Andrew Ioannidis, musician and artist extraordinaire has now launched his two new websites, and they are well worth a visit!
This is a man whose talents and inspiration know no bounds musically and artistically. My favourites of his songs are: 'This is Your Day' from the Mercury album which I listen to several times a week.
He wrote a song Environmental Take Over Bid which was drawn from some poetry I wrote about the latest backyard craze, the outdoor room and how people forget how our buzzy little friends, and their habitats, are affected by all that building up and out! You can go to the blog page to see the lyrics and listen to this.
Here is a link to the site. Been spending some time getting the voice content ready for the You Tube video for the Eco Creativity exhibition we did back in Feb 013 so as usual my attention to this blog has been a bit remiss to say the least.
At our Get Eco-Creative exhibition last weekend there was a theme running through: river and acquatic health and the ways our green messages can be conveyed in relation to this theme. So it is time to get back in to the serious business of the day, and talk about some more seriously inspiring environmental videos which also have a major bearing on river/sea environments.
Two names bubble, foam and spring to mind: Shark Girl and Mission of Mermaids.
You can also see my blog where I provide plenty of stimulating discussion about fertilisers, pathogens, engine oil and the like and how these impact on river and sea species (are you still awake? No I actually try to write the blog in a way so that the material is kept 'hale and hearty' as far as possible. )
On Blooming and Bold blogspot, there is a post I wrote today about hurricanes, floods and the role played by gardens. Now, anyone who reads that blog will see I have a strange fascination for dingey, arcane drains and love to be loquacious about landscapes and the way that our gardens link up with the wider landscape.
However, the trick is to write about the topic in a way that will engage the reader (with the use of humour or light-heartedness which infuses the topic with greater hope), and avoids putting the reader to sleep. So I hope I achieve that, adequately.
Speaking of rainwater, here is a link to another educational video for children viewed on the Groundwater Foundation site, concerning groundwater and keeping acquifers clean. In Australia, most of our water comes from dams or reservoirs, but similar principles apply in terms of groundwater pollution, and taking care with what we tip in to our sewerage and stormwater pipes and drains, organics in the garden, sediment and erosion control etc.
This video for children is another example of making sustainability education fun.
Burt: Where'd you flit off to Berth?
Two bugs in a cartoon: Burt Beetle and Bertha Butterfly.
They are standing under the one solitary tree left in their new backyard (err … the term is Outdoor room) ..... and they are pictured saying:
‘Errchkem …. You’ve built your room. We’re just wondering where you put ours?’
I am inspired to write about outdoor rooms as the main contributor to bloomingandbold.blogspot (where gardens and the wider land intersect).
I would like someone 'cartoonly' to do a cartoon where you have a bug and a butterfly sitting outside under an arbour (hmm ... bugs don't usually hang out indoors) - looking around at all the paving and built up areas, saying:
'Errkchem .... you've got your room... And while we're on the subject, where did you put ours?'
A little bit of sarcasm is okay for green humourists, provided it's fairly good-natured, and the aim is to generate mostly good-will on behalf of the green movement, rather than the opposite!
I talk about the impact of the outdoor room phenomenon and the many ways these affect our local ecosystems at my blogspot - bloomingandbold.blogspot. From time to time there is a bit of humour, in the blog, though as with environmentalists, it is easy to diverge back on to the path of righteousness, a little too easily!
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