Evelyn fights logging

PASSION: Evelyn Farr wrote to the Bendigo Advertiser as part of her grade 4 project about humans impacting the environment. Photo: DARREN HOWE

PASSION: Evelyn Farr wrote to the Bendigo Advertiser as part of her grade 4 project about humans impacting the environment. Photo: DARREN HOWE

A grade 4 student from Bendigo is ready to help the world save the environment.

While working on school project about the Amazon, Camp Hill Primary School student Evelyn Farr made a little extra effort.

In an effort to make a difference to the environment, Evelyn planned to write to logging companies to tell them to stop.

But following advice from her teachers she wrote to the Bendigo Advertiser to bring her issues with logging into the spotlight.

“Our teachers were talking about extra things we could do so I wrote a letter. I wanted to make a change from logging,” Evelyn said.

“In the last 40 years almost 20 per cent of the rainforest has been cut down and animals are dying because of the habitat loss. 

“I want to make a change and make it so animals can stay in their environment.”

When her teachers Lara Manning and Leanne Cummings set a project that focused on how humans impact the environment, Evelyn’s brain started buzzing.

“When they told us (about the project), I wanted to learn more and do something different so thought of the Amazon Rainforest,”

“I learned a lot about the Amazon Rainforest. Most of threats to it are logging because the trees are used for furniture or cut down for farming.”

Evelyn’s teacher Ms Manning said it was exciting to see students going beyond what is asked of them.

“It's fantastic when take what teach them that bit further,” she said.

“Last term we wrote persuasive letters on a different topic but Evelyn applied what she had done then to this project to try and make a change.

“She wanted to write logging companies that log the Amazon to make a change but we talked about how if she educated others about what’s happening and changed their opinions then more likely to cause a change, so she decided to write newspaper.”

Ms Manning said she was proud to see students going further.

“She has set the benchmark for future projects. Who knows what she’ll do next,” she said.

Letter to the editor from Camp Hill Primary School student Evelyn Farr:

In my grade 4 class we are learning about endangered plants, animals and places. 

PASSION: Evelyn Farr wrote to the Bendigo Advertiser as part of her grade 4 project about humans impacting the environment. Photo: DARREN HOWE

PASSION: Evelyn Farr wrote to the Bendigo Advertiser as part of her grade 4 project about humans impacting the environment. Photo: DARREN HOWE

I am doing my project on the Amazon Rainforest. 

I have realised that in the last 40 years 20 per cent of the forest has been cut down. 

I really want to make a change because lots of the animals that live there are endangered because of habitat loss. 

The endangered animals live and use the trees. 

Do we want to be responsible for killing all the animals? 

I would like to see a change to using plantations (planting trees, cutting them down then re-planting them) instead of logging. 

As well as the animals, the trees are important. 

They give us air to breathe. Imagine a world without trees! We would all die. 

Are you going to help make a change?

Evelyn Farr, 9

Camp Hill Primary School

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