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.