Eingana – The Journal of the Victorian Association for Environmental Education

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I enjoyed working as the interim Editor of Eingana – the Journal of the Victorian Association for Environmental Education, for its April-June 2015 edition. It would have been nice to have continued on in the role but I have too many other work and travel commitments at the moment. Perhaps another time …

It is always good to share stories about the journey towards sustainability and how we can engage others, as educators and communicators.

Eingana is the great Earth Mother. She is fertility herself. She is the source of all life forms, of all being.

DJAUAN TRIBE, NT

To view the Eingana e-publication, click on the link below …

VAEE Eingana Journal_Vol 38 #1

At VAEE, it was also wonderful to meet with VCE Environmental Science teachers and contributors to discuss plans for the new VCE textbook for 2016. Such a committed group of people!

Girl seeing A.Seymour Orange Flowrs

FROM THE EDITORS

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By Sarah Houseman and Tess Holderness

Environmental educators, like gardeners, take a long term vision for their work. Observant of small changes and indicators of a healthy eco-system, they are encouraged and re-energized by new growth and short term projects which flower to the wonder of all. Some change is incremental and subtle in character and can only be discerned in reflective moments. Failure to thrive invites some deeper questions and enquiry. At other times a number of factors come together to create change that is profound and impactful, even revolutionary. Professional educators are driven to ‘make a difference’.

In the current edition of Eingana, we hear from some of these educators (and students) and look at how those seeds of change are being planted, nurtured, pruned and harvested. How can we bring people, schools, businesses, institutions and communities together to learn about and explore pathways to sustainability? In ‘From Lectures to Conversations’, Ian McBurney, creator of the Talking ecoLogical card deck, explains how the cards can be used to inspire and encourage conversations about sustainability.

Monash University researchers share their findings about the value and effectiveness of Sustainability Victoria’s ResourceSmart Schools program and how it can be further improved. Tracy Young reflects on the future of early childhood environmental education, while Kirsty Costa, 2013 VAEE Environmental Educator of the Year, suggests that it’s time to change the way we talk about sustainability in an education context. We also hear a student perspective, with Year 9 Cornish College student, Katja Jansen, sharing her investigation into the health of the Murray River.

In this edition, we also welcome our new Eingana Editor, Tess Holderness. With a background in biology, she comes to us with extensive experience as a science and environmental journalist, editor and photographer – making a valuable addition to the journal and VAEE team. Tess is looking forward to sharing stories that help to connect, inform and inspire members of the environmental and sustainability education communities.

It was lovely to catch up with some of our members at the recent VAEE Community Gathering, convened to provide an opportunity for educators to connect with and learn from each other and build our community. The second Community Gathering will be held in late May – look out for more details in the next edition of EnviroEvents.

The next edition of Eingana will focus on the theme of Advocacy – both within environmental education and for the environment. If you would like to submit an article relevant to the theme please contact Sarah Houseman via vaee@vaee.vic.edu.au.

We hope that you enjoy reading this latest edition of Eingana and find the contents to be good food for thought. As one of our contributors, Tracy Young, points out so well in her article:

“The intent must be to not only create inspiring messages that hopefully enact environmental change as the seeds of change are sown, but to also consider how these seeds can develop deep rhizomes that spread in multiple directions and build firm foundations of change.”

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