Earthducation expedition 3 is heading down under to the driest inhabited continent on Earth: Australia! Home to a rich array of plants and animals found nowhere else on the planet, along with the world’s largest coral reef system, Australia is one of the most biologically diverse countries on Earth. Unfortunately, it also has one of the highest extinction rates, and is typically cited as being one of the countries most at risk from climate change.
The Earthducation team will travel from the most densely populated region of Australia (the city of Sydney in New South Wales) to the most sparsely populated (the Northern Territory), before heading east to visit the Great Barrier Reef and its coastal communities in northeast Queensland. Along the way, they’ll visit schools and universities, Aboriginal leaders and remote communities, small businesses, and environmental organizations, investigating how education and sustainability intersect in the lives of a diverse range of Australians.
Some of the topics that will be investigated during expedition 3 include biodiversity, mining, sustainable beef production, the School of the Air (a government-sponsored distance education program for students living in remote communities), the worldwide importance of the Great Barrier Reef, the role of reconciliation in the recent history of Australia, and the contributions and insights of the Traditional Owners and Aboriginal communities to both the environment and the culture in this ancient and unique land.