Cairns Youth Climate Summit

Cairns Regional Council held a Cairns Youth Climate Summit in late 2019 - an opportunity for high school aged students to help shape climate actions for the region until 2030. The Summit involved:

  • An online survey of students in high schools across the Cairns region, completed by 227 students.
  • A full day Planning Workshop on the 18th of October 2019, with 35 Student Delegates nominated from local high schools.
  • A Leaders Panel Event at the Cairns Performing Arts Centre on the 13 November 2019, with presentations delivered to a panel of industry leaders.

Students received specialised education from Council, university and industry experts in science, planning, policy, economic development, energy management and community engagement.

They developed a collective aspirational statement and presented their top ideas for key action areas: Powering our future, Nature-based solutions, You and your community, Reef and rainforest resilience, Infrastructure, cities and transport and Industry transitions - found in the Downloads section.

The outcomes of the Summit support Council’s review of its Climate Policy and Action Plan in 2020. Enquiries: sustainability@cairns.qld.gov.au

Engagement snapshot infographic"Our hope is that by 2030, Cairns will be a place where everyone feels empowered, fuelled with passion and moving forward with obligation. In the midst of this global crisis, we will be the light in the dark, leading by examples as we transition to a more sustainable and climate-conscious future.Climate action must begin with our own mindsets. How can we progress if what we do and say contradict? Without community, any individual effort will be futile.We hope to see Council transition to 100% renewable energy by 2030 and implement an effective education system that ensures that climate-awareness is not disproportionate in our society.We are all responsible, but we can all be part of the solution.Let’s work together to build Cairns into a city of the present, driven by the future, using knowledge of the past.Let future generations live in a beautiful world.”

For download

EVENTS, NEWS & REMINDERS STRAIGHT TO YOUR DEVICE
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Last updated: 21 February 2020