The Young Persons’ Plan for the Planet Program is an initiative of Questacon, Inspiring Australia, Future Earth (Australia), United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Canberra, the Australian National University (ANU), University of New South Wales (UNSW), University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), Foundation for Young Australians and other supporting organisations to promote sustainable development in Australia and globally.
The first pilot program was established in Australia to promote and develop the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and a sustainable development plan for Australia to 2030 through 20 schools across Australia by leveraging the business planning and management principles and practices developed in Plan for the Planet (Gower, 2012).
The program operates as an extracurricular project in each school supported by regional universities and consultancy for approximately 8 months. Its first year culminating with the presentation of the Young Australians’ Plan for the Planet – comprising a sustainable development plan for Australia to 2030 – to Canberra to launch Science Week in August 2017.
The program framework has been developed to be scalable and for expansion internationally based on the successful outcomes of the pilot program.
2018 saw the launch of the international pilot in Mauritius with 10 more High schools that were mentored by the Australian schools and connections with a very successful completion leading to a combined international conference in Mauritius for November 2018.
Why the Young Persons’ Plan for the Planet?
In 2016 the United Nations launched the Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) as the framework to achieve worldwide sustainable development.
The Young Persons’ Plan for the Planet provides an approach that enables promotion and delivery of these SDGs throughout Australia utilizing an innovative national extracurricular schools program.
Why use the Plan for the Planet approach?
The Plan for the Planet approach was developed to leverage the effectiveness of business planning and management principles and practice to achieve sustainable outcomes at a local, regional and global level.
Why a national schools program?
The Plan for the Planet approach has been adopted to promote and deliver the UN SDGs based on its integration of science, technology, mathematics and geography knowledge and focus on leveraging business management, leadership and teamwork principles and practice to develop and deliver local, regional and globally sustainable outcomes.
What does the Young Persons’ Plan for the Planet Program involve?
The Australian pilot program operated as an extracurricular program involving 20 schools across Australia. Each school creates a sustainable development plan for their regional EcoZone to 2030. The schools will then work to combine their individual EcoZone plans into a national sustainable development plan (Young Australians’ Plan for the Planet). This was presented in Canberra to federal ministers in August 2017. Continuing with the success with the proof of concept first year is the international pilot with the addition of 10 high schools in Mauritius, each within its own EcoZone region to begin the expansion of the program globally. We have now added the first Young Mauritians’ Plan for the Planet to confirm the enthusiasm for the process and capability beyond Australia.
Australian EcoZones (20)
|Western Australia (3)||New South Wales (3)|
|Northern Territory (2)||ACT Canberra (1)|
|South Australia (3)||Victoria (3)|
|Queensland (3)||Tasmania (2)|
Mauritius EcoZones (10)
|Mauritius North (3)||Mauritius East (3)|
|Mauritius South (2)||Mauritius West (2)|