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The climate change debate heated up today at the annual Switched On Schools’ Summit, which was hosted by the City of Canterbury Bankstown in partnership with the Australian Youth Climate Coalition.
Around 30 local students from six high schools visited the Royal National Park yesterday to see first-hand how climate change is impacting our natural areas. Then today, they gathered at the Bankstown Library and Knowledge Centre, where they heared from key speakers on climate science; climate justice; and local impacts climate change will have on our City.
Administrator, Richard Colley, said the day further promoted innovative strategies schools are already implementing to tackle the ever-growing problem of climate change.
“These students are the future leaders of tomorrow, not only for our great City but also Australia, so it’s important they are given the opportunity to come together to discuss the very real and very important issues of climate change,” Mr Colley said.
“Their actions now, however small they may seem, will impact the future world we live in, and that is something our Council and City should foster and promote.
“The forum was an opportunity for them to consider and champion sustainability practices in their own school and home environments.”
One of the guest speakers at the forum was Wiley Park Girls’ High School student, Nancy Elzayn, who showed how her school was becoming more sustainable.
“It’s an ongoing project for all the girls at the school to come up with ways to be sustainable and use more energy renewable sources,” she said.
“One of the things our school is looking to install soon is solar panels and replace all current light bulbs with LED ones.
“We are already switching off our computers and laptops when we’re not using them and making sure our powerpoints are turned off too.”
15/08/2017 11:07 AM