Green Futures Now

Green Futures Now! is a leadership program for people aged 12 – 25 to build knowledge and activate participation and solutions to address climate change.

Green Futures Now! involves a series of intensive workshops and activities that support young people with the climate issues facing our region. These activities connect young people with the work that is happening locally to mitigate, adapt and respond to climate change. Participants meet people working a range of fields whose work contributes to the transition toward an environmentally sustainable future. Young people participating in this program lead their own project to address climate change and sustainability issues they identify.

Green Futures Now! means:

  • Including the voice of young people in climate change adaptation and mitigation planning
  • Connecting young people with local activities that transition to greener future
  • Supporting young people to lead action on climate change and sustainability

2021 Green Futures Now! Pilot Program

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This year’s young leaders identified the following needs:

  • Educating people on what local community is doing to address climate change
  • Sparking people’s interest and engagement in the local community groups involved in sustainability
  • Educating our youth so they can make climate change less of a risk in the future
  • Supporting young people to include environmental sustainability in everyday life as a habit


To address these needs, the 2021 GFN members put together “Living Simply” packs containing reusable and sustainable products and information sheets to educate young people about the everyday changes that can have a big impact on our planets health.

They have created video interviews with local people and representatives from groups involved in tackling climate change and making a healthier environment.

Check the interviews out along with additional information and links below.

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You can find out more about Warrnambool Community Gardens here:

You can find out more about Mad for the Merri here:

You can find out more about Beach Patrol here:

You can find out more about Megan Nicolson’s practice at Instagram

You can find out more about Sherry Johnstone’s practice here:


Additional Information

Green Warrnambool Strategy:

Green Warrnambool reflects our community aspirations as set out in the Warrnambool 2040 Community Plan. It is a roadmap for creating our environmentally sustainable and resilient future.
Vision: Warrnambool will be the most environmentally sustainable regional city in Australia

Regional Adaptation Snapshot Barwon South West – Climate Change

This resource provides insight into the climate change effects that are being experienced across the Barwon South West Victoria region, along with the ways that communities are working together and adapting to these challenges.

South West Community Energy Project

This partnership between South West Community Energy, Warrnambool Community Gardens, and Warrnambool City Council illustrates a collaborative approach to greening the energy grid.…

Sustainable House Day

Sustainable House Day provides the opportunity to explore some of Australia’s most unique and inspiring homes, and learn from the people who designed them, built them, and live in them. This is an annual event which includes a program of local houses.

Deakin University

Universities play a crucial role in helping Australia understand, mitigate, and adapt to climate change. Here are a couple of local projects with big impacts:

Drone Monitoring

A world-first initiative from Deakin University, hundreds of citizen scientists have been mobilised and are using high-tech drones to help monitor Victoria's coastline.…


Deakin’s Hycel is one of Australia’s first facilities for testing, manufacturing, optimising and training in new hydrogen technologies, Hycel is focused on technologies that use hydrogen rather than processes that produce it. Hycel Technology Hub is a ‘living laboratory’ that translates lab results into real-world solutions.

Moyjil – Point Ritchie

Point Ritchie or in Aboriginal language, Moyjil, is a rocky headland at the mouth of the Hopkins River in Warrnambool, Victoria. The indigenous community and scientists have been working together to help tell the story of Moyjil which is recognised as having great heritage significance.

Nature Glenelg Trust

Nature Glenelg Trust is a mission-driven, not-for-profit organisation that believes in positive action, and working with the community and our partners to achieve real results on the ground.


The Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority protects and enhances the land, water and biodiversity across 26,910 sq km of Victoria’s South West.
Learn about some of the practical work Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority does to heal ecosystems by watching this video:

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Applications for the 2022 Green Futures Now! program will open in early 2022.

2021 Green Futures Now! is brought to you by Warrnambool City Council and the Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning.