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Energising Kids is a program of the Sustainable Energy Association of Australia to help build awareness of renewable energy and energy efficiency with the next generation of decision.
SEA is also promoting a cool kind of money called the Boya that represents actions to achieve carbon reductions. The first project has been launched by its founders, the Maia Maia Project Emissions Reductions Currency System (www.maiamaia.org) at the first participating school, Coolbinia Primary School in Perth, Western Australia.
Children at Coolbinia PS have put their own value on carbon pollution in their community by issuing a local currency that is issued according to how many reductions are achieved by the school as they implement their "10 Tonne Plan" to reduce the school's greenhouse gas emissions.
One Boya is created for each 10 kilograms of greenhouse pollution reduction they achieve through climate friendly initiatives such as composting food waste at the school, growing vegetables organically, maintaining the natural bushland on the school grounds, students involved in reducing car journeys to school through participation in the TravelSmart Walking School Bus program, and using recycling proceeds to fund a Solar Lanterns project at their Solar Sister school in Uganda.
The currency is named the Boya after trading tokens used traditionally by the indigenous Nyoongar people of south-west Western Australia.
The Boya can then be traded within the school for produce from the schools organic garden, for discounts in Coolbinia PS fetes, and also can exchange for discounts on goods at a growing number of participating local businesses that want to show support for the initiative and the school.
Boyas and the 10 Tonne Plan
The official launch of Boya was combined with delivery of the results of the Coolbinia PS 10 Tonne Plan (www.maiamaia.org/test/67-coolbinia-cool-school.html), a program for the school to create 10 tonnes of reductions in greenhouse gas emissions held at the school today Friday 18 November 2011.
SEA is pleased to be supporting the initiative through our Energising Kids program.
The 10 Tonne Plan at the Coolbinia Primary School, partnering with the Maia Maia Project, has been supported by the Sustainable Energy Association of Australia, Waste Authority of Western Australia, Waste Wise Schools and Solar Sister.