The importance of tackling climate change is on the agenda today for school students at Kandanga State School in the Mary Valley, where the school is hosting its first ever School Climate Day.
In visiting the school today as part of the Governing from the Regions program, Minister for Environment Leeanne Enoch said it was great to see young people so dedicated in addressing the impacts of climate change.
“At a time when Queensland has recently experienced unprecedented heatwaves and bushfires, understanding and responding to climate change is critical,” Ms Enoch said.
“It’s great to see children who are passionate about the environment get involved and make a difference as the next generation of Queenslanders.
“We know that the decisions we make now will affect generations to come, and we need to act proactively, before it’s too late.”
“This is why Queensland is developing a post 2020 climate policy that will see the transition of the state’s economy towards net zero emissions by 2050.
“We have also committed to 50% renewable energy by 2030.”
Kandanga State School Principal Warrick Lucht said their school was committed to encouraging students to learn how to become responsible ethical citizens.
“In a practical sense, we are always looking for new ways for our school community to better protect the environment and to prepare for climate change,” he said.
“We achieve this through encouraging environmental educational experiences such as our own School Climate Day this year, gardening activities and litter reduction.”
Minister Enoch said climate change was a fundamental challenge facing the planet.
“It is critical that Queensland, Australia and the rest of the planet unite to take urgent and strong action to reduce our carbon pollution,” Ms Enoch said.
“We know solutions to climate change already exist and will in many cases lead to more jobs, more prospects for businesses, and safer and happier communities. We just need to position ourselves to take advantage of these opportunities.”
Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Minister for Science and Minister for the Arts
The Honourable Leeanne Enoch