Canberra students standing up for the Great Barrier Reef !
High School and College students in Canberra are demanding that their school bank provider rules out supporting the world’s largest coal port on the Great Barrier Reef. If our schools’ banks are not prepared to come out in favor of protecting the reef and our future, then we will campaign for a new bank that will.
Violet, a year 12 student from Narrabundah College states that “the coal ports are really damaging towards the reef and the environment, and it’s just really awful that it’s something we would have to deal with in the future. It’s doesn’t make sense that we’re campaigning to save the reef, and then the whole time our school bank is invested in the coal ports”.
Clea, the Environment captain of Canberra Girls Grammar School states that “at school in that academic environment, we’re all working so hard for our futures and to think that Australia’s biggest four banks that fund our schools could be damaging our future is very frightening. We’re the first generation that is going to feel the hardest impacts of climate change, and it’s our future to step into and we can’t let it be controlled and manipulated by people who want all the money from the coal industry. It’s about having a sustainable future for many generations to come, and that we have the Great Barrier Reef.”
“A lot of people don’t know that there are direct things we can do to work towards a solution. A lot of people are like, no, it’s a problem, but they don’t know how much of an impact they could have if they joined the movement. Something that I’ve really enjoyed being the environment captain is that you can make it happen, it’s not up to other people”.
Join the movement of high school and college students standing up for a school bank that will protect the reef, and protect our future.