Connection and contribution – how ECEC can show their support for climate action

by Freya Lucas

February 14, 2020

A new national campaign, #ShowOurColours, offers an opportunity for early childhood education and care (ECEC) services to show their support for action on climate change by displaying the colour yellow.

 

With both of the prescribed learning frameworks calling on services to demonstrate ways in which children are connected and contribute to their world, the campaign offers a simple way to engage with children, families and communities about the complex issue of climate change.   

 

New South Wales South Coast dairy farmer, Rob Miller, took to social media earlier this month to call on everyday Australians to “get behind those on the frontlines” of climate change. Hundreds of thousands of Australians have now seen posts from Rob and others, which have been widely shared across Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

 

Mr Miller described the heartbreak of having four bushfires come through his dairy farm, which has been the motivation for him to lead the campaign, urging “ordinary Australians to show we want Australia to step up and lead on climate action.”

 

He suggested the simple measure of painting something yellow or displaying something yellow, “on our houses, on our cars, on ourselves to show Australians want climate action. Paint your letter box yellow or put a yellow ribbon on your fence, put a yellow sticker on your car – be creative” he said. 

 

Broken Hill sheep farmer, Anika Molesworth, who also recorded a widely-shared video, said this was a time for all Australians to come together and show their support for climate action. 

 

“As a young farmer, my future in the agricultural sector depends on us addressing climate change today.Farmers really are the canaries in the coal mine when it comes to climate change. We need to be taking serious action today to curb emissions and prevent further damage to our climate being done” she added. 

 

“Climate change is impacting people, livelihoods and the places we love and call home today. We can solve this problem by putting in place sensible and responsible strategies today.”

To learn more about the campaign, please see here.

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