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How To Raise Outdoor Kids builds on the rose-tinted idyllic childhoods of the 70s and 80s, where kids would explore, ride their bikes till the street lights came on and build wonky treehouses – and transforms this memory into a modern-day inspiration where kids can still feed their sense of adventure – but safely and in keeping with the times. Buy it or borrow from Lake Mac libraries.

The Dreaming Path offers an opportunity for deep introspection through the lens of Aboriginal spirituality and ancient wisdom which is as relevant today as it ever was. An invitation for reflection upon caring for our place and the importance of story.

Foot Work
Footwear has never been cheaper to buy, and we have never been more convinced that we need to buy them. Yet their cost to the planet has never been greater. In this urgent, passionately argued book, Tansy E. Hoskins opens our eyes to the dark origins of the shoes on our feet. Taking us deep into the heart of an industry that is exploiting workers and deceiving consumers, we begin to understand that if we don’t act fast, this humble household object will take us to the point of no return. Recycle unwanted footwear at Rebels Sports Stores or Athletes Foot retail stores.

How to Fix a Broken Planet describes the ten catastrophic risks that menace human civilisation and our planet, and what we can all do to overcome or mitigate them. Julian Cribb explains what must be done globally to avert each megathreat, and what each of us can do in our own lives to help preserve a habit-able world. He offers the first truly integrated world plan-of-action for a more sustainable human society – and fresh hope. A must-read for any-one seeking sound practical advice on what citizens, governments, companies, and community groups can do to safeguard our future.

Wildlife in the balance
According to Simon Mustoe, wildlife are much more important than we have considered. From the very beginning, the fact that wildlife came first, ought to prompt us to stop and think about our place in the pecking order. But we rarely think about it in those terms. We need to understand and live according to wild law and respect the natural laws of the earth.

Frogs of the Hunter Region – An identification guide
An identification guide book of 48 native frog species as well as one invasive species, the cane toad.  Frogs are facing many threats with land clearing, feral predators or competitors, pollution, climate change and an invasive fungus. Some species are thriving and are commonly seen within local back-yards, but the region is also home to 12 threatened species that have declined in numbers. The booklet is available from the Landcare Centre, Booragul.

MMM … Issue 37, April – May 2023