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EMPOWERMENT AND VOICE – it is EXACTLY what kids need right now

Kids CAN and SHOULD be able to lead positive change in their communities. It is enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Whether it’s to advocate for action on the climate emergency, to respond to the massive challenges of the Covid pandemic, or to help their community recover from the devastating bushfires of last summer.

In an Australian first, these kids are taking class action to seek an injunction on the approval of the extension of the Vickery coal mine.

‘We’re trying to get the Federal Environment Minister to prevent the Vickery coal mine going ahead because we believe she has a duty of care for young Australians and young people all over the world,’ say Izzy Raj-Seppings, 13.

ABC News: Class action to stop planned coal mine extension filed by climate action-focused Australian teenagers

By national science, technology and environment reporter Michael Slezak and the Specialist Reporting Team’s Penny Timms

‘Children have the right to say what they think should happen when adults are making decisions that affect them and to have their opinions taken into account.’ Article 12, UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.


Find out about our Kids as Catalysts program, an award-winning schools-based program that equips children aged 8-12 with real world experience in leading positive community change. Curriculum-aligned, it gives students the skills to identify and solve real problems facing their community, through creative and collaborative projects.


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