What is CARYA?

Climate Adaptation Requires Youth Action (CARYA) is a program bringing together a courageous, cross cultural group of 18-29 year olds (or mature 16-17 year olds!) who are concerned about the effects of the climate crisis and want to connect with others to take action.

The 10 week training program will offer significant experiences in environmental education, aiming to highlight the broad range of challenges that we face as the climate emergency escalates. After the training finishes, the group will take action towards a local climate adaption initiative, or start their own with the support of Banksia Gardens Community Services.

The CARYA training will run once a week (most likely on a Thursday evening) from mid October until mid December. Given the uncertainty and restrictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are planning to deliver this course online. If restrictions are lifted, there is the possibility of gathering for in-person sessions and excursions, so your commitment may also involve some weekend travel to learn about climate change at various sites around (and outside of) Melbourne. 

There is no cost to participate in the CARYA program. Travel costs will be covered as part of the training.


How to apply

If you are interested in applying, please complete this Expression of Interest form by FRIDAY 2 OCTOBER 2020.


If you are chosen for the following phase of the selection process, you will be asked to submit a creative element that shares with us your interest in climate and environmental issues and their significance to you and your community. You can create a video, podcast, image, poem, song, or any representation (please include some explanation of your piece). There will also be an informal interview held prior to the start of the training to ask questions and get to know one another.

For any queries, don’t hesitate to contact:

Taryn D’Costa (Sustainability Education Officer, Banksia Gardens Community Services)

0431 134 103

About your facilitators

Taryn D’Costa


Taryn is an dedicated educator with over 15 years’ experience and a passion for climate activism and community engagement around environmental issues. She co-founded a community group, Neighbours United for Climate Action (NUCA), which aims to increase awareness and community participation in climate action and solutions for change as we navigate our way through a climate emergency. Taryn is a firm believer in the power of people working together, which is why she is so excited to be part of the CARYA program!

Edgar Caballero Aspe


Edgar is an environmental educator with more than 15 years of experience. With a science background and solid international experience, Edgar has participated (both as a leader and as a participant) in multiple international education programs similar to CARYA that focus on the experience as much as the content. Edgar came to Melbourne to do a PhD creating research about the power of these educative experiences.  Edgar is the Education and Sustainability Coordinator at Banksia Gardens Community Services.


“We all have to come together, young people and adults because we need to both adapt to a climate in change and act to avoid it”.

*Please note, there will be a number of different speakers who will be presenting throughout the CARYA program about their various areas of expertise around climate and environmental issues.