Young people learn the skills to build a sustainable future for the Planet
Pic: National Science Week launch & book presentation to Federal Government.
In 2017, the Young Australians' Plan for the Planet kicked off to engage, connect and empower high school students to deliver the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). With over 17 schools and 250 students representing all regions in Australia in this innovative extra curricular program, it has exceeded everyone’s expectations. The program encourages students, our leaders of tomorrow, to have a ‘voice’ in planning for their own future sustainable world. Motivated and inspired to combine STEM learnings, strategic planning and management, teamwork, leadership and global competency skills, students researched and prepared plans for the world’s challenging issues.
The results were insightful and comprehensive plans for sustainable development at local, regional and national levels culminating in their 'It's our future Earth' Conference held in Canberra, and attended by over 40 students and teachers, which included the presentation of the Young Australians’ Plan for the Planet V1.0 to the Federal Ministers for Science and for Education at the National Science Week Launch in Parliament House, Australia.
We need your help as the program goes international and becomes the 2018 Young Persons’ Plan for the Planet
The overwhelming success of the Australian program has resulted in many other countries looking to be part of the program in 2018. This promises to be an even more exciting year, as the program turns plans into action, and extends internationally with countries including Mauritius, Singapore, Japan, Fiji and Canada. It will also be expanding nationally with the Australian schools having the opportunity to partner and mentor international schools.
Here’s what you can do to help the students and schools go international with the UN SDGs
To go international, we need to expand the website to accommodate the additional countries, establish the collaborative working platforms for country mentoring and partnering, as well as launch and support capabilities in country. We are asking for your support for the initial seed funding to get this up and running.
We already have tremendous support from the academic community institutions, the science community, as well as federal, regional and local government and community groups. We're inviting you to join the team and your contribution will go towards seed funding necessary to connect with and get onboard hundreds more students, their teachers and schools to research, prepare and showcase their Sustainable Development Plans and Actions - and thereby training our future leaders with the skills to build a sustainable world.
How you can join the Young Persons’ Plan for the Planet Team?
Our goal is $45,000 to seed fund the International Pilot Program. The more we get funded, the more countries and students we can get to the program and the bigger their impact. All contributions big and small will help this project develop into an annual event, that refines and develops the United Nations Sustainable Development Plans into local, regional and global action. Giving young people the voice and the skills to build a sustainable future for all.
At no time in our history has this been more important. At no time in our history has it been more important to develop the capabilities in young people to achieve this. We need your help to make this happen. We've therefore tailored the support packages to suit everyone’s capabilities.
And, of course, here's what's in it for you
Recognition online for every supporter (or you can also choose to remain anonymous). We'll keep all our team up to date with the program progress, and the top three levels have further face to face meeting and recognition opportunities as well. Donations over $2 are tax deductible (in Australia). Your donation is to the "Society for Responsible Design Inc Sustain Fund", a Tax Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR).
We've structured the Donation Contribution ranges from $20, $100, $400, $1000, $6000, $12000, right up to $60000 to cover everything from knowing you are part of this exciting project, to sponsoring a School or even a whole Country to join in. We'd also invite you to visit our website at planfortheplanet.org.au and view our 2 minute video at the top of this page (link https://youtu.be/DBZC5skRo48) and see https://www.planfortheplanet.org.au/crowdfunding The whole website gives you further insights into how the Young Persons’ Plan for the Planet Program operates, as well as the key stakeholder organisations that are already supporting the program.
We'd love you to be part of this exciting program in 2018. We've been overwhelmed by the support of the students, the teachers, and the schools so far. We hope you can join us now to help turn our international opportunity into a reality this year.
Your gift of the Season that keeps giving for generations to come.
Your Support now will give maximum benefit for Youth to grow this pioneering program for Global Sustainability, here and Internationally.