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<p class=MsoNormal><font size=3 face=Arial><span style='font-size:12.0pt;
font-family:Arial'>2010 <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Australia</st1:place></st1:country-region>
Post International Kids Teaching Kids Coastal Conference<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span style='font-size:
12.0pt'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify;line-height:115%'><b><font size=5
face=Arial><span style='font-size:16.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:Arial;
font-weight:bold'>MEDIA RELEASE&nbsp; <font color=navy><span style='color:navy'><o:p></o:p></span></font></span></font></b></p>

<h6 style='mso-margin-top-alt:6.0pt;margin-right:-25.8pt;margin-bottom:3.0pt;
margin-left:0cm'><b><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial'>Embargo: 17 October 2010<o:p></o:p></span></font></b></h6>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial'>For further information </span></font><font size=2
face=Arial><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>and i</span></font><font
size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>nterviews:
contact </span></font><font size=2 face=Arial><span lang=EN-US
style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>Cathy Reade</span></font><font
size=2 face=Arial><span lang=PT-BR style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>
0413 575 934 </span></font><font size=2 face=Arial><span lang=EN-US
style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'><a
href="mailto:creade@squirrel.com.au"
title="blocked::mailto:creade@squirrel.com.au">creade@squirrel.com.au</a><o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:10.0pt;margin-right:-34.6pt;
margin-bottom:0cm;margin-left:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span
class=apple-style-span><b><font size=4 color=black face=Arial><span
style='font-size:14.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:black;font-weight:bold'>The
Environment - hot political issue but cool for kids</span></font></b></span><span
class=apple-style-span><b><font size=4 color=black><span style='font-size:14.0pt;
color:black;font-weight:bold'><o:p></o:p></span></font></b></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:-34.6pt'><span class=apple-style-span><font
size=3 color=black face=Arial><span style='font-size:12.0pt;font-family:Arial;
color:black'>&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></font></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:-34.6pt'><span class=apple-style-span><font
size=3 color=black face=Arial><span style='font-size:12.0pt;font-family:Arial;
color:black'>&#8220;Save years of political talk through years of environmental
education.&#8221;<o:p></o:p></span></font></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:-34.6pt'><span class=apple-style-span><font
size=3 color=black face=Arial><span style='font-size:12.0pt;font-family:Arial;
color:black'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></font></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:-1.0cm'><span class=apple-style-span><font
size=2 color=black face=Arial><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial;
color:black'>This was the message from</span></font></span><font size=2
face=Arial><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial'> former Young
Australian and Environmentalist of the Year and creator of the groundbreaking
education and environment event for kids being held this week. The Kids
Teaching Kids Program was announced as the winner of the People&#8217;s Choice
Award at the 2010 national Banksia Environment Award Ceremony on Friday, 15
October. The awards <em><i><font color=black face=Arial><span style='font-family:
Arial;color:black;font-style:normal'>are regarded as the most</span></font></i></em><span
class=apple-converted-space><font color=black><span style='color:black'>&nbsp;</span></font></span><span
class=apple-style-span><font color=black><span style='color:black'>prestigious environmental</span></font></span><span
class=apple-converted-space><font color=black><span style='color:black'>&nbsp;</span></font></span><em><i><font
color=black face=Arial><span style='font-family:Arial;color:black;font-style:
normal'>awards</span></font></i></em><span class=apple-converted-space><font
color=black><span style='color:black'>&nbsp;</span></font></span><span
class=apple-style-span><font color=black><span style='color:black'>in <st1:place
w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">Australia</st1:country-region></st1:place>.</span></font></span></span></font><font
size=2><span style='font-size:11.0pt'><o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:-34.6pt'><font size=2 color=black
face=Arial><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:black'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:-34.6pt'><span class=apple-style-span><font
size=2 color=black face=Arial><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial;
color:black'>Over 500 students from across <st1:country-region w:st="on">Australia</st1:country-region>
are converging on the <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Sunshine</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType
w:st="on">Coast</st1:PlaceType> in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Queensland</st1:State></st1:place>
from 17-19 October </span></font></span><font size=2 face=Arial><span
style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial'>for the 2010 Australia Post </span></font><font
size=2 face=Arial><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial'>International
Kids Teaching Kids Coastal Conference</span></font><span
class=apple-style-span><font size=2 color=black face=Arial><span
style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:black'>.</span></font></span><span
class=charchar8><b><font size=2 color=black face=Arial><span style='font-size:
11.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:black'> </span></font></b></span><span
class=charchar8><b><font size=2 color=black face=Arial><span style='font-size:
11.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:black;font-weight:normal'>The group includes</span></font></b></span><span
class=apple-style-span><b><font size=2 color=black face=Arial><span
style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:black;font-weight:bold'> </span></font></b></span><span
class=apple-style-span><font size=2 color=black face=Arial><span
style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:black'>kids from remote regions
of the NT who have never seen the ocean, and from the <st1:place w:st="on">Torres
 Strait</st1:place> who live and breathe the sea, as well as students from nine
overseas countries.</span></font><o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:-34.6pt'><span class=apple-style-span><font
size=2 color=black face=Arial><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial;
color:black'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></font></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:-34.6pt'><font size=2 color=black
face=Arial><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:black'>&#8220;Imagine
how much easier political decisions on the environment </span></font><font
size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial'>would be if
we started learning about the environment through English, Science, Maths and
other classes or a standalone subject from year 1,&#8221; said Arron Wood, who </span></font><font
size=2 face=Arial><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial'>advised
the Australia Government as part of </span></font><font size=2 face=Arial><span
style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial'>the National Environmental Education
for Sustainability Council.</span></font><o:p></o:p></p>

<p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:-34.6pt'><font size=2 face=Arial><span
style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:-34.6pt'><font size=2 face=Arial><span
style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial'>The 2010 </span></font><font size=2
face=Arial><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial'>International
Kids Teaching Kids Coastal Conference is about developing <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region
 w:st="on">Australia</st1:country-region></st1:place>&#8217;s new environmental
leaders, and so far over 30,000 kids have joined the &#8216;green army&#8217;,
having experienced one of these internationally acclaimed events.<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:-34.6pt'><font size=2 face=Arial><span
lang=EN-US style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:-34.6pt'><font size=2 color=black
face=Arial><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:black'>&#8220;When
the Kids Teaching Kids green peer education program started 11 years ago,
environmental issues rarely hit the headlines but we had no trouble finding
kids and schools interested in and working on them. Then there was climate
change and now there&#8217;s carbon taxes so the environment is rarely not in
the news of the day. Politicians keep talking but it&#8217;s the kids taking
action and taking their communities along for the environmental ride,&#8221; he
said.<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:-34.6pt'><font size=2 color=black
face=Arial><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:black'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:-34.6pt'><font size=2 face=Arial><span
style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial'>&#8220;The power of combining peer
and green education is in bringing about authentic learning and environmental
change as well as fostering personal resilience, optimism and
confidence.&#8221;<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:-34.6pt'><font size=2 face=Arial><span
style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:-34.6pt'><font size=2 face=Arial><span
style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial'>&#8220;For <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region
 w:st="on">Australia</st1:country-region></st1:place> to be at the forefront of
what will no doubt be a thriving global green economy, we need confident, passionate
environmental leaders and an informed public. These events are working towards
both those outcomes,&#8221; said Arron. <o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:-34.6pt'><font size=2 face=Arial><span
style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:-34.6pt'><font size=2 color=black
face=Arial><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:black'>&#8220;What
would be an even greater step would be to make &#8216;environment&#8217; a key
learning area or standalone subject in national curriculum.&#8221;<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:-34.6pt'><font size=2 color=black
face=Arial><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:black'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:-34.6pt'><span class=apple-style-span><font
size=2 color=black face=Arial><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial;
color:black'>Arron says the conference is empowering for children and providing
hope for a future generation of environmental leaders who will make the hard
decisions that today&#8217;s leaders find so difficult. </span></font><o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:-34.6pt'><font size=3
face="Times New Roman"><span style='font-size:12.0pt'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:-34.6pt'><font size=2 color=black
face=Arial><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:black'>Adults
and teachers take a back seat and kids work for months leading up to the events
on an environmental issue that concerns them and their community, and they then
teach their peers about the issue and how they&#8217;re addressing it, but they
do so in fun and engaging ways. <o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:-34.6pt'><font size=2 face=Arial><span
style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:-34.6pt'><font size=2 face=Arial><span
style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial'>The</span></font><font size=2
face=Arial><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial'> first
day of the conference has students using </span></font><font size=2
color=black face=Arial><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial;
color:black'>costumed drama, comedy, dance, songs, games, quizzes and
multimedia displays</span></font><font size=2 face=Arial><span lang=EN-US
style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial'> to teach their peers</span></font><font
size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial'> on topics
as varied as the problems for coastal regions from landfill; the impact of
waste streams and rising sea levels; the secret world of seahorses; how to
monitor coastal erosion; creating a balance between enjoying our coasts and
conserving them, and the effect of boating on dolphin populations. On</span></font><font
size=2 face=Arial><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial'>
the second day </span></font><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:
11.0pt;font-family:Arial'>students </span></font><font size=2 face=Arial><span
lang=EN-US style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial'>will get their hands
dirty </span></font><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:11.0pt;
font-family:Arial'>in hands-on activities such as revegetation work, weeding
the foreshore and nest box building.<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

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Post (Principal Sponsor of Kids Teaching Kids); Veolia Transport (Transport
Partner); Australian and Queensland Governments; Sunshine Coast Council;
Citipower; University of the <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Sunshine</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType
w:st="on">Coast</st1:PlaceType>; Toshiba, and Landcare <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region
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