2019 LfS Session Summaries and Resources

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This page has a compilation of session summaries, presentations and resources from the 2019 Learning for Sustainability Conference. It is intended for the persons who attended the conference day and not to be shared publicly. 

CONCURRENT WORKSHOP SESSION 1

Seedlings: An Early Years Sustainability Leadership Model
Verity McLucas, City of Port Phillip

Presentation

Summary:

  • Create a sense of place
  • Connect with local indigenous people
  • Push for change

STEM in a Garden: From little things big things grow
Dr Louise Olsen-Kettle and Josie Gonzalez, Swinburne University of Technology and Box Hill North Primary School

Presentation

Summary:

Practical Earth Education
Chelsea McNab, Yarra Valley ECOSS

Summary:

  • Solar Passive Design, consider:
    • orientation
    • glazing
    • Thermal mass
    • insulation
    • ventilation
    • seasonal shading
    • garden design
    • materials
    • energy source
    • water source
    • Work with the students on ‘life size’ designs.

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CONCURRENT WORKSHOP SESSION 2

Recycling with Mondo
Alexis Todorovski, SCRGroup

Presentation

Summary:

  • SCRGroup – private company
    • Collected over 15 million kilos of unwanted clothing for reuse and recycling last year
    • Mission is to make recycling fun and easy
    • Aim to divert 100% of Australian textiles and household items out of landfill
  • Schools program:
    • Gap in education on clothing recycling
    • Investment in our future
    • Mondo = world in Italian
    • Program FREE and you can earn $$ per kg of clothing ($10.10 per kg).
    • Schools can have incursions, a hub or a clothing drive and a free Mondo visit
    • Secondary school program called Sustainable Schools, no Mondo visit. It is very much focused on details, i.e. history

It’s Seasonal – What’s with our weather?
Lisa Moloney, Whitehorse City Council

Presentation

Summary:

  • Age appropriate acknowledgement – cause and effect
  • Traditional concepts of seasons does not fit Australia’s climate cycle
  • Good to have personal relationship/story = brings in the heart
  • Indigenous weather knowledge (IWK) = BOM project
    • Weather
    • Plants
    • Animals
    • Sky
    • Activity
    • Calendars – season wheel
  • Kulin Nation 
    • 7 seasons
    • Climate change is shifting timings
  • Photos – change is seasons
  • Stories / Plays / Role play
  • Weather observations
  • Land Art
  • Music
  • Rubbings/Art
  • Clothing – where you are going to go?
  • Primary Schools – museum of Vic – good reference

Making the Most of Your Outdoor Classroom
Ellen Regos, Cultivating Communities

Presentation

Summary:

  • Better learning outside
  • https://www.childrenandnature.org/learn/tools-resources/
  • More than just maths learning goes on:
    • All types of other learning
    • Health and wellbeing
    • Enhances senses
  • Food Gardens – Young people need food to learn. Students coming to school with empty stomachs

The Circular Economy Relating to Recycled Plastic Products
Kelvin Agg, Replas

Presentation

Summary:

  • Need people to buy the end product of the soft plastic recycling process to continue to have the process, otherwise what’s the point
  • Just because an item has a number in a triangle, doesn’t mean it can go in the recycle bin
  • Food grade plastic has to be ‘virgin’ plastic – i.e. they can’t use recycled plastic to make it

Talking to Children about Climate Change
Dr Susie Burke, Environmental Psychologist

Presentation

Summary:

  • Acknowledge:
    • the climate emergency
    • The indigenous environment stewardship
  • Future scenario – outlook is grim. How does that makes us feel?
  • Children:
    • at the greatest risk
    • Make the change:
      •  zero carbon economy
      • shock/stress
  • Educating children in climate change requires:
    • Climate change mitigation
    • Communication – give them a voice
    • Develop skills/capacity for resilience
    • ‘Yes’ culture/feeling
  • Coping Strategies:
    • Emotion
    • Problem
    • Meaning
    • Action is Key
  • Acknowledge that:
    • We are working in a climate crisis
  • Susie looks at the impact of climate change on psychological health of children
  • Last 5 years are the hottest 5 years on record.
  • https://www.psychology.org.au/for-the-public/Psychology-topics/Climate-change-psychology/Climate-change

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CONCURRENT WORKSHOP SESSION 3

It’s Seasonal – What’s with our weather?
Lisa Moloney, Whitehorse City Council

Presentation

Summary:

  • See Session 2 Information

Food Waste Recycling Workshop: Making rotting food fun!
Ellen Regos, Cultivating Communities

Presentation

Summary:

First Steps to Embedding a Sustainable Waste Culture
Lona Parry and Clare Nolan, So-Eco-for-Schools

Presentation

Summary:

  • Behaviour change only part of the picture
  • Need to understand the waste trail in your school – where does it come in and where does it go throughout the whole school
  • Places to save money – look at the cost of skips and assess whether you’re paying too much

Talking to Children about Climate Change
Dr Susie Burke, Environmental Psychologist

See Presentation under Session 2

Summary:

Children Coping Styles:

  • Emotion focused coping
    • Manage feeling
    • Spend time with pets
    • Being in nature
    • Being with friends/family
    • Let them talk
    • Asking them about feelings
    • Validate feelings
    • Let them know feelings can help[
    • Help them put their words to feelings
    • Use personal stories of how you cope
    • Self-calming (e.g. slow breathing)
  • Problem focused coping
    • i.e. climate strike
    • action
  • Meaning focused
    • Change thinking (positive reappraisal)
    • More beautiful/healthy environment
    • More equity/more justice
    • Innovation
    • Community (car sharing, build together)
    • Active hoping
  • Our children feel the pressure and stress on some level
  • Current impacts – drought, bushfires, families under financial strain
  • Health impacts will be largely on children (ie disease)
  • Demands for coping + adapting placed on them (physically and psychologically)
  • Tip sheets: available on Australian psychological society website
  • Communicating with children:
    • Accept scientific consensus / overcome our own resistance
    • Psychological barriers
    • Avoidance because of anxiety/fear
    • Worry about feeding children’s anxiety
    • Habit/status quo
    • Temporal distancing (placing importance on the current /everyday/local issues)
  • What to say to children about climate change:
    • Include messages of hope
  • What you can do in schools:
    • Think about emotion focused (i.e. point out that out in nature you feel better about the world)
    • 2040 film
    • Go onto website and kid can put in age etc. and get 5 actions
  • Paul Hawkins, book called ‘Draw Down’.
  • https://www.psychology.org.au/for-the-public/Psychology-topics/Climate-change-psychology/Climate-change

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EXTRA RESOURCES

Useful Websites and resources from presenters: