About the Authors

Syd Smith is the former manager of the Environmental Education Unit within the NSW Department of Education and Training and chaired the committee to develop the 2001 Environmental Education Policy for Schools. He was recently the chair of CEE Australia, currently a board member of Keep Australia Beautiful (NSW), the Gould League of NSW and a vice president of the Australian Association for Environmental Education. He currently works as a consultant in Environmental Education, offering his services to government, local councils and Macquarie University in Sydney. Recently he completed the education strategy for Centennial Parklands in Sydney. He has represented Australia on the international Environment and School Initiative group (ENSI) and was part of the steering committee to develop the Australian National Environmental Education Statement (NEES). He also introduced and piloted the Sustainable Schools Program to NSW with DECC and is working with CEE Australia on the Global Communities for Sustainability Project (GCS). Syd's main background is in curriculum and primary and secondary teaching with experience in presenting to groups in Thailand, China, Denmark, India and Austria. He is currently working with the The Energy Resource Institute (TERI) in Delhi, India on a program to support the inclusion of climate change in all national curricula worldwide.

Jillian Cupitt is a well known environmental educator and senior teacher in a primary school on Sydney's northern beaches. The school's programs have been broadcast on TV's Totally Wild and Ian Thorpe's Action Earth series. She has presented at environmental education conferences in Auckland, New Zealand and Bunbury in Western Australia. In 2006 she was selected by the NSW Gould League as Environmental Educator of the Year. She is currently on the steering committee of a climate change group of schools in northern Sydney and works closely with Pittwater Council and community groups. Much of her recent work relates to the teaching of climate change in schools and the links that schools can make to their local community on water and other sustainability issues. Some of her curriculum materials and innovative classroom strategies will be used in workshops on climate change to be held throughout 2008. She has developed an article on her school ground initiatives for the Slovenian Education Department and has had an article published in Eingana, the journal of the VAEE. Jillian has worked in rural areas and overseas including appointments to Broken Hill, Hawaii and New Guinea. She is currently completing a Masters in Environmental Management at Macquarie University in Sydney.