Illustrating carbon capture process is child’s play

Children’s book “A Day in the Life of a Carbon Atom - Starring Adom” created by WA school kids
Date: Wednesday, 03 September 2014

New book illustrates carbon capture and storage process for children around the world 

A children’s book produced by Western Australian primary school students has taken centre stage during Australasia’s largest Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) event.

The biennial National Carbon Capture and Storage Conference features presentations by internationally recognised experts on CCS and kicked off in Sydney this week.

Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) Carbon Strategy Coordinator Dominique Van Gent chaired a session on community engagement on Tuesday.

During the session Mr Van Gent presented conference delegates with a copy of “A Day in the Life of a Carbon Atom – Starring Adom”.

The illustrated children’s book was created by Year six and seven students from St Michael’s Catholic Primary School in Brunswick and highlights the carbon capture process.

Mr Van Gent said the project was part of the CSIRO’s CarbonKids program which is also supported by the department.

“The work done by these students will help to promote CCS around the world,” Mr Van Gent said.

“It was particularly pleasing to be able to showcase the book during an internationally recognised conference.”

The event gives representatives from industry, academia, government and non-government organisations an opportunity to meet, learn and network.

It was also an opportunity for Mr Van Gent to provide an update on the South West Hub project.

“The project is Australia’s first flagship CCS project and has reached a number of important milestones in the last 12 months,” Mr Van Gent said.

“This included a comprehensive 3-D seismic survey earlier this year, which will help inform the feasibility of the project and the next step.”

Mr Van Gent presented the book to delegates while chairing a session on “Successfully Engaging the Community”.

On Wednesday, Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion spoke at a special event with the book’s authors, classmates, teachers and parents at St Michael’s.