Indigenous Youth Declaration for Climate Justice
As Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people we are a part of the oldest continuing culture in the world and have lived in harmony with our land for generations.
Right now climate change is disproportionately affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We are experiencing rising sea levels in the Torres Strait, the loss of sacred country, diminishing food and water accessibility.
For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people the injustices go beyond the climate impacts. The fossil fuel industry has been putting stress on our land, our culture and our communities for decades.
Our vision is for a just and sustainable future with strong cultures and communities, powered by renewable energy. Our vision and the fossil fuel industry cannot co-exist.
We are calling for climate justice now – this means moving beyond dirty fossil fuels and transitioning to safe, clean, renewable energy.
We are calling on you to stand with us in solidarity for a just and safe climate.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have looked after this land sustainably for tens of thousands of years, this gives us hope that we can do it again.
This is why Indigenous communities need to be front and centre of our efforts to solve climate change - and why at the AYCC it is our responsibility to ensure that Indigenous youth are leaders of our generation-wide movement.
Seed is Australia’s first Indigenous youth climate network. Our vision is to build a movement of Indigenous young people taking action on climate change and to show that leadership is the most powerful when it comes from the community.
Seed is a network of Indigenous young people who care about climate change, have access to the skills, training and mentor support needed to run sustainability projects and campaigns in their communities and a platform to be heard on a national level.
In 2013,we brought together 30 Indigenous youth to attend AYCC’s Power Shift - our largest delegation of Indigenous youth yet. In 2014, our plans are even more exciting and ambitious.
In October 2014, Seed held Australia’s first ever Indigenous youth climate summit. The summit saw more than 50 young indigenous leaders come together from across the country to take action on climate.
WHAT: Across three days, 50 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people came together at our Seed Summit to learn skills from some of the best climate and Indigenous campaigners in the country and be a part of planting the Seeds of our movement.
WHEN: October 4th, 5th and 6th.
WHO: Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander young person who care about climate change and want to be a part of building a more just and sustainable future.
To download the program click here (.pdf)
In 2014 we’re expanding the program to empower Indigenous youth with the inspiration, skills and networks to continue sowing the seeds for Indigenous youth-led action on climate change.
Alice Springs high school sustainability summit: We’re bringing together high school students to kickstart action in their schools- find out more here!
Indigenous Youth Climate Summit: On October 4th, 5th and 6th we’re bringing together 30-50 young people in Melbourne to sow the seeds of Indigenous youth-led action - register here!
Regional training and support: more info coming soon!
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nations looked after the land for tens of thousands of years, and there is a huge amount we can learn from Australia’s Traditional Owners about tackling climate change and protecting country. As the elders of the future, it’s important that young Indigenous Australians have opportunities for leadership and mentoring. We also know Indigenous peoples are often disproportionately affected by climate change impacts.
This is why Indigenous communities need to be front and centre of our efforts to solve climate change - and why at the AYCC it is our responsibility to ensure that Indigenous youth are leaders of our generation-wide movement