The 30 Days Wild challenges you to do something wild every day for the month of June.
Make room for nature this June – no matter where you are or how busy your life! When you sign up to the challenge, we’ll send you a pack full of ideas, encouragement and Random Acts of Wildness.
What is a Random Act of Wildness?
A Random Act of Wildness is any thing that you can do in an average working day to bring a little nature into your life. They can take a few seconds, a few minutes, or if you lose yourself completely, a few hours!
★ Random Acts of Wildness: 101 ideas
( previously – WEEK 1 )
Wednesday, 08 June 2016 – Set your imagination free.
❝An azure canvas streaked with pure white brush strokes; on long summer days when the sky opens, take 5 minutes out of your day, lie back and gaze at the clouds. Now your imagination is the artist, what will you paint?
It’s recommended that for every 20 minutes you spend looking at a computer screen, you should look away for 20 seconds. Take this short break to look out a window, even if you don’t sit by one at work, and look for a different shape each time.❞
Not watching the clouds, but wandering out for some clarity. Following the #30DaysWild Twitter feed really shows the difference in the seasons, as the UK is waking up in Spring, Melbourne is moving into Winter. The bright greens compared with the autumnal yellows.
Thursday, 09 June 2016 – Record wild sounds
Record birdsong and set it as your ring tone: next time your phone goes off, it’ll take you back to the wild in an instant!
Other wild sounds will do just as well – crickets, bumblebees or the waves on a beach.
❝ There are few sounds so intrinsically linked with Australia as the chortle of a magpie first thing in the morning. The call is so distinctive that most Australians would have been able to tell you which species was making the call before they had reached school age. Yet, despite this early foray into call recognition, few people add more than a handful of other species to the list of birds that they can recognise by call. ❞ — Listen up and you will never look back (2016-May-27) [Wild Melbourne]
Friday, 10 June 2016 – Leave a wild corner
Invite a little mess into your garden and welcome wildlife to a wild corner!
Leave a pile of leaves (pun intended!) in a corner or pop up a bird feeder. You could even make your own!
Tidyness is the enemy of nature so let things be as much as possible; the decaying plant materials, leaf litter and rotting wood, provide food sources and rich habitats for thousands of different kinds of organisms. Only cut down dead trees if they are dangerous. Make your own leafmould to use as your own perfect soil conditioner.
Saturday, 11 June 2016 – Show off a nature table
Nature tables are a fantastic way of showcasing what you’ve found in the wild. Start a nature table at work, school or home: feathers, mosses, fossils – even bones and skulls – are a great talking point over a morning coffee, and a way to bring nature into your workplace.
You never know what you’ll find when you’re out in nature and what better way to engage than to touch, feel and get hands-on.
Sunday, 12 June 2016 – Workout in the wild
Yes, it is a repeat there is going to be a bit of that when you are in the finally 3 weeks of prep for a half marathon. It is a different “wild” this time. A run into the city along the Gardiner Creek trail and the Main Yarra Trail. Normally I am on a bike when on the Gardiner Creek trail so it was a nice change to be a bit slower and have a look around at the wetlands and linear park combinations that make up this trail. Some really good looking wetlands that look really healthy.
Monday, 13 June 2016 – think before you buy
Microplastics is quite a broad term used to describe any plastic by-product less than 5mm big. This could be through specifically designed materials and products (like face scrubs or whitening toothpast), or through the erosion of larger plastic items (the same way rocks are eroded into sand by the sea).
Found in as many as 3 out of 4 cosmetic products, these microplastics are made from Polyethylene (PE), Polypropylene (PP), Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET), Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) and Nylon. These plastics are not biodegradable and are now present in our seas and oceans as water treatment facilities cannot filter out the tiny particles washed down our drains.
Microplastics have been found in marine species such as fish, shellfish and plankton, and have even entered the food chain, meaning that the food we eat may contain microplasics; ultimately threatening our own health.
Face scrubs, body scrubs, tooth paste, shampoo, lipstick, mascara, soap and deodorant among others may all contain these plastic particles. Check any products you have at home for the highlighed chemicals, but don’t flush them down the drain. Instead, switch to products with natural, degradable alternatives.
★ INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN AGAINST MICROBEADS IN COSMETICS Product lists – Red: This product contains microbeads; Orange: This product still contains microbeads, but the manufacturer has indicated it will replace in a given timeframe or adapt the product accordingly; Green: This product is free from plastic microbeads.
★ Tiny beads, big problem: Is there plastic in your facewash? [www.greenpeace.org.au]
★ Beat the Microbead have made an app to help you find out if these tiny pollutants are in your favourite products.
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