As a Brighton Sea Scouts Venturer, Sam noticed an alarming amount of microplastic appearing at the Holloway Bend Beach in Brighton. Concerned with impact these microplastics would have on the life in Port Phillip Bay, Sam was inspired to protect the bay as his project in pursuit of the Queen’s Scout Environment Award. The question was: where to start?
Chenxin grew up in rural China, allowing her to develop a deep connection with nature. Moving to Australia, she felt isolated from the natural environment, and in particular noticed Chinese-Australians faced barriers to connecting with Australia’s environment. This dramatic shift stirred her to want to find ways in which all Australians can balance urban life with the natural environment.
At the EcoCentre, Chenxin developed skills she needed to turn her passion into a reality.
Youth are mobilising to advocate for the environment, as thousands of students protested for greater action towards climate change across Australia last month. Their message is being heard, but more in-depth sustainability knowledge and leadership experience, coupled with greater tailored support from school staff, will help these young leaders amplify their voices.
Young people across Melbourne like the Grade 3/4 Eco-Warriors from St Columba’s School in Elwood, participate in the EcoCentre’s leadership program for students and teachers.
Port Phillip EcoCentre’s Excursions offer something special and unique that can only be achieved in an outdoor classroom. It enables students to connect to the world around them using their heads, hands and heart - intellectually, physically and emotionally.
The power and transformative nature of that connection can be seen every time we conduct an excursion, whether with students in Prep or in Year 12. Annually working with over 4,000 students, we have the privilege of seeing and hearing the students' joy, wonder, and fascination with the natural world and the myriad of species within it.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are currently touring Australia for the first time together, with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex prioritising meeting as many members of the community as possible. As part of their visit, they have participated in a plastic litter beach clean-up at South Melbourne beach.
Students from Albert Park Primary School (APPS) have had the opportunity to meet with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to share their learnings as Grade 6 Sustainability Leaders.
As part of the Victorian Government’s ResourceSmart Schools Program, Albert Park Primary School has completed the energy and waste modules and is currently completing the biodiversity module, to certify their focus on sustainable actions in school and in their broader community.
Being ‘sun smart’ is not always the same thing as being environmentally smart. This summer, beachgoers are urged to slip, slop and slap sustainably by using sunscreen not containing toxic chemicals, to avoid further damage to our reefs. Chemicals in sunscreen can wash off directly to the ocean when swimming. They can also be carried off the sand to the ocean as the tide rises, particularly if beachgoers use spray-on sunscreen which leaves residue chemicals across the sand. Even sunscreen washed off in the shower has the potential to end up in the ocean.
The EcoCentre acknowledges the Yalukut Weelam clan of the Boon Wurrung language group, traditional owners of the land on which we are located. We pay respects to their Elders past and present, and extend that respect to other Aboriginal and elder members of our multicultural community.
We proudly work in partnership with Arweet Carolyn Briggs and the Boon Wurrung Foundation.