Please find attached the final report for RCE’s 1st Asia-Pacific UN Sustainable Development Goals Youth Challenge, on “Youth for the Goals: 13. Climate Action and 14. Life Below Water”. Overall these projects directly reached 8,774 youth and indirectly 34,200 youth.
RCE Gippsland Report 2014-2016
Click on link below
Research – Sustainability and Children
The study found that children’s involvement in sustainability largely stems from practical experiences in school and home environments, mostly through action based projects. Projects involved embodied learning that promoted creating and caring for specific locations, such as wetlands, creeks and rivers, school grounds and food gardens. In conjunction with other adults from the wider community, teachers played a key role in implementing sustainability in schools and supporting children’s subsequent learning, which was often self-directed and discovery based. The children in this study have well developed ideas about what sustainability is, its impact on the planet, and its contribution to planetary survival. Their sustainability knowledge is testament to the rich sustainability learning opportunities affored to them in their school.
Australian Sustainability Related Children’s Literature
Wilderness Society’s Environment Award for Children’s Literature
Each year, the Wilderness Society presents the Environment Award for Children’s Literature as a way to celebrate quality Australian children’s books and promote responsibility for wilderness in tomorrow’s leaders.
The award is designed to encourage children to take an interest in nature and to feel a sense of responsibility for our wild places and unique wildlife.
The file below comprises of a list of books that have won these awards and a list of books that have been nominated for them, both with annotations and in chronological order
Ted Talks on education
– these are very thought provoking and worth a conversation
Sustainable Australia Report 2013:
Conversations with the Future – in Brief
This first report provides a picture of Australia—what we look like and who we are. It tells the story of how we have changed as a nation over the last 30 years. We have made great progress in many areas. Australians are living longer, our health and levels of educational attainment have improved. We have benefited from a strong economy, with low unemployment and increasing incomes.
However, inequality has increased and the health of our natural environment has continued to decline in some key areas. The report also highlights a number of trends in Australia and the world that are set to have a significant impact on the next generation of Australians. We need to plan for an ageing population, rising health costs, growing cities and changes in traditional work and family roles.
Global population growth and the huge growth of the middle class in Asia will place massive pressure on energy, water and food systems but should continue to drive demand for our commodities, agricultural products and a range of services. New technologies will be integrated into our daily lives, providing opportunities for innovation, new jobs, and medical breakthroughs while impacting on our social relationships and family life. Climate change will increase the risks of drought, bushfire and extreme weather events. We will need to be more efficient in the use of resources and energy, more respectful of nature, and adapt to the consequences of climate change.
The National Sustainability Council intends to use the report as a starting point for a national conversation about our future and the kind of future we want for our children and grandchildren. The decisions we make today will determine whether our children and grandchildren are able to live lives that are at least as good as ours. The Sustainable Australia Report, the first of its kind in Australia, provides the evidence base we need for this conversation.
For full report go to