2,000 students immersed in sustainability at Youth Eco Summit

Cowboys supporters standing outside ANZ Stadium 
               Image courtesy of ANZ Stadium

21 Nov 2017

Image courtesy of ANZ Stadium

Primary school students and teachers from across NSW converged at Sydney Olympic Park on 16 and 17 November to learn and participate in the curriculum-based sustainability event, Youth Eco Summit (YES) 2017.

A sustainability expo designed to engage young people in learning and action around sustainability, futures thinking and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) curriculum, YES is now in its seventh year.

YES Primary 2017 saw more than 2,000 students from grades K-6 learn through over 35 hands-on workshops, interactive displays, seminars and presentations – all focused on sustainability and putting eco-friendly strategies into action.

A Green Globe and United Nations' award-winning event, YES Primary 2017 featured workshops presented by Indigenous youth from across the state. The 'Murama' workshops lead students on a unique cultural journey through language, dance, art, biodiversity, tools, games, music and stories.

Coordinated by Sydney Olympic Park Authority, YES Primary 2017 also involved activities and curriculum-based teachings by top-shelf education providers including One Giant Leap, Australian Museum, NSW National Parks & Wildlife, NRMA, Cleanaway, UrbanGrowth NSW, Sydney Water, Royal Agricultural Society of NSW, GWS Giants AFL, NSW Environmental Education Centres, BirdLife Australia and many more.

Mike Bartlett, Manager Education for Sydney Olympic Park Authority said YES has engaged more than 17,000 students since its inception in 2011.

"We're proud to host YES. It's an event for young innovators and change-makers. It's great to facilitate so many students and organisations working together to create local, and global, solutions for a better future," he said.