A retreat bringing young people to the conversation on how to respond to the impacts of climate change in their own communities was held in Bendigo at the weekend.

ADAPT Project Coordinator Dona Cayetana said: “The retreat was an opportunity to give young people a voice and have a say in their future.

“Twenty-eight young people (aged 15-24) attended the Youth Climate Retreat, funded by DELWP, and represented communities from across the Loddon Mallee region,” Ms Cayetana said.

“This has resulted in an exciting opportunity for attendees to:

  • meet and connect with other young people from a diverse range of backgrounds, who also care about our future
  • have their views and ideas recognised about how to best include other young people in climate adaption activities
  • have fun while developing skills in teamwork and communication.”

“During the retreat, attendees partnered with ADAPT Loddon Mallee and retreat facilitators YLab in a co-design workshop to develop projects and activities that will engage other young people in the process of adapting to the impacts of climate change.

“Climate change adaptation is anticipating the adverse effects of climate change and taking appropriate action to address these in order to prevent or minimise their impact,” Ms Cayetana added.

The 28 attendees were from municipalities across the Loddon Mallee region including: Buloke Shire, Campaspe Shire Central Goldfields Shire, City of Greater Bendigo, Gannawarra Shire, Loddon Shire, Macedon Ranges Shire, Mildura Rural City, Mount Alexander Shire and Swan Hill Rural City.

ADAPT Loddon Mallee is a regional network that draws together individuals, communities, businesses and governments. The network aims to build a climate ready Loddon Mallee by supporting adaption planning and actions to address climate change impacts across the social, cultural, environmental and economic systems in the region.