Future Earth launched in 2015 and is a major 10-year international initiative to advance global sustainability science. Future Earth’s 2025 vision addresses eight key challenges to global sustainability:
- Deliver water, energy, and food for all
- Decarbonise socio-economic systems to stabilise the climate
- Safeguard the terrestrial, freshwater and marine natural assets underpinning human well-being
- Build healthy, resilient and productive cities
- Promote sustainable rural futures
- Improve human health
- Encourage sustainable consumption and production patterns
- Increase social resilience to future threats.
There are a variety of ways you can get your students, class, year level, school and community involved in National Science Week.
Your participation can be as simple as a display in the school library, or as complex as a whole-school science fair. A National Science Week event should:
- be fun for the participants
- be focused on quality science outcomes
- be supportive of your science curriculum
- encourage the participants to want to try more science
- raise the general profile of science within the community.
A poster and other information about Science Week is posted to every preschool, primary school, high school and TAFE in Australia each year, usually around at the start of Term 2.
Schools can apply for small grants up to $500 – these are administered by the Australian Science Teachers Association and applications will be open from 27 February – 24 April 2017. The grant pool of $90 000 is provided by the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.
Check out our CO2 Experiment teaching and learning resource as a starting point to get your kids involved.