The first ever symposium hosted by EfS Tasmania took place in October 2017. Local Steps brought together education and sustainability practitioners and academics to share ideas…
Cross Cultural Internship Sharing sustainability lessons between Japan and Australia Hosting our wonderful intern Nguyen Thi Phuong Hao from Hiroshima, Japan has been rewarding for everyone…
Youth Facilitator to coordinate climate change project across Tasmania in 2018. EfS Tasmania are proudly supporting a Youth Facilitator in an important climate change…
Through the Culture in Schools initiative Nita Education is creating awareness of how our Aboriginal ancestors cared for Country and is inspiring students to discover more about sustainability. Tasmanian Aboriginal People have lived in Tasmania for over 42,500 years, through at least 2 ice ages and for more than 2000 generations. Our ancestors cared for the land, and in return it cared for us. Our ancestors are the original scientists, doctors, botanists, geologists, chemists, astronomers, navigators, story tellers, bakers and the experts at sustainable living.
Through this project online learning activities are being developed for schools, linked to the Australian Curriculum, on microplastic pollution in our coastal and marine environment. They are available on the Expedition Class (Bookend Trust) website and make use of data and observations from the Tasmanian South West Coastal Clean-up. They aim to build an increased awareness and understanding of plastic pollution sources and the breakdown of plastics to microplastics and the changing threat from plastics as they become smaller.
The University of Tasmania has just received the Green Gown Australasia 2017 Community Award for facilitating the establishment of Education for Sustainability Tasmania. We are all very proud of this Award and feel very honoured to be recognised. Thanks University of Tasmania for helping to draw together a network of such amazing leaders in sustainability research, training and education.
Thanks to everyone who attended our Statewide Local Steps Towards Global Goals workshops and helped make them a fantastic success. We have received very positive feedback and interest from the media, and look forward to working with you all again in the future. You can see a summary of our presenters (and their contact details) here and please let us know if you would like to make contact with other people from the workshop and we’ll try to put you in touch.
Edu.Cat is an exciting new Australian Curriculum aligned feline education program focusing on fostering responsible cat ownership with the aim to create social change in how people care for cats and protect wildlife. The program is free and available to all schools in Tasmania. It includes Science STEM challenges, incursions, teacher guidebooks, activity plans, student workbooks, posters, online resources and more.
After many years of experimentation and tinkering, RopeBot has discovered a way to up-cycle discarded rope from fisheries into usable filament for 3D printing. There is an endless range of items that can be 3D printed, from replacement parts for home appliances and vehicles, to brand new products of all imaginable sizes and shapes.
Let’s Get Together is designed for schools wanting to partner with their students and the wider community to create a more respectful school environment. The program addresses discrimination by building ‘diversity competence’ in students. It also motivates students to address bullying behaviours and become agents for change.
The Bushrangers Program involves both rural and urban Tasmanian schools supporting the large scale on-ground restoration work in the Midlands Biodiversity Hot Spot. Students are assisting restoration ecologists, scientists from the University of Tasmania and farmers with research into genetic diversity of local provenance seed and wildlife monitoring, to assess native and feral animal movement patterns in the fragmented landscapes of the Midlands. This animal-centric approach to plant conservation provides an exciting opportunity for a meaningful curriculum.
The Hobart Human Library delivers diversity education workshops in schools and workplaces to address discrimination and bullying through the power of personal storytelling. It is a library with a difference – the books are real, living people who have been trained to tell their stories. Human libraries are used around the world as a simple way to challenge stereotypes and build empathy. They do this by providing a comfortable space for people to speak with a ‘book’ who has encountered discrimination because of their culture, religion, refugee background, gender, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability.
Energy Wise is a partnership with Greening Australia and TasNetworks. The three-year program will see the development of secondary Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) Units and resources on energy literacy. In addition, an energy hub for visiting schools will provide resources for classes at the Sustainability Learning Centre from mid 2017.
Launceston Church Grammar School is building a recycling culture in their school by promoting good disposal practices and introducing co-mingled recycling and composting infrastructure. They are now spending $30,000 less each year in skip bin disposal costs. The junior and secondary schools and the boarding house now recycle well and less contamination is seen as students, staff and parents learn about how to avoid waste and recycle and compost more effectively.
Source Community Wholefoods Cooperative is a fantastic initiative on the University of Tasmania Hobart campus. Source was initiated in 2005 by a group of students & community members interested in creating a more sustainable future. Source provides a place to explore social and environmental issues, acting as a living example of urban sustainability that encourages community involvement and creativity.
UTAS CARES is a notable initiative whereby UTAS staff and students develop collaborative arrangements with community volunteer groups, including CoastCare, Wildcare, Bushcare, Landcare and NRM South.