Not Too Late – check out the webpage

#NotT00Late is a project to invite newcomers to the climate movement, as well as provide climate facts and encouragement for people who are already engaged but weary. We believe that the truths about the science, the justice-centered solutions, the growing strength of the climate movement and its achievements can help. They can assuage the sorrow and despair, and they can help people see why it’s worth doing the work the climate crisis demands of us.

The Mind of Plants

A source that concentrates on the plant/human relationship for anyone who might be interested.

The Mind of Plants brings together a collection of short essays, narratives and poetry on plants and their interaction with humans. Authors from the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences write about their connection to a particular plant, reflecting upon their research on plant studies in a style accessible for a general audience.

Stipendiatstilling ved NTNU knytt til prosjektet “Litterær kompetanse for berekraft”

Stillinga som stipendiat i norskdidaktikk er knytt til prosjektet “Litterær kompetanse for berekraft” (LKB) under forskingsgruppa “Barndom i krisetid” (BiK). Hovudmålsetjinga for prosjektet er å utvikle teoretisk og empirisk kunnskap om korleis berekraftig utvikling kan vera del av litteraturundervisninga i norskfaget. Se utlysing:

Children’s Literature and the Environment

Children’s Literature and the Environment– AustLit

QUT Project team: Kerry Mallan (team leader), Amy Cross, Cherie Allan

June 2016: The team collaborated with QUT library to put on a display on the resources. Amy prepared the ppt and the library provided multiple computer stations for viewing and interacting with this and other projects on AustLit. Library also prepared a book display of some of the titles in the project. High attendance rates reported.

Gecko logo: image permission received from the illustrator Narelle Oliver from her book Leaf Tail.

Texts: young adult novels, children’s fiction and picture books.

Spotlight on 12 authors/illustrators, each contains a link to the Author’s record in AustLit, where further bibliographic details on all their publications are available.

Exhibitions: include a variety of records (fiction, information books, film, poetry, and multimedia) relevant to children and young adults that deal with the environment in imaginative, scientific, educational, and creative ways. There are a number of components to this project clustered around key concepts and issues:

  1. The Australian Environment: Aboriginal Texts about country, place & environment; Australian bush; Daily life of Australian animals; Great Barrier Reef; Lakes and rivers; Life and Death of the Thylacine.
  2. The environment in contemporary narratives: Antarctica; Bushfires; Dystopias; Forests; Global warming and climate change; Ocean settings and underwater worlds; The pastoral, farming and station life; Urban environments.
  3. Environmental destruction: Habitat destruction; Illegal activities; Negligence; Pollution; Threat of Introduced species.
  4. Safeguarding the environment: Animal rescue; Conserving Australian wildlife; Other species conservation; Parks and conservation areas; Recycling; Rehabilitation and regeneration; Science and Scientists.
  5. Award Winning Environmental Literature: (i) The Whitley Awards; Environment Award for Children’s Literature.
  6. Curriculum Connections: Cross curriculum priorities of the Australian Curriculum: Indigenous Texts and the Environment; Flora and Fauna of Asia; Sustainability.
  7. Resources for Further Research: Secondary sources related to environmental research in children’s literature.

Further work:

Develop a glossary; Section on ecowarriors and ecocitizens; Update current sections; include some sections with quotes from critical works.


Kerry Mallan 23/08/16