Albuera students join “green army” to celebrate 15 years of environment action

STUDENTS from Albuera Street Primary in Battery Point recently united with more than 15,000 children across Australia to join a green army that has been “fighting the good fight”’ for the environment for 15 years.

Using science experiments, art, games, cooking, dioramas, workshops, songs and comedy the students taught each other about environmental issues during the 2014 Target Kids Teaching Kids Week, which was held in early September.

Throughout its 15 years, Kids Teaching Kids has been enlisting green army recruits.

Their mission is to educate themselves, their classmates and their communities about issues like climate change, conservation, energy, water and population growth.

“This was our fourth annual Kids Teaching Kids event and we so excited to be also celebrating our centenary year so the students were motivated and thrilled to present their knowledge and share their enthusiasm about a range of exciting topics,” Albuera Street Primary School science and sustainability coordinator Michelle De Paoli said.

Albuera Street Primary hosted one of about 500 events that took place during the 2014 Target Kids Teaching Kids Week, which had a “Celebrating Asia” theme this year.

Albuera Street kindergarten to year six students spent Thursday 11 September teaching others about water pollution, preparing food using Asian ingredients grown in their “Grow’n’Gobble” garden and planting and caring for plants.

Recycling games were run by the school’s “waste warriors,” “RUOK” guides were handed out and veggie slice made by year two students was served.

“Art was created from rubbish and students and adults learnt how to make and use QR codes and Google maps,” Ms De Paoli said.

“Blindfold tastings kept the Kids Teaching Kids Target representatives entertained, Chinese language games were a hit and year six students Matthew and Phillip got more than they bargained for with their sherbet chemistry stall – the lines were longer than “Dark MOFO”.

“We were also thrilled that Waimea Heights Primary and Lansdowne Crescent students were able to join us on the day to celebrate Kids Teaching Kids Week.”

Kids Teaching Kids creator Arron Wood, who was the 2007 Australian Environmentalist of the Year, said Australia should be proud of its kids’ green army.

“Education is their weapon of choice,” he said.

“Green army recruits are all under the age of 17 and they have been fighting the good fight for the environment for the past 15 years.

Kids Teaching Kids is about empowering the youth of this country to declare war on pollution, habitat destruction and global warming.

“Our green-armed forces have been achieving some phenomenal results – whether it is the restoration of a wetland area or the establishment of a waste water campaign or things as simple as school recycling programs, kids have wonderful ideas and this program allows them to put their concepts into action.”

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