Local high schools speaking for the planet

15 May, 2017Posted in: Environment, Events

Speaking for the Planet 2016

Wingecarribee Shire Council is proud to support Speaking 4 the Planet – a public speaking and drama competition for secondary school students.

Run in conjunction with June’s World Environment Day, Speaking 4 the Planet provides an opportunity for students to engage in and speak about environmental issues.

Council’s Environmental Projects Officer, Joe Stammers explains that this year’s World Environment Day theme, Connecting People to Nature, encourages people to rediscover the beauty and value of our natural environments.

“The theme implores people to get outside and into nature,” he said. “Here they can discover the natural world around them and learn how they can protect it.”

Now in its fifth year this will be the first time the competition has been held in the Southern Highlands.

“Speaking 4 The Planet provides young people with an opportunity to engage with important environmental issues while developing lifelong public speaking skills,” said organiser Phil Smith from 4Sustainability Education Consultancy.

Local schools have been invited to deliver prepared or impromptu speeches or performances with a quirky twist, and are eagerly awaiting the opportunity to showcase their skills.

Prizes for the competition have been kindly donated by Bunnings Mittagong and Paddy Pallin with the winner of the prepared speech to deliver their talk to an upcoming Council meeting.

Wingecarribee Shire Mayor Ken Halstead will open the event at 9am on Friday 19 May 2017 at Chevalier College in Burradoo.

For more information or if media would like to attend, contact Phil Smith from 4Sustainability Education Consultancy on phone 0412 338 687.