Youthful environment push

“WE WANT a green world and we don't want to deal with the habits of the generation before us,” said Darcy Garlick-Kelly, 18, of Clunes.

Mr Garlick-Kelly is the media spokesperson for Youth Environmental Society, known as YES. It is made up of high school students and former students from schools in the region.

The group aims to create a generation of ecologically-minded adolescents and would like representatives from all schools in the region to get involved.

Its latest project will be a tree planting day, titled 'Let's Grow Lismore'.

The tree planting will take place on land at Richmond River High School where they will regenerate a floodplain rainforest.

“It is hoped to encourage similar projects around Lismore,” Mr Garlick-Kelly said.

The day is part of a project titled YOUth Decide, which is being co-ordinated by the Australian Youth Climate Coalition and World Vision.

YOUth Decide is about sending a message to government about what young people expect them to do about the environment, he said.

The day is being paid for with a grant from Lismore City Council.

Lets Grow Lismore will be held on September 19 and will feature live music, DJs and a free barbecue lunch.

The regeneration site is on the banks of the Richmond River in Numulgi Road, North Lismore.

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