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The Young Australians’ Plan for the Planet Program is an initiative of Questacon, Inspiring Australia, Future Earth (Australia), Foundation for Young Australians, United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Canberra, the Australian National University (ANU), University of New South Wales (UNSW), University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) and other supporting organisations to promote sustainable development in Australia and globally.

The pilot program has been established in Australia to promote and develop the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and a sustainable development plan for Australia to 2050 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 will operate as an extracurricular project in each school supported by regional universities and consultancy from November 2016 to August 2017.

The outcome will be the presentation of the Young Australians’ Plan for the Planet – comprising a sustainable development plan for Australia to 2050 – to the Australian Prime Minister as part of Science Week in August 2017.

The program framework has been developed to be scalable and for potential expansion internationally based on the successful outcomes of the pilot program.

Why the Young Australians’ Plan for the Planet?

In 2016 the United Nations launched the Sustainability Development Goals (SDG’s) as the framework to achieve worldwide sustainable development.

The Young Australians’ Plan for the Planet provides an approach that enables promotion and delivery of these SDG’s 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 SDG’s based on its integration of science, 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 Australians’ Plan for the Planet Program involve?

The Australian pilot program will operate as an extracurricular program involving 20 schools across Australia. Each school will develop a sustainable development plan for their regional EcoZone to 2050. The schools will then work to combine their individual EcoZone plans into a national sustainable development plan (Young Australians’ Plan for the Planet). This will then be presented to the Australian Prime Minister in July 2017.

Australian EcoZones (20)

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Western Australia (3)New South Wales (3)
  • 1. North (other council regions above TOC)
  • 2. South (other council regions below TOC)
  • 3. City (Perth council regions and marine ecosystems)
  • 12. North (other council regions)
  • 13. South (other council regions below)
  • 14. City (Sydney council regions and marine ecosystems)
Northern Territory (2)ACT Canberra (1)
  • 4. City (Darwin)
  • 5. Country (all other coastal and country ecosystems)
  • 15. City and Country (all city and country ecosystems)
South Australia (3)Victoria (3)
  • 6. North (other council regions)
  • 7. South (other council regions)
  • 8. City (Adelaide council regions and marine ecosystems)
  • 16. North (other council regions)
  • 17. South (other council regions below)
  • 18. City (Melbourne council regions and marine ecosystems)
Queensland (3)Tasmania (2)
  • 9. North (other council regions above TOC)
  • 10. South (other council regions below TOC)
  • 11. City (Brisbane council regions and marine ecosystems)
  • 19. Country (other council regions and marine ecosystems)
  • 20. City (Hobart including Antarctica)
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