Are you passionate about environmental sustainability? Do you want to make a difference?
We are looking for next generation leaders to address a key sustainability issue in Mosman.
After hearing about a range of different sustainability issues impacted by our day-to-day lifestyle, this group identifies an issue they think young people in our community should be addressing and design a campaign to help raise awareness around it! The youth staff and special guests facilitate sessions about various topics and campaign methods that the group can draw on before researching, designing and delivering the campaign. Maybe this will take the form of a Facebook advocacy campaign or the creation of a video to share with friends online…it is up to the group!
View Finders volunteers not only explore practical lifestyle changes that can be made to mitigate key issues, but develop skills in research, project management and communication.
For more in depth information about what the View Finders group have focussed on recently check out the posts below from previous participants.
25 May, 2017, By web team IN MYcommunity
Australians are the second biggest producers of waste per person in the world. Half of plastic produced globally is utilized for products that are designed for single use. When you think about this, this is an immense amount of waste going into our landfill and destroying our environment. We as individuals have the power to change this just by making a few simple lifestyle adjustments. The View Finders team look at everyday action you can implement to change your impact on the environment. We have made a short film to illustrate how simple these changes can be. Remember, the consequences of your actions outlast your lifetime.
Scene 1 (keepcup):
In this scene we juxtaposed the benefits associated with using ‘keepcups’ to the ramifications resulting from using ordinary, everyday, cups. Although these single-use containers appear to be made of just harmless paper, this isn’t the case. They contain a plastic lining that means they can’t be recycled, and once they’re in landfill, they never break down.
Buying one coffee cup each day creates an estimated 10 kg of waste over the course of a year. And this is just for one person, so overall the total amount of waste Australia produces through coffee cups is enormous, with 500 billion disposable cups produced yearly, 90% of which end up in the landfill. Reusable cups provide a sustainable alternative, and have already diverted 3.5 billion cups from landfill. The inconvenience of bringing a keepcup out with you is tiny when compared to sheer amounts of waste that would be prevented as a result. All it takes is a change in lifestyle, and although it seems small, it all adds up, impacting our environment for the better.
Scene 2 (plastic bags):
Australians use 3.92 billion plastic bags a year - that's over 10 million new bags every day. On a larger scale, this means that every person is using 730 plastic bags every year. But there’s a really simple action that every one of us can incorporate into our lifestyles, and that is using recyclable bags when we go shopping. It is such an easy thing to do, yet we haven’t committed to change. A recyclable bag costs approximately $1, and can be used for years. It’s important that we start using them, and that we encourage our friends and family to do the same.
NSW is yet to ban non-biodegradable plastic bags, along with Victoria and WA. Sign the Clean Up Australia Day petition to pledge your support to #banthebag
Scene 3 (pizza box):
Pizza boxes are always a source of controversy when it comes to recycling. They’re covered in food, so they should go in the bin. They’re made of paper, so they should be recycled. People are under the misconception that pizza boxes in their entirety can or can’t be recycled, when in fact only the clean, grease-free parts of the cardboard box can be recycled (usually the lid). The oil on the rest contaminates the recycling process, so it can’t be recycled with clean paper. The simple answer is to tear the box in half; the oily part on the bottom goes into the bin, and the clean part on the top goes into paper recycling.
Scene 5 (plastic water bottles)
Plastic drink bottles pose a great threat to our environment and marine life, with vast amounts of waste going into landfill and ending up in the oceans. This result in the endangering and harming of marine life, while subsequently polluting our oceans and forming collection of discarded plastic that combine to form ‘plastic islands’, as exhibited in the image below. Additionally, the production of these single use plastic bottles generates greenhouse gases that pollute our atmosphere and heighten the effects of the already detrimental climate change. A simple solution to preventing these ramifications is by utilizing reusable drink bottles, meaning for a small cost you can make a significant impact.
To conclude, the View Finders team would like to stress the importance of utilizing reusable products in our everyday lives. Our video sought to show how simple it is for you to have a significant impact on your community. Remember, the consequences of your actions outlast your lifetime.
4 May, 2017, By web team IN MYcommunity
Come along and enjoy a free screening of this animated classic under the stars and even hop on a bike to help power the screen!
The Mosman Youth volunteer group View Finders are hosting the event as a sustainability initiative to raise awareness in the local community about our impact on the environment. Along with the pedal powered projector, the group have put together their very own trailer to encourage young people to think about their everyday impact on the environment.
Popcorn and soft drinks will be available for purchase and people are encouraged to bring along a picnic, blankets and pillows to settle in for the night!
Friday 19 May 2017
5.30pm – 8.30pm
Mosman Square & Village Green*Now Moved to Art Gallery Grand Hall*
Email: email@example.com or Phone: 9978 4013
For more information about the View Finders team visit mosmanyouth.com.au/viewfinders
9 September, 2016, By web team IN MYnews
E-Waste: What You Need to KnowREADMORE
24 August, 2016, By web team IN MYnews
On the 10th of August several members of our View Finders volunteer group went down to Clifton Gardens reserve for a beach clean up. We were joined by Julia Montgomery, Mosman Council's Environmental Sustainability Officer. She provided special waste bags for us to use as well as a proper sharps disposal in case we came across any syringes, which we did not.READMORE
5 August, 2016, By web team IN MYnews
On August 3rd View Finders had a visit from Tim Silverwood who came to speak about his experience with 'Take3' and his direct efforts to help conserve our oceans and marine life.READMORE
22 April, 2016, By web team IN MYnews
On the 1st of April (yes April Fools), a Friday evening, Backyard Vibes organised by Vocal rewind took place at the Mosman Village Green next to the Youth Centre from 5pm-8pm.READMORE
23 November, 2015, By web team IN MYvolunteering
The Better Bag for a Better World event took place on the 14th of November and provided a fantastic opportunity for the View Finders Team to engage with members of the public in the promotion of a great cause.
19 November, 2015, By web team IN MYvolunteering
Earlier in the term the Two Hands Project came to the Mosman Youth Centre to talk to the View Finders team as well as a representative of the Mosman High environmental group. A member of the project, Silke, talked to us about the detrimental impact of single-use plastics on the environment.
26 May, 2015, By web team IN MYvolunteering
BY VIEW FINDERS
Pot plants can sometimes be seen as a nuisance to keep in your home, but here at View Finders we’ve been looking at their benefits and we’ve come up with a list of some of the best reasons to keep them around!READMORE
19 March, 2015, By web team IN MYvolunteering
BY VIEW FINDERS
Sitting by our not-so-secret-garden, we thought we would write a blog post with a creative environmental spin....READMORE
13 March, 2015, By web team IN MYnews
BY VIEW FINDERS
We’ve put together a recipe for a home-grown, local-based, nutritional meal for you to try yourselves!READMORE
5 September, 2014, By web team IN MYskills
From his own life and experiences, Tim taught us that change may not be immediate and that making a difference can be difficult, but as long as passion is maintained and one never gives up, change is possible.READMORE
22 July, 2014, By web team IN MYskills
You do not want to miss out on hearing from Tim Silverwood on environmental issues and the need to take action NOW!READMORE