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City to host global youth conference

Friday, 23rd August, 2013

Anne Bransdon and Dylan Stone are planning an Ozgreen Congress in Broken Hill as part of similar events being held around the world. Anne Bransdon and Dylan Stone are planning an Ozgreen Congress in Broken Hill as part of similar events being held around the world.

By Emily Roberts

A three-day Global Youth Leadership congress is being held in the city next month.

Anne Bransdon and school student Dylan Stone have arranged to hold an Ozgreen Environmental Congress in September as part of the Youth Leading the World Environmental Congress.

It will run on September 3, 4 and 5. The congress will run simultaneously in different locations all over the world.

The congress is open to everyone from the age of 12 to 25.

“We want to gather the youth to talk about environmental issues on a local, national and global scale,” Anne said.

“They will be able to measure they’re own carbon footprint and see how environmentally friendly they are.

“Then they will be shown how to reduce their carbon footprint and put local action plans in place to create environmental sustainability.”

Anne said she found out about the initiative through a partnership with CentaCare, her environmental work with White Leeds Wetlands, and Max Potential.

“I then approached Dylan because I saw the work he was doing with the Youth Parliament,” she said.

Dylan said he will undertake training to become one of the facilitators of the local congress.

“We are hoping to get out the issues that young people want heard,” he said.

“I would like to see Councillors and those in high-up positions attend.

“The environment will be the youth’s problem to solve in 30 or 40 years’ time.”

Anne said that at the end of day three of the congress there will be a community forum.

“All members of the community are invited to attend and the youth will be able to put forward what they have achieved and present what would they would like to receive,” she said.

“We will be able to link through with the other congress meetings via Twitter and Facebook.”

For more information or to register visit www.ozgreen.org.au

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