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Citizens - It's up to us

Wise Words


"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead


In the News

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The Facts

We are all in it together!

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The United Nations (UN) helps look after the citizens of the world. In 2005, they started a ten-year program called the 'Decade of Education for Sustainable Development' and developed a list of 'Millennium Development Goals' to improve health, education, living conditions, food security, gender equity and environmental sustainability for everyone.

In order to achieve these goals, we all need to get involved! That's why the United Nations helps teach young people like you what we can do to have enough for all. Learn more about it here or watch this exciting video explaining the Millenium Development Goals!


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In Australia, everyone older than 18 years has his or her say on who represents us in Parliament because we are a democracy. Our Government is led by politicians who we elect to make decisions. The Prime Minister is the leader of the Federal Government.


Then there are the State Governments, led by Premiers (or Chief Ministers for the Territories) and local councils, led by Mayors who look after our towns, cities and shires. Each level of Government focuses on particular areas like defence, education and telecommunications.


You can also find out more with this cool comic book produced by the Australian Electoral Education Centre.


Who are your politicians? Find out the names of your federal, state and local representatives.


How to live the Earth Charter in your school:
❑ Read and discuss the Earth Charter with your teacher

Watch this video to see the world through a earth charter lense
❑ Make up your own words for the Earth Charter

❑ Share your story online at www.earthcharterinaction.org

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South Australia has the cleanest energy in Australia with renewable energy making up around 28% of all energy production! That's a lot of wind, solar and geothermal energy!

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Carrum Primary School, VIC

Carrum Primary are an amazing school and are so passionate about the environment, they dedicate a whole semester to learning about sustainability, and they truly are waste warriors! Each year their efforts to reduce waste, recycle and teach others about the same blows us away. Check out their amazing video here!


Action Ideas

What Australian celebrities do you know who are helping to protect our environment and society? Which ones could you write letters to about going green?


Email the Prime Minister and let them know what you would like to improve. Make sure you give a solution to a problem.


Dorjee Sun was so passionate about protecting orangutan habitat in Indonesia, he started a program called 'Avoided Deforestation' that encouraged farmers in Indonesia to protect the native forests and reduce carbon dioxide emissions. He also made a documentary to share his stories. Check it out at The Burning Season Movie and see how you can take action at the Ourangutans very own website!


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Passionate about helping the planet and people at the same time, Wangari Maathai was the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Her organisation has planted over 51 million trees employing many people in Kenya and reducing deforestation. Research other eco-heroes and read their stories. What qualities do they all share? Maybe you will join them.


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Kids can make a difference. There are a million stories of kids who asked WHY? and WHY NOT?

Kids created some of the world's most amazing inventions. Do some research and get inspired by groups like Green Kids Now.



  • Know what goes on in the world
  • Look our for others and try to do something to help
  • Write to your local politicians, telling them your opinion
  • Be positive and have a go - that's how people change the world
  • Make use of the fantastic 'Taking it Global' website that connects you to the movement of young people around the world making a difference!


People talk about countries being 'developed' or 'developing'. Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations, defined a developed country as 'one that allows all its citizens to enjoy a free and healthy life in a safe environment'. Developing countries are working toward this but face serious clean water, food, energy, health and pollution challenges on the way. Australia and New Zealand are among the developed countries but still have massive problems in areas like Indigenous literacy. You can help solve these by getting involved with groups like the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. Click here for more information!



We all need to treat each other with respect. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was proclaimed on 10 December 1948 and contains 30 articles that explain our rights. In summary, everyone on this planet has a right to:

  • Freedom and equality
  • Work and have a family
  • Live and be safe
  • Justice before the law
  • Nationality, representation and education
  • Think, believe and express yourself

You can find a more detailed description specially made for kids on the Kids Encyclopedia by clicking here!


What other rights do you think young people should have?


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Tips and Resources

Tips and Resources

We have compiled a list of ideas just to get you going. Try these eco activities - share them with your family and friends. Rate your progress. Be honest so you know what you can work on.


From waste, water and energy to what you eat and what you buy - its all about taking action...  Together we can make a difference!

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