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Sustainability and Climate Change were high on the agenda at an Open Space forum in the Environmental Centre on Friday 15 April. The event, co-run by Tipping Point Australia, began with a series of lightning talks from presenters including facilitator Matt Wicking, writer Tom Doig, Tom Reddington from the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, performing artists Jodee Mundy and Deb Hart, and Year 10 students Spencer Davis and Darcy Smith. The talks were informative and thought-provoking and set the scene for the rest of the forum.
Participants in the forum included the 2015 Hot Docs class, representatives from the school’s Student Representative Council and several students from last year’s Hot Docs class. In addition four thoughtful and inspiring young students from Yarraville West Primary School joined us and shared their imaginative ideas for the future of the planet.
After the talks, the students, teachers and presenters participated in an interactive forum where everyone was encouraged to generate questions and ideas about sustainability and climate change, which were then further discussed in small groups.
Lots of wonderful ideas were generated about what we can do to mitigate the effects of climate change, prepare and adapt to the changes already happening and make the world more sustainable for the future.
The Hot Docs class will spend the rest of the semester making documentary films about an aspect of sustainability or climate change that they have chosen to investigate.
Sue Dwyer, Year 9 Hot Docs teacher