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The Hon Peter Garrett AM MP
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts

Make a move for the environment this Youth Week

Media release
1 April 2009

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Celebrating Youth Week Environment Minister Peter Garrett today called on young environmental champions from right around the country to nominate for the Banksia Foundation's Environment Minister's Young Environmentalist of the Year Award for 2009.

“This award recognises the stake our young people have in the health of our environment, and the fantastic work so many of them are doing to invest in it for their own and future generations,” Mr Garrett said.

“Youth Week's theme for 2009, Make a Move, is a powerful message that can easily be applied to the environment. As we tackle climate change and a host of environmental challenges facing our country and world, now is the time for everyone to Make a Move towards sharing innovative ideas, living more sustainably and conserving our natural resources.”

Last year's inaugural Minister's Award winner, Larissa Brown, was recognised for her work in establishing the Centre for Sustainability Leadership at the age of 24. The centre's flagship program, Future Sustainability Leaders, brings young environmentalists together with leading thinkers and influencers to create the next generation of environmentally responsible leaders.

Mr Garrett said with young Australians increasingly demonstrating their commitment to creating a cleaner, greener future the release today of Living Sustainably, the Australian Government's new National Action Plan for Education for Sustainability, was very timely.

“This plan sets out how we can equip Australians with the knowledge and skills to achieve our environmental, economic and social aspirations and to ensure they are pursued in harmony with each other.”

Mr Garrett said Living Sustainably complements the Government's existing suite of programs related to sustainability, including measures to build community knowledge and skills and engagement within Caring for Our Country. It also supports and deepens the impact of initiatives such as Water for our Future, Solar Cities, Sustainable Households, Green Precincts and the National Solar Schools Program.

The Plan has been developed thorough community consultation on the needs of education for sustainability in Australia.

“I would like to thank the many organisations and individuals who contributed submissions and comments towards the plan's development,” said Mr Garrett.

For details of the Banksia Environmental Foundation awards, visit www.banksiafdn.com . And for further information about Youth Week activities near you visit www.youthweek.com .

Living Sustainably is available at www.environment.gov.au/education/nap

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