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Experts say that it would only take one generation to save the planet. If that generation grew up being taught the right skills and knowledge, imagine the amazing things we could achieve. Children are never too young to start learning better green habits and one group of special kids is a shining green example for the next generation.

Brisbane’s Bulimba State Primary School is teaching gardening and recycling as part of their curriculum and trying to make the school greener for the community. 40 to 50 students volunteer everyday to water trees and flowers, weed gardens and pick veges. The school boasts many flowers, worm farms and gardens with vegetables, fruit, herbs and has planted over 200 native trees around the school.

By 2010,  the school also:

  • Installed solar panels on the roof, feeding back into the electricity grid.
  • Built a self-composting bush toilet.
  • Installed a 250,000L water tank for use in gardens and some toilets.
  • Put a paper recycling bin in each classroom. Kids also bring in newspapers from home. Recyclable paper is sold to a business that makes insulation, earning the school $120 per tonne, which goes back into environmental projects.
  • Uses food scraps for compost and mulch for the gardens.
  • Encourages kids to use less packaging for their lunches, reuse containers and not waste food in their lunchboxes.
  • Started the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program.
  • Was awarded a $69,000 grant from Boeing to help other schools develop environmental projects.

Every change you make to be greener, however small, makes a difference to your planet and your health.

Organic growers were almost certainly the first conservationists. Long before the wide-ranging environmental movement began, we recognized the dangers to the environment and health caused by poisonous sprays and disruptive chemicals, especially on food crops. And because we preferred to work the soil and grow things in rhythm with previously predictable weather patterns, we were along the first to notice certain dramatic and worryingly different climate changes occurring both locally and throughout the world.

Whether or not these changes are called global warming or climate change is of minor importance. Today, few people dispute that it is happening. Every day and every season in every part of the world, the effects of our drastically altering climate our being felt. Planet Earth’s climate is being thrown out of kilter. It is no coincidence that this dangerous climatic imbalance is occurring at a time when huge, ancient forest areas of Australia, South-east Asia, Africa, South America and elsewhere are being clear felled or burnt at a rate never before experienced. In addition, the major sources of energy for industry, transport and other purposes on a world scale are fossil fuels, with the barely-controlled and relentless release of enormous amounts of climate-changing greenhouse gases.

The burning question is: what is the basic cause of climate disruption? There are those who insist that this present life-threatening climatic imbalance is quite normal. That it is a perfectly natural phenomenon. In essence, they imply that there is nothing we can do and, in fact, should continue in the same environmentally destructive way. They angrily accuse environmentalists and others who believe climate disruption is caused by human activity of being anti-development and ‘anti-everything’.

The reality has always been that it is impossible to stop development. However, we can manage it with smart planning and controls, and this is what the real debate is all about. Any climate-destroying, greed-driven industry that trashes ancient forests and the balance of living things within them is not development. Surely that is destruction? Can large industrial enterprises, including pulp mills that pollute and irreversibly damage the environment, be described as development?

Intelligent development is controlled development. We can do it. This is what the real struggle for life on Earth is all about. It is the avoidable conflict between the most destructive forces of all – ignorance, indifference and greed – that drive uncontrolled development of the one hand, and on the other, the striving by the overwhelming majority of people throughout the world for food, clothing and shelter for themselves and their families in a clean, green, safe world. It’s as simple as that.

- By Peter Cundall