My name is Billy and I am a volunteer with the AYCC in Victoria. I first heard about the AYCC through a friend during a discussion we were having about potential volunteer opportunities. She recommended them highly, and with climate change being something I already had an interest in, I was soon signing my first petitions and then expressed an interest to volunteer.
High school students from the Sunshine Coast have an important message for Clive Palmer – be our climate hero!
60 students joined together to show that they support ambitious action on climate change as part of the ‘Start the Switch’ summit. They asked their local MP Clive Palmer to support a transition to 100% renewable energy, and help make the Sunshine Coast the ‘Solar capital of Australia’.
What is Start the Switch? Well, it’s a program run by us to engage secondary school students with climate change and sustainability, and to help them create positive change within their local communities.
The Start the Switch summits, are two-day events involving a range of climate-based activities and providing students with the opportunity to meet like-minded people.
These summits kicked-off this year on the Sunshine Coast with sixty enthusiastic secondary school students from various schools including Mountain Creek State School, Maroochydore SHS, Immanuel Lutheran College, Nambour Christian College, Chancellor State College, and Siena Catholic College. After this students undertook workshops on climate change, sustainability, and project planning.
Importantly, there was a particular focus on the implementation of school environmental projects following the summit. Individual school projects ranged from simple initiatives, such as introducing recycling bins and substituting plastic water bottles for a metal alternative, to larger events like bicycle-powered movie screenings to raise climate change awareness.
One action the students hope to pursue further is the transition to 100% renewable energy. This was made clear in an open letter to Clive Palmer. To capture their local MP’s attention the students each made a hand-painted sun and wrote an individual message about why they care about climate change.
In the wake of the Australian Government’s heavy-handed budget, his support for renewable energy is invaluable. A transition to 100% renewable energy will only be achieved with the help of climate heroes, and the students of the Sunshine Coast hope they’ve found one in Clive Palmer. So come on Clive, let the Sunshine Coast live up to its name and make it the solar capital of Australia!