Stonnington schools take climate action

Published on 12 February 2021

Young person holding up cardboard with We Need A change written on it

Over 130 primary and secondary school students participated in two online forums on 5 and 8 February to discuss climate action including the City of Stonnington’s 2020 climate emergency declaration. 

Co-facilitated by the CERES School of Nature and Climate and the city's Sustainable Environment Team, the forums encouraged young people to join the local climate action conversation and engage with Council’s climate emergency declaration. 

Young people make up 15 per cent of the Stonnington population so it’s important they are part of the conversation shaping the future of our city, City of Stonnington Mayor Councillor Kate Hely emphasised when addressing the students. 

Young leaders, Stonnington Youth Sustainability Ambassadors Mabi Andrew (Prahran High School) and Tessa Plant (Korowa Anglican Girls School), and Stonnington Youth Voice Committee representative Chelsea LeHunt (Year 12, St Mary’s College) presented their ideas on what young people can do to support climate action in the community.  

The forum concluded with students creating climate pledges, committing to small weekly, monthly and yearly actions in 2021 to reduce their climate impact. 

We look forward to working with Stonnington schools to support students’ progress with their climate pledges as we continue to develop our community climate response. 

Participating schools:  

  • Armadale Primary
  • Toorak Primary 
  • Caulfield Grammar School Malvern 
  • Geelong Grammar Toorak 
  • Scare Coeur
  • Lauriston Girls' School 
  • Korowa Anglican Girls' School 
  • The King David School
  • Prahran High School

The City of Stonnington is developing its first Community Vision 2040 and invites the community to help shape our climate action and sustainability vision for the future.

Complete an online survey and share your ideas to help Shape Stonnington now and into the future. 

Email our Youth Services team to find out more about the Stonnington Youth Voice Committee and other local youth-led environmental projects




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