Early start for en­vi­ron­men­tal­ism

The Chronicle - - News - ALEXIA AUSTIN [email protected]­i­cle.com.au

AUS­TRALIAN en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tivist and Deputy Mayor of the city of Mel­bourne Ar­ron Wood hosted a Kids Teach­ing Kids sem­i­nar at High­fields State School yes­ter­day morn­ing.

Year 3-9 stu­dents from six state schools in the area at­tended the event where chil­dren and ex­perts pre­sented short talks on an ar­ray of en­vi­ron­men­tal top­ics.

Mr Wood started the pro­gram with his fa­ther 19 years ago.

“I grew up in Mil­dura VIC, it wasn’t ex­actly an en­vi­ron­men­tal hot­bed,” Mr Wood said.

“My brother and I had a bil­l­abong on our doorstep and we grew to love the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment, which set me on this path.

“It wor­ried me that young peo­ple didn’t have a voice in the en­vi­ron­men­tal de­bate, so I de­cided to start this pro­gram.”

They asked the stu­dents to re­search an en­vi­ron­men­tal topic to teach to other chil­dren of the same age. Mr Wood said many of the Toowoomba chil­dren fo­cused on agri­cul­tural is­sues.

“The most im­por­tant as­pect of the pro­gram is that they have to teach each other,” Mr Wood said.

“The premise is, if you un­der­stand some­thing enough to teach an­other per­son, you un­der­stand the topic in­side out.

“They also boil com­plex con­cepts down into lan­guage that other chil­dren can un­der­stand.”

Mr Wood said he had started pro­ceed­ings for the sem­i­nar to be­come an an­nual event in the Dar­ling Downs. He thanked staff at the Ama­roo En­vi­ron­men­tal Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre for help­ing to fa­cil­i­tate the event.

Photo: Alexia Austin

ECO FRIENDLY: Speak­ing at the sem­i­nar are (from left) Kal­lum Gen­rich, Briggs Drury, en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tivist Ar­ron Wood, Char­lotte Skuse, Kai Dwyer, Lane Case and Lo­gan Halder.

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