Inspiring a Generation
Healthy ecosystems play a key role in the production and delivery of food, clean air and water, as well as the survival of our iconic plants and animals. However, many people do not fully appreciate the link between ecosystems and the goods and services they provide, nor do they understand the threats that ecosystems face.
To put the Australian community in a position to make judgements and decisions about the use and management of their ecosystems, they need to be engaged with and informed about these ecosystems. Better engagement of the Australian community with ecosystems and ecosystem science requires a fresh effort to develop and harness talent in the ecosystem science community to inspire, inform and empower the wider community with knowledge and understanding of our world, and our role in it.
The priority for this Key Direction is to foster a general public that is inspired, informed and empowered with knowledge and understanding of Australian ecosystems. Ultimately, these efforts will help to ensure that the value of healthy ecosystems, and the science underpinning that, is recognised by society at large. This will help to secure a long-term foundation for healthy ecosystems and therefore national wellbeing.
The Inspiring a Generation Working Group will identify and assess the features of current or past initiatives, campaigns and programs that effectively promote the key role of ecosystems in delivering services, such as delivery of food, clean air and water. The group will then create and support campaigns that adapt features of successful campaigns and extend these to reach targeted audiences.
The Working Group includes representatives of the ecosystem science community and wider community that have direct experiences and skills with communications, outreach, education, community engagement or related fields. Members cover the range of research organisations, government, industry, community groups and NGOs.
Information about the responsibilities, roles, tasks, and membership criteria are detailed in the Terms of Reference available here.
The members of the working group are:
- Alix Baltais, Environmental consultant
- Dr Rosalie Chapple, UNSW
- Dr Emilie Ens, Macquarie University
- Tanya Ha, Environmental advocate
- Prof Iain McCalman, University of Sydney
- A/Prof Linda Williams, RMIT
- Dr Russell Wise, CSIRO Land and Water