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Livestreamed and Interactive

Friday, 25 February 2022 | 08:30 AM to 03:00 PM

 The Learning for Sustainability Conference 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 day will motivate and inspire all who attend.

Join us for a workshop, listen to a panel discuss local and global sustainability issues, and hear from education for sustainability providers.

Tickets available here:

  • Full day pass (Keynote address, two workshops and panel discussion): $35
  • Keynote address only: $20
  • Individual workshop: $20

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Proudly part of the National Sustainable Living Festival 2022



 This event has been heavily subsidised by EASL's member councils to ensure it remains an accessible event for all educators within the region. CRT grants may be available upon application.

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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


Thank you to our major sponsor DELWP for their contributions to the LFS Conference.

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The LFS Conference is also sponsored by:

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 Melbourne Water (002)

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Workshop Sessions

Title Presenter Blurb

Transformative pedagogies in early childhood
How to be logical & progressive towards climate action

Nicole Talarico
Talarico Consulting
  • Think & Act in accordance with the environments WE are immersed IN
  • Work with what is Possible, not stay stagnant in despair
  • Ethical Decision making in local contexts
  • Responsive Practice: Adaptability for Forward Planning & Action
  • Eco Literacy as non negotiable curriculum content
  • Outdoor Classrooms, more than just a Covid response


  • Best practices & Strategies to achieve movement
  • Appropriate monitoring, reporting and evaluation strategies
  • Exemplars and case studies of innovative programs and projects in communities
The Resilience Garden: Skill and resilience development for children through gardening Simone Broekman
Cultivating Community

Come and take a look at the concept of Resilience gardens and how these gardens can be an alternate option to the traditional vegetable garden in your school.

Broaden your outdoor gardening curriculum by introducing students to resilient plants such as succulents, plants for survival, medicinal, construction, edible plants including natives, and also plants used for garden health. We will also take a look at resilience gardening techniques such as using recycled materials to create wicking beds, and how to design a resilience garden project for your school for any age group.

This is an opportunity for you to obtain a variety of ideas for your school garden that will enable you to create a dynamic outdoor experience for your students, so they can experience first-hand how nature can provide us with the resources to become resourceful and resilient human beings.

OzHarvest wants you to know that food waste is seriously impacting our planet and what individuals and schools can do about it.  Kath Balson,
Oz Harvest

This presentation will be about the impact of food waste  and food systems on the environment-it’s a major contributor to climate change.

It include steps that every day people can take to minimise food waste and also about FEAST, our primary school program: Food Education and Sustainability training. It’s hands-on 10 week program where students learn about changes makers, food waste and have the joy of cooking in the classroom with the OzHarvest Kitchen kit, which turns any space into an instant kitchen!

Yarra Ranges Tech School Sustainability Tour Ashley Van Krieken
Box Hill Tafe
Come with us on a live video tour around the Yarra Ranges Tech School where our Director Ashley Van Krieken will take you through our facility. Along the way he will show you the various sustainability focused learning tools and tech we use in our student focused programs, including Sustainable House, Renewable Energy and advanced manufacturing.
Waste Minimisation in the Early Years: An interactive Presentation Deanne Jones, CERES Learn about CERES School of Nature and Climate and how to minimize waste at your service. Enjoy an interactive presentation highlighting the latest waste issues and misconceptions followed by an opportunity to learn some local solutions to implement as part of daily practices and curriculum.   Participants will need  a smart phone or device to participate in the presentation.
Curriculum Connections for Sustainability Education  Dr Peta White,
Deakin University; Meg Moore, Eastwood Primary School and Deaf Facility; Jo Menzies, Whitefriars College
While we acknowledge that we are teaching in challenging times and into uncertain futures, sometimes our colleagues and students don’t. Let’s collaborate to share ideas about how to use our curriculum connections to empower us to model great educational programming with our students and school communities.