The Local Conference of Youth Australia is a conference for young adults in Australia, aged 18 to 35, concerned about the climate crisis. This conference is auspiced by Brahma Kumaris (Australia).
This year’s focus will be on climate restoration and how I play my role in working towards a solution.
The conference will feature a variety of talks and workshops from speakers and experts from a diverse range of backgrounds.
We are stoked to invite you to the Local Conference of Youth Australia – an online conference to share knowledge on climate change & empower young adults in Australia for local action.
This event is free of charge & open to young adults living in Australia aged 18-35.
The conference will feature a variety of talks and workshops from speakers and experts from a diverse range of backgrounds – you can read up on our guests below….
As part of the conference, you will have the opportunity to:
- collaborate with others to build on ideas and outcomes
- hear from experts and discuss the climate change issues Australia is facing
- network with like minded individuals and organisations
- share knowledge
- hear stories of success and failures from others
- learn how to find common ground to make changes in behaviours
- learn the importance of community and supporting others within our community
- most importantly contribute to something positive for the world from a foundation of peace and respect
Together, we will create an outcomes document suggesting individual, community, government, and organisational actions. This will feed into the outcome document for COY (Conference of Youth) where it will be shared with UNFCCC’s Action for Climate Empowerment Secretariat.
The program will be facilitated online via Zoom across a number sessions spaced out across the weekend. For further details please “How the conference will run” below.
How the conference will run
The conference commences at 6.30pm AEDT Friday 5th February, and wraps up by 1pm AEDT Sunday 7th February.
Each session runs for approximately 2.5 hours:
- Friday: 1 session, evening
- Saturday: 2 sessions, late morning and evening
- Sunday, 1 session, late morning
The conference will run online via Zoom – if this is your first time using Zoom, we’ve included a few tips and “how to’s” here.
Once registered, keep an eye out on your emails for further details on the event, schedule and Zoom details closer to the start date.
If you have any other questions please contact us.
What is LCOY?
In brief, Local Conference of Youth (LCOY) is an initiative of YOUNGO, the official youth constituency at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
These conferences are held in countries across the world with the aim to provide a space to boost youth climate action locally, and act as a national version of the international Conference of Youth (COY).
Formally recognized in 2009, YOUNGO serves as the official voice of young people from across the globe in the UN climate negotiations under the UNFCCC.
Since the very beginning, YOUNGO has organized and hosted a COY each year immediately prior to the annual Conference of Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC. This meeting provides a crucial space for youth to gather for networking, topical trainings, and preparation to actively engage in the COP and other UN processes relating to climate change, environmental protection and sustainable development.
In 2015, the global wave of energy around COP21, which gave us the Paris Agreement, sparked an interest by many young people who could not attend the main conferences in Paris to organize parallel conferences. Known as “Local COYs”, these meetings played a critical role in mobilizing more young people for climate action than ever before around the world.
This practice of Local COYs continued since then. As the world now moves into pursuing implementation of the Paris Agreement and raising ambitions in national and global efforts, it is more important than ever to engage young people beyond the realm of just the negotiations at the UNFCCC.
What’s unique about LCOY 2021 Australia?
Climate change can be a heavy topic. But if we are able to connect to our own spirit our attitude can shape the quality of the outcomes of our words and actions – so our intention is to create a space of unity and collaboration, with the aim to inspire peaceful action.
For this reason we will be introducing meditation for the world and tools for self empowerment.
The Brahma Kumaris Australia is an organisation that teaches meditation and positive living, so we will be introducing a Meditation for the World in one of our sessions and offering a few fun tools for self empowerment throughout.