Amelia, 12 - Hold Them Close
What do trees mean to you?
My design is about how we need to protect trees and hold them close to our hearts for they take in carbon dioxide and produce fresh air. Trees are amazing they do so many different things they create homes for animals and produce fresh air and shade. They are beautiful and very important and I hope we can keep protecting them and not cut them down.
Emma, 16 - What wood I do?
What do trees mean to you?
My design focuses on our dependence on trees. We often forget and easily take them for granted without realising that we would not be able to survive without them. They provide us with all our necessities such as oxygen, storing carbon and providing us with resources whilst also supporting our dear wildlife. Essentially, they are what keeps our heart beating. The slogan 'What wood I do without you' is fun and witty but also meant to remind us to appreciate trees more.
Eleanor, 14 - Mother Nature
What do trees mean to you?
My design is of Mother Nature, it illustrates the way humans and tree’s are connected. Humankind relies on trees for survival, they’re our main source of oxygen, they give us wood etc. Tree’s rely on us just as much as we do, they rely on our responsibility. For us to not cut down every tree we find, to not fill every space left in nature with our cities. Creating balance with humans and nature is essential to our survival. We are a part of nature, and we need to protect and respect it. Tree’s to me mean the support system of all humankind, without tree’s we wouldn’t be here. They hold us up, but we’re cutting them down.
Valentina, 7 - Plant More Trees
What issue does your design address? Right now, we have climate change because of bad air pollution. It causes wild weather, droughts, floods, coral reefs dying, making people sick and so much more.
That is why trees and plants are so important. They take in carbon dioxide and give out oxygen. We want cleaner air. Instead of cutting trees down, we need to plant more to stop climate change. Apart from that, trees also improve the soil, are homes for the animals, and provide us with food and many other things.
Why do you care about this issue? There is only one Earth and we have to take care of our planet.
If a fish bowl gets dirty, we will clean it to make sure the fish lives. The Earth is our fish bowl, and we are the fish.
What action would you like to see taken on this issue? We can all plant more trees. Just put a seedling in the ground and look after it. It is so easy to do.
Anna, 10 - #BEEMAD
What issue does your design address? I learn in school about the environment and mental health and I love bees. I wanted a bee theme as it represents positivity and bees are so important in the eco system. I also wanted the message that we all have the power to make the difference.
Why do you care about this issue? I love bees and I am a positive person. I put sugar in my back garden to attract and feed bees. I like to watch them and they relax me.
My solution is to be mindful of others, be accountable for your actions and be the difference this world needs
What action would you like to see taken on this issue? Everyone in the world has to bee (🤣) aware how their actions effect the environment and how their words effect people
Imogen, 17 - The Future is in Your Hands
What issue does your design address? My design addresses climate change on a personal and community level. It suggests that we all need to band together for our voices to be heard and action to be taken. But it specifically addresses the people in power to make a change for the better.
Why do you care about this issue? Because our society thrives of the Earth, and humans are social creatures of habit. If we all come together and unify our beliefs we can change our habits and potentially save our home.
What action would you like to see taken on this issue? It all starts with an idea, and then communication and then action. So far there is a massive divide in communication between the people and the government. We need to understand each other and act on everyone's best interest.
Gigi, 9 - Stop Pollution Find Another Solution
What issue does your design address? My design shows that there are ways to fight pollution and climate change such as using wind power instead of burning coal.
Why do you care about this issue? Because we are not using wind power enough and it is causing climate change.
What action would you like to see taken on this issue? We need to build more wind turbines and make use of them.
Ava, 11 - No Planet B
What issue does your design address? The effect of climate change, by showing that we need to take care of our one and only earth, therefore there’s no planet b
Why do you care about this issue? Climate change is such a impactful movement, and we need everyone to be aware of the change happening around us, we need to all do something!
What action would you like to see taken on this issue? One of the many solutions is sustainable living this is my favourite way to help the environment, because I know every day I’m helping to keep this planet healthy.
Aashi, 12 - Save Earth
What issue does your design address? This design addresses people to walk, or to take bike, scooter to school or work instead of taking the car which causes pollution.
Why do you care about this issue? This solution matters to me because I try my best to not take the car every single day to school and take the tram. I love to participate in Ride2School as month as well as Ride2school day where there are so many activities you can do.
What action would you like to see taken on this issue? I think if my t-shirt design could win then I believe that could be a start as well as encouraging family members, friends and neighbours to try and use the car as little as possible.
Franka, 13 - Celery
What issue does your design address? Wage gap
Why do you care about this issue? I find the fact that women often earn less very unfair and I hope that when I enter the workforce this discrimination will not exist anymore.
What action would you like to see taken on this issue? I would like to raise awareness that this is STILL happening and would like for it to be stopped.
Genevieve, 14 - Melting Earth
What issue does your design address? My design addresses climate change.
Why do you care about this issue? I care about this issue because it is something that affects all of us. If we don't act now, things will continue to worsen, until there is no going back. All I want is to raise awareness, so my future children won't hear about how great the world used to be but instead how we all worked together to save it. I don't want to sit around and watch the world burn.
What action would you like to see taken on this issue? I would like to see the Australian government working with climate change experts to help reduce Australia's carbon emissions, but also for Australia and subsequently the world to realise that this is a big problem and needs big action.
Faye, 17 - Seas
What issue does your design address? My design focuses on the issue of climate change and the increase in ocean levels and temperature due to the increase of greenhouse gases that are slowly warming our planet. The slogan shows that we will not sit by idly because we care and we want change.
Why do you care about this issue? I care very deeply about the issue of climate change on our world because I know that we have to take action now before it's too late. There are simple solutions that if we all did could really make a change, which makes the fact of ignorance even more heartbreaking. Our consumption of meat and dairy products releases a significant amount of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, our reliance on fossil fuels emits toxic emissions and our general blindness to our fastened consumption of resources all contribute. I want to be able to conserve the one earth we have for as long as possible for the generations that are to come. To keep the intrinsic beauty of our flora and fauna alive and well, so that we may also continue to prosper in unity for many centuries to come.
What action would you like to see taken on this issue? I firmly believe that the Australian government is not doing enough about climate change. Having signed the Paris agreement in 2016, I would like to see the government put a higher value on climate action and prevent the expansion of the fossil fuel industry and rather, harness the natural abundant renewable resources we have, such as solar, wind and the fuel alternatives of biogas or bioethanol.