Sustainability is one of the most important areas that requires a well-informed corpus who understand what sustainability is, how we can prevent continued unsustainable practices. We need to ensure that any changes to our environment are minimal and take in to consideration every aspect of fauna and flora locally, nationally and internationally.
Students from Corrimal High School were seven of over 100 students who participated in a two day summit on sustainability, hosted by AYCC – the large youth led organisation – in partnership with the NSW Government Heritage Department and the University of Wollongong. While there, students worked as a team to develop a unique and engaging new initiative to run at their school. Determined to see a change, and a future that sees Australia do its part to reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2030, Corrimal High School students developed a new recycling initiative to assist Corrimal High School to act on a local level, to help reduce waste in the environment and, in turn, decrease landfill areas and the production of methane (a gas that at elevated levels helps speed up temperature increases). This campaign, Bins for the Win? Turtles say YES!, focuses on technology waste and aims to educate students and staff on what can be recycled, which will include paper from printing, packaging, ink, old equipment, globes and a range of other products – you may have seen the team presenting on TV.
The campaign gets its name from the imposing risks turtles are beginning to face. The sex of a turtle is influenced by temperature – 36 degrees male and 38 degrees female. A temperature difference of only 2 degrees means a female turtle is more likely to be hatched. Continued rises in temperature can alter the sex ratio of male and female turtles in breeding populations, reducing the number of males available for reproduction. Additionally, this can have devastating flow on effects for ecosystem food-webs, particularly important predators of turtles.
This was not a summit to get a public movement shift. Rather, it worked to develop student awareness on Government happenings and the potential issues, ramifications and the like, to create informed and active citizens. Student representatives spoke to students participating in the summit, along with other representatives, university students, academics and others allowing for the development of communication and public speaking skills. Students worked on a well-researched and planned campaign, taking responsibilities and action, to gain a better understanding on how they can support their community and local area to do their bit to reduce the schools impact on the environment. Student leadership, character development and analysis skills also have the potential to increase as each student assists to implement, monitor and evaluate the initiative. Please assist and support the team by signing up to their project website, which once developed, will contain useful information about simple recycling techniques, upcoming events and information on their progress. Visit it here: