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Alpine logging protest

A coffin filled with mountain ash seedlings is carried up the steps of Victoria's Parliament House as part of a demonstration against the logging of mountain ash trees in Victoria's Alpine National Park. Find out why protestors carrying the coffin in this 1980 news clip regarded the proposal to log the mountain ash too ...

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The fight to save Kelly's Bush

Discover why a determined group of residents in one of Sydney's wealthier suburbs stood up to their local council, the New South Wales government and a big property developer. This ABC report explores the controversy surrounding the planned development of Kelly's Bush, situated beside Sydney Harbour at Woolwich, and the ...

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Indigenous perspective on sustainability

Find out about some Indigenous sustainability practices and perspectives on land management in this audio interview with a spokesperson from the 2007 Caring for Country conference. Listen as he explains how traditional knowledge of the land and cultural significance guide Aboriginal environmental sustainability. Also discover ...

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Prince Philip and the conservation debate

Public figures have a high public profile and should act responsibly when commenting on important issues. This clip, taken from a 1973 Four Corners program, highlights the Duke of Edinburgh's apparent change in attitude towards environmental issues. While he suggests that Australia should relax its conservation efforts, ...

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One forest, many communities

Find out how local community groups use, value and manage the Armidale Pine Forest. View this clip created by young reporters from Presbyterian Ladies College in Armidale, New South Wales. The clip was developed as part of the ABC Splash Live 'Making the news!' project, which featured local sustainability stories by students ...

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Funding conservation charities

Imagine that, while working for a company responsible for pollution, you were a member of a commission to control pollution. This clip looks at such conflicts of interest between big business and conservation. The reporter explores the issue of whether an anti-pollution commission can be truly independent if people holding ...

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Lake Pedder's future

How do you measure the worth of a beautiful natural site - in terms of the hydro-electric power it can produce or the beauty, stillness and grandeur that it affords people who visit? This 1972 clip from 'This Day Tonight' focuses on the physical and aesthetic attributes of Tasmania's Lake Pedder. Reporter Peter Ross stands ...

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Tassie be dammed: raising environmental concerns

In response to prolonged periods of drought, the Tasmanian Government embarked on a plan to 'drought-proof' Tasmania. With the state's government planning to build more dams and increase the area of irrigated farmland, environmental groups have raised concerns about the wider impacts of such action.

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Industrialisation versus conservation

The conflict between industry and conservation is not a new one. This clip, taken from a 1973 Four Corners program, highlights the conflict between those wishing to preserve Australia's natural environment and those representing industrial interests. Industry is shown to be spending millions of dollars to prevent pollution. ...

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Jack Mundey, the BLF and 'green bans'

Imagine a trade union whose members fought not only for better pay and working conditions, but to save parts of Australia's natural and built environment. This ABC Nationwide clip explores the career of Jack Mundey during the 1970s when he led the New South Wales branch of the Builders Labourers Federation (BLF) in campaigns ...

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Franklin River campaign

How important is the environment in an election campaign? In this clip, explore the issue that changed Australia's conservation landscape forever: the fight to save the Franklin River. Watch how the Tasmanian Wilderness Society used political and media strategies to influence the outcome of the 1983 federal election in ...

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How plants work

Plants are the only living things that can make their own food. They do this during the day while it's light, using a process called photosynthesis, which uses carbon dioxide and produces oxygen. During the day and night plants take in oxygen and release carbon dioxide through respiration. Discover just how important plants ...

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Peter Beggs and public reserves

Imagine that the beautiful stretch of foreshore that you had maintained and developed was actually a public reserve that you had appropriated for your own use. This is what happened with the Hermitage Foreshore Reserve in Woollahra; a situation that was exposed by activist and conservationist Peter Beggs in 1980. This ...

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Tackling the crown-of-thorns starfish

Did you know the crown-of-thorns starfish is a natural predator that is having a huge impact on the Great Barrier Reef? Watch this clip to find out about the damage it's causing and what scientists are doing to try to protect the reef. Find out the role that people play both in causing and in managing this environmental issue.

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Save our catchment – virtual excursion

This virtual excursion offers twelve video lessons that form a sample investigation of pest species invading Australian riparian zones. Filmed on Bundjalung Country, the excursion traverses mid north coast NSW Upper Clarence River Catchment, connecting each video to companion classroom and field learning tasks. The invasive, ...

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The Conversation - sustainability collection

This is a series of short journalistic articles written by academic experts and researchers that provide facts, commentary, and independent analysis about sustainability. The articles support student investigations and in-depth studies of issues related to sustainability in geography and English. The collection is regularly ...

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Modelling water quality

This is a colour video clip in which Professor David Hamilton, an ecologist from the University of Waikato in New Zealand, talks about the important functions of ecosystems and the consequences of deterioration in those functions. He explains how computer models can be used to address these problems. Sequences showing Professor ...

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Fighting for Lake Pedder

How far would you be prepared to go in defence of a principle you felt strongly about? Enter a tent on the shores of doomed Lake Pedder in 1972 and listen to three determined people explain why they are protesting against the plan to flood Tasmania's Lake Pedder. The clip includes environmental activist Brenda Hean who ...

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Public access denied

How can the public reclaim their right to access to Sydney's harbourside reserves? This 1980 clip from ABC's 'Nationwide' program shows reporter Richard Palfreyman discussing with conservationist Vincent Serventy the battle between private and public interest around the edges of the Sydney Harbour. They discuss ways private ...

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Are you connected to the bush?

Are those of us living in cities and towns in danger of losing our connection to the natural environment? In suburban Adelaide, some individuals and groups think so. They're taking action to create habitats and attract wildlife back to the city. What effect might this have on the urban environment and the people who live in it?