Garry Sippel shows Australia’s most dealdy snake, the inland tiapan or fierce snake, to students at yesterday’s symposium.
Garry Sippel shows Australia’s most dealdy snake, the inland tiapan or fierce snake, to students at yesterday’s symposium.

Students get tough on environment

AS more than 700 kids descended on the Gympie Showgrounds yesterday, North Coast Year of Environmental Sustainability Regional Symposium director Sue Gibson said she had a “mad, noisy, fun and busy” day.

Ms Gibson said Gympie was chosen to host the event as it was central to the north coast region which extended up to Bundaberg and down to the Northern Suburbs of Brisbane.

The symposium, held as a part of the inaugural Kids Teaching Kids Week, was a chance for students to teach each other through workshops and presentations about the environment.

During KTK week – August 30 to September 3 – more than 10,000 students in hundreds of schools across Australia focussed on making a difference to seemingly insurmountable environmental issues, including climate change, water, waste, conservation, energy, drought, habitat destruction, population and pollution to bring about positive environmental change.

Students in Gympie bought costumed presentations on litter, waste recycling, solar power and biodiversity.

During the event a massive digital wall was set up, where students posted comments about the future of the planet.

The Gympie event, co-ordinated by the Barambah Environmental Education Centre, had overwhelming interest from local schools, Ms Gibson said.

“I am so thrilled with the response to the Symposium from both schools and partnering organisations as it shows a positive commitment from all sectors of the community to educating our young people for a sustainable future,” she said.

Ms Gibson believes the KTK concept was a powerful tool when it came to education. “Students are eager to get involved when it comes to the environment and their passion for the planet sends a powerful message to the rest of the community.

“Through sharing their own knowledge in a creative way, we have the ability to bring about positive change for the future,” she said.

Ms Gibson said some fantastic ideas came out of the symposium. “I think kids and schools are really concerned about the future.”

Gympie Times


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