Climate change at ground level

THOUSANDS of students from 20 schools sent a strong and innovative message about climate change yesterday.Each school created a human sign which was photographed from the air.Mount Alexander Sustainability Group’s Dean Bridgfoot said the photos would be used to urge local communities and leaders to take real action on climate change.“We were overwhelmed by the response of the schools and students,’’ he said.“I was on the ground at Castlemaine North School and everybody was really enthusiastic.” Just to see that excitement on the ground was a privilege. We were stoked with the outcome.“A lot of people say we are a special interest group.“This demonstrates that climate change needs addressing.“The younger generation wants us to do something.’’ Bendigo Sustainability Group’s Andrea Scott said the signs were a way to enable young people to feel like they can make a difference.“Our community may be surprised to know the level of concern our youth feel towards climate change,’’ Ms Scott said. It was left up to each school what message they wanted to create.Kennington Primary School’s students, staff and friends worked together to create a human sign which read Don’t Wait.Eaglehawk North Primary School’s sign said It’s Time, Act!The climate change awareness event was organised by Bendigo and Mount Alexander Sustainability groups and Hepburn Renewable Energy Association in partnership with Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, Coliban Water and The Advertiser.See more pictures at

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