Wentworth Falls Public School in the beautiful Blue Mountains of Sydney has won the statewide Walk Against Warming Schools Competition for the song that best expresses student’s feeling about climate change and their future with ‘What-cha Gonna Do?’.
The school will perform the winning song on the main stage at Australia’s biggest day of climate action, Walk Against Warming, on Saturday 12 December in Martin Place, Sydney.
As world leaders make crucial decisions about the future of the planet in Copenhagen, the song written and performed by students of Wentworth Falls Public School asks Australia and the world to make the right choices now so people and the planet can enjoy a safe climate future.
The students sing of the “earth-shaking, heart-breaking, breath-taking” impacts of climate change expected in their lifetime if strong climate action is not taken now.
They lift their voices asking global leaders at Copenhagen:
- What-cha gonna do when the rainforest is gone?
- How’re ya gonna be when the temperature’s all wrong?
- Where’re ya gonna go when the last of the ice is gone?
What-cha gonna do when that lifestyle choice is …
Wentworth Falls Public School Environmental Education teacher Rosemary Lathouris said today the students were proud of having their voices heard on climate change and they werelooking forward to performing in front of the thousands of people expected at Saturday’s event.
“Walk Against Warming is an important community event and our students will be part of it. The song is so catchy that we hope everyone will be singing it soon and its message of climate action now will echo all the way to Copenhagen,” she said.
Event organiser and team leader of sustainability projects at the Nature Conservation Council of NSW, Rachel Mimmo, said she was inspired by the creativity and passion for the environment displayed by all the School Song entries.
“Our children have shown a deep understanding of the threat catastrophic climate change poses for people and the planet. It’s time our world leaders grow up, stop stalling and deliver on the urgent action needed so these children and all of us can live in a safe environment,” she said.