Eco warriors: Halls Head College step up their efforts to help the local environment

Students at Halls Head College have stepped up their eco warrior efforts as the local high school moves towards becoming a Carbon Neutral school.

The College recently joined the Clever Climate program - an initiative by professor Lyn Beazley and run through Curtin University.

As part of the program, which closely monitors the school's carbon footprint, they have developed a whole school, flash mob style rubbish pick up initiative to clean the school, its surrounds and the nearby bushland.

Embedding the program into the curriculum, students have also started auditing the school room by room to determine areas where they can be more environmentally friendly.

Students and staff have also been encouraged to 'practice what they preach' outside of the school and into the community.

Halls Head College principal Bronwyn White said the school had been participating in the 'flash mob' style clean ups within the school throughout the last fortnight.

"Students are given an indicator and the entire school population stops what they are doing, race around collecting rubbish for five minutes and then return to what they were doing," she said.

"The idea is based on the popular flash mob dances which circulate on social media, always creating a smile for everyone involved.

"The clean-up is over just as quick as it began and our environment is benefiting from it.

"We'd like to challenge our local schools to join the environmentally friendly flash mob movement."

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Since the program was recently implemented, two year 10 students have sought further environmentally friendly instant gratification with a local community clean up.

After noticing an increase in litter throughout Mandurah, and inspired by their school's new initiative, Madison and Monique called for help from fellow eco warriors on social media to join them in cleaning up bushland in Halls Head.

Joined by eight more HHC students, the team collected more than 14 large bags of rubbish in just two hours and arranged for a rubbish truck to pick up the bags from the kerbside.

Madison said she was proud the clean up was so successful.

"We sourced environmentally friendly rubbish bags which are made with vegetable starch and are fully biodegradable," she said.

"We plan to do more clean-ups in the future and want to get more people involved."

Ms White said the students were an asset to the school.

"We couldn't be more proud of Madison and Monique who have taken this movement to the next level into our community," she said.