LANDCARE YOUTH SUMMIT

Take action in your local community with Landcare

Tuesday 1 December 2020 | Parliament House, Canberra

“Engaging the 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 a Youth Summit like this being organised.” Katherine, Landcare Coordinator, Sydney

There is a lot of noise in the media and society today about the environment and adapting to a changing climate. Children are activists’ online and on the streets at protest marches, but what else can young people do to make a difference?

The Landcare Youth Summit provides young people an opportunity to share their ideas, learn skills that can help them get a job, be inspired from others about what they can do in their high school and local community to make a difference with Landcare.

Going outdoors into the natural environment also has benefits on your mental and physical wellbeing, following the impacts of Covid, being connected to the natural environment is important now more than ever. If every young person in Australia got their hands dirty in their local community, it would have an impact at a national and global scale.

Restoring the landscape for over 30 years, Landcare has remained one of the largest grassroots community movements where Australians have the chance to get their hands dirty and protect their local environment.

And with the Landcare Youth Summit, we want to arm the next generation with the knowledge, tools and ideas to preserve this unique landscape.

What is the Landcare Youth Summit in December?

Facilitated by Landcare Ambassador Sophie Taylor-Price – climate change and sustainability consultant, and granddaughter of Landcare champion Bob Hawke, this pilot launch event will serve as a platform for young people looking to be inspired and get ideas on how to take action with Landcare activities that will protect their local environment.

The Landcare Youth Summit is an online event using the Zoom platform and will run from 9.30am to 1.30pm AETD.

Young people will discuss project ideas, career pathways and the know-how to join existing Landcare groups and/or create their own groups through a series of panel discussions and workshops with young experts in:

  • 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.

Meet our panelists

Anika Molesworth

Dr Anika Molesworth is a recognised thought-leader of agro-ecological systems resilience and international farming development. With a passion for rural communities and healthy ecosystems, she is committed to help create sustainable and vibrant farming landscapes now and for the future. Anika founded Climate Wise Agriculture in 2014 as a knowledge sharing platform for climate change as it relates to food systems. She is a Founding Director of Farmers for Climate Action – a national network of over 5,000 Australian farmers undertaking climate change action. Awards include 2015 Young Farmer of the Year, and 2017 Young Australian of the Year NSW Finalist.

Anika Molesworth

Dr Anika Molesworth is a recognised thought-leader of agro-ecological systems resilience and international farming development. With a passion for rural communities and healthy ecosystems, she is committed to help create sustainable and vibrant farming landscapes now and for the future. Anika founded Climate Wise Agriculture in 2014 as a knowledge sharing platform for climate change as it relates to food systems. She is a Founding Director of Farmers for Climate Action – a national network of over 5,000 Australian farmers undertaking climate change action. Awards include 2015 Young Farmer of the Year, and 2017 Young Australian of the Year NSW Finalist.

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.

What happens after the Landcare Youth Summit?

After the Landcare Youth Summit, we invite you to join the Landcare Youth Summit webinar Thursday 3 December at 4pm AEDT.

The Landcare Youth Summit Webinar provides everyone an opportunity hear from Adelaide teen – Skye Dunn, 16 and Saskia Gerhardy, all members of South Australia’s YACCA (Youth & Community in Conservation Action) about the insights from speakers and students at the Landcare Youth Summit to be held  on December 1.

The webinar will be hosted by Landcare Ambassador Sophie Taylor-Price and we will include a discussion on how we can arm the next generation with the knowledge, tools and ideas to preserve this unique landscape by taking action with Landcare. Click here to register.

How can you get involved?

Complete our Landcare Youth Survey:

Tell us what you environmental issues 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.

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 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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