The Australian Education for Sustainability Alliance (AESA) will launch its campaign to give greater priority to sustainability in education curricula in Canberra on Tuesday 20 March 2012. Professor Ian Lowe, President of the Australian Conservation Foundation, will join other Alliance member organisation representatives in meeting with Environment and Education Ministers to advocate for these policy initiatives.

AESA includes organisations from the education, youth and environment sectors and the delegation will include scientists, teachers and students.

This will be the launch of AESA’s campaign calling for better policy and funding for sustainability education in Australia.

AESA secretariat Ahri Tallon said, “sustainability education is necessary to equip students with the skills for a sustainable economy.”

“Education for sustainability is globally recognised as a high priority for education under United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014), however, in Australia sustainability education currently lacks leadership and vision from the Federal Government.”

AESA will present a series of recommendations on sustainability education, covering, the Australian curriculum, the Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative, tertiary sustainability and green skills professional development.

One key area that AESA will be focusing on is securing funding for sustainability education in the current budget. “Recently federal funding for the Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative, which provides practical sustainability education to 30% of Australian schools has ended. AESA is advocating for expansion of this successful program to provide all students with the opportunity for sustainability education.”

Details of AESA’s policy recommendations and a full list of organisations involved in the alliance can be found at: www.educationforsustainability.org.au