IY Indigenous Languages 2019– Otherways magazine, Feb 2019, issue 159, pp 42-44
- IYIL Picture Books p1, Otherways magazine May 2019, issue 160, pp 41-43 ( this is in three pdfs to preserve the links, so please follow through)
- IYIL Food Words , Otherways magazine, November 2019, issue 162, pp 42-43
- IYIL Place Words, Otherways magazine, November 2019, issue 162, pp 43-44
2018 – the International Year of the Reef.
As 2018 became the (3rd) IY of the Reef a little later than other IY’s, the 2018 series of articles may seem a bit eclectic. I took the 2017 IYoSTD aim of cultural awareness into 2018 for developing some home cultural awareness for March’s Harmony Day. To explore the IYoR through remaining articles, the focus was on understanding two threats: human plastic pollution and ground-shaking Nature. There is so much complexity in these topics!
- Our Cultural Environment – Otherways magazine, Feb 2018, issue 155, pp 26-27
- Our Plastic Environment, Otherways magazine May 2018, issue 156, pp 30-31
- From Streets to Seas , Otherways magazine, August 2018, issue 157, pp 30-31
- Coral Reefs- threats and allies, Otherways magazine, October 2018, issue 158, pp 16-18
2017 – the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development (IYoSTD)
Tourism is big business and the UNESCO IYSTD aimed to focus on how tourism, how it can impact on recipient places and how we as tourists could contribute better to improving these places and their peoples. These articles for ‘Otherways’ were written to introduce the IYSTD by putting ‘tourism’ into the new F-10 Victorian curriculum, the Australian Curriculum priority for Sustainability Education, and introducing the new 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals, while exploring where we Australians may travel locally through to globally, as different types of tourists, and what behaviours we could adopt. :
- Tourism– More than you imagine Otherways magazine, Feb 2017, issue 151, pp 24-25
- Our-world-of tourism, Otherways magazine May 2017, issue 152, pp 28-29
- Sustainability-in-Tourism , Otherways magazine, August 2017, issue 153, pp 29-30
- Development-and-tourism , Otherways magazine, October 2017, issue 154, pp 26-27
2016 – the International Year of Pulses (IYP).
Living in the Wimmera, I am located in a major Pulse growing region, and currently developing a school education program for this, part of which will be shared in the Otherways series of articles this year. What are pulses? That’s where I start, linking it with thinking and learning skills:
- From Soils to Pulses Otherways magazine , Feb issue 147, pp 29-30
- Grow Pulses for Science, Otherways magazine May 2016, issue 148, pp 29-30
- Nutritious Pulses , Otherways magazine, August 2016, issue 149, pp 32-33
- Our Pulses & the world , Otherways magazine, October 2016, issue 150, pp 30-31
2015 – the International Year of Soils (IYS).
Being part of a family farm, an environmental educator and a Geographer, the theme for this IY Soils Healthy soils for a healthy life is very important, so I created special projects Soil Selfies, and Snooping into Soils for it and a third enviroed4all(R) website Soils . I hope you will look at that too. The environmental education articles all focussed on soils:
- Celebrating-soils–Otherways magazine issue 143, pp 29-30
- Learning-at-Global-Soils-Week – Otherways magazine issue 144 pp 26-27
- Soil-tests– Otherways magazine issue 145 pp 24-25
- WHEG-investigating-soils – Otherways magazine 145 p 26
- Sustainability-for-soils– Otherways magazine issue 146 pp 24-25
2014 – IY of Family Farming; IY of Small Island Developing States
Being part of a family farm and an environmental educator the theme Feeding the world , caring for the Earth for this IY Family Farming is especially relevant to me, so I have created special projects for it and a second website family farms . I hope you will look at that too. Small Island Developing States does not get much media, so I started with it for these articles in 2014 and added in the IYFamily farming later in the year.
- From shape sleuths to island sleuths – Otherways Magazine Issue 139 pp 32-33
- Island Sleuthing: from floods to food Otherways Magazine issue 140 pp 31-32
- Sleuth into Food Growing for Families Otherways Magazine (issue 141) pp30-31
- Sustainability Sleuthing Otherways Magazine (issue 142) pp29-30
With the centenary of the first departure of troops for the Great War, I also provided History/maths/geogrpraphy/ ICT activities on the ships, men and horses and research on-line under “The First Fleet of ANZEF of November 1914″ and “Finding ANZEF faces” in Otherways magazine (issue 142) pp 21-22 and on this webpage at ANZEF departure
2013 Maths of Planet Earth; IYof Statistics; IY of Water Cooperation
There is lots to communicate! I began with a focus on the curriculum changes and then moved into activities for the Maths of Planet Earth, linking the other events in with it as the year progressed.
- Living Things on our farmlands – Otherways Magazine Issue 135 pp 25
- Are we the revolt – Otherways Magazine Issue 135 pp 5-7
- Aust Curriculum – Otherways Magazine issue 135 pp 18-19
- Literacy to Numeracy for Nature- Otherways Magazine issue 135 pp 29-30
- Maths in nature the shape of leaves- Otherways magazine issue 135 pp 34-35
- Shape Sleuths at the Creek – Otherways magazine issue 136 pp 28-29
- Number Sleuths up in Space – Otherways magazine issue 137 p 31
- Look down shape sleuths on Earth – Otherways magazine issue 138 pp31-2
2012 United Nations Decade of Biodiversity, Australian Year of the Farmer; National Year of Reading
I began with a focus on the UNDB and then added both the national years to this.
- Living in Harmony Otherways issue 131
- Farming, Sustainability and Science Otherways issue 132
- Love 2 Read Otherways issue 133
- Nature Images Otherways 134 Learning about Nature from images Otherways issue 134 pp 14-16
2011 IY of Forests; IY of Chemistry.
This was both the I continued the series of articles on Biodiversity activities, firstly with a focus on Forests and then combining Forests and Chemistry.
- From_Biod_to_Forests Otherways issue 127 pp 15-16
- ‘River_Red_Gums’ Otherways issue 128 pp 31-32
- ‘chem_models_link_to_forests’ Otherways issue 129 pp 29-30
- ‘carbon_in_&_from_forests’ Otherways issue 130 pp 34-35
- National Water Wk 2011 Water quality, a small wetland and tourism Otherways magazine issue 130 page 38
2010 IY of Biodiversity (2010)
had the theme ‘Biodiversity is life, Biodiversity is our life’. My articles were to encourage observations and caring for living things from experiences in gardens locally. The articles were:
- Let’s_go_to_ the Creek – Ideas on Environmental Education Otherways issue 123 pp 8-10
- Biodiversity_in_our_garden. Otherways issue 123 p 11
- Building_skills_by_garden_investigations Otherways issue 124 p10-11
- Complexity_ and_ change. Otherways issue 125 pp 20-22
- newcomers_invaders_losses_&_action Otherways issue 126 pp18-21
- Exploring Biod for NSW 2010 Otherways magazine issue 126 page 22
* Thankyou to Sue Wight and the Editorial team of Otherways for making this series possible. The Home Education Network is a volunteer organisation, as are the contributions its website http://www.home-ed.vic.edu.au. and articles in its magazine Otherways. To find Otherways on the web, go to the website and look for back issues under the ‘Resources’ tab with back issues. Copies of Otherways can be purchased online.
about me and why I have done this:
I live on a farm in the Wimmera, Victoria. I home educated my son for 13 years, and he’s now finished university by on-line study and is a research scientist. So I have a real interest in people who are more isolated than city folk.
As an environmental educator, I can offer activities for people to use and adapt. This enviroed4all website aims to do that. I have been writing a series of articles on environmental education for the Victorian Home Education Network’s magazine, Otherways, * since 2010. This library contains mostly my Otherways series of articles on environmental education, with its focus on Biodiversity and sustainability. You can go directly to the articles below or see a summary on the main page for each year below.
Page updated 25 April 2013, 6 Dec 2013, 7 April 2014, 8 Dec 2014, 20 Jan 2016, 18 feb 2016, 20 Jan 2017, 20 August 2020, 30 December 2020, 4 October 2023