A Word from the RALF (June 2023)
Environmental education in schools is becoming increasingly important throughout the Murrumbidgee region. Cultural gardens, yarning circles, native flora & fauna, biodiversity, and water conservation education are all becoming popular in schools. By instilling values and skills in students from a young age, Landcare are creating a generation of environmentally conscious individuals who are committed to protecting the planet.
Cultural gardens and yarning circle initiatives are helping to preserve and celebrate Aboriginal culture, while also providing opportunities for non-Indigenous students to learn about Aboriginal culture and its relationship with the environment. This builds cultural awareness and understanding, while also promoting sustainability and environmental stewardship.
Educating students about native flora and fauna helps them to understand the role that different plant and animal species play in the ecosystem, as well as the importance of biodiversity for the health of the environment. Promoting an understanding of the natural world creates a sense of connection and responsibility towards the environment.
The role of Landcare Coordinators in supporting these initiatives has been crucial, providing resources and expertise, while helping schools connect with community groups and organisations, promoting collaboration and partnerships for environmental education.
This article was written by Jade Auldist. Jade is the Regional Agriculture Landcare Facilitator (RALF) for the Riverina region. Her role supports farmers, industry and community groups (including Landcare Groups) to adopt new and innovative sustainable agriculture practices.
For further information on this article, please contact Jade at firstname.lastname@example.org.