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Half a million dollars for more than 500 Aussie schools to grow enviro champions

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Some 538 Australian schools are set to receive up to $1000 each, around 500k in total, for environmental projects as the recipients of the first round of the Woolworths Junior Landcare Grants program.

Primary schools and early learning centres will receive the money to support projects focusing on sustainable food production, improving waste management and enhancing native habitats.

The proceeds from the sale of Woolworths ‘Bag for good’ which was launched in June last year when the supermarket removed single-use plastic shopping bags across all stores will fund the program. Since the move the supermarket has taken more than two billion single-use plastic bags out of circulation.

Woolworths Supermarkets Managing Director Claire Peters said; “It was clear to us with the large number of applicants to the program that Australian youth are actively involved in creating sustainable projects and are natural champions at doing their bit to help create a greener future for our country.

“These grants are made possible with the support of customers who have purchased the Woolworths ‘Bag for good’. We are investing half a million dollars directly in this first round from the sale of the bags, back in to our local communities to help inspire the next generation of environmental champions.”

Landcare Australia CEO, Dr Shane Norrish said; “This fantastic response shows the community’s passion for caring for the environment. Junior Landcare offers opportunities for sharing knowledge, developing skills and creating experiences that foster connections with the environment and community from childhood to adulthood.

“It is gratifying that these grants will enable thousands of children to be inspired to play an active role in ensuring the safe future of their environment.”

An interactive map shows all 538 Woolworths Junior Landcare projects, including brief descriptions and photos.

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