The youth of today are the future of tomorrow! As a way to celebrate and support the great work of young people around the world that are using permaculture and other regenerative practices to help heal the planet, Abundant Earth Foundation (AEF) hosts the Youth in Permaculture Prize.
Now in its 4th year, AEF is happy to now partner with the Lush Spring Prize to honor young people making a positive difference. From creating educational programs through art, to businesses in challenged areas, tree planting at African orphanages, and food security after hurricanes, previous winners span the world and the gamut of solutions. We are excited to see what this year’s winners teach us about!
£10,000 will be awarded in this exploratory category.
Education for Climate Action for Peace (E4CAP) was birthed in October 2019 to combat adverse climate change and to provide sustainable living education and livelihood preparedness training to refugees and stateless teens and youths that don’t have access to mainstream education and cannot work legally in Malaysia. E4CAP is a collaboration between PDC alumni, including refugee teens. The latter leads Teens4CAP initiatives.
Since 2019, they have organised and supported:
· Introduction to Permaculture Workshop (3 batches)
· Teens4CAP ‘Eco-Edible Urban Gardening’ Online Course (6 batches);
· Teens Celebration for World Soil Day & World Environment Day in Malaysia;
· World Soil Day Awards for Teens;
· 3-Month Vocational Internship on Sustainable Living (3 batches);
· ‘Garden to Table’ cooking video series for UCSI University and Living Lab;
· e-commerce for UCSI Living Lab for selling crops and seeds;
· Providing vegetables to refugee centres and 20 single mother refugee families;
· Starter veggie pots for 70 low income families;
· The design and set-up of edible gardens at an Alzheimer centre, a school for special need children, and UCSI University and College.
Extinction Rebellion Youth Solidarity fights for liberation as a youth-led environmental group actively practising solidarity. They resist white supremacy, heteropatriarchal dominance, imperialism, speciesism and all forms of oppression, in solidarity with Indigenous and local communities.
The group has emerged through working together for a youth mobilisation based on solidarity. They have created actions, events and campaigns: their work is their answer to the question of how to live and resist well, while taking on the journey of unlearning oppressive mindsets and learning how to embody non-violence.
Spaces and sparks created include:
Malawi Schools Permaculture Clubs (MSPC) trains teachers in northern Malawi to run after-school student permaculture clubs. Through the clubs, students learn permaculture concepts and skills and apply them directly on their school grounds & create polyculture garden patches to grow indigenous foodcrops.
Now in their 6th year, MSPC has expanded to work with 22 schools, reached over 2,000 participants and trained 120 teachers. They have developed session packs and training for teachers, and provided basic inputs like tools and seeds to get schools started, whilst increasing the input of community members in the project.
They are now preparing to launch a partner programme, to support NGOs in other regions to establish permaculture clubs and teacher support networks. They are also a pilot project for the Permaculture Evaluation Toolkit (PET), helping to test-run a model for assessment of impact for grassroots permaculture programmes, to increase the rigour of their impact analysis and accessible tools in the wider permaculture movement.
Because peatlands are the largest land-based carbon stores in the world, their degradation results in large amounts of carbon emissions (5% of global emissions caused by humans). But it is not just the carbon power that is so special about peatlands.
Youth-led collective RE-PEAT believe that peatlands should be a vital part of ecological and climate conversations. They also see that discussions about peatlands can create very novel viewpoints on other intersecting topics such as social justice, health, economics, language and history.
Their work, based across Europe, follows 3 major pathways: education, collaboration and re-imagination. Examples of how they do this include: developing a primary school education program to foster awareness from a young age, as a scalable pilot project starting in Ireland they hope to launch this in many more schools next year; collecting personal and artistic accounts of peatlands from across Europe in a EU Peat Anthology, prior to the Common Agricultural Policy decision by the EU Members of Parliament; hosting two 24hour global peat festivals that, combined, included over 80 online talks and sessions; creating a 10-part series of webinars focusing on UK peatlands to build momentum before COP26 and the WCSS22 in Glasgow.
Over the next 5 years they hope to build an international youth network for peatlands, push for bolder peatland policy, as well as work to amplify underrepresented voices.
Sachawaysa, Ecuador is in a beautiful hilly location, where the Amazon forest meets the foothills of the Andes at 900 meters elevation. The community has self-organized to work honestly, proactively, and transparently to regenerate Kichwa culture, and forests, which were almost destroyed by the Spanish settlement in the region which brought hostile attitudes and actions towards Kichwa people, their customs and regional rainforests.
Sacha Kuyrana Maltakuna – Young Kichwa Defenders of the Forest plan to buy a one hectare property, build a simple office with local materials, and map, design, and plant an ancestral home garden with dozens of fruit, nut, palm, medicinal, and hardwoods, including traditional species which help to improve soils, and short cycle plants and fungi, such as edible mushrooms collected from the forest. They will develop an online Kichwa vegetarian recipe book, full of traditional foods and recipes, to share with young people in the region.
Young people will organise and participate in projects, and will ask the grandparents (elders) for advice on values, on projects and how to successfully extend their work to benefit surrounding communities.
Founded in 2014, Schools and Colleges Permaculture Programme (SCOPE Kenya), is a local capacity building & networking development organisation, that promotes permaculture/agroecology education, in schools & communities.
They do this to nurture youth in sustainable land use practices, to enhance restoration & resilience of the ecosystem for food production, income generation & biodiversity conservation, to benefit the current & future generations. They integrate young people in and out of school, in matters of sustainable development and natural resources management, by connecting them with nature and culture.
They use a holistic development approach, which involves working with pupils, teachers, parents, local leaders & surrounding communities, Integrated Land Use Design tools, to redesign and facilitate transformation of degraded land into, greener productive landscapes, with conservation systems, using permaculture/agroecology practices.
Their achievements include introduced their process in 16 schools, training 20 field staff and 27 school teachers in permaculture/agroecology, facilitated the establishment of 12 permaculture model schools to enable them to produce healthy food to support own feeding programs, development of agroecology training guide for use by field staff, to nurture young people.