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Please join SCU's School of Education SEE (Sustainability, Environment & Education) Research Cluster for a robust public research dialogue on climate change disruption and its impact on Australia’s Children and Young People. The session include two presentations by Professor Amy Cutter-Mackenzie and Dr Brendon Hyndman. The session will be chaired by Associate Professor Jo Ferreira.

The session will be video conferenced to SCU's Lismore Campus (R1.06), Coffs Harbour Campus (A1.20) and Zoom - https://scuonline.zoom.us/j/7103981309 (online)

Professor Amy Cutter-Mackenzie – Anthropocene + Climate Change + Young People = A Hopeful Education

This interactive presentation affords the opportunity to researchers, teachers, the public and young people themselves to engage in dialogue centred on youth led climate change education. Children and young people are often positioned as the next generation of leaders in whom the public trusts or expects to overcome the legacies of climate change inaction. Increasingly analyses of progress in environmental education independently identify the need for researchers, teachers and the public to ‘listen to children’s voices’. Climate change education presents a significant platform not only for youth voices, but also for a genuine activation of children’s political agency in schools, universities, and the public domain. In this presentation, Cutter-Mackenzie draws upon the government-funded project Climate Change and Me in representing 135 children and young people from across Northern NSW Australia as co-researchers investigating young people's voices in climate change in the Anthropocene (Crutzen & Brauch, 2016). The audience will have opportunities to engage in discussion focussed on climate change education and the ways in which it can open up an entirely new field of educational experience and inquiry when it is inclusive of and led by young people.

Dr Brendon Hyndman – ‘Heat-Smart’ schools during outdoor activities: Developing a policy to protect students from extreme heat

As the climate continues to warm via global warming with increased frequency of extreme weather and heat wave events, temperatures are projected to rise substantially and increase the heat-health burden. Determining supportive strategies to counteract extreme heat exposure during outdoor schooling activities is therefore important to ensure school students optimally meet health and learning objectives. Despite the success of Australia’s SunSmart Educational Program on improving sun protection policies and practices across primary schools, school students also need to be protected from extreme heat. School students can fail to hydrate effectively and have impaired cognitive functioning and physical activity participation above temperatures of 22 degrees celsius. This important research builds upon the national success of the SunSmart program to report on a social-ecological model (SEM) review of key heat protection policies and practices to assist the development of a five stage Heat Smart action plan in schools. The five stage action plan of Heat Smart strategies could be used by schools to counteract extreme heat exposure during outdoor activities to ensure school students continue to meet key national physical activity and curricular objectives. This presentation provides opportunities to engage in dialogue based around the potential for heat protection in schools.

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Crutzen, P., & Brauch, H. (2016). Paul J. Crutzen: A Pioneer on Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate Change in the Anthropocene The Netherlands: Springer.

For further information about this Dialogue or upcoming School of Education Dialogues please contact Ben Dowsett, Administration Assistant (ben.dowsett@scu.edu.au) or the Deputy Head of School Research & HDR Training Professor Amy Cutter-Mackenzie (acutterm@scu.edu.au).

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