Kids sustainability conference

KIDS 4 KIDS is an annual forum to celebrate and promote sustainable practices in schools. This year’s conference was attended by 470 students from 11 different primary and secondary schools from around Hobart. The forum was skillfully hosted by Tassie’s National Junior Landcare winners – Lansdowne Crescent’s Land 2 Sea Team, with highlights being a special appearance by the “sustainability sisters” and an environmental rap (pictured above).

Student winners of Hydro Tasmania’s Energy Futures Competition outlined their visions for the way we generate and use energy in the future. Some exciting ideas from these bright sparks included clothing made from solar panels, a renewable energy hub on the roof top of every home and portable solar or wind powered devices to recharge our gadgets on the move. One student’s exciting idea for transport in the future is to use wind tunnel footpaths which generate energy while also allowing people to ‘fly’ along wearing special bat-winged suits!

Virtual learning classrooms featured at the conference as we heard from Bookend Trust’s Andrew Hughes about his recent CaveArt Expedition class which engaged students all over Australia. Young landcarers at Girraween Primary in the Northern Territory showed us their school’s sustainable garden program via Skype, and we also met the Prince and Princess of the Environment at an Indonesian Eco School.

Various environmental professionals ran workshops for the students, such as NRM South’s session Birds on the Beach. Around 80 students learned how to identify Tasmania’s four beach-nesting shorebirds such as the Hooded Plover and learned a few simple things they can do to help these special birds – such as keep dogs on leads, and not to play in the sand dunes.

It was wonderful to see so many school children coming together, increasing their knowledge and inspiring action on local and global environmental issues.

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