About the Conference


The 34th NSW Environmental Education Conference ActiveNature: Learning, Citizenship and Activism for Sustainability was run in October 2019 in partnership between the Australian Association for Environmental Education NSW Chapter and the Sutherland Shire Environment Centre.

The conference had a special focus on the role of activism in education programs and initiatives. It emphasised the importance of active citizenship in sustainability, particularly focusing on the role of education and educators in:

  • building learning pathways towards a deeper understanding of citizenship
  • improving understanding of activism in achieving a sustainable world
  • strengthening and making more explicit our collective focus on longer term change.

Download the full Conference Framing Paper

Over the three days of conference, sixty presenters shared their stories, lessons, achievements and inspiration with 200 delegates. It was a wonderful opportunity to share, connect, reflect and re-energise. We invite you to explore the interactive conference program and download the resources provided by our presenters.

Post Conference Reflections

Since the conclusion of the conference, a small group of delegates from a range of sectors has worked together to develop their post-conference reflections on the role and place of activism in their environmental education work. They invite you to read their reflections on the implications of activism for the programs they run and the organisations they work in and for in the hopes that it might inspire your work and practice wherever you make your contribution.

Read their post-conference reflections here

Our next conference will be held in 2021.

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