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Climate Adaptation Requires Youth Action – CARYA

CARYA was launched in 2020, bringing together a courageous, cross-cultural group of young adults to learn about, discuss and take action on some of the key social and environmental issues impacting (and being impacted by) climate change.

Our planet has warmed and is continuing to warm, and we face a broad range of challenges as the climate emergency escalates. The CARYA program was designed to give young people in the community a space to discuss these issues, to connect socially with other young people concerned about the climate crisis and to facilitate ways for them to take action in a way that is meaningful for them.


What is CARYA Training?

Our CARYA participants complete a 8 week training program, meeting expert speakers and discussing topics such as food security, climate justice, biodiversity, climate as a health issue, and waste. Training is intended to set up participants with essential sustainability knowledge, networks and communication skills.

Training is flexible, and includes several field trips for CARYA participants to enhance their learning experience, with past trips including a local bush tucker walk guided by first peoples, visits to the Nangak Tamboree Wildlife Sanctuary, e-bike rides to the Eco Justice Hub in Brunswick and a tour of the thriving urban backyard ‘The Plummery’ to meet permaculture expert Kat Lavers.

CARYA Training – 2024 Registrations

CARYA training is running again in 2024, applications are open now!

Join a wonderful, creative and enthusiastic group to learn about all things climate adaptation and sustainability. Featuring workshops, excursions and more, this FREE 6-week workshop starts April 2024.

CARYA Graduates

CARYA Graduates have the opportunity to meet fortnightly and use their skills to implement climate adaptation projects in the local community. Graduates choose which projects to focus their efforts on, including community initiatives around food waste, gardening, composting, awareness building and community engagement.

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Get Involved

If you are a young person interested in participating or learning more about the CARYA program, please contact Edgar Caballero or Tess Cheetham. We are always looking for passionate people wanting to take climate action!

If you are outside of the CARYA age bracket but would like to contribute either to CARYA or another sustainability initiative at Banksia Gardens, please also contact us!

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