Students say 'yes' to clean environs
SASHA HUNT wants students on the Northern Rivers to help make the country a 'cleaner and greener' place.
And so she has helped form the Lismore-based Youth Environment Society (YES) with a team of former and current high school students.
The steering committee members - Emily Alexander, Emi Christensen, Ahri Tallon, Bec Sproule, Darcy Garlick-Kelly and Sasha - will promote awareness of climate change.
They will also provide support and advice for environmental groups at local high schools.
“Our desire for the creation of YES stems from our personal experiences in leading and participating in school environmental groups,” Sasha said.
“Each of us has experienced the difficulty and ineffectiveness of an inadequately informed committee, making it hard to have a successful environmental group.
“So there's a real need for support for environmental groups at our local schools. We don't want these groups to fold every year just because the people who were leading them have left.”
One of their first events will be a conference on March 16, where YES will create a region-wide environmental network for high schools on the Northern Rivers.
Meetings will then be held every month.
Ahri said the YES steering committee would provide students with 'useful external contacts such as professional organisations, inspirational mentors, and additional information about grants and projects'.
YES meetings will enable students to share ideas and help each other with projects.
Sasha said the steering committee also wanted to help groups implement their school environmental management plans.
“These address issues such as sustainability and recycling,” she said.