Student spoke up for their planet as part of a project that linked with Georges River Council this month.
'Speak 4 the Planet' encouraged teenagers from St George Girls High School at Kogarah and surrounding peers to beat plastic pollution under the tagling 'if you can't reuse it, refuse it'.
It is a public speaking, drama, art and video competition that uses one of the UN's World Environment Day theme as its focus.
The event aims to build leadership and advocacy skills, giving a voice to environmental issues that concern students, who communicate a point of view and support it with evidence. It aligns them with real world matters - environmental, social and political.
The inaugural event at the school was run in conjunction with World Environment Day, and was sponsored by the council, Sutherland Shire Environment Centre, Waste Smart, Paddy Pallin and Bunnings Warehouse.
Students from Blakehurst and Sydney Technical High School also joined in.
It is hoped the initiative will become an annual event.
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