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Chevalier College students brought their ideas and voiced their concerns at a meeting held with local sustainability group members from ECOS Southern Highlands on Monday 21 March.

To help promote awareness of important sustainability issues at the College our Sustainability Program Coordinator Deb Rossiter, invited two past Chevalier College students Annabel Brown and Asher Cloran to speak to our students. Committed  ecologists Annabel and Asher launched the community group ECOS last year with the aim of helping Southern Highlanders find a more sustainable and connected way of living. Joined by local businesswoman Marci Stedman who runs an eco-friendly online shopping business, Annabel and Asher set up the lunchtime presentation for Chev students and were impressed with the contributions of ideas from the more than 50 interested students who attended.

Pictured in the group photo – back row: Annabel Brown, Aimee Merlino, Maria Katarina Lambourne, Alexandra Kaye, Thea Stack, Mackenzie Boyd, Deb Rossiter, Asher Cloran  middle row: Kalinda Logan-Thomas, Rachel Arthur, Jessie Hoysted, Jackie Kennedy  front: Harriet Poulter, Ashton Keyes, Patrick Lunt

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Being healthy, ecology, clean energy, trees, food, water, future generations, pollution, animal welfare, bees, supporting farmers, global warming, peace, war, shelter, litter and other topics were all raised as issues for the Chevalier College sustainability program to focus on – finding practical methods to connect with our community and how to meet our changing world. More than 20 students indicated an on-going interest to be connected to ECOS and their wider community activities.

Positive discussions held on the day with Chevalier College Principal Chris McDermott encouraged the ECOS and Chevalier College Sustainability Teams to make plans for a ‘youth forum for sustainability’ event to be hosted by Chev for students from schools across the region. We’ll keep you posted as this idea develops.

CLEAN UP AUSTRALIA   On Sunday 6 March, a number of students and parents from Chev worked selflessly on Clean Up Australia Day for our local community – joining over half a million Australians who volunteered nearly 1.4 million hours to clean up Australia. Among the items they collected were old shoes, a car battery, lots of bottles, general rubbish and broken glass. The students’ work all helped to return Mt Alexander bushland into the pristine and rubbish free local attraction and wildlife refuge it should be.

Thanks for a job well done!: Will Moroney, Lillyana Lema, Jess Semkin, Cameron Douglas, Jessie Hoysted, Thea Stack, Aimee Merlino, Alexandra Kaye, Rachel Arthur, Maria Katarina Lambourne, Jackie Kennedy, Clare Rhodes, Nathan Rhodes

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Ian Kiernan AO, Chairman and Founder of Clean Up Australia was overwhelmed by the generosity and passion for the environment that continues to make Clean Up Australia Day even more relevant after 26 years.

Over 682,000 volunteers rallied to clean up their local parks, waterways, beaches, sporting fields, bushland and roadways at over 7,117 locations across Australia. Since the event started 26 years ago Australians have donated more than 31.2 million hours towards removing accumulated rubbish from their local communities through Clean Up Australia events, removing an estimated 331.5 thousand ute loads of rubbish from more than 166 thousand locations across the country!  [These figures are a staggering and sorry indictment of litter offenders across our population as well!]

A very proud Mr Kiernan said “So long as we are prepared to get involved and get our hands dirty, Clean Up events such as those of this last week will continue to make a difference. The ever increasing presence of plastics, beverage containers and other single-use packaging mean we need to continue to challenge our governments to implement effective waste management and recycling programs to reduce the amount of wasted resource that ends up in our precious environment. Clean Up activities provide vital community led data and feedback that influences decision makers.”

“My life equation is E=1, where the state of our environment is the centre of all things. Awareness starts with the simple act of picking up rubbish when you see it, reducing the amount of packaging we need to get rid of and recycling wherever possible” said Kiernan. 

(Information Source:  2016  Clean Up Australia Day  http://www.cleanup.org.au/files/2016-clean-up-australia-day-results.pdf )

We look forward to seeing how the Chevalier College Sustainability Program and the proposed youth forum event develops to support awareness of our own responsibility towards our environment.

Article by Deb Cloran
Media & Communications Officer
Chevalier College
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