[ASC-media] Peter Garrett, Politicians and Aussie Kids Get Together on the Environment

Cathy Reade creade at squirrel.com.au
Mon Oct 6 14:18:47 EST 2003


MEDIA ALERT						Monday, 6 October 2003

PETER GARRETT, POLITICIANS AND AUSSIE KIDS
Get Together on The Environment

A unique international event will bring together over 650 students, teachers
and a range of celebrities and politicians to look to the future of
Australian education and environment.

WHAT: 	The 2003 International River Health Conference

WHERE: 	Mildura, Victoria

WHEN: 	19 – 21 October.

WHO:
§          Over 650 children and their teachers from every State and
Territory
§	Students representing ten overseas countries
§	The Hon John Anderson, Deputy Prime Minister, who will have a “Talkback
Classroom” with the students
§	The Hon Warren Truss, Federal Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and
Fisheries, who will address the students
§	Peter Garrett, ACF President, who will launch the event with the release
of 1000 yabbies in a symbolic gesture towards river health
§	Arron Wood, conference organiser and youngest finalist for the 2003 Prime
Minister’s Environmentalist of the Year Award
§	The huge Aussie band, The John Butler Trio, who will perform for the kids
§	Members of the popular kids’ TV Program “Big Arvo” who are MC’ing the
event
§	John Walker, Landcare member and ex-Full Frontal comedian

QUESTIONS/ISSUES:
§	How did the event come about and what can one conference do?
§	What are the environment issues of concern to kids from different parts of
Australia and from overseas?
§	How can kids make a difference to their environment?
§	Is it a school’s job to act on environment issues?
§	Should schools encourage students to be agents for environmental change?
§	How can environment education be improved?
§	Why should “Environment” be a Key Learning Area?
§	What is the “Kids Teaching Kids’ concept for environment education?
§	Is the environment a legitimate career choice for kids?

Further information at www.riverhealth.com or press releases and interviews
can be organised by contacting: Cathy Reade	Mob: 0413 575 934		Em:
creade at squirrel.com.au




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