Thursday, August 20, 2009

So much reading, so little write.

This semester I am doing two units towards my BSc in Environmental Restoration. One is Environmental Policy and Law, which has a lot of reading and a rather scary essay which is worth 20%, which I am having trouble getting my head around (and it's only week 3).
The other is Environmental Technology for Sustainable Development. I am hoping this will be 'easier' as it is something I have an interest in. University tends to have a knack of making things that you are interested seem much more difficult than originally thought, though.
So, I have been trying to keep up with reading the various bits n bobs.

Last night I went to a talk by local media 'Perthonality", Josh Byrne, Murdoch alumini and Gardening Australia presenter. It was very interesting. It was also funny that he was talking about some of the very technologies I had been hearing about in the Env Tech lecture earlier that day (much earlier, blinkin' 8.30 am).
Giles Pickard from the City of Fremantle also spoke; largely about green roof systems and other ways of increasing green space in cities to reduce the 'heat island effect'.
Ben, of Growing Free, is the new head of the Next Gen section of the Nursery and Garden Industry of WA and did a great job of introducing the speakers.
Just quietly, I think we should clone the three of them. The world needs more passionate, environmentally conscious men who are keen to green the local and international environment. And passionate, environmentally conscious women, of course..
It's great to hear people talk about how to make the world better through planting appropriate species while taking into account sustainable use of water and other resources.
There are good things going on in the world, it's just that we never hear about them.

Bloody marvellous.