Many of us are concerned and want to take action to save our planet.  In 2019 you might have been involved in a #FridaysforFuture strike or other climate activism.  In 2020, in light of the Coronavirus, Greta Thunberg encourages us to:

“Listen to the science and local rules and guidelines.

Prioritise health and safety.

(As) striking in public with others may put your health at risk, choose other kinds of climate activism…

Be creative and have fun.”

Thanks (for nothing!) to the Coronavirus pandemic, we will all be spending our Easter school holidays “safe at home”. So, we thought, why not start our sustainability initiative right there, in our own backyards?

How?

The “Sustainability in my backyard” holiday challenge!

What is it?

GISS students (of all ages), we invite you to get your creative ‘hats’ on and find a fun or funky
way to answer the follow question:
What does “sustainability in my backyard” mean to you?
Your answer can take whatever creative form your heart desires or inspires.
A few examples:

What else? It’s up to you!
What is your “backyard”?
This can be whatever it means to you. Is it a literal backyard (behind your house) or a front-
yard, or a balcony, or a window-box or a strip of grass in front of your building? Is it your
household more generally, including how you shop, cook, recycle, use or save energy?
Is it your local area? Such as your street, neighbourhood or local council area. Or is it the whole
country?
How to:
When?
You have until Friday 1 May (so make good use of the time you have in the school holidays!)
How?
Send your entry (or a photo/scan of your drawing or sculpture or a link to an online resource
etc) to:
sustainability@giss.nsw.edu.au
Please include your name (or names - if you work together with siblings or friends) and age(s).
What’s in it for you?
Fame! We plan to curate a showcase of the entries on our Sustainability at GISS page. This
might include links to your work or a video collage of a number of entries. Unless you don't
want us to, we will highlight the name and age of the artist wherever your work is published.
Questions?
Need more information or have a question? Contact us at sustainability@giss.nsw.edu.au

Send us some art work, inspirational quotes, a poem, a short story, photos, ...

Write a poem or a short story or a letter to the Editor or an elected representative (e.g. Councillor or MP)

     

Send us a video messag

@carmenrakeseder

What do we do to our home? ##saveourplanet##foryou##earth ##savetheworld##truth

♬ Ainsi bas la vida - Indila
@aydonholley

Saving the turtles one at a time 🐢 😁 ##tiktok ##foryou ##saveourplanet

♬ A Thousand Years - christina perri

Draw us a cartoon

 

What else? It’s up to you!

What is your “backyard”?
This can be whatever it means to you. Is it a literal backyard (behind your house) or a front-
yard, or a balcony, or a window-box or a strip of grass in front of your building? Is it your
household more generally, including how you shop, cook, recycle, use or save energy?
Is it your local area? Such as your street, neighbourhood or local council area. Or is it the whole country?

How to & when?


  • You have until Friday 1 May (so make good use of the time you have in the school holidays!)
  • Send your entry (or a photo/scan of your drawing or sculpture or a link to an online resource etc) to: sustainability@giss.nsw.edu.au Please include your name (or names - if you work together with siblings or friends) and age(s).


What’s in it for you?
Fame! We plan to curate a showcase of the entries on our Sustainability at GISS page. This
might include links to your work or a video collage of a number of entries. Unless you don't
want us to, we will highlight the name and age of the artist wherever your work is published.
Questions?
Need more information or have a question? Contact us at sustainability@giss.nsw.edu.au

  • Jane Goodall is wonderful
Jane Goodall says it all

And a couple more videos ...

We look forward to hearing from you and seeing what you come up with!

Happy Easter from all of us in the GISS Sustainability Group