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HOW TO AVOID FOOD WASTE – A RECIPE FOR DISASTER

 

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If food waste was a country, it would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gasses.

In Australia, we waste about 20 per cent of the food we buy. Around half of all fruit and veggies we buy gets tossed. Around four million tonnes of food ends up in landfill.

That’s a recipe for disaster for sure.

If climate change isn’t enough incentive to avoid this waste, consider this; the estimated cost of food waste in Australia is $20 million.

The cost of food waste for EACH New South Wales household is estimated at $3,800 per year. It’s like throwing away one in every five bags of shopping you buy.

Want to save money and help save the world? It’s easy, don’t waste food.

Here are some tips and a few recipes to help you save food, money and the environment.

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CRAFTING A HAPPY LIFE – WHY KIDS NEED (AND LOVE) TO CREATE

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They file into the studio and choose their seats.

They are the latest Wacky Workshops students (aged five to 12) and they’re drawing a picture of their favourite toy.

This was the first activity in a toy making workshop. A way to keep them busy and get into a creative groove while waiting for the others to arrive.

Almost all of the students drew iPads on their sheets and began to talk to each other about their favourite games. The perfect icebreaker.

Friendships were made. The conversation was enthusiastic and joyful.

They discussed the challenges of getting through complicated stages in a game they all knew and loved.

I wondered how today’s activities would stack up against the lure of technology.

It was more curiosity than concern. I’ve never had an unhappy student.

I also knew that during that three-hour workshop, amazing things would be happening inside their brains. Things that don’t happen while in front of a screen.

 

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THINK YOU ARE NOT AN ARTIST? THIS IS WHY YOU’RE WRONG

 

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Have you ever told yourself you are not an artist?

What if I told you your very thoughts could be considered art – art that people will pay handsomely for?

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HOW TO FIND FREEDOM IN A FAIRY TALE

 

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Once upon a time, there was a beautiful princess. (Funny, there never seems to be an ugly princess).

Anyway, the beautiful princess had a huge heart and loved to help the flowers, bees, butterflies and birds grow and be happy.

She was also a talented ballerina who loved to dance. Her dancing was so magical that the birds would sing special songs to entice the princess to dance more.

The flowers would sway to the beat and the bees and butterflies would act as the chorus to her fantastic choreography.

One day an evil witch came to catch the princess. Luckily, the princess’s best friend was a dragon who came to rescue her.

 

 

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CELEBRATE SEA WEEK WITH SCINTILLATING STATS

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What has no beginning, end or middle and touches every continent?

If you answered ‘ocean’, you are right.

In fact, the ocean covers more than 70 per cent of the Earth’s surface and is responsible for producing more than half our oxygen.

Ocean currents have a major influence on weather patterns.

This means even if you haven’t seen it (nearly 40 per cent of the American population haven’t) it affects your life.

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HOW TO SLOW DOWN TIME IN A MOMENT 

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Of course, we can’t actually slow down time – yet.

Whether it appears to be flying by or dragging on, our watches and clocks will tell us the measurement of a moment, an hour, a day, is the same.

So if time flies, how can we hang onto it a little longer? Or at least slow that flight into a more pleasant and calm walk?

The answer may be easier than you think.

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DO YOU WANT SMARTER KIDS? TRY THESE EASY TIPS 

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We certainly should work on having smarter kids. Particularly since it seems adults are going the other way.

After all, it is adults, often leaders, who refuse to acknowledge the evidence that stares them right in the face. They make decisions and policies that seem designed to hurt, rather than help.

Did you think I was referring to climate change? Or energy policies?

I’m actually referring to education and how our policy makers seem to make so many brainless decisions.

 

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THESE THREE LITTLE WORDS CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE 

 

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They are probably not the words you are thinking.

We make life unnecessarily hard don’t we?

We see a problem and want to be part of the solution.

Then we realise the problem is much bigger than us and often before we’ve done a thing, we have given up.

We even do this with personal challenges.

How many of you have broken that diet before the first 24 hours are up? Or give up on a new, great daily routine before the week is finished?

Then we follow it up with justifications to help ease the feeling of failure.

There is a simple solution, often overlooked in our desire to do great things quickly.

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HOW TO LET THE MAGIC OF TREES HELP KIDS GROW

 

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There’s a certain point, as you drive west on the motorway from Sydney, Australia, where your eyes are greeted with a blue vista on the horizon.

You are not seeing the ocean, but some of the trees in the 1.03 million hectares that make up the Greater Blue Mountains Area. The magic in these trees is so strong it can change the colour of the landscape, covering their green canopy with a blue-grey haze.

The eucalypts which dominate the mountain forests discharge a fine mist of eucalyptus oil from their leaves. The mist refracts light, which makes the haze look blue from a distance.

Even now, after living in this natural wonderland for 30 years, the sight of that blue on the horizon puts a smile on my face when I am returning home.

It’s as if the trees themselves are calling to me. Perhaps they are.

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HOW TO ROCK YOUR WAY TO HAPPINESS AND KINDNESS

 

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I’m not talking about music.

I’m talking about the new rock art craze that is sweeping the world, delighting children and their carers.

This latest trend has people finding small rocks and painting them, then hiding them in parks for strangers to discover.

It ticks all the boxes as far as entertaining the kids. They can be creative, be outside having fun in a park and play that all-time favourite game, hide n’ seek.

The benefits go much deeper though.

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