As a global movement, YMCA is committed to advancing global conservation and responsibility to reduce the effects of climate change through youth-led education programmes and initiatives that improve environmental awareness.
Here in WA, we are leading by example and allocating the necessary resources for projects and initiatives that will reduce our human impact on the planet. These include new buildings being fitted with solar panels and replacing old light fittings with energy efficient light sources. We are also working with young people to hear their concerns and finding solutions so every young person can live in a sustainable environment.
“We are looking at ways we can reduce our carbon footprint and how we can adopt more sustainable practices,” confirms YMCA WA CEO, Ross Kyrwood.
“Everyone has the ability to contribute to reducing environmental degradation. We heard young people’s concerns about climate change at our recent Youth Summit, and now we are calling upon them to take action.”
If you are a young person and would like your voice heard about climate change, or any other issue that concerns you, why not sign up for the Y WA Youth Parliament leadership program – visit the WA Youth Parliament website or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications open in February, with participants selected and commencing in the program each March.
Alternatively, contribute to WhyNot, a platform for young Australians, by young Australians where you can amplify your voice about issues affecting young people. Visit the WhyNot website to share your stories and have your voice heard.