Kids cre­ate art with sus­tain­able mes­sage

Bayside and Northern Suburbs Star - - NEWS - Jacque­line Henry

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.

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