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With young people around the world walking out of school for climate action, Bathurst Community Climate Action Network is inviting local students to give their perspectives in a Student Climate Competition.

With a main prize of $150, BCCAN is calling for entries of up to 500 words or multimedia entries of up to 3 minutes. We invite students to answer this question: How should we respond to climate change and environmental crises on a warming planet?

Student can share how they feel, and/or offer ideas on solving what a former Prime Minister called the “greatest moral challenge of our time”. There is a runner-up prize of $50.

The competition is open to high school aged students across the Central West of New South Wales.

“The world’s scientists have given us 12 years to get on top of climate change or face a hotter, more unpredictable world,” says BCCAN president Jack Fry. “There are many responses to this, from working on renewable energy, to tree-planting, to expressing grief and anger or hope through the arts. We want to hear what young people have to say about this issue.”

Entries will be judged by author and journalist Tracy Sorensen, Bathurst Regional Councillor John Fry and local school teacher Laurana Smith.

  • Suggested themes or ideas include transport, energy, water, food, pollution, animals and extinctions, gardening, political campaigning, government policy, individual action.
  • Students can use text and/or multimedia (audio/visual recordings of music, spoken word, creative videos, photography or photographs of original artworks such as sculpture, drawings, collage, paintings). Entries must be capable of being viewed or played online.
  • Individual or group work accepted.
  • Written work (fact or fiction, any genre including interviews, opinion pieces, poetry, science fiction, horror, thriller) should be 500 words or less.

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