Tipping Point: A letter from a Grant Recipient

Tipping Point
Climate Change secondary school program

Tipping Point Australia co-ran the Open Space forum in the Footscray City College Environmental Centre on Friday 15 April and sustainability and climate change were high on the agenda. This year participants in the forum included the Hot Docs class, who are focusing on sustainability and climate change for their documentary film productions, students from the school’s Student Representative Council and several students from last year’s Hot Docs class. In addition four thoughtful and inspiring young students from Yarraville West Primary School joined us and shared their imaginative ideas for the future of the planet.

The event began with a series of lightning talks from presenters including facilitator Matt Wicking from Tipping Point, writer Tom Doig, Tom Reddington from the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, performing artist Jodee Mundy, author Deb Hart, and Year 10 students Spencer Davis and Darcy Smith.

After the talks, the students, teachers and presenters participated in an interactive forum where everyone was encouraged to generate questions and ideas about sustainability and climate change, which were then further discussed in small groups. Lots of wonderful ideas were generated about what we can do to mitigate the effects of climate change, prepare and adapt to the changes already happening and make the world more sustainable for the future.

The Hot Docs class will spend the rest of the semester making documentary films about an aspect of sustainability or climate change that they have chosen to investigate. We will send copies of the films to you when they are completed (hopefully by July).

Many thanks for your generous support of this wonderful project.

Best wishes,

Tipping Point Australia