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Inspiring celebrities “talk” to SA youth

by Linda Hein

Film reelThe Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre at UniSA is offering an inspiring free program of cinema for South Australian high school students during June.

Sustaining our Global Future is a series of films presenting some of the world’s most engaging speakers, such as former US Vice President and environmental activist Al Gore, U2 front-man and humanitarian Bono, Buddhist nun Tenzin Palmo, renowned primatologist Jane Goodall, self-help guru Tony Robbins and teenage microbiologist Eva Vertes.

The series will highlight areas of ethical social action, raise awareness of United Nations observances and present some of the world’s most innovative ideas for change.

Hawke Centre Director Elizabeth Ho, who recently attended the 2020 Ideas Summit convened by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, says the program is a first for South Australia and can potentially help students to overcome the apathy that often comes from feeling that the world’s problems are too big to solve.

"The future of our world depends on the quality of ideas that we generate as a thinking and compassionate society, and the action we take," she said.

"There are big issues in front of us - serious environmental remediation, eliminating poverty and feeding the world. Australia is a country that can make a great contribution and the focus of this program is to inspire and energise.

"It also shows how young people in many developed countries are leading the way in helping to solve our biggest global problems. And they can come at this from any knowledge base, from science, technology or the arts.

"We are delighted to offer this opportunity to schools and underline the commitment of UniSA to social justice and community engagement."

Sustaining our Global Future will screen from June 5 in the Hawke Building at the UniSA City West campus with films about the following UN observances:

  • Thursday June 5
    World Environment Day
  • Thursday June 12
    World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought
  • Thursday June 19
    World Refugee Day
  • Thursday June 26
    International Day Against Drug Abuse Illicit Trafficking

Full program and registration details can be found at www.unisa.edu.au/hawkecentre