• climate change
  • conservation
  • sustainable agriculture
  • Indigenous perspectives
  • community well-being.

The Landcare Youth Summit on December 1 is an online conference event for 20 high schools from across Australia. This is a small pilot online conference event for young adults aged between 14 and 18 years. The event will also involve a small group of young panelists and workshop facilitators. The panel sessions will be recorded and made available on the Landcare Australia website. The outcomes of the summit will help to create a program for the National Landcare Youth Summit in August, 2021.

High Schools involved in the program will participate in four workshops and be provided with a $1,000 grant to start their own Landcare project at school or in their local community.

How can you get involved?

Complete our Landcare Youth Survey:
Tell us what you environmental issue are, share your ideas, what help do you need to make a difference? It takes 10 minutes of your time but will have long lasting impact that will help us our Landcare Youth Summit activity.

Get on social media and talk to us about:

  • If you were Prime Minister for a day, what would you do for the environment?
  • Who inspires you and why?
  • What is your local environmental issue? How does this make you feel?

When posting, make sure to use the #LandcareYouth so we can read all your ideas.

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Ella Weisbrot

Ella Weisbrot is a researcher in climate solutions for the Climate Council of Australia. Previously, she has worked in various roles across the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors, including as an analyst at consulting firm AlphaBeta Advisors, research officer at the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University (ANU), and as a national campaigner for the Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC). She has a Master of Public Policy from ANU, where she won the Master of Public Policy Prize and held the Dr Claire Clark Scholarship, and a Bachelor of International and Global Studies from the University of Sydney.

Josh Gilbert

Joshua is a Worimi man, whose family ancestors are recorded as having the first recorded birth in a cave in the Gloucester mountains. His connection to the Worimi nation stems through both his parents, tracing back to the Bugg family.

Josh’s work seeks to connect traditional Aboriginal knowledge and history to current contexts, translating past wisdoms and learning to the opportunities of the future. His work brings together the old and the new, weaving them together to develop new insights and findings.

He is an entrepreneur and business advisor, working predominantly in the Aboriginal cultural, agricultural and environmental spheres. He has worked with numerous of not for profits, businesses and government to develop change and bring people on a journey of change.

Josh pursues transformation through modern truth telling, bringing new concepts to the forefront through acknowledgement of the past.

Kareem El-Ansary

Kareem El-Ansary is currently serving as Australia’s 21st Youth Representative to the United Nations. First established in 1999, it is the only role of its kind in Australia. 

In 2019, Kareem and his team conducted the nation’s largest face-to-face consultation of young Australians to better understand the views of young people and the issues that are impacting them across the country. Over a 7-month period, Kareem travelled over 100,000km, visited 56 towns and cities in every state and territory and listened to over 10,000 young Australians

Prior to his role with the UN, Kareem was the CEO of the Asia-Pacific Youth Organisation (APYO) and in 2018, Kareem was named a ‘Global Shaper’ by the World Economic Forum and is currently one of four young board members of the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria (YACVic). 

Ngalan Gilbert

Ngalan Gilbert is a proud young Wiradjuri man who has demonstrated his excellence in his commitment to cultural education, caring for country and cultural burning practices.

Ngalan has positively contributed to the growth of cultural education in Canberra schools through participation in Landcare activities, Aboriginal student dance groups, establishing bush tucker gardens in schools, leading Aboriginal focused Ranger guided activities, his position as a seasonal firefighter in 2018 and 2019 and his current position at Birrigai outdoor school as the Aboriginal Facilities and Land Management Officer.

Ngalan is currently completing his studies in a Certificate III in Conservation Land Management through TAFE NSW. His aspirations for the years ahead are to restore the landscape to its natural beauty out at Birrigai and develop programs to get more youth out on country to help with these works.

Saskia Gerhardy

Since leaving high school Saskia Gerhardy has developed and implemented an environmental youth group called YACCA (Youth And Community in Conservation Action) that encourages young people to become involved with local environmental projects. She also works with local primary school children through the Envirokids program, coordinates the Willunga Trees for Life group and has been appointed the inaugural Young Landcare Ambassador, to assist the group in engaging young people with their projects.

Saskia won both the Flinders Port’s Environment Award at the Channel 9 Young Achiever Awards and the 2019 Austcover Young Leader Award at the South Australian Landcare Awards. Since completing her honours in Evolution and Ecology, Saskia was nominated for local council and ran a campaign based on environmental change and positive environmental action.

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