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ECU researcher to be trained by Al Gore at Asia Pacific Summit

Thursday, 02 July 2009


Edith Cowan University’s (ECU) Dr Sandra Wooltorton has been selected from more than 2,000 Australasian applicants to be trained by former US Vice-President Al Gore at The Climate Project - Australia Asia Pacific Summit (A-P Summit) in Melbourne in July.

Building on the work of The Climate Project – Australia, the A-P Summit will bring together 300 people representing a diverse cross section of industry, advocacy and broad social groupings from Australasia and the Asia Pacific region.

Mr Gore and a panel of international experts will provide the training hosted by the Australian Conservation Foundation.

As a delegate Dr Wooltorton will have the chance to help focus and re-invigorate the Asia Pacific’s regional response to climate change in the lead into the critical United Nations Climate Change Conference (UNCCC) in Copenhagen in December 2009.

“I hope my role at the A-P Summit will mean I can work to inspire and create change in order to avoid catastrophic climate change here in Australia,” Dr Wooltorton said.

“I plan to be an advocate for this work in the important five month lead-up to the Copenhagen climate change negotiations.”

Dr Wooltorton is currently leading a collaborative project with four South West schools, which aims to enhance learning about sustainability and transform schools accordingly.

One in 75 Australians have now seen a presentation delivered by the 250 Al Gore trained Climate Project Presenters working throughout communities in Australia.

Dr Wooltorton is an Associate Dean at ECU’s South West Campus and her research interests include sustainability education, learning community development, society and environment, ecological literacy and Noongar language and culture.

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