(Above) The next generation: South Stradbroke Island marine debris clean-up.

With the end of the year upon us, this issue takes the opportunity to look back and celebrate the year that was with the theme EfS in 2019. Our 149th issue features a Q&A with Lorna Pettifer from CERES in Melbourne, who recently took out the 2019 AAEE Environmental Educator of the Year award (P3). We also celebrate some of our member highlights across the country including nature conservation in Margaret River WA (7), marine debris clean-ups on South Stradbroke Island Qld (8) (pictured above) and Project Plant IT in the Blue Mountains NSW (P10).

There’s also an international look at the recent World Environmental Educational World Congress in Bangkok (P5) and sustainability education initiatives in Bali (P4), not to mention forums much closer to home including the Melbourne Water Kids Teaching Kids Conference (P6), NSW ActiveNature Conference (P12) and the north Queensland schools Sustainability Summit (P13). As the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages comes to a close, we also reflect on the significance of indigneous landscapes and learning for regenerative futures (P9).

We had an overwhelming response from members contributing to this issue so we thankyou for submitting your stories. We wish you a restful break over the Christmas/New Year period and hope you have the chance to spend some rejuvenating time in nature. For our members in drought and bushfire affected areas, please take care of yourselves. 2019 has been a challenging time for many of our communities. As we look forward to a new year with renewed vigour and hope, it’s a reminder that our work in creating a sustainable and resilient future has never been more important.

Justine McClymont

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