Power to the Future Program

Why this project?

Increasing concentrations of greenhouse gas emissions are driving global heating, which is affecting the Eastern Beaches through increasing temperatures, extended dry periods and more intense and frequent storms. We know climate change is a significant and urgent youth issue. The Climate Strikes of 2019 saw thousands of students protest the adverse impacts they face, that without voting rights, they are powerless to prevent. The Power to the Future program is a project for local students to translate ideas, new knowledge, skills, and energy to influence change and undertake tangible and effective climate actions.

How will we do it?

The project uses an intergenerational exchange approach to empower youth in partnership with seniors, council staff and community partners, to influence decision makers with locally identified climate solutions. The students will learn from the past, and engage their networks, to implement and normalise actions that respond to climate change, and create a better future.

Who can get involved?

We are looking for ten young climate change champions aged between 10 and 15 years old and ten 60+ seniors who are keen to be involved in the local Climate change space. You must live in the Waverley Local Government Area.

What are some of the activities participants will be involved in as part of this project?

  • Interactive discussions between youth and seniors
  • Upskilling opportunities focusing on climate change science, climate change justice, communications and leadership.
  • Training in digital storytelling, video making and video editing
  • Creating short films related to local climate change solutions
  • Presenting ideas and short films to schools, family and personal networks, Council Precinct committees and Waverley local   community.
  • Measuring impact on a digital monitoring app, and
  • Helping develop local climate action campaigns / program.

Get involved now! Read our FAQs section and complete your application online before Friday 22 October 2021.

Youth application & facts

Seniors application & facts


Who are our partners?

Eastside Community Group / Plastic Free Bronte / Amnesty International / Responsible Runners Bondi / Transition Bondi / UTS Climate Justice Research Centre / Jewish Sustainability Initiative / Plastic Free Coogee

This project has been assisted by the NSW Government through its Environmental Trust