Teacher takes message to the world

ENVIRONMENTAL campaigner Rebecca Phyland has been educating the south-west about climate change and now she's taking her message to the world.The Narrawong teacher will make a presentation for international educators and policy makers at the Greening Education Conference to be held in south-west Germany next week.Ms Phyland is a permaculturalist and teacher with South West TAFE and leads education and consultancy business Thornbill Eco Education.Earlier this year she was one of 300 people chosen to take part in a training session to enable her to present environmental campaigner and former US vice-president Al Gore's slideshow on the climate crisis.Since then Ms Phyland has been holding free seminars in the south-west and was invited to make her presentation at the conference later this month.The event is a European Union initiative to support the 2009 European Year of Creativity and Innovation and will be held from September 30 to October 2. Delegates representing major campus and international agencies from more than 22 countries around the world, including from Europe, Japan, Canada, Argentina, the UK and the US, will discuss the need for the education sector to agree on an innovative policy response to the consequences of climate change.Ms Phyland said she had presented at smaller conferences in Victoria before but this was her first appearance at a conference of this calibre.Ms Phyland said she was also looking forward to the opportunity to network with some other education institutions.``I am excited and thrilled to have the chance to share my knowledge and ideas on how to position education institutions as models for sustainability within their communities,'' she said.Ms Phyland said she hoped by giving the climate project presentation at the conference she could show that, although Australia was the highest greenhouse emitter per capita in the world, many Australians were working towards reducing carbon emissions.

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