Environmental activist Naomi Klein, the recipient of the 2016 Sydney Peace Prize, was the special guest at Cabramatta High School’s Peace Day event on Monday.
The theme for this year’s event was One Earth. Our Voice. Your Choice to mirror Klein’s tireless work in the area of protecting the environment.
Students and staff joined her crusade through developing performance pieces, plays and YouTube videos about the environment and the issue of taking responsibility.
A spoken word/drama performance representing the ideas of industrialisation and the importance of environmentalism and conservation was performed on the day.
As part of the event, Klein released doves as a symbol of peace and she also unveiled a plaque and planted a tree in the Peace Garden. Students also made a range of environmentally friendly and sustainable artworks and garden pieces.
“She challenges all of us to think differently every day and live by example. She doesn’t purchase bottled water or travel in a petrol-powered car,” Cabramatta High School principal Beth Godwin said of Klein.
Klein’s crusade has inspired the students of Cabramatta High School to further pursue green programs within the school including expanded recycling initiatives and tree planting programs.