In school terms three and four of 2009, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) delivered 14 student environmental learning events across the State. These events, called the Future Leaders Eco Challenge (FLEC), were delivered in partnership with regional stakeholders, environmental agencies and groups.
The Future Leaders Eco Challenge is a series of annual events organised by the GBRMPA for Reef Guardian Schools across the State. Reef Guardian Schools have made a commitment to implement sustainability practices into their schools and work with their communities to look after their local environment. Currently there are over 200 Reef Guardian Schools across Queensland.
Each year all Reef Guardian Schools are invited to participate in their local FLEC. This year 88 schools participated in 14 FLECs held across the State. The FLECs, entitled “Kids Combating Climate Change”, were mostly in the form of ‘travelling roadshows’ where the students participated in a number of different hands-on environmental activities in different locations. Activities included tree planting, water quality monitoring, macro-invertebrate sampling, environmental arts and beach clean ups.
FLECs in 2009 were held in Ayr, Gympie, Bundaberg, Gladstone, Yeppoon, Mackay, Whitsundays, Townsville, Bowen, Port Douglas, Cairns, Cooktown, Tully and Innisfail. Almost 500 students and teachers participated, together with over 30 stakeholder groups across the State.
Click here to download the FLEC 2009 Report.