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Here's where you can find out about up and coming Education for Sustainability competitions, workshops, events and other exciting goings on that we've heard about through our networks.
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Zero Carbon Act NZ

As part of the Zero Carbon Act movement, Generation Zero want to help students, teachers, and schools to participate in the climate issues conversation

 

What is the Zero Carbon Act?

The Zero Carbon Act is Aotearoa’s best plan for climate change. The Act addresses long term climate issues through short- and long-term goals. For the Zero Carbon Act to effectively hold present and future governments accountable, everybody needs to unite under its vision. This means that cross-party support is incredibly important!

It’s worth noting that the UK’s 2008 Climate Change Act, which inspired the Zero Carbon Act, was supported by 463 out of 466 UK parliamentarians. We would love to see a similar margin in our own parliament.

 

How can Schools get involved?

  • Participating in the consultation process by submitting on the Zero Carbon Act
  • Sharing their support for the Zero Carbon Act on social media, or through school newsletters
  • Contacting local MPs to talk to students about the Zero Carbon Act

There is plenty of room for schools to be creative with their consultation submissions and public support; photos and videos can go a long way! Below are a few snapshots of our campaigners using the 0 symbol - the symbol of the Act - as a bit of inspiration.

It’s important to note that the consultation period opens on the 31st of May, and runs for six weeks. Your support for the movement would send a powerful message to the government, and to the wider New Zealand public.

Find out more about the Zero Carbon Act at www.generationzero.org/zero_carbon_act

 

 

Pasture Paintings

Invitation for Schools to Collaborate with For the Love of Bees

For the Love of Bees invites you participate in its collaboration that is transforming NZ into the safest country in the world for bees and all pollinators. As a school, you can participate by creating a Pasture Painting with your students that will provide plenty of beautiful and safe food for pollinators year round.

A Pasture Painting is a tool that combines art, science and sustainability. It incorporates geometries, colour, duration, orientation and biology, which results in a planting that is visually striking, easy to mow around and encompassing of the needs of pollinators.

Creating one is the first step towards your school becoming a Biological Bee Sanctuary, which is a place that is not only safe for pollinators, but also a place where they can thrive. Your school grounds have the opportunity to become a mini Organic Park, which will be a key piece of the puzzle in creating safe cities for bees.

We recommend that you design your Pasture Painting with your students in February 2018, to be implemented by the end of March. This should supply flowers for the year. The flowers will go to seed over the summer break, ready for you to collect at the beginning of the new school year to begin again.

See our website for our Pasture Painting How-To Sheet, under Projects:  https://www.fortheloveofbees.co.nz/pasture-paintings/

Poster Competition

In 2018, For the Love of Bees will be holding two nationwide poster competitions with schools, that will focus on a topic that will help us learn how to make a safe country for bees. This is a chance for your students to submit their designs. The winning artists will have their design displayed around a number of cities, thanks to Phantom Billstickers. We will announce the topics in February next year and the details on how to participate. Watch this space....

 

Master in Education Degree

The University of Waikato offers a Master in Education degree focussing in environmental and sustainability education. You can study for one paper alone, or work towards several papers and research for the full Master’s degree. The next paper offering begins in February 2018 with STER513-18C(HAM) Environmental and Sustainability Education. This paper involves two days on campus in Hamilton, February 23/24, followed by online supported learning at your place until early June 2018. This is a great introduction into academic study in this area. For more information visit https://education.waikato.ac.nz/tems/ or email Chris Eames at c.eames@waikato.ac.nz.  

New Zealand Association for Environmental Education (NZAEE) 8th Biennial Conference

 

Conference Programme Now Available

We’re pleased to announce that the programme for the New Zealand Association for Environmental Education (NZAEE) 2018 Conference is now available. Download this from the conference website.

With over 60 accepted papers, workshops, and panel sessions the NZAEE 2018 Conference Programme is a rich and diverse smorgasbord of research, discoveries, insights, and accomplishments, all aligned around our theme ‘Ecosystem for Environmental Education - He Pūnaha Hauropi mō te mātauranga a taiao’.

Conference 2018 will be a chance to celebrate current collaborations, learn from each other, catalyse future thinking, and develop new partnerships as we expand Environmental Education for Sustainability (EEfS) across all spheres of Aotearoa NZ. We encourage you to register and join in the discussion.

Early Bird Registration – closing in just over a month!

Early Bird registration closes in just over a month, so take advantage of this discounted rate by registering before 11:59 pm, Wednesday 28 February 2018. Special group discounts are available!

Registration fees, inclusions and to register your attendance are available here.

Keynote Speakers

The following keynote speakers will be sharing their experiences with us:

        Billy Matheson, Enspiral Member and Foundation Director

        Ocean Mercier, Pukenga Matua/Senior Lecturer, Te Kawa a Māui, Victoria University of Wellington

        Sam Judd, CEO, Sustainable Coastlines

Read about our keynote speakers here.

 

Panel Discussions

      Educating our Youth and the Community for an Innovative and Sustainable Future

      Environmental Education for Sustainability - Implementing the Strategy Panel

 

Field Trips

Our field trips provide an opportunity to see some of the region’s great environmental education success stories first-hand. Our diverse programme offers participants opportunities to visit a range of sites in the Greater Wellington Region (Wellington City, Hutt City and Porirua City) that showcase inspirational and innovative mahi happening in our community. Some trips have limited places available and can be booked with your conference registration. View now.