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Empowering Youth

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Youth Summits

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Land, Coast & Ocean, Food, Waste and Energy are the 5 key Action Areas of the Here Comes the Future project.

Empowering Youth participation in Climate Action & Environmental Stewardship

On Thursday 2nd June 2022 we held the inaugural Here Comes the Future Youth Summit, bringing together students from Grade 5/6 and Year 7-10 with farmers, scientists, educators and change makers to explore the potential for Climate Adaptation in Gippsland.  The intergenerational dialogue that took place was transformative for all who attended! It also became clear that, alongside their interest and concern for climate issues, the students have a powerful desire to care for our natural environment and all the life it holds.

We are now in the process of working out what next steps to take. At this stage we are considering a series of more localised summits that can spark community connections that generate ongoing collaborations. We are also seeking funding to support this ongoing work.

Check out the videos below to find out more about Gippsland’s Changing Climate, about how people are adapting and our challenge to young people to get involved. Also visit our Youth Summit 2022 page to hear more about what unfolded on that special day. And please get in touch if you want to join us in taking this to the next level!

We've had to adapt too!

When we set up Here Comes the Future in October 2021 our plan was to run a video competition, with the top videos in each age-group (in each of our five categories: Land, Coast & Ocean, Food, Waste and Energy) being screened at the Youth Summit. Emerging out of lockdowns into a year of rapid change was tough on everyone, and that plan just didn’t come together. However, the videos that introduced that competition still give a great overview of the Here Comes the Future project…

We've had to adapt too!

1. What’s this all about?

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Project presenter Will Tait gives an overview of “Here Comes the Future” touching on how climate change is affecting Gippsland and inviting emerging youth leaders to come up with a climate adaptation idea.

2. Climate Change in Gippsland

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A deeper dive into climate change: how it’s affecting different parts of Gippsland, some of the things that are causing it, and how we can respond with positive action.

Head to the Resources page to learn more.

3. Climate Adaptation Projects

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An inspiration reel: Exciting climate adaptation projects from around Gippsland that demonstrate the power of coming together to solve challenges.

Check out the Projects page for links to these and other exciting projects.

We adapted by shifting our focus. The Youth Summit became a space for participants to explore the concept of Climate Adaptation, and develop the confidence to share their ideas. We’re now in conversation with our Summit attendees about what Here Comes the Future does next. Maybe a video competition will take off with support from the right partners?  Maybe we stick to live events to ignite the spark of collective action? Either way we’d love to hear from you, old or young, if you think you’d like to get involved. We’d also love to hear from any schools who want to incorporate us into their learning activities. Please get in touch via the Contact page to start a conversation with us.

In the meantime our video submission page is still active, so check it out if feel inspired to make your own on-screen shout out and send it through to us!

Your Adaptation Idea

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…and get inspired to send us your idea for Climate Adaptation in Gippsland!

Here Comes the Future is an RCE Gippsland program. There are 170+ RCEs (Regional Centres of Expertise in Education for Sustainable Development) around the world that work with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to help bring about a sustainability and equity future in each of their regions. RCE Gippsland’s mission is to promote the best possible future for Gippsland’s ecology and economy and its diverse communities, with a particular focus on Goal No. 4 Quality Education and Goal No 13 Climate Action.  We are very grateful to the Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning for providing us with the funding to run this program.

RCE Gippsland is supported by the Gippsland Climate Change Network (GCCN). For more information on RCE Gippsland visit our page on the GCCN website.

"...who knows, your climate adaptation idea may grow into a project that benefits all of Gippsland long into the future!"