Kids know their stuff! They’re anxious about climate change and they know that our cities are heating up. They can tell you about the Urban Heat Island effect and that some native animals are facing extinction. They know that some Perth councils have only 10% tree canopy and 60% hard surfaces such as carparks and roads.
In 2018 — with kids at the helm — Green Lab was born, a citizen science program to help you get to know your trees, and help cool the city. Commencing as a series of two-day workshops with local primary schools, students and teachers explored bushland sites, looking at habitat and the pressure of the encroaching built environment. Students looked for birds, checked out tracks and scats, and built a bot to analyse soil.
Now, schools and local governments across the Perth metropolitan area are starting their own Green Labs. Initial projects are being developed in the City of South Perth, Town of Victoria Park and in City of Melville through support from Leeming Lions. Additionally, Coolbinia Primary School, Weld Square Primary School and Banksia Park Primary School have already put their hands up to be part of Green Lab initiatives.
In collaboration with Traditional Owners, climate scientists, historians, community stakeholders and government, kids are helping us love our trees, increase canopy and strengthen the ecosystems that support us all.
Watch our video to learn more about Green Lab