Life Matters – ABC RN 9am weekdays – wants listeners to send in ‘Shout Outs’ to praise people we know who are doing good things. This is what I’m sending them:
My shout out is for Robyn Yates, teacher librarian at Tinana State School, in Maryborough, Qld.
Robyn’s just won [15/8] this year’s Sustainable Schools Leading the Change Awards* for South East Queensland and the Tweed area. For the finals, Robyn had to do a 2-4min video of her work so she invited all the schools, teachers, kids, parents, businesses, councils, anyone she’s worked with to contribute. I was one of them because Robyn’s work got me travelling ASAP = As Sustainably As Possible, on a train from the Blue Mountains, 1200km/800 miles North to Tinana for their STEAM event – that’s, STEM + Arts – in 2018 and ’19. Through Robyn’s work, I’ve met thousands of inspiring Queensland children and teachers having so much FUN doing what we all should know we’ve got to do anyway. And do we need inspiration.
PS: Tinana was the first Australian school to win an Eco-Schools Green Flag award. E-S is all over the world in >70 countries, with 20million schoolchildren, learning about living sustainably. One important condition is: it must be led by the students. They must want to do this work.
I worked with hundreds of Eco-Schools, back in Northern Ireland, and in 2012, I’d brought ASAP back to Australia and got lots more support; but this is such a big country, progress seemed so slow, and the climate urgency was growing and growing.
I watched the video twice before I noticed something very special
It’s 22 of the happiest, proudest, kids in black shorts and white Tshirts beaming at the camera and then, they turn their backs and what do I see?
On the back of every Tshirt is my, our message: A S A P, As Sustainable As Possible.
I didn’t know about any of these until I saw the photos.
Eg. Baglady’s proud that she always travels ASAP = As Sustainably As Possible
ie TASAP eg to Bundaberg, Queensland where this story happened:
PPP Positive Pester Power is one of the most exciting and fun challenges we can take up now.
It’s about questioning other people, challenging them on things they’re doing – or not doing – that you/I/we think need to be done more sustainably.
Click here for examples (to be updated)
The idea came to me in Australia while we in the Blue Mountains were fighting McDonalds, twice, in 1995-97. We viewed a promo policy document about targeting children in mcds advertising, to use pester power on their parents, to stop at the next fastfood outlet FFO, for a you know what. What did the fastfood giant have as Pester Bait? – the sugarsweet fastfood, speedy service, cheapness, toys and giveaways, plastic play area and of course, the clean toilets.
So I thought ha ha, we can reuse/recycle that one. Add a Positive and we’re there! Positive Pester Power !!!!
We started it in Northern Ireland in 2007. Instant success. Schools did it, councils promoted it, supermarkets sponsored it, media loved it.
Kids are the best pesterers. Sometimes they haven’t heard of pestering, but someone in the class always has and is ready to demonstrate!
Here are some of the schools that have joined the PPP campaign: