In a webinar by Flow Power, presenters Stephen Au who manages Flow Power’s renewable portfolio, and Flow Power Business Development Manager Tricia Lorenzo, discuss how schools can go 100% renewable by accessing Corporate Renewable Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs).
The Bostik Smart Schools program is offering primary students across Australia the chance to win a share in $21,000 worth of grants and prizes for their school, by entering a unique craft project inspired by this year’s theme of environment and sustainability.
Cool Australia has teamed up with the Jane Goodall Institute Australia to launch a series of primary lessons that encourage critical thinking about issues including deforestation, climate change and waste. Education Matters speaks with celebrated scientist and environmental activist Dr Jane Goodall ahead of her upcoming Australian tour.
A two-week student scholarship program will highlight various environmental issues, as students embark on a scientific expedition through two UNESCO world heritage sites.
Sponsored by the Alcoa Foundation, the all-expenses paid NatureBridge scholarship program is open to students aged between 16-18 years.
It will see 63 students from across the globe embark on a backpacking adventure through the Yosemite National Park in California and Olympic National Park in Washington during July and August 2019.
During the program, students will take part in hands-on science projects and become part of a think-tank on environmental issues such as biodiversity and climate change.
Daniel Iversen from Perth, who took part in last year’s program, said he learned a great deal about how simple changes can have a significant impact on the environment.
“The trip taught me just how much humans are influencing the natural environment and that it’s time to really start making changes in our lives to preserve these natural wonders,” he said.
“Things like reducing plastic waste, putting the effort in to recycle and to not worry about a little dirt on your food if you drop it.”
Alcoa of Australia Managing Director Michael Parker added that the NatureBridge program aimed to inspire and empower high school students to become long-term environmental stewards with strong connections to the natural world.
“We are building the next generation of sustainability ambassadors and we strongly believe that being immersed in nature while studying science will have long-term impact on these young people,” Mr Parker said.
A total of 288 scholarships have been awarded by the Alcoa Foundation since the inaugural NatureBridge expedition in 2014.
Applications for the 2019 NatureBridge scholarship program are open now until 4 March 2019. For more information and to apply please click here.
In celebration of National Water Week, running from 21-27 October, Smart Approved WaterMark has launched a national competition that encourages students to share what they think and love about water for the chance to win water efficient products for their school.
Time required: 60 minutes Learning goal: Students understand the value and importance of trees to humans and our environment. They recognise how they can use their senses to experience trees, and understand how to convey these experiences into poetry. They recognise how their poetry can be used to convince other people about the importance of trees. Essential questions: Why are trees important? Why is it important to receive feedback about artworks? How can you give feedback to others in a truthful but kind manner? How can you use feedback to improve the quality of your artworks? What are the mental, physical and academic benefits of completing classroom activities outside? Curriculum links: Year 5 & 6 English General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking. Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.2. Resources required:
- Seven large pieces of cardboard, each labelled with one of the following: Sight, Sound, Touch, Taste, Smell, Thinking, Feeling/Emotion.
- Seven whiteboard markers or thick textas.
- The book Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai by Claire A. Nivola.
- Student Worksheet (paper or online copies), free-to-access from Cool Australia’s website.