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.
Read the story so far…

We are excited to announce these new activities where regional youth can collaborate, learn and create!

COLLABORATE:

Youth Climate Retreat – 2022

Planning is now underway for the second ADAPT youth climate retreat to be held sometime in 2022

Register your interest HERE

LEARN:

“Climate Ready Young Growers” with PepperGreen Farm and climate experts

Have you ever wanted to get more into gardening but not sure where to start?

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

Are you concerned about the impact of climate change on local food security?

Then ‘Climate Ready Young Growers is for you!’

Registrations for our Autumn 2022 workshops are now open.

When: Saturday 2 April – Soil Preparation
Thursday 21 April – Seasonal Produce
Friday 22 April – Pest and Weed Management
Saturday 14 May – Plant Propagation
Saturday 28 May – Composting

Where: Peppergreen Farm, 40-44 Thunder St, North Bendigo 3550

Register HERE

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.

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

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. 

Youth voices are leadership capacity of our future leaders.

More stories from the network:
Youth Climate Network- Caring for climate on country
Our story is just the beginning

Download Report (PDF)
Download Report (PDF)

“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

Read the recommendation that came out of the retreat HERE

What happened 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.

The Youth Climate Network continued to foster the momentum that the Youth Climate Retreat begun and despite the challenges the COVID-19 presented ADAPT was able to deliver an event that connected young people with Traditional Owners from Dja Dja Wurrung to hear about climate change impacts on Country and build cultural awareness. You can read more about the event HERE

ADAPT Loddon Mallee continued to work with young people to ensure their voices were including in the Climate Ready Plan. The Youth Climate Advisory Board (Y-CAB) was set up in March 2021. A diverse group of young people from across the region were recruited to review the DRAFT Climate Ready Plan and give us recommendations. The group worked together over the course of six online meetings, led by youth facilitator Tiana Sixsmith. The recommendations were compiled in a report that you can download HERE

Following the Y-CAB feedback comprehensive changes were included in the Climate Ready Plan and we look forward to working further with young people in the Loddon Mallee to deliver on those priority actions.

More stories from the Youth Climate Network:
Our story is just the beginning

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 and respect Victorian Traditional Owners as the original custodians of Victoria’s land and waters, their unique ability to care for Country and deep spiritual connection to it. We honour Elders past and present whose knowledge and wisdom has ensured the continuation of culture and traditional practices. We are committed to enabling self-determination for all Aboriginal people and aim to work closely with the Aboriginal community to drive action and improve outcomes especially in the context of a changing climate.