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Parliament of Youth on Sustainability set to run on Monday 30 May at the ANU

We have 68 teams, 68 Green Papers and 299 students registered for the Parliament of Youth on Sustainability set to run at the Australian National University on Monday 30 May 2016.


Reminder: All students attending the Parliament will need parent/carer media permission – you may provide confirmation of this to the Project Officer at parliament@see-change.org.au up to the day of the Parliament. Information for school permission notes.

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Need more information?

Read on below or contact: Project Officer, Anne Quinn – P: 02 6231 2452; E: parliament@see-change.org.au or keep reading.


WHAT: The Parliament of Youth on Sustainability is the chance for ACT students from kindergarten to year 12 to have their say about how we should reduce Canberra’s ecological footprint and make Canberra a more sustainable city. Each school may enter up to three teams in each of the year group categories: K-Y3 (6 team members), Y4-Y6 (6 team members), Y7-Y9 (3 team members) and Y10-Y12 (2 team members). Each team should prepare a one-page Green Paper outlining their proposal for action (due 6 May 2016) and a 5 minute presentation about their proposal for delivery at the Parliament.

WHEN: The Parliament of Youth on Sustainability is set to run on Monday, 30 May 2016 (week 6, term 2) at the Australian National University.
TOPIC: What is one action we should take to reduce Canberra’s ecological footprint?

REGISTER: Register online or download a registration form. Registrations are due on 6 May 2016.
WATCH: The 2016 Parliament: In a Nutshell video (1:53) below for a quick run-down on what the Parliament is all about.

TEACHING RESOURCES: Go to the teaching resources page which includes a 4 step teaching sequence.
EXPERT PRESENTERS AVAILABLE: We have a list of expert volunteers happy to come to your class to present on the ecological footprint, sustainability, renewable energy, and more. Click for the presenter list and contact Anne Quinn at parliament@see-change.org.au or on 6231 2452 to book a speaker.

SCHOOL PERMISSION NOTES, INCLUDING MEDIA PERMISSION: All students attending the Parliament of Youth on Sustainability will need parent/carer permission for photographs and video to be taken of them on the day. Here’s information you may want to use for your school permission notes.
TEAM MEMBER NAMES: Names of the students in each Parliament team are due on Friday, 6 May 2016 (end of week 2, term 2). Please use the team member registration form.

PROJECT UPDATES: Parliament of Youth Newsletter


Click here for the 2016 Project Information Booklet. Follow this link to the teaching resources page.

In a nutshell: What do participating schools/students do?

1. Study the concepts of the ecological footprint and sustainability. Click here for some useful resources.

2. Study one aspect of human lifestyle and how it relates to Canberra’s ecological footprint. Click here for suggested focus topics.

Student Parliamentarians working on postcards to politicians at the 2015 Parliament

Student Parliamentarians working on postcards to politicians at the 2015 Parliament

3. Develop a proposal for action to reduce Canberra’s footprint.

4. Each Parliament team outlines what they’ve learnt and sells their single proposal for action in a one-page Parliament paper (Green Paper) (due 6 May 2016 – end of week 2, term 2). (One Green Paper per Parliament team. Click here for the Green Paper Template and instructions.)

5. Each Parliament team prepares a 5 minute presentation, based on their Green Paper.

6. Each Parliament team chooses one student to act as their Minister if their proposal is chosen as one of the best at the Parliament. Ministers prepare a one minute summary speech outlining and selling their proposal in case they need to present this at the Parliament.

7. At the Parliament in term 2, 2016, school teams meet in year group committees with other schools and as a full Parliament to deliver their presentations and vote on the best proposals to take forward to Canberra’s politicians.


2015 student Ministers meet with MLAs
2015 Parliament of Youth on Sustainability
2013 Parliament of Youth on Sustainability

THANK YOU to our supporters

The 2016 Parliament of Youth on Sustainability project is supported by grant funding from:

ACT Government Education and Training Directorate


Association of Independent Schools of the ACT


Catholic Education Office (Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn)


ACT Government Environment and Planning Directorate

ACT Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment


Venue support is provided by the Australian National University


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