Our CarbonKids take action

GLOBAL warming will now be tackled by a generation of CarbonKids determined to reduce Australia's carbon footprint and live more sustainably.

CarbonKids – a new CSIRO schools initiative with funding support from Bayer Australia – was launched on November 18.

Gympie East State School and Gympie South State School join113 other primary and secondary schools across Australia, to help students understand climate change and encourage them to take positive environmental action.

A typical Australian household of three people can produce enough carbon dioxide to fill 500,000 garbage bags every year. The majority of this carbon footprint comes from using energy at home, transport and producing food and other goods.

CarbonKids will teach students how to save energy, reduce their carbon footprint and protect biodiversity through a range of fun, class-based activities.

Dr Jim Peacock, the CSIRO Fellow responsible for CSIRO Education, says the CarbonKids initiative engages students in climate science and encourages positive action.

As part of the initiative, CSIRO and Bayer Australia have developed a new agriculture module that will give students an understanding of some of the likely implications of climate change on the major agricultural industries in Australia.

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