Why is SoS so important?
The conference fulfils a vital role in Australian Environmental Education because no other environment conference attracts such a diverse range of participants. SoS brings together young people, students, activists, community group members, politicians, indigenous people, academics, and members of the general public. This diversity in delegates and speakers allows for a broad spectrum of issues to be addressed: from the corporate sector to student activism, indigenous land management to the recycling industry, this conference offers delegates an extremely broad insight into environmental issues in Australia and the South Pacific.
Public concern around issues of sustainability has increased dramatically in recent years, and these issues are often in the media spotlight. The concept of sustainability is likely to become, of necessity, one of the underlying principles governing our society. For this reason, it is vital that Australians, particularly young Australians, are given the opportunity to fully explore the concept of sustainability and to deepen their understanding of the ethics and logistics behind this concept.
SoS recognises that education is a key aspect in working towards a sustainable future. It is about creating a forum for environmental education that involves everyone, inspires and facilitates lifelong participation, is holistic and creates connections and most importantly is practical. SoS endeavours to provide environmental education using a wide range of information sharing techniques to promote the formulation of a progressive, positive vision for the future.
Aims of SoS
* to inspire ecologically sustainable practices as an alternative to current societal values;