Thursday, May 1, 2008
Reading, writing, tree planting
STUDENTS would plant trees during school hours to combat climate change under a plan being advocated by Australia's chief scientist.
Jim Peacock wants to conscript an army of "Carbon Kids", arguing tree planting would "enrich a national curriculum".
Dr Peacock also wants the government to pay indigenous communities to revegetate land to provide economic opportunities.
He plans to lobby Indigenous Affairs Minister and Education Minister Julia Gillard about his blueprint.
"The total amount of forest that children can plant is very small but they can be associated with larger scale things . . so that children will be able to feel part of something much larger and they can see change," Dr Peacock said.
"It's got to be part of what children learn about now, in the past it hasn't been. I've been quite shocked that it hasn't been part of the curriculum.