News: A Creative Way for Children to Learn About Their Carbon Footprint

11th May 2016

This news post comes from the Sydney Opera House Children, Families & Creative Learning team and is a great example …

This news post comes from the Sydney Opera House Children, Families & Creative Learning team and is a great example of an arts organisation taking a novel approach to educating children on carbon emissions and encouraging them to take steps towards a better future.

Sydney Opera House Children, Families & Creative Learning team has created a video in collaboration with Australian performers ‘Dirt Girl’ and ‘Costa’ explaining the carbon footprint of their show,  ‘Get Grubby the Musical’ when it was presented at Sydney Opera House in January 2016. The video also explores how kids can help to reduce their carbon footprint at home. To offset the emissions resulting from the Get Grubby the Musical, the Sydney Opera House team planted 1000 native Australian trees on Earth Day in April 2016.

What’s next?

This model of carbon neutral creative learning productions with supporting education resources will be expanded in 2017, with the goal of the Children, Families & Creative Learning program being totally carbon neutral in 2019.   Bridgette Van Leuven, the Head of Children, Families & Creative Learning said: ‘Climate Change will most effect the young audiences of our shows, and families across Australia will be effected. We believe it is our responsibility to creatively engage and educate children about climate change and demonstrate how we can all make a difference to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.’

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