Take 3 Youth Summit confirmed for World Oceans Day

Take 3 for the Sea is delighted to announce our inaugural Take 3 Youth Summit will take place at the Taronga Institute of Science & Learning at Taronga Zoo Sydney this June.

The Youth Summit will be held on June 7 and 8 – to coincide with World Oceans Day – with two action-packed days planned for 200 or more student leaders from 40 schools around New South Wales.

The students in attendance will have already completed a Take 3 school incursion or excursion funded by local government supporters. Selected rural and regional students attending will have completed the Take 3’s Youth Leadership program, funded by our education partners SC Johnson.

Participants will hear from selected celebrity guests and young leaders in the field of conservation and walk away with Community Action Projects developed at the summit workshops to engage their school communities in plastic pollution education, ensuring the legacy of the Summit lives on beyond June.

Take 3 CEO Sarah Beard said: “Take 3 believes in educating young people as they are the future of this planet. They care for planetary health and have an intrinsic need to protect it. Today’s leaders make decisions that dictate what tomorrow looks like.

“The Youth Summit provides young people with a platform to learn, dream, lead and inspire. Participants will have a chance to engage with, and set an agenda on one of the planet’s most pressing environmental issues – plastic pollution.

“The active participation of youth in decision-making gives them the tools to shape their future. Their intellectual contribution, ability to mobilise support, and their youthful perspectives are intuitive and exciting. Young people are the future leaders of this planet and the generation who will be driving the next phase of environmental conservation.”

Take 3 is an educational program and environmental charity with a very simple message: Take 3 pieces of rubbish with you when you leave the beach, waterway or… anywhere and you have made a difference.

Among our core beliefs is finding and supporting the next generation of environmentalists and by taking part in the Take 3 Youth Summit at Taronga Zoo all participants will be recognised as a Take 3 Youth Leader.

Paul Maguire, Executive Director of Education at Taronga Conservation Society Australia said: “At Taronga we believe in the power of youth for conservation outcomes, so we are delighted to host the Take 3 Youth Summit this year to welcome student leaders to the Zoo from schools around the state.

“We are very proud to have seen the success of Take 3 for the Sea as Taronga’s first ever Green Grant winners in 2010. Conservation is as much about people as it is about animals, so we’re so excited to be part of this event and to help inspire the next generation of wildlife conservationists to act for the wild.”

Take 3 would like to thank Taronga Zoo for hosting the Summit as well as our supporters from local NSW councils.

Further plans to make the Summit available for all Australian school children online will be announced in due course.

For more information contact us via youthsummit@take3.org