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Philip GREEN

Year of Award: 1997 Award State: New South Wales Education > General
Environment > General
To study new trends, concepts and mediums in environmental education - USA, Honduras
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1997 Fellow from South Australia, Philip Green, is an eco-science educator who uses unusual methods to teach school students of all levels about Australia’s fauna and flora and the fascinating science behind Indigenous survival methods.

In the past 25 years, Philip Green has worked with over 300,000 students in Australia and New Zealand primary and secondary schools, teaching them about native species of birds, insects, animals and plants, or about the early Indigenous way of life. He has accurate knowledge and imparts it in a way they won’t forget.

Phil had already been performing at schools for about ten years when he gained his Churchill Fellowship in 1997 and he visited Wisconsin, Iowa and California in the United States, and Belize, where he saw rainforest and ecology public health programs. He talked with educators and students plus the general public and gained knowledge from the Indigenous people he met.

In his beautifully written report, where there is wisdom on every page, Phil writes about being influenced by Rachel Carson, author of the seminal Silent Spring, and by Native American guides’ methods of educating those who visit National Parks.

Philip Green believes that it is important for children to bond with the natural world and learn to love it before being asked to heal its wounds. He does not emphasise land degradation or pollution but on engendering the students’ first-hand understanding of nature and the appreciation of natural cycles.

Teachers from all over Australia reiterate that their students’ retention rate of Philip’s information is total, and they remember every detail for years afterwards.

Excerpt from “Inspiring Australians” written by Penny Hanley (2015)

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