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North Sydney Congress 2016

North Sydney Vision Statement

We live in a world where …… we meet the needs of the current generations without compromising the needs of the future generations. People and the environment live in harmony and equality, including politicians. All our energy is renewable and the air is clean. Clean water and food is available to everyone. Sustainable agriculture, waste management and no deforestation creates a stable climate. There’s no limits to HAPPINESS!

Results from North Sydney Congress July, August 2016

Eco Footprint of Participants: Not available 


Top 5 Concerns

  1. Globalisation
  2. Pollution
  3. Agricultural impact on environment
  4. Passing the problem to future generations
  5. Deforestation


Top 5 Change Ideas: Do Not Pass The Problem To The Next Generation:

  1. Take Responsibility
  2. Consider long term implications
  3. Do your homework
  4. Finish what you start
  5. Be the change you want to see


8 Action Plans

James Ruse Group #1 (6 students)
Plan: Recycle plastic bottles at their school and build a vertical garden out of plastic bottles at their school
Progress: The six students have liaised with the Education Officer from Parramatta Council to discuss how to best set up their recycling action plan. As a first step Parramatta Council has offered free recycling bins for the schools and advice on how to create interesting/funky bins.

Hornsby Girls & Normanhurst Boys (4 students)
Plan: Organic Gardening. Create organic gardens at each school and form a joint eco group
Progress: ? No feedback

Pymble, NSGH and James Ruse (3 students)
Plan: Pollution - Plastic Waste. Reduce plastic waste pollution with a special focus on recycling plastic bags by creating awareness and installing plastic bag recycling bins
Progress: Elizabeth, Sue and Jessica have contacted Greenpeace and supported their “Ban the Bag” Campaign in NSW. They have been in touch with Killara Council and are working out which area to focus on first for their own project.

Killara High + Cammeraygal + Knox (5 students)
Plan: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle & Replant action plan. 4-part-plan: 1. Install a vertical garden; 2. Create a mural with an eco message; 3. Create a documentary “FEAR” on dangers of apathy; 4. Give presentations at school assemblies
Progress: The group has been in touch with Killara Council regarding possible funding and support for their vertical garden.

North Sydney Girls
Plan: Sustainable NSG Consumers. 5-part plan: 1. Do Eco Footprint Quiz with students at school; 2. Have sustainable consumer tips on toilet doors; 3. Make video on sustainable food choices to be shown at school; 4. Have a recycling competition at school; 5. Organise a ‘Green Day’ whole school event at school
Progress: ? No feedback

Newtown High (2 students)
Plan: Planting our Future. Create an organic veggie garden at school that will engage the school community (food tech classes, canteen, gardening group) and the local community via cooperation with local business, e.g. a restaurant.
Progress: Tempe and Isla applied for the Junior Landcarer grant and were successful! It’s worth $2,000. Tempe and Isla have been liaising with their enviro teacher and have set up a working bee for the September school holidays to establish the garden. With the grant money they will buy their portable veggie pods and the first lot of seeds and seedlings.

Willoughby & Loreto (2 students)
Plan: Ocean Care. Raise awareness of the threats facing the ocean and marine animals through posters, pamphlets and speeches as well as raising money for non-profit organisations.
Progress: ? No feedback

James Ruse #2 (2 students)
Plan: Ruse Recycling. Increase recycling at school by providing recycling bins and holding awareness sessions such as a mufti day.
Progress: The two students have liaised with the Education Officer from Parramatta Council to discuss how to best set up their recycling action plan. As a first step Parramatta Council has offered free recycling bins for the schools and advice on how to create interesting/funky bins.


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