Now is a critical time to inspire, engage, and train young people to meet the challenges facing the world. There are more young people on the planet today than there have ever been, and in many countries youth under the age of 30 make up the largest portion of the population. Despite their numbers, youth engagement in governance, policy and technological change is incomplete, and needs to be encouraged to move towards action. Young people see firsthand the impacts of global change on their environments and communities. They have a strong understanding of social media, networking, and global connections and in many cases are a bridge between traditional knowledge and current technology. With appropriate skills they can use this unique position to promote adoption of values such as the importance of biodiversity conservation and sharing
nature´s benefits fairly and equitably at events such as Rio2012, CBD, UNFCCC, WPC etc.
In order to secure the engagement of young people in global green initatives, we need to provide them with tools for positive change. This conservation campus will form a unique combination of DAEJAYON and IISD´s considerable experience in Leadership Training for Green Campuses and Sustainable Development. It will be open to all participants at the congress who are under 30 and will promote sharing know-how, experiences and lessons learned.
Together over a ½ a day period participants will learn about: • Social Organization and Personal Change Theories and Frameworks; • Skills and Qualities of Effective
Change Agents; and • Case Studies of Social Change for Sustainability that focus on personal action and sharing natures benefits fairly affect conservation outcomes. The campus event will use online tools to develop an interactive event which not only builds relationships but promotes and facilitates continued collaboration and action between participants in the months following.