Frank Fenner Foundation is delighted to join with the Crawford School of Public Policy ANU, Questacon - National Science and Technology Centre, Future Earth, Curtin University and others to be part of the innovative Young Persons' Plan for the Planet (YPPP) schools program.
YPPP is a schools STEM and global competencies Sustainable Development Goals engagement program which was developed from a research project led by Ian Chambers, author of ‘Plan for the Planet’ and a current PhD candidate in the Crawford School ANU.
During 2017 a pilot program of YPPP was run from a custom website - Plan for the Planet - and involved senior students from 15 schools across Australia who considered the application of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in their region.
Each school identified ten SDGs which the local region was embracing in some way and ten SDGs where there were serious gaps. They then prioritised their work down to three to four elements and developed plans for implementing action on those chosen elements. Schools shared ideas and research using monthly YouTube sessions. The program is supported by a number of Universities, including UNSW, ANU, JCU and Curtin. Two representatives from each school came together in Canberra during National Science Week in 2017 to launch the program and to discuss their findings with parliamentarians.
In 2020 it is planned to continue to expand the number of schools engaged, as well as to continue to expand the program internationally. When possible the program will be extended to actively engage Councils and ASEAN nations in implementation projects.