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Climate Adaptation Requires Youth Action – CARYA

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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.

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CARYA training

Our CARYA participants completed a 10 week training program of weekly online workshops, meeting expert speakers and discussing topics such as food security, climate justice, biodiversity, climate as a health issue, and waste.

When lockdown in Melbourne ended in late 2020, we were able to embark on several field trips for the CARYA participants to enhance their learning experience including a local bush tucker walk, visit to the Nangak Tamboree Wildlife Sanctuary at LaTrobe University, e-bike ride to the Eco Justice Hub in Brunswick and to a thriving urban backyard ‘The Plummery’ to meet permaculture expert Kat Lavers.

CARYA into the future

The group meets fortnightly and are working on implementing a climate adaptation project in the community. The group has chosen to focus their efforts on community initiatives around food waste, community gardening & composting, awareness building and community engagement.

Check out this video of some of the CARYA participants talking about their experience of the program.

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Get involved

If you are a young person aged 16-29 years old and interested in participating or learning more about the CARYA program, please contact Taryn D’Costa at taryn.d@banksiagardens.org.au. We are always looking for passionate people wanting to take climate action!

If you are outside of that age bracket but would like to contribute either to CARYA or another sustainability initiative at Banksia Gardens, please also contact Taryn D’Costa.

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