Earth Guardians Youth Councils | the vision
#RYSE: Rising Youth for a Sustainable Earth
Earth Guardians Youth Councils are youth-led councils of solutionaries who use the arts and their creative passion and skills to create campaigns addressing climate and environmental issues in their communities. The Youth Councils are made up of diverse youth from across the globe using community-wide solutions activation trainings and mentor support to co-create the future they know is possible.
Earth Guardians host national leadership trainings and each council member in return hosts trainings in their community with the support of adult mentors.
Earth Guardians Youth Councils are living examples of young people stepping up as leaders and empowering an entire generation to take action on behalf of leaving future generations a healthy, just, sustainable planet.
Some of the ways youth engage through the Councils to turn the tides on important issues affecting their future:
- learning together through training
- starting solution-based Earth Guardian crews
- taking legal action to centralize the youth voice in positions of power
- crafting strategic nonviolent direct action campaigns
They are a network of independent thinkers, revolutionaries and artists who are joining forces to bring about a culture shift, one that reconnects with becoming caretakers of the Earth. With our futures at stake, we are coming together to #RYSE to the challenge of our time. Join us!
How Earth Guardians Youth Councils work
PHASE 1: TRAINING
In 2015, 2016, and 2017, the impressive young leaders who make up the Youth Council attended trainings to support their work as young leaders in their communities. Trainings were facilitated by a democratic, front lines, action-oriented team of organizers and facilitators. Recognizing times of crisis as vital opportunities for improving life on earth, they fuse political education, skills training, group development, and direct organizing.
Day 1 of these trainings focuses on analysis of key issues, organizing, and leadership strategy.
Day 2 is dedicated to collaboratively crafting a plan for climate solutions using innovative facilitation techniques to implement in their communities.
PHASE 2: COORDINATED ACTION
Youth Council Leaders are strategizing to collectively carry out and lead organized national actions. These powerful, unified actions will mobilize and inspire participants in addition to continuing the momentum of the movement.
PHASE 3: COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS ACTIVATION TRAININGS
Youth Council Leaders across the country will put their new skills to use and organize local trainings and events within their communities.
PHASE 4: ACTIVATION
Time to RYSE! Leaders and communities will put their climate solutions into action. Shovels will be in soil planting trees and gardens, solar panels will cover school rooftops, and new solar-powered lights will line park sidewalks. We anticipate ingenuity and never-before-seen solutions. Youth leaders will discover the creative, collaborative leaders within. With the tools and connections they gain, youth will recognize themselves as leaders, catalysts for change and a part of our greater global community.