Enabling change in our Society, Environment and Economy (SEE)

Student Ministers meet with MLAs

Congratulations to the 2015 Parliament of Youth student Ministers and advisors who met with MLAs on Wednesday 19 August 2015 to present the Parliament’s final six proposals.

Alistair Coe MLA chats to Daramalan College students

Alistair Coe MLA chats to Daramalan College students

ACT student Ministers for the 2015 Parliament of Youth on Sustainability presented and discussed their ideas for tackling climate change with MLAs Meegan Fitzharris and Alistair Coe, the Chair and Deputy Chair of the Standing Committee on Planning, Environment, Territory and Municipal Services.

Discussion focused on the six proposals voted in by more than 160 students at the Parliament of Youth on Sustainability in June. Youth parliamentarians decided we should address climate change by planting trees, educating people to buy local produce and understand their carbon footprint, making solar panels mandatory on all new buildings, shifting the economy to green options and ensuring the effect of climate change on water is recognised as a human rights issue.

Meegan Fitzharris MLA and Canberra Girls Grammar students, Ani Lee and Clea Porteous-Borthwick

Meegan Fitzharris MLA and Canberra Girls Grammar students, Ani Lee and Clea Porteous-Borthwick

Each Minister had one minute to explain their proposal to the committee and then responded to questions from Ms Fitzharris and Mr Coe. The remaining five Ministers were also invited to share their proposals. The students demonstrated a great depth of knowledge about their ideas and the issue of climate change, impressing the politicians and audience members. The committee session was followed by afternoon tea and informal discussion.

Well done to: Ministers – Bethan Pitt (Red Hill Primary School), Bridget Davey (Farrer Primary School), Michael Bui (Daramalan College), Clea Porteous-Borthwick (Canberra Girls Grammar School), Vivien Nguyen (Radford College), Lillian Rowland (Canberra College), Phoenix Gosper (Lyons Early Childhood Centre), Amy Stratford (St Benedict’s Primary School), Ashleigh Druett (St Monica’s Primary School), Olivia Baldwin (Telopea Park School), and Hayden Montgomery (St Mary MacKillop College); advisors – Angelina Poulakis (Daramalan College) and Kristin McKinnon (Canberra College).

Read the Parliament White Paper for the full listing of final proposals from the Parliament.
Click here for 2015 project information and teacher resources.

Ashleigh Druett from St Monica’s Primary School makes an opening address while Alistair Coe MLA looks on

Olivia Baldwin from Telopea Park School addresses the committee while Hayden Montgomery from St Mary MacKillop College looks on

Lillian Rowland from Canberra College addresses the committee while Kristin McKinnon listens

Bridget Davey from Farrer Primary School presents her proposal

Michael Bui From Daramalan College presents his proposal

Michael Bui From Daramalan College presents his proposal

Vivien Nguyen from Radford College addresses the committee

Clea Porteous-Borthwick from Canberra Girls Grammar School addresses the committee

Clea Porteous-Borthwick from Canberra Girls Grammar School addresses the committee

Phoenix Gosper from Lyons Early Childhood Centre

Phoenix Gosper from Lyons Early Childhood Centre

Angeliba Poulakis from Daramalan College

Angelina Poulakis from Daramalan College

Amy Stratford from St Benedict's Primary School

Amy Stratford from St Benedict’s Primary School

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bethan Pitt from Red Hill Primary School presents her proposal

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