‘Who gives a crap’ about environment?

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Big group effort: School students mucked in at The Briars to learn about how humans can have an impact on the environment. Picture: Yanni

A YOUTH Environmental Forum at The Briars last week gave students from schools in the region the chance to learn more about human environmental impacts and solutions.

Arranged by Frankston Council, with help from the Frankston High School eco team, the day was about educating students to become better environmental leaders to educate their own school communities.

Students from Mount Erin, McClelland, Padua, Monterey and John Paul colleges and Frankston High School enjoyed the day funded by Frankston Council, ethical fashion brand Etiko and toilet tissue company Who Gives a Crap? that donates 50 per cent of its profits to building toilets in the developing world.

“It is hoped this might be the beginning of an interschool network in which students from neighbouring schools can share ideas, advice, projects — the sky’s the limit,” Frankston High’s sustainability coordinator Brendan McKinnon said.

The Australian Youth Climate Coalition helped students form a plan of action to spread the word about how school students can look after the environment.

“We hope to reconvene as a group to find out how teams are progressing with their projects and to see that some new environmental initiatives in schools have been set in motion,” Mr McKinnon said.

First published in the Mornington News – 23 May 2017

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