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Take a peek into the environmental future

November 24 2011

Take a peek into the environmental future

Green Cross Australia, the organisation behind the Green Lane Diary initiative now active across 300 schools nationwide, is encouraging students, teachers and families to use their cameras to capture a sneak preview of future sea levels.

King tides along the Queensland coast in January are a way to visualise the effect climate change will have on regular sea levels in decades to come, giving rise to Green Cross's 'Witness King Tides' photography project.

'The idea is simple,' said a Green Cross spokesperson. 'To understand what the climate science projections about sea level rise mean to your local community, come out and witness the king tides and see what a regular day could look like.

'Photos taken are uploaded to the king tides website to form a beautiful mosaic which will be drawn upon by authorities to determine vulnerable areas, assist with planning and help us to prepare for the future impacts of climate change.'

The Green Lane Diary, a free, curriculum-aligned project instigated to inspire children to take small actions in their lives and communities to make a difference, now has 31,000 students participating.

Winners of the 2011 Green Lane Diary Awards were announced at the State Library of Queensland earlier this month, with Sunshine Beach State School, Strathpine State School and Tyler Brash of Palm Beach State School among the winners.

Class Community Action and Outstanding Achievement Awards went to St Joseph's Primary School, Kangaroo Point.

For full details of the awards and winners, visit the Green Cross Australia website.