On Saturday 1 February CMAG hosted our first Youth Climate Forum. This event was in association with the exhibition, High-Vis Futures, a collaboration between artists Alexander Boynes and Mandy Martin with sound by Tristen Parr. The Forum provided a great afternoon of networking, brainstorming, connecting and expressing ideas.
Our MC Aoibhinn Crimmins who is part of the School Strike 4 Climate committee introduced Professor Will Steffen, ACT Commissioner for Sustainability and Environment Kate Auty and Australian National University PhD candidate Aaron Tang who generously shared insights into their work on climate science and sustainability.
Mandy Martin and Alexander Boynes took everyone through their exhibition Hi-Vis Futures which got everyone talking over afternoon tea before heading into the intensive workshop / brain storming session.
Aoibhinn and our youth mentors Imogen and Astrid supported the group discussions.
The day generated a range of ideas and solutions going forward. Here is a snapshot of what was discussed:
Encouraging the Disengaged:
Connecting with people’s values to create change:
Many people connected after the event to join organisations like the School Strike 4 Climate group.
Here are some links to get involved and help care for country:
Their local Canberra team can be reached at email@example.com
Facebook: Canberra - School Strike 4 Climate
Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC)
We’d love you to keep in touch and share your ideas on future programming that supports young people on climate issues going forward.
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