Our inspiring Keynote Speaker – Amelia Telford
Amelia is a young woman (19 years) from the Bundjalung nation (North Coast of NSW) and has a passion to care for and protect the future of our environment. For the keynote speech, Amelia treated the students at our conference to an inspirational account of her work relating to climate change and sustainability. She is now working as the Indigenous coordinator at the Australian Youth Climate Coalition in Melbourne, reaching out to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth to encourage climate action and provide opportunities for all young people to share their voice about the environment and sustainability. Amelia reflected on her experience as a student at Trinity Catholic College in Lismore, where she became involved with her school environmental committee. This involvement at school level sparked a long-lasting commitment to the climate movement. She presented her photos at the conference of her experience traveling to Antarctica as part of the 2041 Antarctic Youth Ambassador program that changed her life and her awareness of the impact of climate change. She encouraged the students as part of her presentation at this conference to take action on climate change and to stand up for a safe climate future.
Some of the comments on the ‘snow balls’ relating to Amelia’s speech included: “How inspiring youth are”; “networking is vital to sustain action”; ”we are not alone”; “we should set up an environmental centre at our school” and ‘small steps equate to change”.
Amelia taught the audience a dance about climate change that was very much enjoyed: A student wrote on a snow ball that one of the most enjoyable things about the conference was learning how to do this dance! Another student said “I like the dance, it was cool!”
Thank you Amelia!