Invitation from RCE Greater Western Sydney, Australia re. High School Agricultural Sustainability Event, April 7 and 10, 2014

Please see the following invitation from RCE Greater Western Sydney (Australia) for virtual high school participation in their event.--Roger

Dear RCE Colleagues,

I am writing as a member agency of Greater Western Sydney RCE in Sydney, Australia.

On April 8th and 11th (7th and 10th your time) we are hosting free live Google hangouts (interactive video conferences) from the 2014 Sydney Royal Easter Show. This Show is Australia’s largest event and the largest Showcase of Agricultural excellence in the Southern Hemisphere.

High School Students from Sydney will be sharing about Agricultural Sustainability and Excellence in Farming.

We are very keen to connect directly with Schools in your timezone and hear what is happening in your part of the world. We are calling on you to share this opportunity and motivate at least one school within your RCE network to participate.  We look forward to a rich global exchange that leverages both the technology and our RCE connection.  Our aim to build this into ongoing school collaboration around a variety of sustainability issues.

Details are found in the following flyers and booking links:

Direct Google event links:


Please contact me directly with any questions or leads.

Kind regards,


Good Article on Flooding in England and Farming Practices

This is an interesting article from The Guardian newspaper written by George Monbiot discussing the impact of changes in farming regulations on the extent of the recent flooding in the United Kingdom as well as the general impacts of climate change in that country:


RCE Murray Darling (Australia): Launch and Links

Please see below the enjoyable email message and links from the launch of RCE Murray Darling (Australia) in October, 2013. --Roger

Dear All,

Thought you might like to know that the RCE-MD is moving along from
strength to strength since gaining the designation in Dec 2012!
I have included some video links from our Launch in October, 2013. Our
guest and Patron is Costa Georgiadis. Costa is the very popular and
recognisable face of a National Australian TV show called Gardening
Australia. Of course, beyond Gardening Costa is a great advocate of EfS.

We are  also fulling State and Federal government contracts that involve
research into community action, sponsoring community action that enhances
natural environments and coordinating a Group of Environmental and natural
Resource managers from across the Murray Basin. (this is a network of over
100 professionals)..

I will report on the RCE-MD in more detail at a later date. For I thought
you might enjoy the video from the Official Launch.

Thanks for all your support over the years preceding the formation of the
RCE-MD. Feel free to distribute these links among your networks.



Dr John Rafferty
Lecturer in Science Education
School of Education

Launch Highlights -
Waste Transfer Station -

Wodonga Middle Years College -
Birallee Neighbourhood Park
Banjora Children's Centre -


Looking good Joe and Roger....just trying it out on January 15, 2014

New Map of Global RCEs

Dear RCE Saskatchewan Colleagues,

Please find attached the most recent global RCE map that includes the 7 new RCEs approved at the 8th Ubuntu Committee of Peers meeting in November, 2013 so there are now over 120 Regional Centres of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainable Development globally!We also have 2 new RCEs in the Americas, RCE Greater Portland (Oregon) and RCE Shenandoah Valley (Virginia).--Roger

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