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Australian Schools get green and clean

Media Release - 5 March 2010

Schools Clean Up Day kicks off around the nation today, a Clean Up Australia Day initiative encouraging Australian school students to clean up their local school ground, improve the quality of the environment, and ultimately be environmentally responsible from a young age.

Ian Kiernan AO, Chairman and founder of Clean Up Australia, said: “Schools Clean Up Day is a great initiative that aims to get Australian school students and staff to band together and make a difference to the environment. It’s critical that young Australians are thinking about the environment and what they can do from a young age to help preserve our beautiful country for years to come.”

Jessica Watson, the prominent young Australian school student who’s making waves with her solo sailing voyage around the world, is right behind the Schools Clean Up Day initiative. “I’m seeing firsthand the negative effects of rubbish and pollution in the ocean on my solo voyage around the world, which is really disappointing to see – this could have been easily prevented if people simply picked up their rubbish. So I think the Schools Clean Up Day is a great initiative for young Australians to get involved in to raise awareness of what we can do to make sure we protect our beautiful waterways for years to come.”

This year Clean Up Australia celebrates its 20th Anniversary and Schools Clean Up Day (Friday 5 March) is Clean Up Australia’s annual event for schools to get involved. With the focus on climate change and environmental sustainability continuing to increase, it’s now more important than ever for schools to incorporate environmental awareness and sustainability into the curriculum and equip young Australians with knowledge they can put into practice. Some of the greatest environmental challenges schools currently face include the disposal of electronics, such as computers, mobile phones and all of the associated consumables.

  • There are a number of ways in which schools can take part in Clean Up Australia, including:
  • Downloading the Schools Climate Kit from the CUA website and include some of the content in teaching, to further educate students on environmental sustainability
  • Encouraging and rewarding teachers who are committed to educating students on the environment by entering them in the Green Teacher Awards
  • Schools who have registered a site will be organising their staff and students to clean up on Friday 5th March.

Green Teacher Awards
Clean Up Australia’s Green Teacher Awards recognise teachers who have been a positive influence on students by carrying out environmental projects within their school community. One winner will be selected from each state / territory to receive a 3 day trip to Japan to view the world's largest solar structure: SANYO's Solar Ark. A national winner will be selected from the state / territory winners to receive Promethean 387 Pro Widescreen interactive whiteboard and PLC-WXL46 projector with GLWLXL45 bracket for their school. Free training will be provided in using the whiteboard for up to four people for one day.

For further information or interviews contact:
Kate Talbot :  8260 2845 / 0415 520 964 or Sophie Coleman : 8260 2841 / 0406 648 144; cleanup@thisismango.com.au