We are exploring if young people’s stories are ways to inspire a new generation to connect with nature. Since mid September, we’ve been helping 14-27 year olds craft their stories about the people and places that keen them connected to nature, into short films.
A shark girl in Bellingen, a young Indigenous man’s story of healing, the personification of nature’s personality traits, the respite on a roof top garden in Bangladesh, and more…
To address the disconnect that many young people have with their natural world today, we will be exploring what interest these stories generate as we share them throughout NSW and hope they will reignite a connection with nature amongst young people.
Watch the films and vote for the one that most inspires you into nature!
"I’m passionate about the power visual storytelling has..I hope that our project will inspire more people to think about the connection between art and the great outdoors."
"I have learnt that one person can make a difference and with the right tools, I can make my voice heard and hopefully inspire other youth to look past the reputation sharks have... I will help you see them how I see them."
"I have aspirations in life to change the world or the way the world thinks."
"It wasn’t until a few years ago that I connected with nature once again, realising how important it is to me. I want to help others reinvigorate their connection with nature."
"I feel very lucky that I lived a childhood immersed in nature, instilling in me a special connection with the natural world that I am so grateful for."
"I was persuaded by the goals of the project to reach out to the youth of the world in order to reveal a great place of being that is the natural world."
"I truly believe that mother nature is one of the greatest teachers, healers and inspirations."
"Immersing myself in the natural world has always kept me sane, happy, healthy and fit...the natural world is my respite, animals my councillors and solitude a dear friend."
"The (re) Generation Project was the perfect opportunity to hone in on an idea and start to work towards the goals I had always set for myself – to love and care for the world around us, and inspire others to do the same."
"I’m passionate about the ability of storytelling to change people’s minds and attitudes. I hope that I’ll be able to connect with my peers to share the notion that getting involved in nature can be easy and rewarding!"
"I feel that even though we could probably get by in an environment devoid of nature, it wouldn’t offer the same sense of contentment that you feel from nature."
"Stories can change the way we see the world and in doing so it can change the world itself. I want to change the world and I have a lot of stories to tell you that will help us do it."
"...how to inspire the younger generation back to nature but also how will I inspire myself back to nature? After all, I am a part of the younger generation."
"I hope to develop and improve my practice as an artist, as a storyteller, and as a advocate for sustainability and conservation."
"I am very much drawn to the art of storytelling and, similarly to Karen, am passionate about promoting gratitude of nature."
"I joined because I love to see people get a kick out of seeing and doing things that have been so pivotal in my life."
"I believe a place that gives so much is well worth protecting."
"An observational and experiential attitude is so important in inspiring thought and understanding."