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  1. Centenary Sustainability Project Centenary Parliament of Youth on Sustainability Information session forHigh School Teachersand Executive Staff

  2. Program

  3. What is SEE-Change? Society Economy Environment SEE-Change

  4. Centenary 2020 Vision:Imagining a Sustainable Canberra The 2020 Vision Project is supported by theACT Government Community Centenary Initiatives Fund 2020 Vision project Challenging Canberra’s young people to imagine a sustainable Canberra • How will life be different from the way it is now? • How will we all have changed?

  5. Centenary 2020 Vision:Imagining a Sustainable Canberra Centenary 2020 Vision includes three events: 2020 Vision competition –entries close 23 August 2013 Festival of Young Ideas exhibition –October 2013 Parliament of Youth on Sustainability – October 2013

  6. Why 2020 Vision?ACT Government targets Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act 2010 • ACT greenhouse gas emissions target (1) The principal target … is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in theACT to achieve zero net emissions by 30 June 2060. 7 Interim greenhouse gas emissions targets (1) The interim targets are to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in theACT to— (a) 40% less than 1990 emissions by 30 June 2020; and (b) 80% less than 1990 emissions by 30 June 2050. Find the Act at: www.legislation.act.gov.au/a/2010-41/default.asp

  7. The context and the challenge Presented by Bob DouglasChair of SEE-Change

  8. What is driving the 2020 Vision Project? • Seriousness and manageability of the problems now confronting human societies everywhere • Kids seeing that they have a role • The next 10 years will be difficult ones • We must find a new kind of living in harmony with the planet • Engaging as many as possible of the 67,000 Canberra students • To feel ownership of a viable way forward

  9. Global change – Crossing the safe boundaries of sustainability • Climate change (Boundary already crossed) • Ocean acidification • Atmospheric ozone depletion • Nitrogen and phosphorus cycles (Boundary already crossed) • Global freshwater use • Land use change • Loss of biodiversity (Boundary already crossed) • Atmospheric particulates • Chemical pollution

  10. The challenge for our species • For humans everywhere to recognise our dependence on healthy ecosystems and a livable climate • To make them central to our culture • To design a steady-state economy • To develop a governance system that respects communities within their environment • And operates on democratic principles • We don’t have long to do it

  11. The ecological footprint • SEE-Change module for both junior and senior students • Per capita use of biologically active land and water in global hectares • Vital role of CO2 • Our life choices in food, drink, travel, leisure activity, clothing and buildings, all have ecological implications.

  12. Footprints vary in size • Enough land and water to support sustainably 7 billion people with 1.8 hectares per person. We are using 2.7. • 9.2 global hectares – size of the average ACT resident’s ecological footprint in 2008-09. • Has increased 25% in 10 years. • 13% above the Australian average; nearly 3.4 times the global average. • People in developing countries have footprints ranging from 0.8 to 1.8 hectares • Biologically active land has been declining, while humanity’s footprint has increased.

  13. Critical role of older kids • All ages need to be involved in the proposed parliament but College kids should lead the way • Not only will they themselves benefit from feeling increasingly comfortable with the things that will have to be done • But by engaging all ages to some extent in the parliamentary process we hope the older kids will help to generate understanding and involvement in kids at high school and primary school level

  14. Green Paper Topics INFRASTRUCTURE Transport Urban planning Smarter buildings ENERGY Using less energy Renewable energy Energy efficient technology SURVIVAL Food Water WASTE IN THE WORLD Waste Dealing with carbon dioxide • ORGANISATIONAL SYSTEMS • The economy • The political system • Population • HOW WE LIVE • Reducing our ecological footprint • Living more sustainably • Consumption • KNOWLEDGE • Human health benefits of caring for the environment • Educating others about the need for change • OTHER • Other topics

  15. Five discussion modules • Intended for senior students, teachers, parents • Hope and action in a difficult decade • The Environmental Challenge • Population, the Economy and Inequality • A new road to a good future • A 2020 Vision of Caring and Hope

  16. Pause …

  17. Parliament of Youth on Sustainability Who? Reps from K-12 from all schools across Canberra 2 student reps from K-3, 4-6, 7-8, 9-10 , 11-12 from each school But the lead-up work can involve any number of students Where? When? Parliament House October 2013 Broad TopicHow will Canberra reach the 2020 target? What actions are needed by individuals, families,the community and the Governmentto meet this target?

  18. Preparation for Parliament: Who and what? • Over Terms 1, 2 and 3, 2013 • select a Parliament of Youth topic from SEE-Change list for incorporation into teaching program – by 25 Feb 2013 (Wk 4, T1) • matched with a ‘partner College’ – nearby College with students studying same topic • College students become mentors – assist partner school students to understand topic and develop own proposals for action – mentor sessions start 4 March 2013 (Wk 5, T1) and continue until Parliament of Youth • prepare a one-page response to the topic including up to 5 proposals for action – by 23 August 2013 (Wk 5, T3) • nominate student reps for Parliament – by 23 August 2013 • prepare a 5 minute presentation, based on one-page response, for delivery at Parliament of Youth in October 2013

  19. Parliament: Who and what? • Primary School, High School, College representatives: • deliver 5 minute presentation in ‘Topic Committees’ • watch presentations from other schools • discuss proposals in Committees and as full Parliament and vote for the best • reach an agreed position on path to a sustainable Canberra for presentation to politicians and others • participate in Q&A session with politicians

  20. Preparation on Parliament topic • incorporate topic into teaching program over Terms 1, 2 and 3, 2013 • College mentors available to teach students in partner school about topic and help younger students develop own understanding of issues and own proposals for action • mentoring sessions to complement other classroom work on topic and provide additional resource for teachers • exploration of topic and mentor sessions – include in existing sustainability teaching, or as part of new unit of work, or incorporate in other ways (eg Green Teams, SRCs)

  21. One-page response to topic • one-page, A4, single side, ‘response’ to topic • should include: • topic heading • summary of issues identified by school’s students and problems posed • up to 5 proposals for action to solve these problems (proposals for action for individuals, community, Government) • due 23 August 2013

  22. Presentation • 5 minutes based on one-page response paper • for the school’s representatives to deliver at the Parliament of Youth in October 2013 • students encouraged to develop engaging and creative presentations – eg performance, video, interactive activity for the audience • presentations must clearly outline the proposals for action so Parliamentarians are able to vote for the best • presented by whole school (Primary, High or College) group of representatives (ie K-6, 7-10, 11-12)

  23. Green Paper Topics INFRASTRUCTURE Transport Urban planning Smarter buildings ENERGY Using less energy Renewable energy Energy efficient technology SURVIVAL Food Water WASTE IN THE WORLD Waste Dealing with carbon dioxide • ORGANISATIONAL SYSTEMS • The economy • The political system • Population • HOW WE LIVE • Reducing our ecological footprint • Living more sustainably • Consumption • KNOWLEDGE • Human health benefits of caring for the environment • Educating others about the need for change • OTHER • Other topics

  24. College mentors • Presented by Eliza Hopkins • AYCC and Switched on Schools Coordinator

  25. College mentors • College mentors working with Primary School students • Switched on Schools model – how does it work? • College mentor training and support • Primary and High School students preparing presentations – Kids Teaching Kids model • teacher input?

  26. Discussion in groups Small group discussion How can we incorporate the Parliament of Youth on Sustainability into our program for 2013? Could it fit into existing work our school is doing? What student groups could we involve? Could we use this work to develop entries for the 2020 Vision competition as well? How could we work best with College mentors? Do we already have a relationship with a local College?

  27. Next steps • indication of Primary Schools who will participate in the Parliament of Youth on Sustainability – registrations due 17 December 2012 • getting help – how to access SEE-Change, OCSE and Fenner School help • further meetings/workshops for High School teachers? • evaluation form, please Thanks for coming, we hopeyou join us in this project