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Australia : History

National Archives of Australia

A Sunburnt Country?

Document study about the impact of societal attitudes on water use and conservation. Year 7 to 12

A Sunburnt Country? (pdf, 1.2mb)

The Very Hungry Cactoblastis Cactorium Caterpillar

Document study on the introduction of the cactoblastis cactorium caterpillar, its success against prickly pear, and issues of biological controls for pests. Year 7 to 12

The Very Hungry Cactoblastis Cactorium Caterpillar (pdf, 2.5mb)

Water Dreaming

Document study investigating techniques of obtaining and managing water – from nuclear explosions to praying for rain. Year 7 to 12

Water Dreaming (pdf, 1.3mb)

Watering Inland Australia

Document study investigating issues surrounding large-scale water schemes and their consequences. Year 7 to 12

Watering Inland Australia (pdf, 1.5mb)

Saving the planet - one paper towel at a time

Another great presentation from TED - only two things to remember - SHAKE & FOLD!


Black Friday | ABC

Date range: 1939
Geographical focus: Australia
Dedicated to the 1939 'Black Friday' bushfires in Victoria, this site includes oral history accounts, newspaper clippings, expert opinion and the findings of the Royal Commission.

South Eastern Australian Recent Climate History

Date range: 18th-20th Centuries
Geographical focus: Australia
This site draws on primary sources, including scientific studies and newspaper clippings, to discuss weather and climate history in Australia. Currently provides commentary with limited access to primary sources. Also provides link to volunteer in helping to collect data from historical documents.

Oil Spills

Cleaning up massive oil spills in Earth’s oceans, lakes and rivers is a big problem. Try cleaning up a tiny oil spill by testing materials like sand, paper towels, dryer lint and grass. Which work best? Rate them online, and learn what results other experimenters got.

Link Here.





Running the Numbers

Chris Jordan, an American photographer, has created a series of pictures depicting different aspects of waste and consumerism. Although the statistics refer to the United States, it is relevant to Australia because our lifestyles are very similar.

Running the Numbers is just one of his photographic collections of common everyday objects; presented in a way which will amaze and appall you. Just click the image to zoom in to see the finer details.



Infographic: The Unbelievable Scale of Marine Trash

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Pharmaceutical drugs are finding their way into our waters, and our fish.

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Pharmaceutical drugs are finding their way into our waters, and our fish.

Run the dishwasher only when it's full.

images of fruits before we domesticated them

Eco Friendly Surfboard Is Made From Recycled Waste

Green Skills


Chop your own wood and it will warm you twice. Quote by Henry Ford

Recycled and Found Art

Plastic bottles : source here


World Population History

Litter Less

Litter Less

Here you will find education resources about litter reduction, free for use in your classroom. Included are facts and general information for students about litter, how to dispose of it correctly and the environmental impacts it can cause.

You will also find a selection of curriculum-linked lesson ideas and accompanying student activity sheets and extra resources, including a Global Ocean Currents interactive map and Litterbug animations.

These resources are based on the educational material developed by KESAB environmental solutions in partnership with Australian Packaging Covenant and Wrigley. For more resources visit the Litter Less website, or to

Facts for students

Information about litter, its impact on the environment and how to reduce it.

A selection of curriculum-linked lesson ideas to educate about litter and litter reduction.

A Global Ocean Currents interactive map and Litterbug animations.