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Environmental issues and youth


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Green Corps, Young Australians for the Environment, is an Australian Government youth development and environmental training program for young people aged between 17 and 20 years. Green Corps provides young people with the opportunity to volunteer their time and effort to conserve, preserve and restore Australia's natural environment and cultural heritage. See:

Australian Government

The Australian Government Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (formerly the Department of the Environment and Water Resources) develops and implements national policy, programs and legislation to protect and conserve Australia's environment and heritage and to promote Australian arts and culture. More.

Conservation Volunteers Australia
CVA has major programs with a focus on youth development; many of the volunteers are young international travellers participating in conservation experiences on environmental projects throughout Australia.

The Sustainable Living Competition
This national competition
rewards high school students for environmental projects undertaken in the classroom or individually. It runs every year and encourages students to conduct projects that either research issues of sustainability, design sustainable solutions to environmental problems or take action on an issue they are passionate about. The competition also rewards schools that take on the challenge of sustainability.

The Australian Youth Climate Coalition was formed in late 2006 and its foundation members include local youth councils, youth environment groups, youth arts organisations, campus clean energy groups, student unions, faith-based groups, Indigenous youth organisations, and young professionals. This non-partisan coalition is 'determined to mobilise our entire generation in the struggle for climate justice and a clean energy future. We are demanding immediate and meaningful action on climate change by government and private sector leaders. We support renewable energy and oppose nuclear power. We believe that Australia is lacking the political leadership to stop climate change and we intend to hold those in power to account not only to our generation, but all future generations, for their actions today. We are open to all organisations with significant youth leadership or involvement, and all young Australians passionate about stopping our climate crisis'. (Source: AYCC website, viewed 24 April 2007.)