Sally Buckland

Expedition Fellow: Plasticseas

Sally has been a teacher at Birmingham Primary School in Melbourne’s outer East since 2007.  After enjoying her time as a classroom teacher, predominantly with first-year students, in 2017 Sally took on an exciting new opportunity as the Global Education teacher for Grade 4-6 students at Birmingham.

Sally has relished introducing a new subject to the school, and in doing so she has been able to incorporate her own passion for the environment and sustainability. She has connected her students with environmental stakeholders, including Sea Shepherd volunteers, and has seen first hand the enthusiasm students bring to fighting for the environment.  Sally also has experience in facilitating ‘Philosophy for Children’ at the primary school level and she weaves this into her classes as environmental ethics discussions. Sally was raised in an environmentally minded family who regularly enjoyed camping and outdoor pursuits. She fondly remembers family walks during which her dad collected rubbish along the way to help keep their local area clean. She believes these simple actions had a great impact on her respect for the environment. Sally and her family constantly strive to live harmoniously and sustainably with nature, including through their choice of products used at home. Though Sally enjoys the beach, she considers herself more a river girl and has a strong interest in the role of rivers and catchments in maintaining marine health. Sally and her 5-year-old son Thomas are proud to live in the beautiful Yarra Valley, which is also home to many kangaroos, wombats, echidnas, platypus and other amazing creatures.