Biodiversity is all life on earth, living and growing, including plants, animals, humans and even the smallest unseen insects, fungi and germs.
The knowledge, skills, values and actions linked to this area are diverse and significant, and can easily motivate students of all ages to take an active interest in environmental sustainability. Through learning about biodiversity, and taking actions to conserve it, students gain a greater understanding of their place within nature, learn how ecosystems function and gain insight into the natural surroundings of their school and community.
Biodiversity can be incorporated into a range of curriculum areas including science, geography, the arts, history, English and mathematics.
Addressing biodiversity through AuSSI can help schools to learn more about their natural surroundings and local native species, and to take action to improve the health of the school grounds and community spaces. It can involve partnering with local Landcare groups or nurturing student-run school gardens growing vegetables, indigenous bush foods and native plants.
The Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative (AuSSI) seeks to support schools and their communities to become sustainable