External Resources

Interesting reads to get stuck into



Cool web sites

  • Grassroots Economic Organizing — catalysing worker co-ops & the solidarity economy
  • Coopedia Knowledge Base — a collaborative search engine listing resources (guides, articles, videos, books, and more) on co-operative entrepreneurship
  • GMO Research — searchable database of studies and journal publications that document risks or potential and actual harmful effects from GMOs and the related pesticides and agrichemicals
  • Recyclopaedia — how to recycle right in the ACT
  • Recylcopaedia fact sheets
  • Ekko world — ethical and sustainable business directory
  • Project Drawdown — 100 solutions to limit global warming
  • Grassroots Economic Organizing (Geo.coop) — catalysing worker co-ops & the solidarity economy
  • Shop Ethical — Your ethical consumer guide
  • Australian Earth Laws Alliance — Earth-centred governance
  • Butterflies Australia — a citizen-science project
  • Sustainable Gardening Australia’s e-newsletter
  • Family Footprint Project — join Rebecca and family in their journey to reduce their ecological footprint (local blog)
  • Mygreenlifestyle.ca — online sustainability courses
  • The “Your Home” guide (also available in a printed edition) — a free resource for learning about sustainable housing
  • Further recently released FREE HOME DESIGNS on the Your Home site make it easier than ever to start your new, more comfortable, environmentally responsible build.
  • The Canberra Sustainability Map (formerly known as the Canberra Transition Towns Map), a mind-map resource on hundreds of sustainability-focused organisations, groups, and activities in Canberra, is now live on SEE-Change’s web site.  Exploring the map will give you an idea of all of the groups in Canberra that are active in the area of climate, conservation and sustainability.  Its authors are keen to provide potential volunteers with opportunities, and link together those who wish to collaborate using this map.  If you know of a group that should be added to the map, or an update that needs to be made, please let SEE-Change know.  We look forward to the enlivening collaborations that the map is sure to spawn!

Reports & resources

  • Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest, by Suzanne Simard; Penguin Random House — Suzanne Simard is a pioneer on the frontier of plant communication and intelligence; she’s been compared to Rachel Carson, hailed as a scientist who conveys complex, technical ideas in a way that is dazzling and profound.  Her work has influenced filmmakers (the Tree of Souls of James Cameron’s Avatar) and her TED talks have been viewed by more than 10 million people worldwide. “By understanding [plants’] sentient qualities, our empathy and love for trees, plants, and forests will naturally deepen and find innovative solutions. Turning to the intelligence of nature itself is the key.”
  • Soil: The incredible story of what keeps the earth, and us, healthy, by Matthew Evans, Murdoch Books.  Evans is a former chef and food critic and has made many shows on food and farming for the ABC. In this ode to the thin veneer of Earth that gifts us life, Evans shows us that what we do in our backyards, on our farms, and what we put on our dinner tables really matters, and can be a source of hope.
  • Gates to a Global Empire: Over Seeds, Food, Health, Knowledge… and the Earth: Navdanya International — “The Report gathers evidence and throws light on the dangers of philanthrocapitalism, which is boosting the corporate takeover of our seed, agriculture, food, knowledge, and global health systems, manipulating information and eroding our democracies.  Over the last 30 years it has emerged as a major force, able to derail the international agenda and push our future and the future of our planet towards extinction and ecological collapse.”
  • Securing pollination for more productive agriculture: Guidelines for effective pollinator management and stakeholder adoption — This project aimed to secure and enhance crop pollination services by designing ways to support pollinator density and diversity to create a resilient pollinator portfolio.
  • Biodiversity and Climate Change Workshop Report (pdf) — The Intergovernmental Science–Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), two of the international bodies responsible for dealing with these crises held a joint workshop in December 2020.  The key message is that limiting global warming and protecting biodiversity are not only essential but also mutually supporting.  Measures that are narrowly focused on climate change or biodiversity can have sub-optimal (or even negative) outcomes compared with measures that tackle both.
  • How to grow livable worlds — American academic Natasha Myers sets out the ten imaginative, radical steps to create liveable worlds.
  • Ten golden rules for restoring forests — A recent review led by Kew scientiss and botanic Gardens Conservation International proposes ‘Ten golden rules for reforestation’ to boost benefits for people and the planet.