How Dirt Makes You Happy

Author: Bonnie Grant
Prozac may not be the only way to get rid of your serious blues. Soil microbes have been found to have similar effects on the brain and are without side effects and chemical dependency potential. Learn how to harness the natural antidepressant in soil and make yourself happier and healthier. Read on...

How Contact with Nature Can Benefit Our Health

Author: Dr Dimity Williams
Date: April 2015
By Dr Dimity Williams, Doctors for the Environment Australia Instinctively, we want contact with nature- we’d all like the office with a view of the park instead of a view of the carpark. Yet few doctors are aware of the health benefits associated with regular contact with nature and this is desp...

Australia’s Best Playground

Author: Clay Lucas
Source: The Age
Date: 30 May 2016
Royal Park's Nature Play Named Nation's Best Playground by Landscape ArchitectsBy Clay Lucas, 30th May 2016, The Age  A Melbourne children's playground designed to encourage risk-taking - through rocky outcropped terraces and lofty climbing ropes - has been crowned the nation's best. It is known ...

How Aboriginal Burning Changed Australia’s Climate

Author: Karl-Heinz Wyrwoll
Date: January 12, 2012
For thousands of years, Aboriginal Australians burned forests to promote grasslands for hunting and other purposes. Recent research suggests that these burning practices also affected the timing and intensity of the Australian summer monsoon. It is perhaps difficult for some of us to imagine that a...

Using Fire to Keep Country Pristine and Culture Strong

Date: 18th May 2016
The Wattleridge Aboriginal rangers in northern New South Wales are using cultural burning to look after their country while regaining lost cultural knowledge. For thousands of years, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have successfully used fire to control their country. So, a project rei...

Even Babies Need the Outdoors

Author: Nature Play SA
This information is from Nature Play SA. Click here to access their fact sheet. WHY DO BABIES NEED THE OUTDOORS? As humans, we are hardwired to respond to the natural environment. It’s why being outside can shift our mood, help us cope with the pressures of life and generally make us feel ...

Global Goals for Sustainable Development

In September 2015, World Leaders committed to the Global Goals for Sustainable Development.17 goals to achieve 3 extraordinary things in the next 15 years. End extreme poverty. Fight inequality and injustice. Fix climate change.If every school in the world teaches children about these goals, we wil...

How Awe Makes Us Generous

Author: Adam Hoffman
Date: August 3, 2015
What do the Grand Canyon, Sistine Chapel, and gazing at distant stars all have in common? They can awaken a deep appreciation for the world around us and inspire a profound sense of awe. This sensation is often accompanied by an awareness of something larger than ourselves—that we play a small pa...

Rangers Protect Endangered Birds Through Fire

Author: RangelandsWA
Date: 23/05/2016
Indigenous Rangers will be undertaking mosaic burns over the next two years to protect the habitat of endangered birds in the East Kimberley. The Kija Rangers will work with the Kimberley Land Council (KLC) Fire Management Team to implement a series of fire breaks to protect known areas of habitat ...