YOUTH CLIMATE NETWORK

Climate Ready Young Growers

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Youth Climate Advisory Board

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Young Creatives for Climate

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The Youth Climate Network is a space for young people living in the Loddon Mallee region to connect with other like-minded people, share information and learnings, and have their voice heard in planning for a climate ready future. We are excited to announce these new activities where regional youth can learn, advise and create!

LEARN:

“Climate Ready Young Growers with Peppergreen Farm and climate experts

Ever wanted to get more into gardening but not sure where to start?”

Maybe you’ve built up a herb garden and want to develop it further?

Perhaps you’ve been gardening for years, but you want to understand more about which crops are best planted when?

Does climate change concern you about food security in the years ahead?

Then ‘Climate Ready Young Growers is for you!’

Held at Peppergreen Farm, 40-44 Thunder St, North Bendigo 3550

Ages: Young People (15-25)

Register HERE

Applications close Friday 16th

CREATE:

Young Creatives for Climate Project

Are you interested in creating works of art to express an idea, emotion, or message? Do you enjoy photography, painting, drawing, writing singing, acting, or drumming? Then this opportunity is for you.

We are looking for young people who have something to say around climate change and want to express it in a creative way. This can be done through any creative medium:

  • Written pieces – journalism, poetry, oral speech
  • Visual piece – photography, painting, sketch, portrait
  • Digital piece – video, audio, animation
  • Music performance – solo or group, original song or cover of another

Application will open soon so get your ideas together and follow us on the socials and sign up to Youth Climate Network Facebook Group for regular updates.

LEAD:

Youth Climate Advisory Board (Y-CAB)

At ADAPT we value lived experience and understand young people want to have a say in the future of our region. We want to partner with you in order to best understand what you need. Our Youth Climate Advisory Board (Y-CAB) provides the opportunity to have young voices help shape our ADAPT Loddon Mallee Climate Ready Plan.

Y-CAB is now taking expressions of interest.

What we are looking for:

  • Interest in climate change and its impacts in your community
  • Interest in building leadership skills/experience
  • A focus on equity and being a voice for young people of all backgrounds
  • Looking to turn advocacy into action

The board would run monthly for a 4-month term to June 2021.

Time commitment would be approximately 3 hours per month for meetings and 1-2 per month reading/preparation time.

You will be financially remunerated.

If this sounds like you, please register an Expression of Interest here.

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The story so far

Collaboration and codesign are key principles of the Youth Climate Network. We do not assume to know what young people think or how they want to address the impact of climate change on their lives and communities 

The Youth Climate Retreat was a starting point to engage young people in the conversation on climate change adaption and understand how we can best support them. It sought to create connections between young people living in Loddon Mallee and empower them with the skills and confidence to communicate and facilitate change in their communities and amongst their peers. 

The Youth Climate Network will continue to foster the momentum that the Youth Climate Retreat has begun whilst building the leadership capacity of our future leaders. Click HERE to find out what happened at the Youth Climate Retreat and read the full report and recommendations.

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“Climate change does impact health, which is why I wanted to get involved. I know it can increase infectious diseases, such as malaria, and it also impacts people who are in disadvantaged situations. This includes the elderly community and people with asthma, for example. In turn it will affect the economy because people with illnesses are less likely to go to work” – Jemima Lotika

Over the weekend, participants gained skills in systems mapping and prototyping as they developed ideas and projects that will engage other young people in the conversation on climate change adaptation as well as shaping the way we engage with them on this topic in the future.

Participants participated in a Wayapa workshop delivered by Rowena Price and tried their hand at basket-weaving with Dja Dja Wurrung elder, Auntie Marilyne Nicholls.

“It would be very beneficial for our area [Mildura] moving forward if we were able to help the farmers out and move to more sustainable agriculture and horticulture techniques and regenerative farming. This would help with future food security and adapting to our changing climate” – Emma Johnson

There was also ample opportunity for participants to meet and connect with other like-minded young people living in their area.

The participants proved to be an inspiring bunch and brought with them an impressive knowledge and insight into the issue of climate change adaptation. There were many creative ideas and a positive attitude towards the future despite the doom and gloom perspective that often frames climate change conversations.

“[the Youth Climate Retreat] gives young people like us a voice and a say in our future” – Anthony Mammone

What’s next?

Following the retreat, the Youth Climate Network was formed by participants to continue to collaborate on projects and extend their knowledge and skills to other motivated young people. ADAPT Loddon Mallee will continue to work with the young people to further develop their projects and provide funding and support to enable these projects to become actions.

Principle Partner

ADAPT Loddon Mallee is proud to partner with YLab, a social enterprise of the Foundation for Young Australians. Y-lab is experienced in working with young people from all over Australia aged 12-29 years and have built Australia’s largest community of young changemakers. They have an existing social media community of 150,000+ and 50,000+ website visits each month. Y-Lab have experience in putting young people’s time and talent at the centre of collaborations with government, business, and community organisations to rethink future systems and influence issues that relate directly to them, recognising that they are experts in their own lives. Y-Lab operates nationally and has extensive networks with regional and rural community groups in Victoria.

Principles

Diversity
Engage a diverse range of regional youth, including representatives from different cultural, social, economic, environmental and political perspectives.

Equity
Provide a supportive environment for all participants to have their views, attributes and contributions recognised.

Trust
Confidence that young people have an understanding of their own communities and peers and are best placed to develop an appropriate engagement approach.

We acknowledge the First Peoples of the Loddon Mallee and their/our longstanding, rich and resilient cultures, rights and responsibilities to Country, and genuinely pay respect to their/our knowledge holders, leaders, Elders past, present and future.