Waste and not wasting time were key themes explored by students at the recent Secondary Sustainability Conference hosted by Edmund Rice College at Mt Keira.
Students from Corpus Christi Oak Flats, John Therry Rosemeadow, St John’s Nowra, Holy Spirit Bellambi and Magdalene Narellan joined with other schools to share ideas about waste management and gain inspiration to tackle some of the challenges that schools face in addressing environmental issues.
The day began with an engaging presentation from the ERC Aboriginal Education Officer, Nadia Neal who spoke about First Nations concepts of sustainability which included key points such as collective responsibility, the seventh generation and totemic responsibility.
This was followed by student presentations from each school highlighting challenges and successes in the waste management space.
As in the previous conference, Costa Georgiadis - Environmental educator, Silver Logie Winner, host of Gardening Australia provided an entertaining and informative address for the students and teachers. He posed the question which provided stimulating conversation in groups: What is your urgency around sustainability?
One of Costa's key points was that You can’t change the world but you can change the world around you and that will lead to a greater change in the world.