Carmel Tebbutt MP with two pupils from St Brigid's Primary School in Marrickville
The 'Wide World of Waste' and 'Mechanics of Organics' are just two of the fun and educational interactive programs offered by Waste Watchers
Through sessions that link to the NSW curriculum, Waste Watchers educators teach primary aged school children about waste, litter and stormwater issues. Since it began, Waste Watchers has reached more than 280,000 children.
A new module, Sustainability Sleuths, was launched in March. Sustainability Sleuths will take vital messages about climate change to the next generation.
Waste Watchers is delivered by Keep Australia Beautiful NSW, and is designed to secure the future of the environment by educating children today.
The launch of Sustainability Sleuths was held at St Brigid's Primary School in Marrickville, an inner suburb of Sydney, and was hosted by local member and Minister for Climate Change and the Environment, The Hon Carmel Tebbutt MP.
"The Waste Watchers program is an excellent example of education which responds to and addresses the most critical environmental issues of our time: climate change, water scarcity and resource consumption," Ms Tebbutt said.
"The relevance and strength of this program and the other Keep Australia Beautiful NSW programs, demonstrates a commitment to creating and maintaining a sustainable environment for many generations to come."
Peter McLean of Keep Australia Beautiful NSW announced that the organisation would be employing an additional educator to assist with program expansion. "The future is looking bright for environmental education," he said.
St Brigid's school has been involved with Waste Watchers for six years. "We are implementing our own sustainability program this year with the Kindergarten students establishing our first organic vegetable garden thanks to a $500 grant from Marrickville Council to support our Growing Things project," said Principal Lynette Sandford.
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Find out about other programs for schools at Sustainable Schools NSW