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Never doubt that you can make a difference

Margaret Mead never doubt

I recently returned from three weeks away. While I unpack our bags and catch up on chores and work I'll leave you with an image I snapped last week of my favourite quote. 

“Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”  ― Margaret Mead

Margaret Mead also wrote my second-favourite quote: 

“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” ― Margaret Mead

What is your favourite quote?


Living without stuff and other inspiring reads

Inspiring reads from June 2012

The stories that have inspired me lately reflect what has been on my mind.

Mud play kitchen

Little Eco's new mud kitchen

I'm loving watching Little Eco explore our new property, but still can't help but spy on her the entire time, so I enjoyed Childhood 101's Stepping back and Simple Mom's Letting them run wild.

We'll be living in a shed and caravan for all of next year while our home is built. Most of our stuff will be stored away and we'll have to live a fairly minimalist lifestyle, otherwise we won't fit in the shed. I'm actually really excited about a year unburdened by stuff, so I could relate to Whole Larder Love's post about Stuff…..and the downfall of the first world. Despite wanting to live unburdened by stuff, I also like buying old stuff, so loved Cityhippyfarmgirl's post on Old stuff is the new....well new.

Soule Mama's Garden evolution had me dreaming about the evolution of my own new garden. I've also been wondering whether I could really eat an animal I've raised so Itty Bitty Impact's Sunday dinner provided plenty of food for thought.

I've continued to daydream about collecting wee so enjoyed Urine, Peak Phosphorous and on-farm Nutrient Cycling by Milkwood and The pee and poo show.

Foraging has also been on my mind lately (I'll reveal why this Friday) so Rachel's post on How to forage for wild edibles with kids was timely.

What has inspired you lately?


What inspires you to make a change? {& my first audio slideshow}

Ash island hunter wetlands national park

For me, Little eco footprints is all about inspiring people to reduce their environmental footprint because it looks like fun, or will save them money, or will improve their lifestyle...not because they feel they have to. I firmly believe that positive messages lead to positive outcomes. Hence, you won’t read at lot of doom and gloom about environmental destruction and climate change in this space. That’s not to say my heart isn’t full of fear and frustration at the way we treat our beautiful planet (and that i'm not trying to do something about it every work day). I just think I’ll achieve more by keeping that fear and frustration to myself.

Little eco cooking

Instead, I try and focus on inspiring change by sharing aspects of my life that add meaning and happiness or make our life easier. But really, there’s only so much inspiration I can squeeze out of my life. And frankly I get a little bored with writing about my life because I live it every day.  Thankfully, there are a whole lot of people living lifestyles far more sustainable and inspiring than mine.

I want to share their stories.

I want to share their hand prints for a sustainable future.

Almost two years ago, after watching the One in 8 Million project, I decided that the medium I’d like to use to do this is audio slideshows. Short, powerful and inspiring.

But, like most of the projects I dream of, learning how to create audio slideshows sat on my ‘one day’ list. Until recently, when I had the opportunity to learn how to create audio slideshows from award winning ABC Open Producer Anthony Scully.

So to cut a long story short, I’ve finished my first audio slideshow and you can watch it here.

I loved capturing and preserving part of someone’s story. 

What inspires you to make a change to decrease your environmental impact? Fear? Books? Family? Education? Media? Friends? Blogs? Social media?

I’m more than aware that if I want to inspire change, then I need to reach more than my blog readers. I know that most of the time I’m preaching to the converted. Do you think a brief sticky beak into audio slideshow of someone else’s life would be more likely to be shared with, and watched by, those with the greatest potential for change?


I wish my city had a CERES Community Environment Park

CERES PLayground-1 {Little eco enjoying the crazy natural playground at CERES}

We were in Melbourne a few weeks ago. Daddy Eco and I were in the mood for sitting in cafes and relaxing, whereas we knew Little Eco would enjoy getting out and about. I asked one of my favourite bloggers, and Melbourne local, Gina of Clutterpunk, for some suggestions. Her response is worth sharing:

"Luckily in melbourne you can generally get excellent coffee and fun for kids in the same location. If weather is decent enough there's CERES in Brunswick or the Collingwood Children's Farm. Both are great and have excellent cafes too. In .. wet weather try Melbourne Museum (heaps of space to run around in, fun kid area too); hang around at Federation Square in the city, there is a little space called Art Play which the kids really enjoy; or ScienceWorks."

We chose CERES Community Environment Park (and even better met Gina and the three very cute Chez Clutterpunk children there for a coffee and play). CERES stands for Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies, and is an award winning, not-for-profit, environment and education centre and urban farm. I was impressed! I wish Newcastle had a CERES.

Feeding the chooks CERES-1

Little Eco especially loved the natural playground and feeding the chooks with William. 

Ceres bicycle recycle shed-1

She was equally impressed by the activity at the BikeShed.

Bike powered smoothie ceres-1

Daddy Eco enjoyed making a pedal powered smoothie.

Organic food market ceres-1

Could you imagine a prettier organic food market?

Organic food market ceres 2-1

Raised garden bed inspiration ceres 3-1

I was particularly inspired by all the styles of raised garden beds on display.

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Raised garden bed inspiration ceres 4-1

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Ceres garden plots 1-1

I adored the rustic rambling community garden plots.

Ceres garden plots 2-1

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Ceres market garden 1-1

The Honey Lane Market Garden was as beautiful as it is practical and productive.

Ceres market garden 2-1

CERES eco house

There's even an Eco House, full of ideas for retrofitting an average home. If you're interested pop on over an check out the virtual online tour.

Ceres permaculture nursery organic seedlings-1

I'm sort of relieved the Permaculture Nursery and bookshop are not closer to home, as I'm sure i'd spend way too much money there.

Ceres nursery bat boxes inspiration-1

We stole a few ideas from the bat boxes...

Ceres nursery chook house inspiration-1

...a chook house..

Ceres worm farm recycled garbage bin-1

..and the CERES Wormie bins. We're definately going to make a worm farm from our current wheelie bin, which is supposed to become our green waste bin once we switch to a three bin system. I was wondering what to do with the green waste bin, as I have no idea why anyone would throw out their green waste!?

Ceres courses workshops-1

I'm super envious of all the wonderful workshops and courses Melburnian's can enjoy at CERES. I'd be tempted to enrol in The Complete Urban Farmer course and workshops on Cider and Fruit Wine Making, Introduction to Aquaponics, Edible Weeds and Basket Weaving (just for starters).

Wouldn't it be wonderful if all cities had a CERES?


Need some sustainable living inspiration?

Hello all.

I've set up a new page dedicated to inspiring reads. It's the place where i'll list articles that are so good that they have to be shared.

For example, this week I've loved:

A Short Guide to Consumer Disobedience, Miss minimalist.

What Simplicity And Minimalism Isn’t About, Simple. Organised. Life

Life is 15 per cent better on a bike, ABC Environment

Why I won't be cooking for a week, The Progressive Pioneer

Why public transportation is good for kids, The Grist

Make Home a Haven Using Personal Filters, Small Notebook for a Simple Home

Let's make a harvest garland, The Magic Onion

So if you ever have a spare few minutes for reading and need some inspiration, head on over to my inspiring reads page.

Have you read something recently that's too good not to share? Feel free to leave a link in the comments.

Speaking of things too good not to share....

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A few weeks ago we had three Guinea Pigs. Now we have nine! Any locals out there want some Guinea Pigs? Seriously :-)

Have a lovely weekend.