LOCAL students have spoken out against the careless attitude of many towards the environment.
Last week, Lake Macquarie High and Hunter School of the Performing Arts students led a community forum at the Hunter Wetlands.
They represented a small fraction of hundreds of students from across Australia, who met at 18 locations to discuss the subject of sustainable living.
They formed part of Ozgreen's 'Youth Leading the World' initiative, which aims to raise environmental awareness among youth.
Teachers and family members joined the students and Ozgreen's Newcastle and Hunter sustainable communities facilitator Gabriel Anderson to give a one-hour interactive presentation.
Groups of three to four stepped up to present their action plans for sustainable living on posters, with a focus on school communities.
Lake Macquarie High student Jessica Rea said raising awareness was important.
"Everybody needs to know how to sustain life for a bright and happy future," she said.
The students will travel to Sydney in November to take part in the Youth Leading the World National Summit.