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Reef Guardians come together to combat Climate Change

Students ready to combat climate change will come together in Port Douglas tomorrow (13 October 2009) for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority's Reef Guardian School's Future Leaders Eco Challenge (FLEC).

This year's travelling education road show themed 'Kids Combat Climate Change' gives school students the chance to share ideas, learn from each other and showcase their school and community sustainability initiatives. Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Reef Guardian Schools Program Manager Megan Sperring said a range of innovative school sustainability projects would be showcased throughout the day.

"We have some very passionate Reef Guardian Schools in the Port Douglas area and this is a great opportunity for them to get together to learn from each other," she said. "Students participating in the FLEC will be travelling between different locations to see some impressive activities schools and community organisations are undertaking to improve sustainability practices in the region. By taking students to different locations, we will be exposing them to a wide variety of projects which will assist students to think outside the square and encourage them to come up with activities they can implement at their own schools."

Wonga Beach State School Reef Guardian Schools Coordinator Rick Weimar said the program was a fantastic initiative that inspired local students to protect the local environment.

"Our students are enthusiastic about protecting the Great Barrier Reef and it's great to see the next generation caring about one of Australia's greatest natural treasures," he said. "Through the Reef Guardians School Program, our students have been involved in a range of on-ground projects that are fun, educational and good for the local environment."

The Port Douglas FLEC is one of 14 taking place across the Great Barrier Reef catchment. The Port Douglas FLEC is an initiative of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority supported by Bunnings Warehouse, the Douglas Local Marine Advisory Committee, Tangaroa Blue and the Wonga Beach Aquaculture Farm.