More than 300 primary school students were inspired to forge a sustainable future during a number of hands-on learning activities in Burnie on Thursday, 9 November.
Kids for Kids: Don’t Mess with Burnie was an initiative facilitated by the University of Tasmania with the support of industry partners that equips schoolchildren with skills, knowledge and awareness to preserve their local environment and the planet.
Students participated in experiments demonstrating how greenhouse gases warm the Earth, saw how recycled materials are sorted and separated, collected litter from the West Beach foreshore and created art from natural materials.
They also learned how water is harnessed to make energy, how wood heater emissions can affect air quality, the impact of climate change on the environment, the importance of de-sexing cats and gained insight into local Aboriginal culture.
University of Tasmania Sustainability Officer Kim Beasy said the event was a fun, engaging and rich learning experience that supported and nurtured students to connect with their ‘place’.
“Don’t Mess with Burnie is an opportunity for students to connect their learning with experienced practitioners involved in sustainability across the community that builds on the primary school curriculum,” Ms Beasy said.
“A lot of positive work is already underway in this region to preserve the local environment and culture, so we want to inspire the next generation to continue this into the future while showing them what is possible through further education.”
Don’t Mess with Burnie follows a successful program in 2016, and this year expanded to include representatives of Cooee, Romaine Park, Havenview, Montello and Burnie primary schools.