Lessons that last a lifetime

What is more important than ensuring quality of life for this and future generations? Teaching young people about sustainability has never been more important. It develops the knowledge, values and world views required to make certain that there’s enough for everyone, forever.

It’s different to other learning areas as it focuses on protecting natural environments and creating an ecologically and socially just world through informed action. Sustainability curriculum develops the following capabilities, skills and knowledge for 21st century learners:

  • Critical thinking, refection, evaluation and positive values
  • Optimism, hope and resilience
  • Connection to nature
  • Opportunity to act in ways that contribute to a prosperous, sustainable and socially just society

With the transition to the Australian Curriculum, schools are required to teacher sustainability as a cross-curriculum priority. Cool Australia recognises that teachers may find it difficult to engage in EFS due to a range of potential barriers: lack of confidence and training, lack of time and funding and competing educational demands.

To make this transition easy for teachers, we have created a series of video resources that provide support, information and inspiration around a range of sustainability topics. They are be used for:

  • Professional development to increase teachers eco-literacy and confidence 
  • Bring greater depth and richness to existing learning activities on the Cool Australia website
  • Provide ideas for classroom learning and student action activities

 Check out Cool Australia’s free access* Australian Curriculum aligned teacher resources here.


Energy, Biodiversity, Waste, Water




Energy is the lifeblood of our modern life. It powers our industry, it fuels our cars, and charges our devices. Our energy is mostly produced by burning fossil fuels. This burning has a range of environmental, social and economic implications. One of the most significant impacts is the emission of greenhouse gases that contributes to the enhanced greenhouse effect and climate change.

The solution is a transition to clean energy sources. Only then can our oceans, forests, atmosphere and waterways have a chance to return to full health. The brilliant thing is that we have huge amounts of free, renewable and clean supplies of natural energies like wind, the sun and oceans.

By integrating the topic of energy into the formal curriculum we can teach young people and their families why fossil fuel energy sources are not a sustainable energy option. Energy can be embedded into all year levels and learning areas of the school curriculum. Student learn important content information while learning actions that support more sustainable patterns of living. This allow students to be empowered to take responsibility for their personal energy use.

The beauty of the Cool Australia resources is that they enable a maths, science, geography or English teacher to incorporate a real world understanding of energy into an Australian Curriculum aligned learning activity.

Watch Cool Australia’s energy video to get some great ideas of how to teach energy to your students. Then download free access*, award winning curriculum materials: