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Green classrooms are fun to learn in and make a difference to our planet. How green is your class?


In the News

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The Facts

Every day we make choices about how we live. These little choices have an impact on our environment and others around us. Find out how you can walk more gently on our earth.


How can you change from being a BIG FOOT to a LITTLE FOOT?



  • Travel smart: catch public transport, walk, ride your bike or carpool with your neighbours
  • Waste not: collect lunch scraps for a worm farm or compost bin
  • Re-use, recycle: use only what you need, reuse materials for craft work and recycle
  • Join up: start an environmental group and make an action plan for bigger projects
  • Eat healthy: take fresh fruit and homemade goodies for lunch in reusable containers instead of snacks in separate packaging
  • Water watch: turn off the tap when you're not using it
  • Blog it: make a blog and share your simple Steps with others to show it easy it can be to make a difference!

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There are lots of ways to help your school reduce its ecological footprint. Check these out:


Does your school use the GreenStar Education rating tool to find out how green their buildings are?

Find out at www.gbca.org.au.



Family farming is the focus of World Food Day on October 16 2014!


  • The United Nations is raising the profile of family farming and smallholder farmers.
  • It focuses world attention on the significant role of family farming in overcoming hunger and poverty, providing nutrition for kids around the world and protecting the environment.
  • The focus is especially on family farming in rural areas - but your backyard is the perfect place to start, wherever you live!


Find out more and enter the poster competition here: United Nations World Food Day!

Enter the poster competition here: Enter your design!





  • Grow your own: start your own vege patch, herb garden or chicken coop - you'll have fresh vegetables, herbs and organic, free-range eggs in no time!
  • No plastic bags: take your own bags and say NO to plastic bags
  • Buy local: go to the local farm or markets to buy your fruit, vegetables, meat and bread
  • Good neighbours: share the harvest from your vege patch, car-pool to school, or just enjoy each other's company with a backyard BBQ.

Find out here all the information you will need!




Grow your own food. Try planting some herbs and veggies in a pot and starting your own garden. It's fun and you can have your own lettuce in your sandwiches at school!

Fantastic fact

The average family car emits 4 tonnes of greenhouse gases every year. 1,200 trees need to be planted to offset those emissions. Learn how you can be more sustainable with cars by reading this blog!


Green Lane Hero



St Brendans Primary, Moorooka

These amazing students in Mrs Crawford's class have spent the term keeping their diary and leading the way to show others that living green is easy. Every student's diary was jammed packed with amazing ideas, personal insights and practical solutions that they tried to live each day.


Mildura West Primary School, VIC

This school has been busy running a Walking Bus to reduce car traffic, creating stickers to help kids recycle and writing Bird Fact Files to promote local species. Their Rubbish Free Trophy is hotly contested by all classes each week.


Action Ideas

Eat less animal proteins to reduce carbon and methane emissions. Maybe try starting a Peanut Butter and Jelly campaign!


Dig a hole and bury an apple, a tea bag, plastic bottle and anything else you'd like. Keep a 'decompose diary' to find out how fast everything decomposes.  Some things will take years to breakdown! Imagine what our tips are like.



Some things you have in your home have travelled a long way to get to you. Things that travel great distances have used more energy being transported. The grapes you eat for lunch might have put lots of greenhouse gas into the atmosphere because they had to come all the way from the US. It's much better for the

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planet to buy products that come from close to home or even grow it yourself in a garden just like they do here!


Don't forget to do your own research and see what other people think!

What can you do?

  • Eat food that is in season
  • Shop at the local markets and buy from farmers who grow things nearby
  • Check the labels and buy Australian products
  • Make your own list of foods with Friendly Food Miles. Publish the list in your school newsletter or on your school's website.
  • Help celebrate World Food Day and promote Food cooperatives



It's now even easier to keep our Earth in balance. New labelling on food items, beauty and cleaning products helps us to choose what's best for the environment and our health, and offers a fair go for people all around the world.

The only tricky thing is that so many businesses want an eco-label on their product to help make it more appealing even though the product may not deserve it. To help track the eco-label expansion, the eco-label index has been set up. You can check it out here!

What labels have you noticed on the supermarket shelves?


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In Australia, we're lucky to have steady supplies of clean water. Still we join with the rest of the world in spending more than $100 BILLION on bottled water every year. Our water situation would be very different if we were living in a country like Ghana, where supplies of clean, fresh water are hard to come by.

Thanks to the students of St Brendan's Primary School in Moorooka, Queensland for raising money for the children from Dawu Methodist Primary and Junior High School in East Ghana! The money raised was used to install water tanks and toilets for their fellow students in Ghana.


See how much of a water saving champion you can be by playing Water Use It Wisely game!!


More Juicy Stuff...


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Everyone these days seems to have a Nintendo, an iPod or an Xbox but electronic games are only a recent invention. Before that - believe it or not - kids had fun without electronic gadgets!


How did they survive? They spent time outside, building cubbies, exploring, playing games and sports and learning more about the world around them. Being outdoors keeps us strong and healthy and teaches us how our bodies work - especially when we're climbing trees! When we play in nature, we learn about plants and animals and learn what it feels like to be connected with our planet. So go on, get outside and play!


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Pets are fantastic - they're fun to play with, they cheer us up when we're sad and when we care for our pets, we're learning how to take care of the world around us.


How to care for your pet:
1. Give your pet food and water regularly
2. Clean up after your pet
3. Spend time with your pet - take it for a walk!
4. Prepare a pet emergency evacuation plan.


You too can get involved...

Get started here!
Download the Green Scrapbook, come back to the website every week for tips and information, record your journey and win the competition!

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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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