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NEXTGEN LANDCARE YOUTH ONLINE FORUM

“Engaging with youth is a huge passion of mine, I didn’t receive the support when I was at school because no one knew what the possibilities were and as a young person myself, that difficulty of not knowing what to do, what was out there, the opportunities that exist…so it’s great to see something like this being organised.” Katherine, Landcare Coordinator, Sydney

About the Online Forum

We live in times of uncertainty and change. Bombarded on a daily basis with information about the state of the planet, it’s no wonder young people can feel overwhelmed and unsure on how to make a meaningful difference.

At present, Australia is facing some of the highest species extinction rates in the world, as well as experiencing increased pressures on biodiversity and natural resources due to land clearing, development, climate change and land-use pressures. ​​If we are to reverse the damage that has been done, and ensure a sustainable future is secured for future generations, we need to act now. No generation feels or understands this more than youth. And we get that.

The good news is that there is plenty of opportunity to get involved and do stuff that matters for the environment. And there are many young people all over Australia (and the world) taking the lead in making change happen in their community.

The Landcare movement in Australia has been actively restoring the landscape for over 30 years. Landcare has remained one of the largest grassroots community movements where groups and individuals across Australia have a shared vision to restore and protect the environment in their local community through sustainable land management and conservation activities.

Young people are now bringing their own energy, passion and inspiration to Landcare, and working alongside their communities (or even starting new ones), to make a difference to the planet in their own unique way!

Not only are young people leading projects for more young people to get involved in, they are also addressing a range of issues young people face such as mental and physical wellbeing, social isolation, and access to safe and accepting spaces, as well as access to career pathways into industries they want to work in. They are creating opportunities for fun and adventure and connection to nature and exploring ways of learning more about Indigenous perspectives and connecting with Country. Using their unique gifts and talents, they have discovered that Landcare provides many pathways to make a difference.

To make this event more accessible, an Auslan interpreter will be present.

Join us for an action-packed online event you don’t want to miss

Join Costa Georgiadis and the team at Intrepid Landcare for a high impact forum that will not only connect you to other like-minded young people passionate about the environment, but will support you to explore the issues that matter most to you, and how to make a meaningful difference.

Hear from a range of inspiring young leaders and school students already doing stuff that matters for the environment, and learn about the diversity of ways you, your community or school can get involved and look after the environment, in your own way.

Young leaders who have turned their passion and concern for the future of our planet into meaningful action that makes a difference will share their experience, top tips and knowledge with you on the day.

The Intrepid Landcare team will then work with you to get clear on what you want to do and how to take action (we know this part can be the most overwhelming and tricky!).

Schools and young people will get access to practical tools, resources, knowledge and most importantly, support from people who can help make their ideas happen. You will walk away feeling empowered and connected to what’s possible for you.

This online event is free to attend!

Who is this online event for?

The NextGen Landcare Youth Forum has been designed for senior primary school students, high school students and youth groups aged 18 or under. If you are curious to know more about how you can make a difference for the environment, whether it be on your own, in your community or in your school, then this is for you!

We also encourage teachers and Landcare facilitators who wish to support youth projects to encourage the children in their network to attend.

Who will you meet?

You will meet and hear from a range of young people leading projects in their own unique ways. From high school students, to community volunteer leaders, emerging young professionals, to creatives and entrepreneurs! Check them out below.

Welcome from Landcare legend and Junior Landcare Ambassador Costa Georgiadis.

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Elliot Connor

Elliot Connor with an insect

Elliot is the founder and CEO of Human Nature Projects, a podcaster and TED speaker, UN consultant, wildlife rescuer and filmmaker, author, screenwriter and journalist. Having travelled to all four corners of the world and generally made an oyster of it, he now shares his love of wildlife through storytelling and mentors the next generation of conservationists as a member of CoalitionWILD’s steering committee.

Elliot will be sharing the ABCs of transformative storytelling which allowed him to scale his own charity across over one hundred countries, inspiring thousands of others to action. In the words of Sir David Attenborough: “No one will protect what they don’t care about; and no one will care about what they have never experienced.” Storytelling allows us to deliver these experiences vicariously, to turn heads and change minds, growing a greener future one tale at a time.

Jayden Gunn

Jayden Gunn inspecting a seed pod

Jayden Gunn is a young freelance wildlife photographer and passionate conservationist that specialises in Australian birdlife and vertebrate pest animal management on Wiradjuri land, Cowra, New South Wales.

He is a dedicated environmental educator and enjoys spending the majority of his time introducing people to Australia’s unique wildlife through digital storytelling paired with the photographs he captures. Jayden possesses a comprehensive knowledge of avicultural husbandry and devotes much of his spare time rehabilitating sick and/or injured birdlife and also breeding endangered Australian avian species.

Jayden has been chasing his dream to work in conservation since he was a kid, utilising Landcare as a pathway to acquire industry experience, knowledge and networks to make his dream a reality. Jayden now works for BirdLife Australia and has been an active member of Intrepid Landcare since the beginning of 2019. Jayden will share how following your passion can lead to the most incredible opportunities (and that you can make a difference along the way).

Gabrielle Stacey

Gabrielle Stacey inspecting a sapling

Gabrielle Stacey is a Conservationist, Botanist and Landcare Coordinator in Muloobinba, Newcastle, New South Wales. She works as a Project Officer for the Hunter Region Landcare Network, facilitating conservation events and engaging with community to raise awareness of and participation in Landcare. In addition to her work with the Hunter Region Landcare Network, she is the Coordinator of Fern Creek Landcare – the most youthful and fastest-growing group in the area, and she is a Coordinating Member of Hunter Intrepid Landcare.

Through intergenerational partnerships, collaboration, digital presence and marketing, Gabrielle has greatly increased youth participation in Landcare across her various projects. She believes that “volunteers should leave feeling appreciated, fulfilled and ‘richer’ than when they arrived” and by connecting passionate individuals and experts with volunteers, she has fostered passions and empowered others to follow her lead in environmental conservation.

Gabrielle received the Young Landcare Leadership Award in the Hunter Region 2021, presented at the 2022 NSW State Landcare/Local Land Services Conference about ‘Marketing Landcare to Younger People’ and will be a presenter at this year’s National Landcare Conference. Gabrielle will discuss her journey into Landcare, uncovering new passions and skills and finding her niche in the industry.

Spencer Hitchen

Spencer Hitchen with a glossy black cockatoo prop

Spencer is a young conservationist at 11 years old standing up for the rights of nature and future generations. He is a runner up in the Les Hall Young Conservation Award 2022, runner up 2019 and finalist 2020 in the Holmes Junior Art Prize for Realistic Australia Bird Art, runner up in the World Kangaroo Day Photo Competition and many more!

He is a recipient of the Jane Goodall Roots & Shoots Mini Grants 2022 and has 64,700+ signatures to stop the destruction of 5.8 hectares of remnant habitat at Sunrise Beach on Gubbi Gubbi land, Sunshine Coast, Queensland. Spencer loves photography and uses his photographs to teach people about the natural world and how we need to protect it for our survival on this planet. Spencer loves nature and has wanted to protect it from a very young age.

Spencer is a member of many environment groups in his local community. In his presentation Spencer hopes to empower and inspire more youth to stand up for their future and their local environment.

Christmas Island District High School

Turtle swimming in the ocean

On Christmas Island each year a group of Year 9 and 10 students hit the beach to protect Christmas Island’s unique environment and wildlife. One of the biggest threats is marine debris! Greta Beach, an important turtle nesting beach on the island, is one of the beaches most heavily impacted by tonnes of marine debris from March – November. This also affects the quality of the beach for young people to enjoy because it is so polluted.

Hear about how these students are spreading the word about the impacts of waste on the environment, and what they are doing to protect wildlife and look after the places they love, so that all generations can benefit from a healthy environment.

Brentwood Secondary College Green Team

Hands holding a seedling

Brentwood Secondary College, located in Glen Waverley, Victoria, is a five-star ResourceSmart School catering to the educational needs of Years 7-12 students since 1969.

Brentwood’s ‘Towards Zer0 Bremissions’ project was awarded the Premier’s Sustainability Award in 2021 and the ResourceSmart School of the Year Award in 2022. The project is entirely student-driven by the Brentwood Green Team, and demonstrates a strong commitment to taking immediate action on climate change.

The Brentwood Green Team comprises of 30 students from Years 7 to 12. The team meets every Tuesday during lunch to discuss sustainability issues that concern the college, develop new projects and report progress on current projects. Over the past few years, Brentwood has not only focussed on improving infrastructure and reducing usage in electricity, water and waste but also worked on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Climate Change requires an immediate, collective effort. Brentwood’s Premier’s Sustainability Award-winning campaign ‘Towards Zero Bremissions’, has put Brentwood a step ahead of others by educating our community about the importance of immediate climate action.

The Green Team will share how young people can make a difference and that ‘change is possible’! Schools can also learn about how they can improve their sustainability practices and reduce their environmental footprint.

When and where will the NextGen Landcare Youth Online Forum take place?

The NextGen Landcare Youth Forum will be hosted online on Tuesday 23 August from 10.30am – 2pm AEST, 2022.

Senior primary school students, high school students and youth groups aged 18 or under from all over Australia are invited to participate in the online forum.

There will be opportunities to remain connected and participate in more activities beyond the forum, to help keep you in action and access support.

NextGen Landcare Youth Forum Program

Welcome

  • Open with Costa Georgiadis – Why the next generation is important
  • Young people connected to and caring for Country
  • An Intrepid way forward – Landcare as a pathway for youth action for the environment

Session 1 – Impact and inspiration – what are young people doing?

  • Hear from a range of inspiring young people doing stuff that matters

Session 2 – What matters most to you?

  • Get clear on your priorities for change

Session 3 – Making stuff happen

  • A step by step guide to making stuff happen

Next steps and close

Short breaks will be included throughout the forum

About Intrepid Landcare

Intrepid Landcare is an adventurous organisation that empowers young people aged late teens to early thirties to lead on stuff that matters. We provide a common space to inspire, connect and empower young people to act and lead with Landcare. We do this by delivering a range of leadership and personal development programs, and community engagement services.

Intrepid Landcare has supported hundreds of young people and communities all over Australia to develop and drive their own local environmental initiatives. These initiatives have then gone on to engage thousands of young people around the country.

Intrepid Landcare also supports a national community of practice of young leaders who connect and learn together through free online gatherings and events.

More info at www.intrepidlandcare.org

About Landcare Australia

Landcare Australia is a national not-for-profit organisation established more than 30 years ago, that supports the landcare community with funding, capacity-building, on-ground projects, information, networking and promotion of landcare achievements. Across Australia, our partnerships support thousands of people involved in landcare who are working to protect local ecosystems that contribute to the sustainability and productivity of our land and water assets. Together with the landcare community, our efforts improve biodiversity, build resilience in Australia’s food and farming systems, and create stronger communities. Landcare Australia is also a service provider for government programs, and delivers major land restoration projects. Landcare enables people to actively care for the natural environment in their community through sustainable land management and conservation activities.

About Landcare

Landcare is a grassroots movement of groups and individuals across Australia with a shared vision to restore and protect the environment in their local community through sustainable land management and conservation activities. Landcare enables people to actively care for their environment in their community. Over the last 30+ years, Landcare has evolved to become one of the largest volunteer movements in Australia. There are thousands of people and countless communities working together towards sustainable land use and undertaking on-ground action to protect, enhance or restore an area on behalf of the community.

The Landcare model has been so successful it has been adopted in over 20 countries. From the coast to the country, and from cities to the outback, Landcare’s greatest asset is its people. With over 6,000 groups and 140,000+ volunteers, the landcare movement is diverse and encompasses farmers, landcare groups and networks, Traditional land managers, Bushcare and ‘Friends of’ groups, Coastcare, Dunecare and Rivercare groups, landcare facilitators, Junior Landcare (including early learning childhood centres, schools, Scouts, Girl Guides and youth groups) and other community groups involved in restoring and protecting their local environment. Landcare is about caring for the land to maintain our natural resources for generations to come.

Resources for your group

Useful tips about Landcare

Find a group & get your Landcare Logo

  • Find a group near you
  • Need a Landcare logo for your group? You can be a Landcare, Bushcare, Coastcare, ‘Friends of’, Dunecare or other environmental community group involved in landcare activities.

Get started

  • Project plan with tips, ideas and resources to consider when planning a successful project

Project ideas

  • Landcare learning resources with school curriculum and framework links that you can do at high school, with your youth group or local Landcare group

Promote and share your story

  • How to take a video to promote your project and group activities
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Useful tips about Landcare
Find a group & get your Landcare Logo
  • Find a group near you
  • Need a Landcare logo for your group? You can be a Landcare, Bushcare, Coastcare, ‘Friends of’, Dunecare or other environmental community group involved in landcare activities.
Get started
  • Project plan with tips, ideas and resources to consider when planning a successful project
Project ideas
Promote and share your story
Useful Links to Get Connected

Explore the great work of other young people and get connected

  • Landcarer is an online community platform especially for people like you – people who work to care for their local environment. You can set up your own group on Landcarer and connect and collaborate with people who share your passion. Landcarer also allows you to monitor and track projects with other people, share stories, photos and videos, and see what other groups are up to. And when you’re out in the field and see something you just need to share, there’s a Landcarer mobile app.
  • Intrepid Landcare is not your usual on the ground Landcare group. They are an adventurous organisation that empowers young people to do stuff that matters. They provide a common space to inspire, connect and empower young people to act and lead with Landcare.

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