THE TEENAGERS of today are the leaders of tomorrow, and will inherit the environmental problems that have amassed over the decades since the Industrial Revolution.
To bring these young people together, assure them they are not alone in their concerns for the planet, inspire them to think and act creatively, and especially to draw out their leadership potential, two Youth Leading the World congresses will be held next week (November 27, 28 and 29), one at Nimbin Hall and one at Byron Bay Community Centre.
OzGREEN, based in Bellingen, is facilitating the initiative. Youth Leading the World is also being held in 53 other locations across Australia and overseas, connected by Skype and social media.
People aged 13-17 are the target group, but the congresses are open and free of charge to students aged 10-25. They can register as individuals or as school groups and about 3000 young people are expected to take part.
Youth environmental leader Adam Guise will be one of the facilitators at the Nimbin congress, along with Moksha and Gail Clarke.
"We've liaised with local schools and some of them will be sending along delegations of students," Adam said.
He said the congresses would address climate change, clean energy, food and water security, sustainability and biodiversity.
The participants work out their own eco-footprint and then move on to create a vision for a fairer and more sustainable future. Individual action plans for change at home, school and in their communities will be drawn up.