Members of the Australian Association of Environmental Education (AAEE) are using World Environment Day (5 June) to engage the community about the importance of sustainable living and refusing plastics.

According to Mark Caddey, President of AAEE, "We are asking our community to see value in protecting the natural world all around them, by beating plastic pollution. Our hope is for a new plastics economy where plastic never becomes waste".

Most of our plastic pollution in the ocean starts as litter on land, we can all play a part in reducing that.

John F. Kennedy (President of the United States 1961-1963), once said:

"One person can make a difference and everyone should try it."

Communicating ideas about how to rid the environment, in particular our oceans of plastic pollution is this year’s challenge and opportunity.

AAEE would love all members to share ideas through social media so that World Environment Day 2018 is captured as a celebration of nature all around us, near and far, large and small without plastic. Just post your idea to the AAEE Facebook page!

“World Environment Day is a perfect occasion to celebrate all of our shared appreciation of the environment we are part of.

"AAEE as a professional association also wants to celebrate the achievements of our members across Australia share our continuing projects with local government, businesses and the community,” Mark said.

AAEE’s involvement with the Australian Education Sustainability Alliance (AESA), now sees the ‘Getting Started with Sustainability’ Resource Portal being used by thousands of teachers across Australia to access free high quality sustainability education resources that link with the Australian Curriculum. Search the Portal at www.sustainabilityinschools.edu.au.

“This means that we can directly support the more than 100 thousand teachers across Australia getting started with sustainability in their classrooms,” Mark said.