Noongar Seasons : Caralee's PROJECT EARTH

Welcome to Caralee's PROJECT EARTH, designed to empower students, parents and the broader community alike with simple ideas and insight into protecting our world through (1) Inspiration, (2) Education and (3) Action.



The Nyoongar seasons can be long or short and are indicated by what is happening and changing around us rather than by dates on a calendar. 
(Reference: http://www.bom.gov.au/iwk/nyoongar/index.shtml)

BE INSPIRED
Due to the tilt of the earth's axis, some parts of the world experience predominantly two climatic seasons. 
In the Perth region, Traditional Owners (the Whadjuk Noongar people) recognised six.

MAKURU (June/July) 

Makuru is the Noongar Season of Fertility and is the coldest and wettest time of the year with an increase in storms and gales.

It was the time to move inland away from the colder conditions coming up from the southern ocean and also to take advantage of the replenished inland water resources.

Hunting was good as a lot of animals began pairing up in preparation for breeding in the coming season and would include kangaroo, emu, goanna, possum and bandicoot.

Not only a food source, certain animals were valued for their skins to make cloaks and covers during the colder temperatures.

Have you ever seen snow on the peaks of the Stirling and Porongurup Ranges?


BE ECO-RESPONSIBLE

It is important in traditional culture to maintain balance and support the local biodiversity.  Noongar custom and lore encourages those to take only what is needed and allow the land to recover. By eating foods when they are abundant and in season, natural resources are not depleted and will still be available for the next year. 

We hope you enjoy Makuru.

TAKE ACTION
To help protect our fragile environment, consider the following:

Plastic Free July provides resources and ideas to help you reduce single-use plastic waste everyday and slow down the extraction of natural resources to produce far more plastic than we need. 

Millions of people around the world are now joining in the movement that started in WA from humble beginnings in 2011.  For one month, you can join in too by using some simple ideas given at https://www.plasticfreejuly.org/

Other helpful resources shared by Plastic Free July can be found at https://learningfundamentals.com.au/resources/