To connect through education to advance understandings and actions in relation to environmental and sustainability issues across all communities and education sectors.
Links & Recommended
POLICY & RESEARCH
Environment & Schools Initiatives (ENSI)
Environment & School Initiatives is an international network which has supported educational developments, environmental understanding, active approaches to teaching and learning, through research and exchange of experiences internationally since 1986.
UNESCO Decade of Education for Sustainable Development
The goal of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014 DESD), for which UNESCO is the lead agency, is to integrate the principles, values, and practices of sustainable development into all aspects of education and learning.
This educational effort will encourage changes in behaviour that will create a more sustainable future in terms of environmental integrity, economic viability, and a just society for present and future generations.
Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians
This document supersedes the Adelaide Declaration 1999 and the Hobart Declaration 1989.
The Declaration states that, "a focus on environmental sustainability will be integrated across the curriculum and all students will have the opportunity to access Indigenous content where relevant."
Environmental educators have been looking forward to this outcome of embedding an environmental perspective across ALL learning areas for many years.
QLD Environmentally Sustainable Schools Initiative (QESSI)
QESSI journey to date and the way forward in supporting schools to become more environmentally sustainable.
Australian Research Institute in Education for Sustainability (ARIES)
ARIES adopts an innovative approach to research with a view to translating awareness of sustainability issues into action and change. ARIES is concerned with how we inform, motivate and manage structural change towards sustainability.
UNEP Green Economy Initiative
Mobilizing and re-focusing the global economy towards investments in clean technologies and 'natural' infrastructure such as forests and soils is the best bet for real growth, combating climate change and triggering an employment boom in the 21st century. The call was made recently by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and leading economists as they launched the Green Economy Initiative aimed at seizing an historic opportunity to bring about tomorrow's economy today.
ACADEMIC JOURNALS & CONFERENCE PAPERS
Australian Journal of Environmental Education
AAEE's own journal is an internationally refereed journal which publishes papers and reports on all aspects of environmental education. It presents information and argument which stimulates debate about educational strategies that enhance the kinds of awareness, understanding and actions which will promote environmental and social justice.
AAEE Conference Papers
Access conference papers from past AAEE national conferences.
Applied Environmental Education and Communication
AAEE is affiliated with this quarterly, peer-reviewed journal. This means that you are entitle to subscribe to this journal at the reduced price $US33.00, rather than the usual price of $US85.00, for subscriptions mailed to a home address. You can view this journal and subscribe at the reduced rate on-line at:
Environmental Education Research
Environmental Education Research is an international refereed journal which publishes papers and reports on all aspects of environmental education.
COMMUNITY EDUCATION RESOURCES
Skilling Educators for Sustainability Australia (SESA)
Skilling Educators for Sustainability Australia (SESA), which began mid-2012, is a three-year project funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Industry. The aim of the project is to enhance the skills and capability of trainers in water and waste industries to better support their colleagues in responding to the challenges of climate change and a low-carbon economy. The project will provide targeted professional training for those working in the field of sustainability education.
Learning for Sustainability NET
Efforts towards sustainability in any field are built on processes for communicating, learning, and sharing knowledge, engaging people in their multiple roles as individuals, and as members of communities and organizations. This portal (formerly NRM-changelinks) is designed for those wanting to improve collaboration within a range of governance initiatives.
Your Home is a suite of consumer and technical guide materials and tools developed to encourage the design, construction or renovation of homes to be comfortable, healthy and more environmentally sustainable, containing over 60 individual fact sheets.
Your Development is a dynamic website providing information on sustainable urban development including fact sheets, case studies, news and links.
Birds in Backyards Interactive Website
This interactive website designed by Birds Australia and the Australian Museum is a research, education and conservation program focusing on the birds that live in urban environments. Users can become a member and take part in online surveys, learn about creating bird-friendly spaces in the garden or local community and find out more about Australian birds and their habitats.
A unique approach to education that incorporates philosophies of environmental education, leadership and personal development. OzGREEN programs enable people to move through overwhelm into action by facilitating them to focus on the issues that are of most concern to them, envision how they'd like it to be, then develop a plan of action that makes a difference.
RESOURCES FOR SCHOOLS
Getting Started with Sustainability in Schools
Sustainability is a cross-curriculum priority within the Australian Curriculum. It's time to embed sustainability into your classroom, school and community. The Getting Started with Sustainability in Schools website provides four key steps to sustainability education in the classroom, school, community or connecting to networks. It also has a searchable resources portal for accessing curriculum-linked teaching resources.
Following the success of the Tank-A-Day Challenge for primary schools and the experience gained from involvement in hundreds of Australian Government Community Water Grant projects, BlueScope Water offers schools a complete solution for the National Solar Schools Program (NSSP), managing the project from start to finish. The program aims to maximise the educational objectives of the NSSP program via existing resources and new educational products.
Teach Sustainability Website
Learning & Teaching Sustainability website represents a community of Australian tertiary educators that is supported by the Australian Government.
Waterwatch is a national community water quality monitoring network that encourages all Australians to become active in the protection of their waterways.
The United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) states in its reports that the planet earth is getting warmer because of human activity. Pupils need wide competencies to meet the challenges of sustainable development - including climate change. The CO2nnect activities are designed to support learning that can provide pupils with abilities, skills, attitudes and awareness as well as knowledge and understanding of the issues. The activities can easily be adapted to a range of age groups and linked to the curricula of many subjects.
Biodiversity Education Online
Ecologist David Lindenmayer, author of the book "On Borrowed Time" has developed an online biodiversity education package based on his book. One of the teaching units explores how farms can be managed for both biodiversity and farm profits.
Catchment Detox is designed to help Australians better understand and manage the environment we live in. It's an amazing online game where you manage a virtual catchment and try balancing three basic factors: the health of the environment, the economy and population growth. The game begins with a catchment in a critical condition and through virtual years ('turns'), you make decisions to restore and develop it.
Register to become a member