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Unformatted text preview: 40 | P a g e 3 / 2 3 / 2 0 0 9 RISE OF THE CARBON COPS The planet will be in safer hands if today's crop of young activists is anything to go by, Linda Doherty reports. Andy Best threw out a challenge to his students to save electricity around the school, promising he would plough any savings into the school's Eco Kids organisation. "And why don't you be a light monitor at home and ask Mum and Dad for a raise in your pocket money if you save money on power?" the school principal added for good measure. "The next day a parent stopped me and said, `Last night we were only allowed to have one light on at home because of you,' " Best says. This sort of pester power marks this generation of students as more environmentally aware than their parents - and more determined to save the planet as they are bombarded with information about global warming and climate change from the media, schools, the internet and television. The Harrington Park Public School principal was the first NSW teacher trained by Al Gore to be a "climate project messenger" in Australia to deliver lectures on the documentary An Inconvenient Truth. Since 2006, Best has also been involved in one of 10 research projects in NSW deliver lectures on the documentary An Inconvenient Truth....
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- Fall '09
- Climate Change