Bush Circle Presents At World Parks Congress
The IUCN World Parks Congress is a once-a-decade event that Australia hosted in November 2014. While traditional canoes arrived on the shores of La Perouse a week prior from Samoa, New Zealand, and Rarotonga, Cook Islands another 5,000 delegates flew in from 160 Nations. It was an event that attracted royals, presidents, business and indigenous leaders, and the leaders of tomorrow - the world’s youth.
Weave's Bush Circle participants, Kat Hines, Noleen Hoskins and Josef Wood, presented twice at the congress, both times in front of large audiences. Our young people shared their stories in "The Healing Power of Nature", a new stream for this decade, acknowledging that conservation is also needed for the health and wellbeing of people. Kat, Noleen and Josef spoke again in "Inspiring a New Generation" alongside young people from other countries.
Kat, Noelen and Josef’s presentations were incredibly well received by both audiences. They were commended and sincerely thanked for sharing their experiences and personal journeys in life and Bush Circle.
Pride was felt and expressed throughout the day. Weave staff Bahadur and Ainsley felt incredibly proud witnessing these inspiring and strong young people presenting their important stories with such confidence. Each young person was clearly proud of themselves and each other, for presenting at the Congress, but more importantly, of their personal life achievements they’d reflected on throughout the day.
Weave's Bush Circle, part of the Speak Out program, was selected as one of 24 exemplary case studies of "Inspiring the new generation with nature". This along with the young people's voices forms a legacy to be featured internationally for the decade ahead.