NatureBridge gives youth a chance to help environment

Jacinta CantatoreHarvey-Waroona Reporter
Jordan Brown, 16, of Harvey, and Lincoln Hawke-Dufall, 17, of Waroona, with a fellow 2019 NatureBridge Scholar.
Camera IconJordan Brown, 16, of Harvey, and Lincoln Hawke-Dufall, 17, of Waroona, with a fellow 2019 NatureBridge Scholar.

High school students aged 16-18 with a passion for the environment are being encouraged to apply for an all-expenses-paid scientific adventure to the US.

The two-week Alcoa NatureBridge Scholarship Program will bring 60 students from across the globe together to explore UNESCO world heritage sites on a backpacking adventure.

Students will have the opportunity to get involved in hands-on science projects and become part of solutions to environmental issues surrounding biodiversity and climate change. Sixteen-year-old Harvey resident Jordan Brown, who took part in last year’s program, said she learnt about the environment and how everyone could play a part in minimising the impacts of climate change.

“The experience taught me that the world is much bigger than my small rural town life and that I can live more sustainably by using the new knowledge I gained,” Jordan said.

Alcoa Australia vice-president of operations Michael Gollschewski said the program was aimed at helping create a new generation of environmentally aware citizens.

“The program is a great way to encourage young people to join the conversation on environmental and sustainability issues and contribute to solutions globally and locally,” he said.

The scholarships cover the cost of flights, visas and the full two-week program. Applications are open until March 3 at nature bridge.org/programs.

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