- Last updated:
- 28 Sep 2021
COVID-19 Update: The Kids in Action Team are hoping to offer a face-to-face program this year. However, we will remain responsive to Queensland Health directives as they emerge. Registered schools will receive updates directly from the team via email. For further information please contact us.
Designed primarily for students from Years 5-8, council’s award-winning Kids in Action program encourages students to take responsibility for their learning through the planning and delivery of environmental projects.
Each year the program focuses learning experiences and projects through an annual theme.
Kids in Action 2021
The United Nations has declared 2021:
- International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development
- International Year of the Elimination of Child Labour
- International Year of Peace and Trust, and
- Year of Indigenous Tourism.
Inspired by these themes and the challenges posed by 2020, this year’s program will focus on moving ‘beyond crisis’ into a future that encapsulates visions and models of hope. Our 2021 theme explores new ways of understanding, appreciating and engaging with hopeful sustainability concepts, models and wisdoms that are both traditional and contemporary.
Future Dreaming: Imagining our shared journey
This theme is open to exploration in various ways including but not limited to:
Fair Trade: Fair trade is an arrangement designed to help producers in developing countries achieve sustainable and equitable trade relationships. What can we do locally, nationally and globally to ensure fair economies support all aspects of ecologically sustainable development?
Earth Laws/Rights of Nature: This growing global movement rejects the concept of nature as property recognising instead the intrinsic rights of nature to exist, thrive and evolve independent of the human world. Rights of Nature laws provide guidance for actions that respect this relationship and are often inspired by the ancient wisdom of First Nations peoples around the world. How can we work together to enact Earth Laws locally?
First Nations Cultural Heritage: First Nations cultural heritage encompasses both the tangible and intangible; including physical artefacts, geographic and spiritual landscapes as well as oral traditions, rituals and gatherings. Is there a place of significance that you can work in partnership with the First Nations peoples to demonstrate respectful custodial responsibilities?
Bioregions: Bioregions are large landscape-scale natural areas encompassing whole eco-systems and their accompanying processes (such as climate, geomorphology, geology, soils and vegetation). A bioregional approach to biodiversity works on a broader scale to manage large areas of land more holistically. How can your school adopt a bioregional approach in the management of its school grounds?
Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times: First Nations peoples hold a continuous, sustained connection to both physical and spiritual landscapes. Over tens of thousands of years, First Nations peoples have observed and passed down detailed oral ecological knowledge relating to the seasons, phases and ways in which every living thing is connected. How can Western Science embrace and collaborate with First Nations peoples to better understand our natural environment and the effects western societies have imposed on the health of our planet?
Key 2021 Events
Day 1 - Friday 14 May 2021: Kids in Action Environmental Projects Day - The Environmental Projects Day engaged students in education and citizen science activities. It encouraged students to enquire and explore, further developing their confidence and capacity to be able to combat challenges and actively protect their environment. The day also provided an opportunity for the students to become acquainted with community mentors, to provoke ideas, and to stimulate interest in the 2021 Kids in Action conference theme. Check out all the fun and learning from the Environmental Projects Day.
Day 2 - Friday 15 October 2021: Kids in Action Conference - The Kids in Action Conference encourages students to learn from each other, through workshops, displays and performances. The conference encourages students to take responsibility for their learning through the planning and delivery of environmental projects.
Term 4 - Kids in Action Road Show: Following the Kids in Action Conference, interested schools are invited to take their presentations on the road and share their environmental message with the community.