Nine South West high school students have returned from the adventure of a lifetime as part of the Alcoa Foundation’s NatureBridge program.
Emma Tinley and Jade Allen, both of Leschenault; Jordan Brown, of Harvey; Emily Bridges, of Gelorup; Will Massara, of Bunbury; Jasmine Cogan, of Dalyellup; Fergus Scoffern, of Collie; and Ryan Hannah and Lincoln Hawke-Dufall, of Waroona, all ventured to the US last month and in July to see the impacts of climate change.
The group made up a third of the participants selected from WA and joined 54 other students from around the world at Olympic National Park and Yosemite National Park, both UNESCO world heritage sites. “I discovered the true impact of climate change, its effect on the flora and fauna, and witnessing the change in snow levels on the glaciers within Olympic National Park,” Emma said.
“It has sparked a fire in me to raise awareness of environmental issues, understand what we can do to help mitigate the effects of climate change, and prevent any more major damage to the beautiful ecosystems we currently have.”
Alcoa of Australia managing director Michael Parker said the program aimed to inspire high school students to become long-term environmental stewards.
“We are building the next generation of sustainability ambassadors,” he said.