The new Stepping Stones Website was officially lauched in November. Check it out. It is full of information about the project, how to get involved and great case studies about this dynamic project - connecting people... connecting nature.
Having only just returned from completing water testing training to a group of indigenous youth in Guatemala, Sue headed off again this week to Baden Powell Scout Centre in Sydney to inspire another group of youth. Together with Wendy Goldstein from Macquaire University, they kick off a new and exciting research project, supported by a NSW Environment Trust Research grant, which aims to reconnect youth with nature. Specifically The research is to explore with young people how to bring about change amongst young people to value and care for nature.
OzGREEN was a finalist in the NSW Green Globe Awards in the category "Community Sustainability Awards" and a group of OzGREEN Facilitators and volunteers attended the Awards Night on 30th October 14. While OzGREEN didn't win it was a great honour to have made it through to the final 3 and we should be proud of it!
Very inspiring evening and good to see that so many great initiatives are being rolled out by businesses, local governments and NGOs even thought the federal government is doing next to nothing. Grassroots power!!
Next year perhaps we can think about entering one or more of our bright young stars in the "Youth Sustainability Champion" category.
Congratulations to OzGREEN and Youth Leading the World.
Early in 2014 Seres project manager, Corrina Grace, secured a grant to allow Sue and Colin to travel to Guatemala to conduct water testing training for the Seres Team. This was part of the WWF Sustainable Watershed Management Fund. Sue and Col travelled to Guatemala on 14th October and have been in the thick of the Rainforest since, conducting training in water testing techniques with the Seres Team.
AGM was held in Sydney on Mon 13th October 2014, with the new Board of Directors elected as follows:
Students who attended the MyRiver Bremer program in Ipswich in March this year are accompanying Sue Lennox and taking their findings to the 17th International River Symposium in Canberra this week. The integrated conference brings together the disciplines of science, governance, planning, community, education, Indigenous peoples and much more. Riversymposium provides a forum to encourage and foster innovation, collaboration and integration. A report on the outcome of the Symposium will be posted after the event.
Youth Leading the World (YLTW) is a three day youth leadership program focusing on learning and leadership in sustainability. YLTW is creating an interconnected global community of youth change makers.
We have once again in 2014 trained another amazing team of young vibrant facilitators ready to run YLTW programs all over the country. OzGREEN trains and supports local people to run YLTW in their own region, and has been able to take it's award winning sustainability in action process to scale, whilst minimising costs and carbon footprint. To date we have trained over 500 YLTW Facilitators. By training and supporting local people, YLTW has become embedded as a locally owned and driven initiative.
Our YLTW Facilitators are fully trained in how to expertly guide participants through a process of thinking about global sustainability challenges. At each congress participants focus on concerns; create visions for the future and develop dynamic action plans to implement personally and in their communities.
If you are interested or know someone who would like to connect with other vibrant dynamic change makers to make a difference then you need to find out more and register for YLTW 2014. To register select the REGISTER YLTW menu item above and register your participation at your local congress.
In the meantime have a look at our YLTW area for locations, videos, photos and presentations to see how others have enjoyed and benefited from their YLTW experience.
So far this year we have held a number of outstanding vibrant YLTW congresses. Click here to see the congress reports and action plans updates.