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.


Earth Guardians national Youth Council

The National Youth Council is made up of 23 national youth leaders, ages 15-22, from across the nation and 9 international youth leaders from across the globe.  First launched in March of 2015 as RYSE, it and has evolved to further develop young people's skills as organizers, facilitators and community leaders. In collaboration, the Earth Guardians Youth Council members act as key decision makers for the movement, helping shape national Earth Guardian actions and campaigns.

The Earth Guardians International Youth Council

The International Youth Council is a small group of leaders from around the world that focuses on how to build international solidarity, take action together, and build meaningful relationships across cultures. Together this group of young people is building bridges across borders to create a just and sustainable world for generations to come. This global leadership core also plays a role in decision-making around global actions and campaigns that Earth Guardians takes on and supports, thinking through international strategy for Earth Guardians' work.


THE Earth Guardians WISDOM COUNCIL

The Earth Guardians Wisdom Council has 22 seasoned leaders and activists from diverse cultural, geographic and socioeconomic backgrounds. 

With experience in social justice, movement-building, and climate solutions, this multifaceted council is supporting the youth-led shift through mentorship, training and partnership toward a healthy, just, and sustainable planet.


RYSE Youth Training - April 2015, NY

In March 2015, the Earth Guardians RYSE Youth Council attended a four-day training and workshop facilitated by the Wildfire Project to learn how to organize and empower youth in climate action. These Youth Council members then returned to their communities to organize solution activation trainings!