Organised by Greening Australia in collaboration with EfS Tas Youth Facilitator Toby Thorpe, the Tasmanian Climate Change Youth Leaders Conference recently concluded with sessions in Hobart, Launceston and Burnie. This year, over 400 students participated from 30 different schools State-wide, working alongside more than 40 community mentors and 30 teachers on practical projects to support sustainability and help reduce the impacts of climate change.
Student’s feedback “It was an amazing opportunity to meet inspiring and like-minded people who were ready for and enthusiastic about making positive change in our local, national and global community. Meeting people who could help because of their areas of expertise, or school students who had faced similar struggles and had advice to offer was incredibly useful. The program was amazing, prompting so many critical conversations within a safe and welcoming space. I learned heaps, got to connect with amazing leaders young and old, and even though my school community isn’t completely on board yet, I got to share my struggles and find some new strategies to go about making change! It was awesome!”
A key outcome of the Climate Change Youth Leaders program is in enhancing the leadership capacity and communication skills of young Tasmanians, to build awareness of climate change and share learnings and successes. Four students who participated in the program will represent Tasmania at the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP25 in Madrid, December 2019.