Future Earth Australia is a national peak initiative that enables Australian researchers, governments, industry and NGOs to collaborate with each other and with international networks and programs across Australia and Oceania.
We are based at the Australian Academy of Science.
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals call for action by all countries—poor, rich and middle-income—to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognise that ending poverty must go together with strategies that build economic growth and address a range of social needs including education, health, social protection and job opportunities while tackling climate change and environmental protection. Future Earth is advancing sustainability by enabling and translating the SDGs from research to practice.
Future Earth Australia aims to establish an interconnected knowledge platform of expertise and creativity capable of forming solutions to the sustainability challenges facing Australia, our regional neighbours, and the globe.
Four main objectives drive our strategic plans and day-to-day activities. These objectives are:
- To inspire and connect interdisciplinary and cross-sector initiatives
- To establish open source products and services to facilitate Australia’s hub organisations to build connections and access expertise
- To provide opportunities for global and national knowledge sharing that builds innovation for sustainable futures
- To mobilise capacities to coproduce knowledge across socio-cultural, generational, and geographic boundaries
Future Earth Australia is overseen by a steering committee comprising representatives of member organisations and broader community representatives. The Executive Committee of the Australian Academy of Science's Council provides high level oversight. The Future Earth Australia advisory council includes thought-leaders and influencers in Australian sustainability.