School students light the way on climate change

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SIMON Corbell says school students have taken centre stage as members of the SEE-Change Parliament of Youth on Sustainability to develop strategies on tackling climate change.

“The Parliament of Youth on Sustainability created space for students to think beyond the negatives of climate change and to focus on positive solutions,” Simon said.

“As members of Parliament of Youth on Sustainability, school students from kindergarten to year 12 had the opportunity to share, develop and present their ideas for taking action to reduce Canberra’s ecological footprint to a group of ACT politicians.

“Schools across Canberra have worked on the Parliament of Youth on Sustainability project since the start of the school year working with students learning about climate change, its causes, its effects, and coming up with proposals for action.

“This project provides a unique opportunity for young Canberrans to come together, to share their concerns about climate change, to develop concrete plans for taking action to reduce Canberra’s ecological footprint and to present their ideas to real world policy and decision makers.

“Importantly, it also gives decision makers like me a chance to learn from the minds and voices of our young people.”

The Parliament of Youth on Sustainability project is an initiative of SEE-Change and is supported by the ACT Government Education and Training Directorate, the Catholic Education Office, the Association of Independent Schools of the ACT, the Environment and Planning Directorate, and the Australian National University.

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