Recent and current Projects:
Sri Lanka: Our partner organisation ECO-V is continuing to organise further environmental leadership training for 26 year old Dhanushka. He has been an active participant of both the Kelani River Journey and Paapedi Bike Journey, two innovative environmental leadership journeys supported by JCJ. Dhanushka has established a permaculture farm in his local village, where he inspires and trains a growing team of youth to be eco-friendly citizens.
Bangladesh: The Youth Action Conference in Dhaka in January 2014 was a great success. JCJ kicked in $600 in support. The aim was to create awareness, dialogue and knowledge sharing across diverse class, social, cultural and educational backgrounds about the environmental issues at hand and generate solutions collectively. Over 100 youth attended from diverse backgrounds. Next step - to support the youth to kick-start micro projects that target environmental and climate change threats.
Australian Journeys: Over 2014 JCJ is planning environmental trips to regional Victoria for small groups of Asian students. We want them to experience nature and meet people who are working to protect our environment. Many Asian students have limited exposure to nature in their home countries. We would love them to return home with an environmental message, and perhaps become environmental leaders.
Looking back over 2013: JCJ has supported the Paapedi Bike Journey for Climate Justice, the Bangladeshi Climate Justice Project, as well as innovative environmental education programs in Vietnam! Thanks go out to all our supporters and contributors for making this possible. Our volunteers have been active in climatically-vulnerable communities in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Vietnam, and the ripple-effects of our projects are spreading far and wide.
We have also re-defined our aims to focus on investing in youth, to empower them as leaders to tackle climatic challenges, particularly in vulnerable communities in the Asia Pacific Region.
We are also focussing on our domestic activities, and building our team of passionate volunteers. We're really looking to expand our core Melbourne-based team, with people who can spare a few hours a week. We are also building an increasingly international team of active volunteers, who can contribute in many ways... please email us if you think you can get involved.
You can support us by joining JCJ as a member (only $30 a year!), making a donation or 'paying your dues' when you fly. We'd love you to volunteer for JCJ domestically and on our overseas projects. Email