Enviro book includes message to PM

Helen Moffitt and Jim Bird with the free children's activity book they have developed to encourage children to speak up on behalf of the environment.

It isn’t every day you receive a handwritten letter of support from Sir David Attenborough.

Yet it happened to two Sunshine Coast environmentalists after sending him a copy of their environmental activity book.

Frustrated by what they perceived to be an ineffectual response from the Australian Government to take appropriate action on climate change, Jim Bird and Helen Moffitt created a free activity book, each one including a message to the Prime Minister.

“Our Prime Minister states he receives many letters from children in Australia concerned about their future, and that he ‘deeply respects their concerns, welcomes their passion and seeks to respond positively and encourage them’,“ Mr Bird said.

“For young people not yet of voting age, this was an opportunity and so we created 10,000 activity books each carrying a postcard which can be sent to the Prime Minister, asking him to build our future on renewable energies, not on fossil fuels,“ he said.

Jim and Helen have produced the books using their own funds and they hope that many postcards will reach the Prime Minister.

“Alerting him not only to the voices of our youth, but also that public opinion holds similar passionate sentiment. Time is running out. We believe that young people may succeed where we adults are failing,“ he said.

The activity books are available free from Cooran Community Store, Pomona News & Casket and Noosa Plaza News.

Alternatively, the activity book and letter to the PM can be downloaded at www.ourfutureactivity.org.

“The Sunshine Coast Environment Council supports this initiative (non-financial),“ Mr Bird said.