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The Learning for Sustainability Conference is back and in person (COVID permitting) for 2022 

The Learning for Sustainability Conference is an annual event that offers professional development and networking opportunities for early years, school and community members interested in living and acting more sustainability.

Featuring a keynote address from Dr Rebecca Huntley, the author of 'How to Talk About Climate Change In A Way That Makes A Difference', the 2022 conference will see a return to a face to face event (COVID permitting). The day will motivate and inspire all who attend. Join us for a workshop, hear from education for sustainability providers and listen to a panel discuss local and global sustainability issues.

WHEN: Friday 25th February 2022

WHERE: Box Hill Institute Lilydale Lakeside Conference Centre

Early Bird Tickets on Sale Now:

• Participants from EASL council areas (Knox, Manningham, Maroondah, Whitehorse, Yarra Ranges): $45

• Participants from Boroondara or Monash: $68

• Participants from other municipalities: $90


This event has been heavily subsidised by EASL's member councils to ensure this remains an accessible event for all educators within the region.

NB Due to COVID 19 restrictions, limited numbers of Early Bird tickets will be released. All attendees will require proof of double dose vaccination. For those concerned with in-person events or are unable to meet event attendance requirements, please get in touch at info@easl.com.au to express interest in a livestreaming ticket. CRT grants may be available upon application. 

Keynote Speaker: Rebecca Huntley
Dr Rebecca Huntley is one of Australians foremost researchers on social trends. She is the author of numerous books including How to Talk About Climate Change in a Way that Makes a Difference (Murdoch books, 2020). She currently runs an independent research and consultancy firm focussing on social justice issues, in particularly climate change and the environment. She works closely with The Sunrise Movement on the Climate Compass Project as well as with many other climate and environment NGOs. She is the Chair of the Advisory Board of Australian Parents for Climate Action.  Rebecca co-presented The Mick Dark Talk for The Future 2021 with Professor Tim Flannery on how we can address climate change in Australia.

 Rebecca has researched the social and political dimensions of food and cooking throughout her career and has published on these topics in books and articles. She has written and presented two episodes of RN’s Future Tense, on climate change and food and ageing and food. She presented at MAD Syd in 2017 with Rene Redzepi and David Chang. She is on the Advisory Group of MAD Sydney. She wrote a children’s book, Nonna’s Gnocchi celebrating the job of grandparents cooking with their children.


 Rebecca Huntley’s book has cut the gordian knot that has bedevilled discussion around climate change for the past 15 years – how to convince Australians we need to act now. No other Australian speaker communicates so clearly and persuasively on the national issue of our times.

Chifley Research Centre

  Rebecca has injected incredible vitality to our sector and the way in which our sector works together. Combining top-quality research and analysis with a great ability to communicate individually and across the whole sector, Rebecca has driven better collaboration and improved communications in organisations big and small.


Climate Action Network Australia

 Rebecca is a brilliant speaker – intelligent, incisive and polished but also warm and entertaining. Her work on climate change is impressive and original, and incredibly relevant to audiences. She is wonderful to work with and highly professional in her approach.

Director Centre for Ideas

  Rebecca is one of Australia's leading experts in the psychology of climate change, and particularly in how to communicate the science, impacts and solutions. She is knowledgeable, warm, and engaging - she'll take your audience on a heartfelt journey and change their lives.

CEO - Environmental Leadership Australia

 Conference workshop topics will include:

  • Sustainability in Early Years
  • Blue Economy/circular economy in schools
  • How to save water and protect waterways
  • Resilience Gardens
  • Food Waste and Climate Change
  • Connection to Country through Nature Play
  • Discover biodiversity and explore ecosystems in the school yard
  • Waste reduction in early years
  • Curriculum Connections for Sustainability Education
  • Engaging Secondary Students in sustainability