Young people as changemakers

“Just keep going”

“If I knew how hard it was I would never have started”

“If you believe in your heart that you need to do something, and you know in your heart it’s right… and especially when you’re in a position to make the change, you can’t back away from it,”

Quotes from people who inspire me.

Last night at the NSW Banksia Awards it all came full circle

In 2015 we had two Young Farming Champions determined to be agents of change and we had a big idea to crowd fund them to send them to COP 21 in Paris

That was when I found out Australian agriculture can be its own worst enemy

The main stream press were mega excited.

On the other hand believe it or not some very influential ( at the time ) rural press journalists and the stale, pale, male fraternity farmers on Twitter were very determined to assure the world these young people didn’t represent them.

The CEO of NFF at the time even wade in to assure his stale, pale, male base that these young people didn’t have his support

Last night these two young people took out the Youth as Changemakers Award at the NSW Banksia Awards

In fact half the award winners last night came from the agriculture sector. I am so grateful these young people had the determination and grit to stand up for what they believe in and inspire others to flex their courage muscle

And then there was this

Two of the four finalists in the Ministers Young Climate Champions Award were Kreative Koalas schools with St Brigid’s Primary School being named the winner

It is such a joy to work with young people. It is such a joy to work with their teachers. Extraordinary humans like the team at St Brigid’s and the Centre of Excellence

Hon.  Matt Kean announcing the Ministers Young Climate Champion Award

My advice.

Whoever inspires you. Just keep channeling their mantra

“Just keep going”

“If I knew how hard it was I would never have started”

“If you believe in your heart that you need to do something, and you know in your heart it’s right… and especially when you’re in a position to make the change, you can’t back away from it,”

Author: Action4Agriculture

The world needs creative, innovative and courageous young people who can connect, collaborate and act. We know that youth may only be 20% of the population but they are 100% of the future. The time is now to let them share their dreams and design the future they want to see.

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