Coffs student goes green

JETTY High student Guy Leckenby had been feeling powerless about the problems of rubbish and pollution that surrounded him both at school and in the world beyond.

But three days at last year’s OzGREEN’S Youth LEAD Congress changed all that.

After networking with other young people around the country, he felt inspired and has since gone on to help start an Environmental Representative Council at his school.

“We’ve got new recycling bins in the school, a water tank for the garden we are planning plus we now have timers on classrooms to turn off fans and lights automatically,” the 15-year-old said.

Now it’s time for this year’s Youth LEAD Australia Congress and Guy is excited.

“This year I am going to Sydney for media training so I can upload the ideas we generate in Coffs onto the website so all the other congress sites can see them.”

The other sites will include 14 national locations as well as six international locations, including the Maldives, Guatemala and Colombia.

Organiser and co-founder of OzGREEN Sue Lennox said the idea was to open young people’s eyes to the global challenges, give them the tools to be agents of change and let them come up with ideas about what they wanted to do.

“And most importantly, we connect them all, so no-one feels like they are working in isolation,” Mrs Lennox said.

“Too often kids just feel overwhelmed by panic or despair.

“This is a way to move beyond that, discover themselves and be effective.”

The congress will run from November 23 to 25, culminating with an open community forum.

On the Mid North Coast, 10 schools and students from TAFE and university have signed up but the invitation is there for all young people.

It’s free, just register your interest now on

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