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Students speak for biodiversity

By: Ms Helen Wheeler, Category: Lifelong Learning, Date: 07 Sep 2010

As part of the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity 180 students from 11 high schools gave oral presentations about their biodiversity learning projects in the theatrette at the Australian Museum.

Student Biodiversity Presentation

Val Gregory © Australian Museum

Nature Skills organised the project to give students an opportunity to investigate biodiversity. The students presented their findings over two days at the Australian Museum. 

To launch the event Justice Michael Pembroke, Supreme Court Judge, author and naturalist, gave a fascinating opening talk combining a passion for nature and a career in law. He encouraged students to plan for the future in an optimistic way. Though they may not see a tree they plant mature, they can know future generations will enjoy the rewards that tree will bring. 

The students' presentations covered a variety of themes: marine life habitats, fire effects on animal species in a national park, problems facing the Great Barrier Reef, endangered Australian species, a Peace Garden in school grounds, the effects of industrial development on biodiversity, a penguin colony, biodiversity of New Caledonia and preserving a bush patch in school grounds.

Participating schools were:

  • Bethlehem College Ashfield
  • Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College Berkeley Vale Campus
  • Ryde Secondary College
  • Girraween High School
  • Cabramatta High School
  • Northern Beaches Secondary College Balgowlah Boys Campus
  • Baulkham Hills High School
  • Mitchell High School
  • Blacktown Girls High School
  • Kincumber High School
  • Loreto School Normanhurst

We'd like to hear about any special biodiversity projects that you have been involved with in the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity.