The Green Lane Diary, started by Green Cross Japan 11 years ago, is set to launch in Australia on 12 July 2010. The Diary is a curriculum linked education programme designed by environmental educators to help children become aware of the stresses our planet confronts and how sustainable living can make a difference.
The diary helps shift budding environmental values developed through learning, into practical eco-friendly activities in kids’ everyday lives. By keeping a record of their ecological activities and discoveries every day in Term 3, young people broaden their horizons and help to make their homes, schools and communities more sustainable. The diaries are then judged and the best Green Lane Diary heroes will celebrate with their family at a special event in November this year. Their stories will also feature in the 2011 version of the diary to inspire other kids!
In 2010 Green Cross Australia will pilot the Green Lane Diary to 15,000 mostly Queensland students from around 200 demographically diverse schools. Over the next five years the programme will be expanded nationally to reach 55,000 students across Australia each year.
Through Green Lane Diary, Green Cross will unleash the multimedia skills of ten to twelve year old students, encouraging development of green project videos, short movies and green songs performed by garage bands. The Australian Diary programme combines web and print based systems to deliver environmental outcomes in homes, schools and neighborhoods.
Swiss water bottle company and GCI supporter SIGG is a Platinum sponsor of the 2010 diary initiative. SIGG is also a member of “1% for the Planet” and contributes 1% of its revenue towards environmental causes. Gold sponsors include the Queensland Department of Education and Training, the Green Building Council of Australia and Lend Lease, one of the world’s leading fully integrated property solutions providers and one of Australia’s largest school building contractor.
Green Cross Australia looks forward to opening a green school infrastructure program in Australia in partnership with the Green Building Council of Australia and its corporate members including Lend Lease. The education program led by Green Cross in Australia will integrate green schools as high performing learning environments with curriculum aligned environmental education through Green Lane Diary.
Since 1999, over 600,000 students have participated in the Japanese Green Lane Diary, which led to GC Japan receiving a 2009 ‘National Energy Globe Award’ for the initiative.