In 2017 we will be rolling out a 10-school pilot funded by the NSW Government in the Illawarra and Upper Shoalhaven regions of NSW.
Expressions of interest to participate in the pilot are open to secondary and primary schools (years 4, 5 and 6) in these regions.
The program uses art and multimedia as a vehicle to inspire a younger generation to investigate and reflect on global sustainability issues and act at a local level.
Reaching the Global Goals is a shared responsibility.
The program also empowers school students to lead by example and design and deliver a project for local impact.
The program encourages students and teachers to have courageous conversations around the following United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development.
The Kreative Koalas program provides the opportunity for students to be part of a team that welcomes their ideas and solutions and empowers them to act on these challenges at a local level as individuals, as a community and as the future decision makers for the planet.
Our world today is full of increasingly complex global issues like rising inequality, climate change, sustainability of resources and a rapidly changing economy, just to name a few.
If we are to reverse the damage that has been done, and ensure a sustainable future is secured for future generations, we need to act now.
At present Australia is facing one of the highest species extinction rates in the world, as well as experiencing increased pressures on biodiversity and natural resources due to land clearing, development, climate change and land-use pressures, In September 2015 World Leaders committed to the Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs). The 17 goals to achieve sustainability on a global scale by 2030 aim to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and to fix climate change.
The SDGs offer the opportunity for a “win:win” for Australia: by promoting more sustainable development we can improve the quality of life and opportunity here in Australia while also promoting prosperity in the many developing countries.
Whilst Australia has no difficulty in reaching several the SDG targets we face major challenges in meeting the SDGs relating to sustainable energy (goal 7), sustainable consumption and production (goal 12), and climate change (goal 13).
To realise these Goals there is overwhelming encouragement to engage communities and youth around the world to act on one or more of these goals in whatever capacity they can. The United Nations is encouraging people and organisations already working towards these goals to work with youth and community, and empower them to act.
Our work with young people has shown them to be ambitious, creative, have a strong social conscience and capable of solving tomorrow’s problems today.
Our programs provide an innovative vehicle to nurture and support the next generation of young people who want the tools to rethink the world and create a more sustainable future.
Our programs support future influencers to tackle the tough challenges and thrive.
Participating schools will be paired with young professionals who have been identified as Sustainability Ambassadors and trained to spread key sustainability messages using the Kreative Koalas – design a brighter future competition as a vehicle.
This program aims to help students be aware of the impact of their choices, empowered to make informed decisions and inspired to act to create the future they want to see.
Excitingly this program adds another dimension of engagement, and that is with Landcare elders (Landcare Legends) in the community. This intergenerational engagement model recognises the wealth of knowledge and experience of the Landcare grass-roots movement which has been addressing sustainability issues on the ground for over 30 years.
It recognises the role these people of influence can play in further supporting young people in their leadership development and sustainability journey.
The Kreative Koalas program engages primary and secondary school students in sustainability awareness, understanding and action through art, design, creativity, teamwork and project development by: