Local youth tackle climate change

Local high school students and community members joined forces at the recent 2012 Alpine Shire Youth Forum to seek practical ways to combat climate change at a local level, with a focus on recycling.

Guest speaker for the day was Australian Youth Climate Coalition member Sam Millar, who praised the Alpine Shire for being a leader in sustainability.

“It’s always fantastic to see how the Alpine Shire is leading by example,” he said.

“The ideas that have come out of this forum are some of the best I’ve seen, and they’re particularly great because they’re realistic and achievable.”

The forum also marked the official launch of the Alpine Shire Council’s Tea Chest to Timor project, which is collecting recycled items to send to kindergarten students in East Timor.

Council’s Manager Communities Alison Banks said the project had the dual benefit of raising awareness of the impact of climate change on poorer countries, and encouraging residents to become involved for a good cause.

“We’ve had a fantastic response from the community so far and we’re always looking for more donations,” she said.

“Items as simple as magazines and travel brochures are being turned into jigsaw puzzles and items such as cardboard boxes, pegs, fabric and rubber bands can become something new and useful.

“We’re also ensuring that we don’t contribute to Timor’s environmental issues by sending any products that will cause litter or pollution.”

Items that can be donated include:
• colouring and picture story books
• games and puzzles
• socks for puppets
• good quality small clothes
• fabric, needles and cotton
• tennis balls or soccer balls,
• stationery items like pencils, erasers, rulers etc.

The recent Alpine Shire Youth Forum engaged local youth in thinking about climate change

SUSTAINABLE FUTURE: (back, from left) India Prior, Alana Frizzo, Sarah Hodge, Megan Harris and (front, from left) Courtenay Ford and Sam Millar at the recent 2012 Alpine Shire Youth Forum.

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