Earth Day is celebrated during April around the world to promote education and awareness of environmental issues.
In 2010, more than 750 primary school students celebrated Earth Day through activities at ECU's Joondalup and Mount Lawley campuses, a 50 per cent increase over the 2009 figures.
ECU, in collaboration with the Australian Association for Environmental Education, invited a number of metropolitan primary schools to participate in ECU’s Earth Day Expo.
Here they could learn more about the world around them through an extensive range of activities led by a number of environmental education providers with the support of University staff, pre-service teachers and the Mt Lawley High School Bushranger cadets.
Students learned about sustainable living and protecting the environment for future generations through earth lessons, animal encounters and street theatre.
The event provided the opportunity for students to explore issues such as threatened species, salinity, wildlife rehabilitation, recycling and alternative energy through fun and interactive sessions with industry partners including Ribbons of Blue, Kanyana Wildlife Centre and Maylands Environment House.
The day also gives ECU's pre-service teachers the opportunity to gain experience working with children outside a normal classroom setting.
Jennifer Pearson, Jan Mitchell.
Australian Association for Environmental Education, Ribbons of Blue, Kanyana Wildlife Centre, Maylands Environment House, local primary schools.