Student reporters are: Jedda, Kathryn, Mari, Lillian, Charlotte, Arabella and Fenna
Today, while most of our friends were still in bed, seven of us along with Mrs T caught a train into the city centre; all the way to NSW Parliament House. We attended a day run by NSW Young Lawyers called Young Justice.
We attended 4 different workshops and heard lots of really interesting things.
One workshop was based on Climate Change. Did you know that in less than 10 years we will not be able to control our weather? This is because of today’s carbon emissions. Did you know that Australia has one of the largest energy consumption rates in the world? Everyone is a minute part of this. If we compare our population to that of the rest of the world, these numbers are staggering!
We need to raise awareness on social media, or even just talking to your friends and family. We can help the AYCC Renewable Energy campaign, that is working with youths across Australia to help prevent various future climate-based catastrophes (like the Abbot Point Coal Plant). They need support to have a fighting chance against both the government and other colossal corporations.
What will you do to help?
Another workshop today was about UNICEFs work in human and children’s rights. Many of us already knew the simple rights like the right to education and the right to healthy food but we were totally astounded by the detail and the work that UNICEF does to make sure no child’s rights are violated. We heard about the life of children who don’t have clean water 10 metres away but have to walk kilometres to reach reliable water for their family.
Are you one hundred percent sure that your “free range” eggs are actually free range? Today at Young Justice day we learnt about animal cruelty, and what actually happens to our food before it reaches your dinner table. Today our speaker Jordan opened our eyes to what animals go through in factory farms and how pets and farm animals have very different rights. Pets have the rights to be treated fairly and justly, however farm animals have very little protection.
We also had the change to discuss a bill that would change Australia’s current tax law so that the very rich are taxed more and wealth is distributed more evenly. It really helped us to think about what is fair when we live in the second wealthiest country in the world.
It was a challenging and interesting day out. We want to share more of what we learned with you.