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  • Lead-organizer: Academy for Future Science
  • 15:30 - 17:00
  • Date: 18 Jun 2012
  • Room: T-8

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Karoline Buys speaking on the youth of Togo at the Empowering Youth Leadership for a Sustainable Future a side-event Sponsored by The Academy For Future Science
Empowering Youth Leadership for a Sustainable Future

Organizing partners

Academy for Future Science
2 Victoria Street, Sandringham 2192, Johannesburg, South Africa (www.affsafrica.org)
Co-Organizers:
Anglican Consultative Council, 16 Tavistock Cresent, Westbourne Park, London W11 1AP, United Kingdom (www.anglicancommuion.org)
International Association of Educators for World Peace, P.O. Box 3282. Mastin Lake Station Huntsville, AL 35810 USA (www.iaewp.org)
Pathways to Peace, P.O. Box 1057, Larkspur, San Francisco, CA 94977 USA (www.pathwaystopeace.org)
United Religions Initiative, 1009 General Kennedy Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94129-0242 USA (www.uri.org)

Introduction

A critical factor in the future of sustainability lies in the hands of the next generation of environmental stewards. The combination of the wisdom of the elders with the limitless creativity, enthusiasm and compassion of our youth will help us create solutions to the challenges facing our planet. It is our responsibility to educate and empower our young people to be leaders of sustainability. It is also our role to encourage their infinite resources of imagination and innovation. Social media and cultural arts are effective platforms that both give youth a voice on such global issues, and interconnect them. At this event, we will present several Rio+20 youth projects that are effectively mobilizing youth via music, spoken word and social media, as well as provide information on how our lifestyles can be improved to function with an awareness of sustainability.

Detailed programme

Thematic Focus:
This event will present several Rio+20 youth projects that are effectively mobilizing young people via music, spoken word and social media. These will include: Rio+20 Global Youth Music Contest; tcktcktck?s Rio+20 Make A Date With History Contest; The Captain Planet Foundation and The Earth Charter.

The combination of the wisdom of the elders with the limitless creativity, enthusiasm and compassion of our youth will help us create solutions to the challenges facing our planet. It is our responsibility to educate and empower young people to be leaders of sustainability. It is also our role to encourage their infinite resources of imagination and innovation.

Social media and cultural arts are effective platforms to give youth a voice on such global issues, as well as interconnect them in human services and social action. Today?s youth are ready to help with the cultural, social and ethical changes we all wish to see in the world and they will share with us their methods and solutions.

All speakers at this event are actively working with their international organizations and they will be sharing the work they are doing with us. Whether it is the Rio+20 Global Youth Music Contest/Concert ? A global music competition for young people, culminating in a concert with winners performing at Rio+20 or Captain Planet Foundation ? A global foundation, based on the popular Captain Planet animated television series that gives the next generation of environmental stewards an understanding and love for the natural world in which they live, these groups all represent youth social networks focusing on the environment. Their interest is to bring an education of sustainable development directly into homes, schools and communities. All speakers will also share how they imagine and plan to continue to best implement the imperatives agreed upon from the Rio+20 Conference.


The Speakers:
JJ Hurtak, PhD., and Desiree Hurtak, Ph.D Academy for Future Science, South Africa
Christina Stevens, Executive Director, Captain Planet Foundation
Catherine Skopic, Educator Arts and the Environment, Anglican Consultative Council
Nora Mahmoud, International Youth Facilitator, Earth Charter International
Karoline Buys, Youth Coordinator, Academy for Future Science, South Africa
Manish Joshi, Partner Outreach Director, Global Campaign for Climate Action (GCCA)
Ann Hughes, Kid Spirit Magazine
Jean Paul Brice Affana, Global Coordinator, Rio +20 Global Youth Music Contest

Potential Contribution to UNCSD/Rio+20:
The event is expected to contribute to UNCSD/RIO+20 in continuing the dialog through social media and youth programs reporting and supporting the outcome and implementations from Rio+20. This event will empower, encourage and mobilize such youth action on a global scale, and thus contribute significantly to the outcome of this historic gathering at Rio +20.
Earth Charter International has been a voice for the earth since the original Rio Conference and continues to network its wisdom around the globe offering free online courses for young people on sustainability, ethics, and leadership which can now include the outcomes of UNCSD/Rio+20. Also joining us is a Date With History/tcktcktck ? am organization which clearly understands that time is running out unless we are all willing to make the critical changes which Rio+20 will encourage. The networking of these groups together will enhance their efforts and magnify their voice to empower the youth globally.
As shown from our speakers, today?s youth are ready and willing to support the implementation of the Rio+20 Conference outcome. Each group who is speaking is personally dedicated to continue these efforts. This event will empower, encourage and mobilize such youth action on a global scale, and thus contribute significantly to the outcome of this historic gathering at Rio +20.
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