The sustainable living message is spreading from a young age in Australia, with schools embracing ecologically friendly principles inside and outside the classroom.
Schools are encouraging students to embrace environmentally-friendly initiatives including vegetable gardens.
The Australian Government has a set of guidelines for environmental education and the states have their individual initiatives.
The NSW Government’s Food Gardens in Schools Program provides opportunities for students, teachers and the wider school community to learn about healthy, sustainable living through growing and harvesting food in school gardens.
The gardens grow edible crops including fruit and vegetables and allows students to design, plant, harvest and care for the crops.
The NSW Eco Schools program encourages schools to develop environmental education programs and funds school environmental management projects.
Queensland schools have embraced the Living Smart schools competition on the Sunshine Coast with the chance to win $1000 towards a sustainability project by getting the highest percentage of students to register with Sunshine Coast Council’s online sustainable living educational tool, Living Smart Homes.
The council hopes to get at least 10,000 households to sign up for the Living Smart program by 2020.
Sustainablity has been taught in the state’s schools for more than 30 years.
Sustainability Victoria is helping Victorian schools teach their students about living and learning within the environment in an ecologically-friendly way.
ResourceSmart Schools helps the state’s schools minimise waste, save energy and water, promote biodiversity, and cut greenhouse gas emissions and builds sustainability into the fabric of everyday school and community life
Students take this knowledge and behaviour into their adult lives and the community at large, putting the environment at the forefront of people’s lives from primary school onwards.