Eurobodalla Schools spell out their concerns on Climate Change
Over 5000 school children from across South East New South Wales and the ACT have put their bodies on the line with the last of the South Coast Combined Schools Human Signs from June 20 until today, the 30th July.
Over twenty primary and secondary schools from Eden in the south to Jindabyne and Canberra in the west and Batemans Bay in the north participated in the construction of multiple human signs to spell out their thoughts on the climate and the need for clean energy alternatives.
Today (Monday 30th) , most of the Eurobodalla Shire primary and secondary schools joined together to form multiple combined human signs from Batemans Bay to Narooma, sending out messages to help preserve their future and concerns about the environment. This student initiative, which simultaneously started in multiple shires, began in Eurobodalla with a group of Moruya High environment students who decided that the message of "OUR FUTURE" was important for the world to know about. Following on from that, Narooma High wrote out "OUR FUTURE" in Mandarin / Chinese characters, Batemans Bay High in French, and Sunshine Bay in English. Broulee Public spelled out "BURADJ" - which means "tomorrow" in Durga, the local Aboriginal language. St Bernard's was passionate about the need for change by spelling out "ACT NOW", Bay Primary "GO SOLAR", St. Peters sent the message "TREES", and Carroll College formed the worlds "REDUCE CO2".
One 9 year old child from Broulee Public was very excited about the human signs, declaring: "they are messages that say to take care of the world and to not use so many heaters and lights".
In June, the first sign to be spelt out was "SCHOOLS FOR CLIMATE CHANGE ACTION NOW" (Bega High, Eden High, Lumen Christie, Anglican College, Tathra Primary), followed by a second sign "FIX IT FOR US !" (Quaama Primary, Bermagui Primary, Cobargo Primary, Little Yiun). Snowy Mountains schools in Jindabyne sent out an "SOS" (SAVE OUR SNOW), and "HELP!" message, whilst Cooma schools banded together to spell "SAVE OUR PLANET PLEASE". Berridale was looking to create a snowflake human sign.
Matt Nott, founder of the non-political Clean Energy for Eternity group said he was astounded at the enthusiasm and organizational might of students across the South East and ACT.
"I think kids know a lot more about climate change than parents think," said Nott. "But they often feel powerless in being able to create change - so they try to ignore the issue.
"The human signs are a good fun and creative way for children to have a voice on climate change."
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