Sharing and Celebration Forum
Cleland Wildlife Park provided the perfect backdrop for the final Youth Environment Council event for 2014. Students from across SA shared and celebrated their sustainability achievements in their schools and local communities. What better way to learn about the environmental challenges facing SA (and how to tackle them!) than from each other?
Each student representative brought a project display, detailing and showcasing the sustainability project they had worked on since their YEC Leadership Camp. The students created an informative, engaging and colourful mini-trade display with 3D models, posters, videos, surveys, games, quizzes, stickers, photographs, podcasts and more! Projects ranged from global issues such as palm oil, fracking and the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, to local issues of revegetation, water conservation and sustainable lifestyle choices.
The highlight of the day was showcasing the displays to parents/caregivers and our invited guests, including the Sustainability, Environment and Conservation Minister Ian Hunter. It was a great opportunity for our young leaders to talk to Minister Hunter about what they are passionate about and why it is important to them. As young people, they can make a difference, and this was their chance to stand up and be heard.
Other activities included a special Wild Show by Cleland Education Officer Claire, where council representatives were introduced to some furry and scaly Australian friends (including a shingleback lizard called Beyonce!), team building games and a brainstorming session on ‘where to from here’?
Minister Hunter presented certificates and gift bags (and happily posed for photographs with excited student representatives!) before the council wrapped up for another successful year.The NRM Education team is extremely proud of all council representatives, for their hard work, dedication, professionalism and enthusiasm at this event, and throughout the year.
We can’t wait for next year!