New England Youth Invited To Take The Lead On Sustainability

New England Youth Invited to Take the Lead on Sustainability

Young people from right across the New England are invited to take up an exciting, high energy and creative opportunity to gain skills and knowledge about sustainability, and join a fast growing global movement of youth leaders taking action.

YOUth LEADing Australia is being hosted by The University of New England from 23-25 November. The New England Congress is one of nineteen taking place across Australia and around the world at the very same time, providing an amazing opportunity for young people to link and learn with like-minded peers from right around the planet.

“YOUth LEADing Australia is an action-packed, high energy and fun way to learn and lead,” said Emily Thomas-Moore, Digital Media Coordinator for the 2010 Congress and graduate from Congress 2009. “It has given me more skills and networks to now be making a real difference to the sustainability of our community. And it has been great fun too!”

The 3-day Congress is very active and creative, providing lots of opportunity for participants to work out their own take on sustainability. While they will learn about sustainability from international experts, they then work both alone and together to build their own skills and plans to take action for: personal responsibility to live sustainably; creating community change; and connecting with other young change makers nationally and globally.

“This year the New England Congress will be facilitated totally by young people,” continued Thomas-Moore. “It shows that we have what it takes to lead and contribute in our community, and we encourage all students and youth to seriously consider participating in this amazing opportunity, which addresses one of the most pressing issues of our generation and time.”

Global coordination of YOUth LEADing is provided by OzGreen. The local organising team are led by Starfish Enterprises with the UNE who are the Keystone Partner and host. Major sponsors are AusEnergy, the Farming the Sun community solar energy initiative and High Country Urban Biodiversity Project. Scholarship Sponsors to date are the Australian Youth Climate Coalition and New England Mutual.

Places are still available and are free of cost to participants thanks to the generous support of this network of partners, sponsors and scholarships. For more details or to RSVP go to or contact Adam Blakester | 02 6775 2501 | 0419 808 900 | gro.sesirpretnehsifrats|mada#gro.sesirpretnehsifrats|mada.

Confirmed Locations in Australia are Adelaide, Albury, Alice Springs, Blue Mountains, Canberra, Coffs Harbour, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth, Swan Hill, Sydney North, Southern Highlands and Internationally are Colombia, East Timor, Guatemala, Ghana, India and the Maldive Islands.

Media Contacts: Emily Thomas-Moore | 0423 263 508 | Adam Blakester | 02 6775 2501 | 0419 808 900

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