[ASC-media] No Time for Talk - Kids take action on climate change

Cathy Reade creade at squirrel.com.au
Tue Oct 6 08:16:45 CEST 2009


MEDIA ALERT

 

6 October 2009


Further information, press releases and interviews can be organised by
contacting: 

Cathy Reade 0413 575 934 creade at squirrel.com.au 

 

NO TIME FOR TALK -

AUSSIE KIDS TAKE ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE 

 

As world leaders continue to meet and talk about climate change and the
environment, Australian kids are taking action!

 

Over 2000 kids from around Australia and New Zealand will converge on
Canberra from 18-20 October for the MDBA International River Health
Conference, which is celebrating ten years of success in 2009. 

 

During the three days, the kids will teach each other with drama, comedy,
song, and imagination about issues and action needed, as well as get their
hands dirty in environment work. They also get to quiz senior politicians,
celebrities and activists on climate change.

 

Every State and Territory is represented.

 

THE 2009 MDBA INTERNATIONAL RIVER HEALTH CONFERENCE

 

WHEN/WHERE:  Sunday, 18 October - Tuesday, 20 October at National Convention
Centre, and concurrently on Monday & Tuesday at Australian National Botanic
Gardens (see  program
<http://www.onelifeoneworldourfuture.com/protected/objects/media/save/243/In
tConfBrochure_2009LR.pdf>   for details)

 

WHAT: A unique eisteddfod-like education and environment event with 'kids
teaching kids' through plays, quizzes, comedy, dance, song and experiments;
quizzing a panel
<http://www.onelifeoneworldourfuture.com/protected/objects/media/save/245/Ex
pert%20Panel%20Brochure%20FINAL.pdf>  of experts, politicians and activists,
and getting into action-packed environment activities.

 

WHO:

* 2000 Years 5-11 students and teachers from rural, regional and metro
schools (see list
<http://www.onelifeoneworldourfuture.com/index.php?pageid=424>  for details)

 

* Arron Wood, event organiser and Environmentalist of the Year

 

* Celebrities Clair Hooper, Josh Thomas, Natalie Hunter, Luke Jacobz and
Rebecca Breeds

 

* Politicians Greg Hunt, Christine Milne and Nick Xenophon 

(NB Prime Minister and Government Ministers invited but not available)

 

* NGO Reps and Activists Dan Adams - Make Poverty History; Tim Costello -
World Vision; Linh Do - Change & Switch, and Parrys Raines - WWF Youth
Ambassador

 

HIGHLIGHTS FOR INTERVIEWS, PHOTOS AND FOOTAGE OPPORTUNITIES:

Sunday, 18 October: 

Throughout the day, kids arriving from around Australia, and groups visiting
Australian War Memorial, Parliament House and Old Parliament House 

1-3pm - Kids in rehearsals at National Convention Centre, 31 Constitution
Avenue, Canberra

 

Monday, 19 October 

10.20-11.50am at National Convention Centre - 2000 kids quizzing
celebrities, politicians and activists on how to adapt to climate change and
make a difference.

 

12.40-3.50pm at National Convention Centre - 375 kids teaching kids in fun
presentations
<http://www.onelifeoneworldourfuture.com/protected/objects/media/save/244/Ki
ds%20Teaching%20Kids%20Presentations.pdf>  working with lots of fun and
energy on groundwater pollution; Murray River issues; saving native fish,
frogs and birdlife; the impact of urbanisation; and climate change to name a
few.

 

12.40-3.50pm at Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross St Acton
- 375 kids doing water testing, bird box making, building water saving
devices and no-dig gardens, planting seedlings, revegetating areas and
learning about indigenous art and heritage.

 

Tuesday, 20 October

10.25-2.20pm - at Convention Centre & Botanical Gardens - concurrent
workshops/activities (as above)

 

2.40-3.40pm - students reflect on their experiences and make pledges for the
environment

 

The conference is proudly supported by Murray Darling Basin Authority;
Australia Post; Department of the Environment, Climate Change, Energy and
Water; CitiPower/Powercor; Toshiba; Bunnings; Questacon; Veolia Transport
Australasia; Australian National Botanic Gardens; EWater CRC; National
Capital Educational Tourism Project; Landcare Australia; Telstra; Pavilion
on Northbourne; Visy; Cool Australia; RENEW NSW; National Convention Centre
Canberra

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