[ASC-media] KIDS PICK THE ENVIRONMENT ISSUES FOR WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY

Cathy Reade creade at squirrel.com.au
Mon May 29 16:22:23 EST 2006


MDBC CANBERRA YOUTH RIVER HEALTH CONFERENCE
MEDIA ALERT
30 May 2006

KIDS PICK THE ENVIRONMENT ISSUES ON WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY

It’s World Environment Day on 5 June. The MDBC Canberra Youth River Health
Conference is a unique two day education and environment event starting on
World Environment Day. It will bring together 250 students and teachers from
ACT, NSW and Victoria, and water specialists to look to the future of
Australian education and our environment, and address the environment issues
of real concern to kids.

Why not interview one or more of the schools this week in the lead up to the
event about what issues they have chosen as important to them? Or organise
to do so from the event next week with all the atmosphere and excitement it
will involve.

WHEN/	World Environment Day, 5 June at Rydges Eaglehawk Resort, Federal Hwy,
ACT &
WHERE:	Environment Activity Day, 6 June at John Knight Park, Lake
Ginninderra, Canberra

WHO:  ?    250 primary & secondary school kids and their teachers from ACT,
NSW & Vic;
§	Expert Panel who will be quizzed by students on climate change issues
including:
º	Wendy Craik, Murray Darling Basin Commission;
º	Sarah Ryan, Water for a Healthy Country, CSIRO;
º	Kirilly Dickson, Sustainability Advisor, ACTEW; and
º	Gary Jones, eWater CRC,
§	Arron Wood, conference organiser and finalist for the Special Award for
Outstanding Service to the Environment at 2006 UN Assoc of Aust World
Environment Day Awards;
§	Mr John Hargreaves, MLA, Minister for the Territory & Municipal Services,
ACT;
§	Australian Idol’s Hayely Jensen; kids TV personality Ben Hewett; hip hop
crew Blindsight; and up and coming ACT band Los Capitanes will provide
entertainment.

KIDS’ ISSUES: In addition to climate change issues to be discussed with the
expert panel, kids have chosen issues as diverse as storm water trails;
water quality; efficient use of urban & rural water; how to be a waste wise
school; the conditions of The Snowy; weed infestations; fish farming;
Bokashi food composting; restoring a local creek; and bringing an area back
to life after fire with a frog bog!

PHOTO/FOOTAGE/INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES: Great opportunities with the
Ministerial  launch, expert panel session, and the children in rotating
interactive, hands-on engaging workshops outdoors. Teachers, kids,
organisers and experts all available.

QUESTIONS/ISSUES:
§	What are the environment issues of concern to kids?
§	What is the “Kids Teaching Kids’ concept for education and why use it?
§	What are the benefits of ‘Kids Teaching Kids’ for teachers, schools or the
child?
§	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?
§	Should learning about the environment be as important as numeracy &
literacy?

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

The conference is proudly supported by the Murray Darling Basin Commission,
ACTEW Corporation, the ACT Government through the ACT Office of
Sustainability and Environment ACT, Department of the Environment and
Heritage, PricewaterhouseCoopers Foundation, Land and Water Australia,
Landcare Australia Limited, CSIRO and University of Canberra.

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