Environmental Education

Sutherland Shire Environment Centre runs three very special environmental education projects benefiting kids of all ages: Speaking 4 the Planet, Nature and Learning, and our Scholarship Program.

Our kids are our future – let’s help them appreciate our beautiful environment and learn how to protect it.

Speaking 4 the Planet

Beat Plastic Pollution.  Connecting People to Nature.  Illegal Trade in Wildlife.  Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care.  Raise your Voice, Not the Sea Level.  Think.Eat.Save. You might recognise these as recent World Environment Day themes. We want our kids to be able to speak up about their beliefs. How great would it be if they could speak up for the planet?

Speaking 4 the Planet is a world-first program – since 2013, high school students have been participating in Speaking 4 the Planet competitions. Primary school students joined in 2017 in a similar competition, Kids 4 the Planet. The focus of these annual competitions has been the World Environment Day themes. The events entail speaking, drama, art, writing and video categories that encourage kids to express themselves.

Speaking 4 the Planet and Kids 4 the Planet have both been so successful that educators are now introducing it to schools in different parts of Australia as well as overseas.

If you’d like to get involved with this project, please contact:

Convenor: Phil Smith

Contact: rephilled@hotmail.com

Phone: 0412 338 687

Nature and learning

Did you know that spending time in nature improves your children’s health and benefits their learning? We can show you these and many other benefits for children of spending time in nature. Contact us to organise a Nature & Learning session at your school or group. This project is being run in conjunction with Sutherland Shire Council.

For more information please contact Phil Smith: rephilled@hotmail.com

Phone: 0412 338 687

Writing for the Environment

In 1991, Bob Walshe OAM, author and environmental activist, ran a short “Writing for the Environment” course in Sutherland. From this group grew Sutherland Shire Environment Centre. Bob’s wisdom, approach and ongoing support built a foundation that allows the Environment Centre to support members and local community organisations in their efforts to protect and improve their local areas in the Shire and its region.

Bob passed away in March 2018. His loss is felt keenly by all who had come in contact with him over his 94 years.

Writing was a passion and a skill of Bob’s. He taught and inspired many people to write and write and write!

In honour of its founder, SSEC has established an award to value the role of writing in helping to shape a sustainable world.

Read the top ten stories from our 2019 writing competition here: https://ssec.org.au/writing-for-the-environment-award-2019/

Convenor: Phil Smith

Contact: rephilled@hotmail.com

Phone: 0412 338 687

SSEC scholarship program

Sutherland Shire Environment Centre also provides scholarships to university students undertaking studies on environmental issues to encourage and support their work.

If you’d like to find out more, please contact:

Convenor: Tassia Kolesnikow

Email: tassia.kolesnikow@gmail.com

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