Junior Landcare closes the city-country gap for rural kids
Junior Landcare recently went out to some of the most remote parts of the country with a competition for students in seven Schools of Distance Education in Queensland. The kids were asked to create a short video that addressed a local environmental issue and suggest ways for the local community to help.
The outstanding entries demonstrate the deep understanding that rural kids have for the land and environmental sustainability. The projects covered diverse topics such as local endangered species, plastic shopping bags, recycling glass, farming erosion and global warming.
Heather Campbell, CEO of Landcare Australia, was delighted to see the enthusiasm of the children, many of whom had their first experience with Junior Landcare with this competition.
“I’m really impressed with how much the students know about local environmental issues and also to see them suggest great solutions to these problems. It’s exciting to think that these kids will go on to become Landcarers and leaders into the future,” she said.
The winners from each of the categories receive an iPad and a trip to the National Landcare Awards in Sydney, being held on Tuesday 4th September. The trip to Sydney will include a full day excursion to Taronga Zoo where the winners will share their projects with finalists from the Westpac Education Award, and go behind the scenes at the zoo where they will learn about and interact with the animals.
Click here to view some of the winning and finalist videos!
|Ben Ryan||4||Charters Towers School of Distance Education||Moving into Junior Landcare|
|Bronte Johnson||5||Brisbane School of Distance Education||The Northern Hairy Nosed Wombat|
|Ruby Gibbons||6||Brisbane School of Distance Education||Plastic Shopping Bags- The Inconvenient Truth|
|Hamish Atkinson||7||Mount Isa School of the Air||The Marvel of the Mary River Turtle|
|Hayley Bowden||4||Longreach School of Distance Education||The March of the Cane Toads|
|Hugh Spackman||4||Longreach School of Distance Education||Rabbits in Central West Queensland|
|Benjamin Todd||4||Brisbane School of Distance Education||Recycling Glass in Brisbane|
|Robert Irwin||5||Brisbane School of Distance Education||Protecting the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve|
|Jack MacKenzie||5||Brisbane School of Distance Education||Biodiversity – The Four-Barred Swordtail Butterfly in my local area|
|Alyssa Somook||5||Brisbane School of Distance Education||Littering in Catbalogan, Philippines|
|Mekensi Mace||6||Capricornia School of Distance Education||Land Management affecting the Fitzroy River Water Catchment|
|Nadeera Masud||6||Brisbane School of Distance Education||Global Warming|
|Ivy Schmidt||6||Longreach School of Distance Education||Wicked Weeds|
|Kelsey Kleier||7||Capricornia School of Distance Education||Farming Erosion|