Apr 112014
 
Benefits of 'Green Exercise' for children

A new study indicates that children who view a simulated forest environment whilst exercising are more likely to experience health enhancing effects after the activity.  A UK university study of children aged 9-10 years, published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health Health, found that after a series of 15 minute moderate intensity cycling activities the children’s post-activity blood pressure was significantly lower than it was without the simulated forest environment, indicating that the nature scenes promoted positive health effects. Dr Michael Duncan, lead author of the study and associate head of the Department of Applied Sciences and read more…

Feb 112014
 
Eco Inspired Workshops – practical inspired workshops for parents and families

A practical workshop about how to raise children who are creative, imaginative and empowered to find their own freedom, potential and purpose in life. JOIN US at the Mullumbimby Community Gardens – starting 25th February 9.30am – 11.30am In the workshop you will learn about Creating Sacred Spaces – How to create healthy environments for you and your family Power of Art – Fun Arts and Craft Activities for Young Children using natural materials Mind-Body Nutrition – practical simple ideas for your and family meals Transform your Mind – simple strategies to support positive change in you and your family’s read more…

Mar 282013
 

Boy with Autism Recovers After Gluten-free Casein-free Diet Many parents know that diet and environment can change children’s behaviour. In this video a mother and Dr Kenneth Bock discuss how a gluten and dairy free diet helped her son recover from autism. Dr Bock recommends also that children and families avoid chemicals, pesticides and other possible contributors to autism such as phthalates in plastic. ‘Growing Greener Children’ is a great first step comprehensive resource for parents wanting to adopt a healthier lifestyle.    

Mar 102013
 

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has released a new report co-produced with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), titled: State of the Science of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDC’s). Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals, EDC’s, include Bisphenol-A (BPA), PCB’s, phthalates and agricultural pesticides that are in everyday items such as plastic water bottles, shower curtains, beauty products (including nail polish, hair spray, shampoo, deodorants, and fragrances), vinyl floor coverings, and more. The joint study highlights a range of health problems associated with EDC’s including breast cancer in women; developmental effects on the nervous system in children and attention deficit hyperactivity in children. Theo read more…

Feb 082013
 
Cosmetic testing

… as things stand we’re all being used as guinea pigs in the great test of new product safety.” -Mark Bittman, The Cosmetics Wars, The New York Times, Feb. 6, 2013 Mark Bittman’s article on cosmetics testing in The New York Times highlights the fact that personal care product makers don’t have to prove that the ingredients in their shampoos, toothpastes or other cosmetics are safe before you use them. The Environmental Working Group (E.W.G.) offers a database of more than 79,000 personal care products, from soap to lip plumper ranked by level of hazard. The database is an excellent read more…

Feb 072013
 
Parents comment on childcare welcomed

In Australia the Green Party have created a new poll to understand parents perspectives on early childhood education and care.  The Green Party has said it’s time to hear what parents thought about childcare. Share your views about childcare. The online survey is at www.childcarepoll.com.

Jan 302013
 

The film,  ‘Play Again’  highlights the importance of play and nature and asks the question ‘What are the consequences of a childhood removed from nature?’. The film’s synopsis : – ‘One generation from now most people in the U.S. will have spent more time in the virtual world than in nature. New media technologies have improved our lives in countless ways. Information now appears with a click. Overseas friends are part of our daily lives. And even grandma loves Wii. But what are we missing when we are behind screens? And how will this impact our children, our society, and read more…

Jan 042013
 

Is Western education superior? We have an institution globally that is branding millions and millions of innocent people as failures.   They are the in-between people and they are falling through the cracks of an in-between world. We have moved from wisdom to knowledge and now we are moving from knowledge to information.  We have moved from wisdom to knowledge and now we are moving from knowledge to information.  Schooling the World: The White Man’s Last Burden is set in Ladakh and examines the long-unquestioned assumption that the western model of education and schooling improves lives wherever it goes.