8 June 2021
Did you know the ocean covers more than 70% of the Earth’s surface? The ocean produces at least 50% of the planet’s oxygen and is home to more than 90% of the Earth’s living species.
World Oceans Day, which is celebrated on 8 June each year, reminds us of the major role the oceans have on our everyday life. It draws attention to the impact of human actions on the ocean, while uniting the world’s population towards the sustainable management of the world’s oceans.
At Coastal Lakes College, we are proud to announce a new student representative group who are working together to help protect the environment. The Student Environment Group is made up of 10 students from across the College who are interested in the environment and sustainability.
The group of students will work together to do an audit of the College, identifying issues and looking for ways to solve some of the problems we are facing at school and throughout the wider community.
The initiative will provide students with a better understanding of the environment and an opportunity to apply their learnings to real life experiences. Students will gain exposure to some of the key environmental issues we are facing and given an opportunity to help make our local community a better place.
“Being located so close to the ocean, we (at CLC) have a natural affinity to the coast. It felt fitting to launch this initiative on World Oceans Day, a day to celebrate one of our greatest community assets. Not only will this initiative lead to a cleaner environment, it also provides an opportunity for our students to positively contribute to our local community and experience their own success” said one of the programs coordinators, Rachael Symmons.
This year the theme for World Oceans Day; The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods aligns itself with our Oceans Project, a sustainability initiative and partnership between Coastal Lakes College, Ridge View Secondary College and Svitzer, in association with OSM Maritime. The project aims to help students identify potential careers and local employment opportunities in the maritime industry. It’s also about ensuring students have an opportunity to contribute to a healthy and sustainable ocean environment. We’d like to thank Svitzer and OSM Maritime for making initiatives such as this one possible.