St Ignatius’ College Riverview’s tenth annual Earth Hour breakfast was held on the morning of 21 March 2018.
Representatives from 15 other Sydney schools also attended, along with many partner organisations including Lane Cove Council, Jesuit Refugee Service, Cana Communities, North Sydney Parish Ecology group, and Boomerang Bag.
All told, around 140 people attended the breakfast, which was held to highlight Earth Hour, the 25 March event at which people around the world actively reduce their energy footprint for one hour.
Speakers included Peter Bruce, CEO of Exchange for Change, who is overseeing the new Return and Earn recycling scheme in NSW, and Georgia McKenzie from Pollinate Energy, who worked in Lucknow for a month helping to bring solar lighting into poor communities.
Kalina Krsoska from the Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC) also spoke — AYCC is working to stop fracking in the Northern Territory, linking with SEED, Australia’s first Indigenous youth climate network.
Tom Kennedy, the current student environment leader at Riverview, was joined by Jack MacDonagh, Lachie Ingham and Chris Kenny, 2015 student environment leaders, for a performance reviving the 1990s television character Captain Planet.
Stories from the school’s sustainability journeys were also shared, while Sophia from Monte and the North Sydney parish ecology team got many to sign her plastic petition calling for the banning of single use plastic bags in NSW.