Kids create art with sustainable message
A SMALL group of Brighton children want cleaner oceans and have created artwork to show people how to help make that happen.
The children will exhibit their art in Arthur Davis Park next to the playground from 7-8.30am this Saturday (September 9).
The project is part of the World’s Largest Lesson and is a chance for children, parents and teachers to learn about and share awareness of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Global Goals, a set of 17 goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all by 2030.
Home schooled children Aurora and Lucas Wilson-Royle and Abigail and Jack Degen created their artwork to raise awareness around Goal 14 life below water: to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
In learning about life below water, Aurora and Abigail created a fact sheet and artwork, and Lucas’ coffee cup creation aims to raise awareness about the one billion coffee cups going into Australian landfill each year and how many of them end up in our oceans and waterways.
“We want to show how much rubbish is in the ocean; there is more rubbish than life,” Aurora said.
Jack decorated his whale from litter he collected along the Sandgate waterfront.
Lucas said he was excited to tell people about the global goals and for people to see his artwork.
“I want to raise awareness about takeaway coffee cups and how they’re bad for the environment,” he said.
“I’ve made my artwork to show that.
“I want people to think about using keeper cups and for coffee shops to encourage and offer keeper cups because takeaway cups aren’t recyclable, even though a lot of people think they are.
“The one billion coffee cups Australians use each year go into land fill and that links back to life under water because a lot of landfill ends up in the ocean.”
Mum Donna Royle said the Sustainable
Development Goals were becoming more well-known and growing in momentum.
“Kids have amazing ideas and creativity that hasn’t been inhibited yet,” she said.
“It’s important for the children to be spreading this awareness.
“The project integrates learning and involves English, maths and other subjects while learning about the world.”
Abigail and Jack’s mother Heidi Degen said the project was helping to develop leaders of the future.
❝ We want to how show much rubbish is in the ocean; there is more rubbish than life. — Aurora Wilson-Royle
Aurora and Lucas Wilson-Royle, and Abigail and Jack Degen (sitting) are exhibiting their art in the park as part of the World’s Largest Lesson to raise awareness about the United Nation's Sustainable Development Global Goals.